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A message from Executive Director Erica Ginsberg


Meeting and working with Docs In Progress flipped a switch,

so to speak, and they gave me the confidence and solid

direction I needed to become a documentary filmmaker.


It may be hard to believe, but those are the words of Sam Hampton.

This beloved Docs In Progress educator, mentor, and colleague once faced the same question many of our alumni do: Can I do this?  Can I really make a documentary film?  Am I a filmmaker?


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Our Favorite Election-Themed Docs

Just in time for Tuesday's U.S. General Election, we decided to shine the spotlight on a few of our favorite election-themed documentaries.  Executive Director Erica Ginsberg and one of our favorite Documentary Appreciation Salon Facilitators  Joshua Glick both offer up their votes.


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Glick's Picks: A look back at George Stoney's ALL MY BABIES

Guest contributor Josh Glick, a Film Studies and American Studies Scholar from Yale University, recently had a chance to reflect on the seminal work of the late great George Stoney.


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Erica's roadtrip hits Wisconsin (or is it the other way a...

The last stops on Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg's roadtrip into the world of midwestern film communities continues...


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Roadtrip Report from Chicago

Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg continues her journey through the midwest to learn more about film organizations and communities with a stop in Chicago.


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Roadtrip Hits Cleveland

The continuing adventures of Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg as she travels through the midwest en route to the 2012 NAMAC Conference and stops along the way to learn more about film communities in different cities.


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First stop Pittsburgh

Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg continues her blog about meeting with film organizations and communities in cities between Washington DC and Minneapolis.


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The Road to the Roadtrip

Our Executive Director Erica Ginsberg is in the middle of a roadtrip en route to the NAMAC Conference in Minneapolis. She is driving and stopping in different cities along the way to get insights into different film communities. This is the first of her blogs along the way.


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Erica's Roadtrip Itinerary Finalized

As we mentioned in an earlier blog announcement, Docs In Progress Executive Director begins her journey next week.  She is looking forward to meeting with organizational counterparts and individual documentary filmmakers in at least five cities en route to the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture "Leading Creatively" Conference in Minneapolis.


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Are you a POV or Independent Lens fan in the DMV?

Back in April, we featured a guest blog from Kartemquin Films' Tim Horsburgh on the PBS Needs Indies Campaign about PBS' decision to move its flagship independent film series  Independent Lens and POV, from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights (a night when many local affiliates could opt instead to show other programming).  Following an outcry from more than 1200 filmmakers and viewers, PBS decided to move the series to a national broadcast timeslot on Monday nights beginning this fall with the new season of Independent Lens.


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