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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I Never Used to Call Myself an Artist

Filmmaker Jason Osder reflects on the importance of institutional support in the development of filmmakers as artists and thought-leaders. Continue reading

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Testimony on public television and independent documentaries

Read the full testimony of our Executive Director Erica Ginsberg at a recent forum on public television, held as part of the Media That Matters Conference at the Center for Media & Social Impact. Continue reading

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Roundtable Round-Up: Navigating Public Television

by Matthew Radcliff, Co-Organizer, WIFV/Docs In Progress Documentary Roundtable 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. On February 9, 2015, we welcomed three … Continue reading

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What should have made the Oscar Shortlist?

Nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards will be announced on January 15. But the race for Best Feature Documentary has been on for a while since the Academy announced the 15 films which had been shortlisted from 134 which had been submitted. While many expect the final race to come down to a competition between LIFE ITSELF and CITIZENFOUR, we asked some members of the Docs In Progress community what they wish had made the shortlist. Continue reading

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Narrating the Nation: Past and Present

Guest contributor Josh Glick looks at the Showtime series THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES and the theatrical documentary CITIZENFOUR both in how they give shape to living history and push conventional boundaries of creative collaboration. Continue reading

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Who’s Idea Was This? Second Thoughts from a New Filmmaker

Are you a new filmmaker, or aspiring to be? Do you feel a tug on your heart to make positive change in the world, and want to use the power of film? This note is for you.

It can take a long time to call yourself a “filmmaker” in front of other people. I’m still in the denial stage, and quite comfortable there… Continue reading

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