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.

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.


March 17, 2019: Spotlight on Environmental Documentary
at Eaton Workshop and Landmark's E Street Cinema as part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
We focused on environmental documentary with Shannon Kring workshopping End of the Line: the Women of Standing Rock, and Judith Helfand premiering her latest film COOKED: Survival by Zip Code.
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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



2017 and 2018-2019 seasons


2017 season