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October 2016 Newsletter


Check out the October Newsletter from Docs In Progress. Chock full of news from Docs In Progress, our alumni, and the wider world of documentary. Funding deadlines, Hot Reads, and much more...

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Meet the 2016 Participants in Our Nonprofit Video Workshop


Nine representatives from local nonprofits have been selected for Docs In Progress' 2016 Nonprofit Video Workshop. They will gain valuable hands-on skills in video production and editing with the goal of strengthening their communications capacity.

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News from Docs In Progress (September 2016)


Beginning this month, our full newsletter will be online rather than taking up too much space in your E-mail Inbox. Highlights include news of the Documentary Inspiration Awards, Open Call for Board Members, Funding Deadlines, Alumni News and more. 

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Pushing Through Internal Conflict as a First-Time Filmmaker


Alyscia Cunningham (2016 Fellow) began filming subjects while working on her second book, I Am More Than My Hair: Bald and Beautiful Me, a social-change photography project paying tribute to girls and women who have lost their hair involuntarily. Along the way this became a new journey of discovery.

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July 2016 Newsletter


News from Docs In Progress including announcement of this year's Documentary Inspiration Award Honoree, Open Submissions for Community Stories Festival, our Next Work-in-Progress Screening, and More on our Summer #Docspiration Campaign

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Ten Tips on Making Voiceovers Work for Documentaries


"We are so much more than our voices. We are our choices." This was just one takeaway from several of the top voiceover artists in the Washington DC region when they came together to speak at a Documentary Roundtable in May 2016 about how documentary filmmakers can work with talent. The joint WIFV/Docs In Progress Roundtable was held in partnership with WIFV's Talent Roundtable.

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10,000 Miles, 3 Cameras, 2 Drones, 1 Dog


Koorosh Farchadi (2016 Fellow) went on a whirlwind journey to get behind the science and politics of climate change to hear from everyday farmers who are facing the impact of climate change with resilience.

He recounts the story of a 40-day cross-country production trip while filming his documentary HARVESTS OF HOPE.

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The PBS Series You May Never Have Watched if You Live in DC

FateofaSalesman.jpgAMERICA REFRAMED is one of the best places to see high quality, provocative documentaries on public television. Unfortunately you probably haven't even heard of the series -- much less seen it -- if you live in the Washington DC area. Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg asks why.

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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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