PBS and The Economist Will Make Us Smarter, Dammit!

The Economist and PBS have joined forces to launch “The Economist Film Project” an online channel for independent documentary films, announced The Economist today. They are currently accepting submissions of short or full-length documentaries, with preference for English language, news-driven films. They will be selected by the editorial staff of both camps.

Segments of the chosen films will stream on The Economist Film Project website, accompanied by contextualizing Economist articles, and will air regularly on PBS NewsHour throughout the year, as well as on Hulu and Youtube. It looks like it’s unpaid, but they are “committed to supporting filmmakers’ efforts to monetize or promote their films.”

Hard to see this as anything other than good news for the perennially starved documentary film industry, and, you know, America.