In early 2019, Docs In Progress will be moving to a new space in downtown Silver Spring. It may seem like deja vu all over again. But this move is different. While our 2017 move was necessitated by our former "Documentary House" being sold unexpectedly by a landlord, our upcoming move is something which has been in the planning for more than two years.
This represents a partnership with Montgomery County's Housing Opportunities Commission which selected Docs In Progress as one of only three nonprofits to occupy ground floor space in Alexander House, part of the new Elizabeth Square multi-use development in downtown Silver Spring.
A REGIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM HUB
Since 2004, Docs In Progress has been committed to building community through documentary -- from novices learning the basics of the documentary craft to more experienced filmmakers looking for professional development to aficionados who relish seeing real stories and interacting with the creatives behind them.
Our new home will allow us to better serve our growing community by offering:
- A state-of-the-art filmmaking education center with new equipment, editing suites, and larger classrooms.
- A screening room that will seat up to 75 people and host special public events.
- Community programming including screenings, video educational programs for adults, youth, and elders, and a new workforce development program.
- Convenience to public transportation and parking (one block from the Silver Spring Metro and public parking only steps away)
- Office space for staff, one-on-one consultations, our Filmmaker-in-Residence, and members of our community who have need of meeting space or editing facilities.
- More opportunities for the regional filmmaking community to connect face-to-face in a comfortable, welcoming space.
EMPOWER. ENGAGE. ENVISION.
As Docs In Progress celebrates our first ten years as a nonprofit (and 14 years of programming), we look forward to our next decade as we continue to empower new documentary storytellers, engage with the diverse communities we serve (filmmakers, film viewers, and neighbors), and envision a future where everyone who has a story to tell can get that opportunity. The Alexander House facility will be a big part of our story and hopefully yours as well.
We are grateful to the Housing Opportunities Commission for managing the buildout of the space and to the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for providing more than $30,000 towards expenses of equipping the new space. However, we still need to raise funds to make the space the best it can be for our community. We are raising funds in three phases:
Phase 1 (by December 31, 2018): Raise $60,000 to cover moving costs, installing a security system, and purchasing new equipment and furniture.
Phase 2 (by June 30, 2019): Raise $30,000 to complete the installation of our new screening room.
Phase 3 (by December 31, 2019): Raise $30,000 to cover a dedicated fund for equipment and facilities repair and upgrades.
If you want to get in on the ground floor with us, please contact our Capital Campaign Committee Chair Barbara Valentino at email@example.com or our Executive Director Erica Ginsberg at firstname.lastname@example.org