May 24, 2024

Exclusive: PBS Indies Nominate Twelve 2024 Wyncote Fellows, Hosted by AmDoc at PBS Annual Meeting

American Documentary, the nonprofit organization behind POV, POV Shorts, and America ReFramed, announces the 12 selected Wyncote Fellows who will attend the PBS Annual Meeting in a curated program.

A unique opportunity that introduces filmmakers to the labyrinthian world of the PBS Annual Meeting, the seventh annual Wyncote Fellowship is coordinated by AmDoc in collaboration between PBS Indies partners POV, Firelight Media, ITVS, Reel South, America ReFramed, WORLD, and the five organizational members of the National Multicultural Alliance: Black Public Media, Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, Pacific Islanders in Communications, and Vision Maker Media.

The PBS Annual Meeting takes place May 13–15, 2024, and traditionally showcases upcoming shows and initiatives from PBS to staff from the 330 member stations and myriad nonprofits and service providers that integrate into U.S. public media. For the last decade, there has been a strong emphasis on multiplatform engagement and the future of public media. Filmmakers’ voices are often in short supply.

The Wyncote Fellows will attend curated events during the PBS Annual Meeting, including one-on-one meetings with station representatives and public media executives.

According to a press release, Wyncote Foundation Vice Chair David Haas said, “Wyncote Foundation has been proud to support this valuable fellowship since its inception in 2017, and we are thrilled to convene a new cohort in Las Vegas this year. These innovative filmmakers truly exemplify the broad range of diverse and compelling voices that public media brings to local communities and national audiences.”

The shortened biographies of the selected 2024 Wyncote Fellows are republished below.


Elizabeth Ai is a documentary and fiction filmmaker, show creator, and alum of Sundance Institute, Berlinale Talents, Center for Asian American Media, Film Independent, and Firelight Media. She’s currently in post-production with her documentary feature New Wave and is simultaneously developing the dramatic series adaptation.

Juan Carlos Dávila was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and is a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and activist. He directed the feature-length documentary film, Simulacros de Liberación (2021). In 2023, he won two NY Emmys® for the TV series Puerto Rican Voices, where he worked as executive producer and directed one episode. Dávila is a former producer at When We Fight, We Win! The Podcast!, and news producer fellow for Democracy Now! where he continues to contribute as correspondent and producer. Beyond Democracy Now!, his journalistic work has been featured in TeleSur, The Washington Post, and The Indypendent.

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