Community Stories Festival


CommStories_2017_Graphic_(Square)-2.pngDocumentary Screenings, Filmmaking Workshops, Salons and Discussions celebrating the stories and storytellers from our local community




November 13
7:30-9:30 pm


Takoma Park
Community Center
Work-in-Progress Screening of The Quince Orchard Project
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November 14
6:30-9:00 pm


AFI Silver Theatre
and Cultural Center

Screenings of Shorts on Local Topics
Produced by Docs In Progress students and professional filmmakers.  
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Wednesday November 15
7:00-9:00 pm


Easter Seals

Special presentation and community discussion of The Bridge
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Co-presented with Silver Spring Town Center, Inc.

November 16
7:00 - 9:00 pm

 Docs In Progress

Creating Legacy Videos Workshop 

November 17
7:30 - 9:30 pm


 Takoma Park Community Center

Showcase Screening of Let The Fire Burn with filmmakers Jason Osder and Nels Bangerter
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November 18

10:00 am-1:00 pm 

Docs In Progress


 Editing Master Class with Nels Bangerter


2:00 - 3:00 pm Takoma Park Community Center Youth-Made Documentary Shorts Showcase
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4:00 - 6:00 pm  Docs In Progress Community Visions: from Private Memories to Public History: a Documentary Appreciation Salon with Josh Glick
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November 19

10:00 am-3:00 pm


Docs In Progress

Filmmaking at Your Fingertips: the Smartphone Documentarian 

 7:30-9:30 pm  Sandy Spring Museum Screenings of Shorts on Local Topics produced
by Docs In Progress students and professional filmmakers. 

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Docs In Progress is proud to be based in diverse, vibrant, and historic Montgomery County, Maryland just outside Washington DC. We also believe in the power of documentary to bring community together. Our annual Community Stories Festival highlights the stories of people, places, and events from our local community. The festival is open to the public and gives local residents a chance to learn more about their communities and meet both the filmmakers and people featured in the films.

The festival features films made by professional filmmakers in our community which spotlight local stories, as well as works produced by adults and youth in our our production classes and camps. To allow these first-time filmmakers to focus on learning effective storytelling and the technical aspects of using a camera and editing equipment, we identify local individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits for the students to profile in short videos. 

The festival is made possible through the support of: 


Below are just a handful of Community Stories profile videos which have been made over the years. You can see even more on our Youtube page.