Jeff Krulik on Turning 30 Years of Video and Ephemera into a “Collection”

Filmmaker-in-Residence Jeff Krulik reflects on the process of organizing video and ephemeral materials from a 30-year career which has spanned a revolution in video technology. Continue reading

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Fellows Perspective: Hanna Stawicki on a Filmmaker’s Ethical Responsibilities

Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring each of our Fellows as guest bloggers where they will share their thoughts on their films, filmmaking, or anything they think would be of interest to the documentary community. This month we hear from Hanna Stawicki who has been thinking a lot about ethical responsibilities as she works on her film Caste Out. Continue reading

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Roundtable Roundup: Insurance

In June 2015, the Documentary Roundtable welcomed Meghan Shriver, Arts Insurance Manager for MDP, Inc. (Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc.), an insurance broker based in Baltimore but with offices around the country and licensed to sell insurance in 50 states. She joined the Roundtable to help filmmakers understand different types of insurance coverage for freelancers, films, and production companies. Matt Radcliff shares his notes from the session here. Continue reading

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AFI DOCS 2015: A PREVIEW

June is upon us and so too is the DMV’s biggest week of documentary. AFI DOCS returns to the area June 17-21. This year the festival is showcasing more than 80 films over the course of five days at eight different venues in Silver Spring and Washington DC. Continue reading

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FELLOWS PERSPECTIVE: EMMA MANKEY-HIDEM FINDS FUN AND FORESIGHT IN FESTIVALS

Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring each of our Fellows as guest bloggers where they will share their thoughts on their films, filmmaking, or anything they think would be of interest to the documentary community. This month we hear from Emma Mankey-Hidem who recently attended several film festivals as part of her planning for the life of her own film Blue Ridge Barnum. Continue reading

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Perspectives on TUGG and GATHR

Minnesota-based filmmaker Jan Selby from Quiet Island Films recently visited Docs In Progress while she was in town for the Washington DC premiere of her latest film Beyond the Divide. While she was in town, she talked to a group of filmmakers about her real-world experiences with crowdsourcing theatrical distribution through TUGG and GATHR. Continue reading

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Fellows Perspective: Day Al-Mohamed on Passion, History, and a “Feeling” Audience

Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring each of our Fellows as guest bloggers where they will share their thoughts on their films, filmmaking, or anything they think would be of interest to the documentary community. This month we hear from Day Al-Mohamed who reflects on how she wants to translate her passion for a story into the feeling of her audience as she works on her first documentary, the Invalid Corps. Continue reading

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Roundtable Round-up: Federal Funding from NEA & NEH

Every other month, the WIFV/Docs In Progress Documentary Roundtable welcomes filmmakers and industry experts to discuss topics of interest to the documentary filmmaking community. In April 2015, we welcomed program officers from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both organizations are major sources of funding for documentary films, and consequently, getting funded is quite competitive. Our guests joined the Roundtable to help de-mystify the process and answer questions. Continue reading

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UNDER THE DOME: China’s Answer to AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

From time to time, we welcome Docs In Progress community members to share their thoughts on films out in the doc-o-sphere. Beth Kelly recently checked out Under the Dome, a Chinese environmental documentary which may less well known in the usual doc fest circuit, but has been making waves via social media around the world. Continue reading

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Fellows Perspectives: Felicia Barr on Momentum

2015 Fellow Felicia Barr discusses how she keeps herself on a forward-momentum path as she is producing a long-form documentary about a portrait artist who is giving face and voice to veterans. Continue reading

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