Docs in the City Screenings

Take a theme. Add a seasoned filmmaker and an emerging filmmaker. Mix in an enthusiastic audience. This is the recipe for Docs In The City. Part work-in-progress screening. Part master class. All documentary experience.

Join us on Sunday, March 17, 2019 for our next program in this series, held in partnership with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. The theme is environmental documentary and our special guest is Judith Helfand who is both an award-winning filmmaker (Blue Vinyl, A Healthy Baby Girl) and field-builder (as co-founder of Working Films and Chicken and Egg Pictures). She will join us in the afternoon to help provide feedback to a new work-in-progress and will screen her latest film in the evening. 

 

1:00 pm: WORK-IN-PROGRESS SCREENING OF SHANNON KRING'S END OF THE LINE: THE WOMEN OF STANDING ROCK
The film tells the story of a group of indigenous women willing to risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction that would desecrate their ancient burial and prayer sites and threaten their land, water, and very existence. In the process, they must face the personal costs of leadership, even as their own lives and identities are transformed in the crucible of one of the great political and cultural events of the early 21st century. Following the screening of the rough cut, Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg will facilitate a feedback session, featuring feedback both from Judith Helfand and the audience.
At Eaton DC (1201 K Street, NW Washington DC)
This is a free event. While the event shows as SOLD OUT, free events often have no-shows, so there will be a Standby Line at the venue. 
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7:00 pm: WASHINGTON DC PREMIERE OF JUDITH HELFAND'S COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE
This searing yet quirky film investigates the “natural” disasters we’re willing to see and prepare for and the “unnatural” ones we’re not. Adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s groundbreaking book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand uses her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style to take audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries — disaster preparedness. Along the way she forges inextricable links among extreme weather, extreme disparity, and politics, daring to ask: What if a ZIP code were just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence? Following the screening, there will be Q&A with the filmmaker and a special guest, moderated by Docs In Progress Program Director Andrea Passafiume.
At Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW Washington DC)
Tickets are $10
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ABOUT DOCS IN THE CITY
This film screening series from Docs In Progress pairs seasoned and emerging documentary filmmakers whose films share a genre or theme. Each program includes a screening of a work-in-progress by an emerging documentary filmmaker followed by a feedback session with the audience and the seasoned filmmaker as respondent. This will be followed by a new look at an iconic film by the seasoned filmmaker.

PREVIOUS DOCS IN THE CITY SCREENINGS

July 19, 2018: Spotlight on Identity 
at Landmark's Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington DC
We focused on the theme of identity with Chelsea Hernandez workshopping Building the American Dream and Grace Lee reintroducing us to Off the Menu: Asian America.
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October 7, 2017: Spotlight on Coming of Age
In partnership with the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University
We explored what it means to come of age while the cameras are rolling with a Work-in-Progress Screening of Stephanie Lucas' Work in Progress and a Revisit-an-Iconic Film screening of Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster's American Promise.
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August 6, 2017: Spotlight on Personal Documentaries
In partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival
Things got personal as we delved into the lives of two filmmakers and their families in an exploration of the genre of personal documentary with a Work-in-Progress Screening of Bonnie Rich's Searching for My Jewish Soul (since retitled Life Is Rich) and a Revisit-a-Classic screening of Doug Block's 51 Birch Street.
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This program is organized by Docs In Progress and has been made possible through the support of

 

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2017 and 2018-2019 seasons

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2017 season