Meet our 2017 Filmmaker-in-Residence: André Perez
André is an oral historian, educator, filmmaker, and community organizer based in Chicago. His passion is empowering marginalized communities through media production, leadership development, and creating platforms to share underrepresented stories. He is currently at work on America In Transition, a documentary series that takes a look at social change from the perspective of transgender people in marginalized communities.
While at Docs In Progress, André will be editing an episode from the series; will participate in our Peer Pitch program; will screen and discuss some of his work, and will give a talk on how models from community organizing, interactive design, and citizen journalism can help move towards more just, collaborative, and participatory storytelling. We look forward to introducing him to the Docs In Progress community.
About the Docs In Progress Residency
Our Filmmaker-in-Residence is a seasoned documentarian who receives office space honoraria, and access to Docs In Progress and other Washington-area resources. The resident also shares knowledge with the Docs In Progress and broader community by teaching a workshop, serving as a mentor, and screening and discussing work. The Filmmaker-in-Residence is determined through a competitive application process.
2015 - Jeff Krulik: With more than 30 years of experience directing documentaries which explore the fringes of popular culture (Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Ernest Borgine on the Bus, and Led Zeppelin Played Here, among others), Krulik's career has taken him from the heyday of public access television to indie cult status as a documentarian honored by MoMA and the Flaherty Film Seminar. During his residency, Krulik focused on media management for his extensive collection of video footage, including completed projects, source tapes, incomplete projects, and outtakes in preparation for creating an online portal of material and developing a film archives of his work. That archives is now housed at the Mass Media & Culture Collections within the University of Maryland Libraries Special Collections & University Archives.
Special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our residency program.