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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 7 October 1967Detroit, Michigan, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival where he has presented premieres by veteran directors such as Werner Herzog, Jonathan Demme, David Guggenheim and Kevin Rafferty; as well as the first feature length works of Adria Petty, Kristopher Belman and Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte.

In TIFF's Mavericks conversation series, Powers presented works-in-progress clips of Sicko (2007), Religulous (2008), and The People Speak (2009), a year ahead of each film's release.

For most of the year, Powers lives in New York City where he is the founder and artistic director of the Stranger Than Fiction documentary series at the IFC Center. At STF, he has interviewed dozens of filmmakers including Barbara Kopple, Albert Maysles, D.A. Pennebaker, Ken Loach, and Nick Broomfield.

He is the co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors, started in 2008.

Since 2000, he has taught a class on documentary development at New York University's School of Continuing Professional Studies. He is writing a history of American documentary in the 1960s for Faber & Faber.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: thom@sugarpictures.com

Spouse (2)

Raphaela Neihausen (28 September 2008 - present)
Leela Jacinto (4 June 1999 - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (1)

Met his producer wife Raphaela at the Berlin film festival where she was presenting her documentary about a beauty contest in a gulag.

Personal Quotes (2)

Great films don't stay hidden for very long. Someone sees them and starts telling other people about them, and inevitably one of those people will tell me.
It's hard to imagine anyone doing my job isn't going to select the new Errol Morris film. But then there's another half of films where it isn't. It's a total matter of taste...There's usually a hook. There's something you can hang your hat on rather than, 'This is an intensely beautifully made film about people you've never heard of.' [Choosing films] like bailing water from a sinking ship.

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