Classes, workshops, talks, youth camps, and other educational programs for aspiring and existing filmmakers.
Screenings of works-in-progress and alumni works which engage audiences in the creative process.
Consultations, Fiscal Sponsorship, Fellowship, Residency, and more programs to serve the documentary film community.
Docs In Progress is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that educates, inspires, and transforms the way people view their world through documentary film by providing individuals the tools to tell stories. These films and filmmakers call attention to moments in history by sharing highly personal stories that reflect social and cultural issues we find on the local, national and global stage.
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Community Stories Film Festival
25 films. 7 Live Q&A Panels. Three-Days. Virtual and Free.
Since 2010, our annual Community Stories Film Festival is a way to highlight the stories of people, places, and events from our local community.
For the last 10 years our film students and local filmmakers have captured the diverse, vibrant, and historic Montgomery County, Maryland, where Docs In Progress is proud to be located. We also believe in the power of documentary to bring communities together.
Join us as we present our feature films - Opening Night with Resisterhood, Maryland Mystery Lady, The Invalid Corp and shorts from our teen & adult workshop filmmakers. And celebrate our newest community partners -- the Community Voice Lab from American University's School of Communication and Maryland Public Television on its 50th Anniversary.
Support our local artists, join us!
Community Stories is sponsored by the City of Takoma Park and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Adele SchmidtTeaching Artist and Co-Founder
The filmmakers who come through the doors of Docs In Progress always bring an amazing passion and commitment when it comes to developing their documentaries. We are just as passionate and committed to helping those filmmakers find new ways to articulate and share their stories with the outside world.
Heather TaylorDirector of Breaking Through the Clouds
If you would like to find a supportive community while navigating the various avenues in telling your story via film, I highly recommend getting involved with Docs In Progress.
Kiley KraskouskasDirector of Last Song Before the War and Dear Walmart
As an independent filmmaker myself, operating on modest budgets, I am grateful that many Docs in Progress programs are incredibly affordable yet packed with knowledgeable and passionate experts.
Danielle BeverlyDirector of Old South and Learning to Swallow
Docs In Progress serves an invaluable role for burgeoning and established documentary filmmakers alike. Of special note is their enthusiasm - this can make all the difference in the world to a filmmaker.
Doug BlockDirector of 112 Weddings and 51 Birch Street and Founder of The D- Word
I've given a number of film producing and pitching workshops at Docs-In-Progress and I'm extremely impressed with the work they do there and the caliber of people who participate.
Melissa HoughtonExecutive Director, Women in Film and Video
Docs in Progress is a great resource for documentary filmmakers to work with established professionals to bring interesting, under-told stories to screens. Their mix of hands-on training with informative programs is a valuable resource for any mediamaker to hone their craft or fine tune their stories.
Nina SeaveyDirector, The Documentary Center at the George Washington University
There are only two things that documentary filmmakers really want: the first is to have the opportunity to exhibit their work and the second is for their creative process to be discussed in a thoughtful and provocative way with their peers. Docs In Progress has consistently given both of these gifts to local filmmakers -- making the organization essential to the Washington DC documentary community.
Sam Hampton Teaching Artist and Co-Founder
Meeting and working with Docs In Progress in its early days flipped a switch, so to speak, giving me the confidence and solid direction I needed to become a documentary filmmaker. In time, I helped take the organization to the next level – becoming a nonprofit, finding a permanent space, and creating what Docs In Progress is today. For them, I became the third founder. For me, I became a part of a special community of storytellers that included all walks of life, teaching and learning together.
Jason OsderDirector of Let the Fire Burn
Each institution that supports the arts has its own unique character: local, national, or international, specific or broad in vision. They are all different threads, but together they form a fabric and that fabric is a safety net. No, really it is a floor... Docs In Progress gave me a comfortable space to develop as an artist.
I love helping people who may not be trained filmmakers, but have important stories to tell. They have the passion, the drive, and the access. We just help them develop their confidence, skills, and savvy to get their films made and seen.