Docs in the City Screenings


This new film screening series from Docs In Progress pairs seasoned and emerging documentary filmmakers whose films share a genre or theme. Each program will include a screening of a work-in-progress by an emerging documentary filmmaker followed by a feedback session with the audience and the seasoned filmmaker as respondent. This will be followed by a new look at a classic film by the seasoned filmmaker.

Thanks to the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2017, we are  organizing two of these screenings at different venues in Washington DC.



In partnership with the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University


Explore what it means to come of age while the cameras are rolling. Join us for one or both films at the Malsi Doyle-Michael Forman Theater on the main campus of American University in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington DC. The program will include:

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Unfinished_Work_4.jpgWork-in-Progress Screening of Unfinished Work
Eric Chavez has a magnetic personality, a knack for telling stories, a fierce love for theater, art, and Kanye West, and the typical ups and downs of any teenager, but he is also haunted by a family tragedy from ten years earlier. This film follows Eric as he looks for love, discovers his identity as an artist, and searches with his parents for a long-elusive peace. 
Screening of work-in-progress followed by an audience feedback session with filmmaker Stephanie Lucas and respondent Michèle Stephenson, facilitated by Erica Ginsberg from Docs In Progress.


2:30-4:45 pm
American_Promise_Web.jpgScreening of Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson's American Promise
Over the course of thirteen years, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, as the two boys make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. The film won the Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and aired on PBS' POV
Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson, moderated by Andrea Passafiume from Docs In Progress.



August 6, 2017: Spotlight on Personal Documentaries
In partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival
Things got personal as we delved into the lives of two filmmakers and their families in an exploration of the genre of personal documentary with a Work-in-Progress Screening of Bonnie Rich's Searching for My Jewish Soul and a Revisit-a-Classic screening of Doug Block's 51 Birch Street. Find out more.


This program is organized by Docs In Progress and made possible through the support of


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