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A Recovering MPA Takes Up Documentary Filmmaking


Like many millennials, 2016 Fellow Yisrael Welcher moved from New York to Washington DC to make change in the world. He planned to pursue a Masters in Public Administration MPA which would lead to a career path in International Development. Somewhere along the way, he reassessed how he wanted to make an impact, and decided to make a living as a bartender, and a life as a documentary filmmaker.

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Some Tools for Long-Distance Post-Production Workflow

Kelley_Slagle_Photo.jpgKelley Slagle (2016 Fellow) is co-producing and editing Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons -- a look at the artists behind one of the world's most renowned role-playing games.  As an an experienced editor, she offers a perspective on some online tools she has found helpful when collaborating with a co-producer who is based in another city but still wants to be able to access the full NLE project.

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The Difference Between Moving and Doing


Saaret Yoseph (2015 Fellow), is our guest blogger this month. She has been at work on iEthopia: the Round Trip, which explores the complexity of Ethiopian-American identity. As she is about to transition from Fellow to "Filmmaker-at-Large," she reflects honestly about the fears of transitioning from a structured support system. 

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Review: The Wolfpack and Cinephilia

Is THE WOLFPACK part of an ethnographic documentary tradition that seeks to display the “strange” for spectator enjoyment? Or does it consistently work against this tradition of depicting its main subjects as human caricatures? Joshua Glick reflects on the film as part of his series of reviews of classic and contemporary documentaries.

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2016 Documentary Inspiration Awards Wrap-Up

On Tuesday, September 29, 2016, Docs In Progress honored director Marshall Curry and editor Matthew Hamachek at our first ever Documentary Inspiration Awards.  Enthusiastic audience members braved the pounding rain to join us for the evening of conversation with the filmmakers and a screening of their Academy Award-nominated collaboration IF A TREE FALLS.  Relive the event with a wrap-up from board member Sam Meddis and tweets from volunteer Cheree Dillon and board member Chithra Jeyaram.

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Welcoming Remarks: Documentary Inspiration Awards 2015

Docs In Progress held our first ever Documentary Inspiration Awards on September 29, 2015. The awards took place at the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington DC and honored Academy Award-nominated collaborators Marshall Curry and Matthew Hamachek. Read the full transcript of the welcoming remarks given by Docs In Progress Board Chair Kiley Kraskoukas and by Board Member Sarah Katz

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Is this Idea Too Nutty?


"I realized that the good-natured drama of me negotiating with my daughters was more engaging than any script I could concoct."

Bonnie Rich (2015 Fellow) is our guest blogger this month. She has turned the camera on herself and her family for a humorous exploration of culture, faith, and identity in SEARCHING FOR MY JEWISH SOUL.

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Turning 30 Years of Video and Ephemera into a "Collection"


Our 2015 Filmmaker-in-Residence Jeff Krulik has a career which 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 has been focusing on media management for his extensive collection of footage and ephemera, in preparation for creating a film archives of his work. It hasn't been easy for this self-described hoarder.  

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Ethical Responsibilities of Documentary


"As someone sharing the stories of a community to which I do not belong, I feel a heavy responsibility to portray them with accuracy and dignity." Hanna Stawicki (2015 Fellow) has been thinking a lot about the ethical responsibilities filmmakers have towards those they film, as she works on her documentary transmedia project about a Dalit community in Nepal.

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Roundtable Roundup: Insurance

What kinds of insurance does a documentary filmmaker need for a production company and/or a project? Meghan Shriver from MDP Inc. recently demystified the different kinds of insurance, including general liabiility equipment coverage, workers comp, and errors & omissions insurance.

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