Latest News from the Documentary House
and the Wider World of Documentary

Meet the 2016 Docs In Progress Fellows
Now in its fourth year, the Docs In Progress Fellowship brings together a group of emerging documentary filmmakers from across the DC Metro area for an eight month program where they will come together with each other and special guests to keep each other accountable on moving forward with their documentary projects and navigate the challenges of a career in filmmaking. We are pleased to introduce you to our 2016 Cohort.

Learn more about our 2016 Fellows
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Doc Around the Clock Coming in April: Join the Volunteer Team

Docs In Progress will be kicking off a new community engagement program - Doc Around the ClockThis timed documentary filmmaking competition over the weekend of April 15-17 will present a challenge to teams of amateur and experienced filmmakers: What's the best local story you can tell with only one weekend to plan, shoot, and edit? The best submissions will compete for prizes at a special showcase screening at the Silver Spring Civic Building on May 2.  Mark down those dates. We will be opening up registrations for Doc Around the Clock soon. 

In the meantime, we are looking for a group of awesome volunteers to help us  secure sponsorships, cash and experiential prizes from local businesses for the competition. Any volunteer who brings in more than $100 in cash or in-kind can have her or his team registration fee waived to participate in the competition.

We will be having a training for volunteers on Wednesday, February 10 at 7 pm at Docs In Progress. Intrigued? Sign up to volunteer.

February Programs from Docs In Progress

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February 3, 10, 17: Wednesday Webinars on Pre-Production, Budgeting, and Fundraising Strategy Learn More
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February 8: Free Screening of Kathryn Pasternak's Doeville  Learn More

February 8: Free Documentary Roundtable Learn More  

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February 18: Art of the Interview Workshop with Adele Schmidt. Learn More

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February 28: Work-in-Progress Screening of The Mamboniks at Washington Jewish Film Festival Learn More

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February 21: Intermediate Premiere Workshop. Learn More
News from Our Community 

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Fiscal Sponsoree Indivisible will premiere at Cinequest in March. It will also screen a week later at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and we can't wait to see it here in the Washington DC area soon. Congratulations to director Hilary Linder who was also a 2013 Docs In Progress Fellow and a former member of our Board of Directors.

Amy Wilson, who was also a 2013 Docs In Progress Fellow and a former Board President, was recently named as one of 12 Presidential Innovation Fellows. From the Doc House to the White House. Not too shabby!  

The public memorial service for Michelle Ann Farrell at the Creative Alliance was postponed due to the blizzard. They are working on scheduling a new date and we will share that information as soon as we know more.  

Attention Alums!
Make sure we are updated on your successes with funding, festivals, broadcasts, or more. E-mail us your news to news@docsinprogress.org by the last day of the  month to be considered for inclusion in the next month's newsletter. 
Other Happenings and Opportunities
WIFV/TIVA/CINE Holiday Now Taking Place February 5
It may be February, but that's no reason we shouldn't still be celebrating the holidays. Snowzilla put a wrench in the original date, but DC's film industry will gather this Friday, February 5 at the Harman Center for the Arts. Kick off the New Year with   film industry  friends, food, door prizes, and networking Registration includes food, drink, and a chance to win a door prize. Save by getting tickets in advance.  Find out more.

#OscarsSoWhite: Weigh in on The D-Word  
While the outrage over no people of color being nominated for the Academy Awards has focused largely on the fiction film categories, questions have also been raised about the lack of racial and gender diversity among the final nominees for the documentary feature categories. If you are a documentary professional and have an opinion on diversity in the documentary industry, join the discussion on the "Documentary Films" topic of the free online documentary community The D-Word.

Help Shape IDA's Getting Real 2016 Conference
Back in the fall of 2014, Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg participated in the International Documentary Association's first Getting Real and considered it one of the most meaningful documentary conferences she has ever attended. IDA is bringing it back from September 27-29 and is asking the documentary film community to respond to a survey which will help shape the program, particularly around the issue of career sustainability. Respond to the Survey. 

I FP Documentary Lab Deadline March 1
The Independent Film Project offers a unique year-long mentorship program to support first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films.  Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films - and their careers.  Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.  Find out more.   

Going to Full Frame in April?
Last year, more than 20 Docs In Progress community members headed down to Durham for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, one of the most accessible and filmmaker-friendly festivals on the East Coast and an important one in the festival circuit for documentaries. This year's festival takes place April 7-10, and we will be doing our usual work trying to coordinate carpools for DC-area filmmakers and fans who plan to drive down. Festival passes go (the 10-Passes are usually sold out the day they go on sale - which this year will be February 11). Join Full Frame's mailing list if you want to be nab that pass. 

Upcoming Docs In Progress Events and Deadlines

February 11
FREE Screening of Kathryn Pasternak's Doeville

Questions about upcoming programs? Or want to teach for us?
Contact Program Coordinator Ellen Kessel at 301-789-2797 or programs@docsinprogress.org
Hot Reads
Have you been too busy to keep up with what's been going on in the world of documentary?  Here are a few tidbits from recent online articles and blogs we think you should check out.

Pitching to Guardian Docs (Shooting People)

Upcoming Funding and Pitch Deadlines
We encourage you to read through the guidelines for each fund carefully. Many are limited by geography, stage of production, and/or focus of film.

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