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10 Years, 100 Mundane Days, 1 Amazing Night

Below is the transcript of the speech given by Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg at Decade of Docs, Docs In Progress' 10th anniversary program held May 20, 2014 at the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University.


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Congratulations Decade of Docs Award Winners

On Tuesday, May 20, Docs In Progress celebrated its 10th anniversary at a special event called Decade of Docs.  As part of the evening, the organization gave out awards to Docs In Progress alumni and community members.


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Decade of Docs Award Nominations Announced

Docs In Progress is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Tuesday, May 20 with Decade of Docs, a special evening for the Washington DC area's filmmaking community. This event will honor the past 10 years of Docs In Progress and the filmmakers we have helped to nurture while also looking forward to the future.  Ten years and more than 1000 filmmakers later, Docs In Progress is honoring the achievements of its community with a series of awards for alumni of its film programs, as well as a special award for Sky Sitney for her contributions to the Washington DC documentary film community during her eight years with the Silverdocs/AFI Docs Film Festival. Sitney will also join filmmaker Doug Block (51 Birch Street, 112 Weddings, The D-Word), Documentary Center Director Nina Seavey, and StoryCodeDC's Felicia Pride for a special panel discussion on the future of documentary film and filmmaking. 


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Fellows Perspectives: Jennifer Goldsmith

Throughout the year, we’ll be featuring each of our Fellows as guest bloggers where they will share their thoughts on their films, filmmaking, or anything they think would be of interest to the documentary community. Jennifer Goldsmith recently took a break from here Indiegogo campaign for her doc-in-progress Mother's Milk, Mother's Wisdom to share a few thoughts.


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Fellows Perspectives: Heather Taylor

This week, we began the second year of the Docs In Progress Fellowship Program. We were pleased to welcome ten new Fellows who come with a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and film projects.  Throughout the year, we'll be featuring each of our Fellows as guest bloggers where they will share their thoughts on their films, filmmaking, or anything they think would be of interest to the documentary community. We start this month with Heather Taylor.


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Decade of Docs Houseparties Feature Special Guests

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Docs In Progress' very first work-in-progress screening program.  As we count down the weeks to our big commemorative event on May 20, our board members are already starting to celebrate by hosting a series of houseparties with some very special guests.

These "Decade of Docs FUNdraisers" are built around different themes and will give guests the opportunity to mix and mingle, enjoy some good drinks and nosh, and meet special guests who reflect just a slice of what makes the DC documentary film community incredible.


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New Year's Resolutions for Documentary Filmmakers

by Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director, Docs In Progress

Welcome to 2014 Docs In Progress friends.

It's a new year.  One in which we'll be celebrating 10 years since we began our first work-in-progress screening.  We are starting 2014 out with a fresh coat of paint at the Doc House, a new Program Coordinator,  a new film project for our Executive Director, and a host of popular returning and new programs.

One of these new programs will be a series called "10 Things You Need to Know About..." This will be a monthly program -- and occasional blog entries -- on various topics of interest to emerging documentary filmmakers.  While our first face-to-face program at the end of the month will be on budgeting, we thought we would kick things off this year by following our New Year's resolution to blog more.

So here we are living up to our resolution, by challenging you with  recommended resolutions tailored for documentary filmmakers.  We won't overwhelm you with 10. But how about 5?


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Five Ways to Give Constructive Criticism

by Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs In Progress

Docs In Progress was founded upon the principle of helping documentary filmmakers through the power of constructive criticism.  Since our very first work-in-progress screening in 2004, we have welcomed the general public to be a part of this process by facilitating a feedback session following the screening of documentary rough cuts.


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Glick's Picks: The New York Times, Op-Docs, and the Futur...

By Guest Contributor Josh Glick, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University in Film Studies and American Studies

[caption id="attachment_3290" align="alignleft" width="110"] Op-Docs logo, New York Times Website[/caption]

The New York Times’ continual push into the realm of nonfiction video is strategic and highly innovative. For a paper that for 160+ years has made its name and reputation on the printed word, it's a new form of capturing events, expressing critical opinions, showcasing familiar journalistic personalities, and revisiting old stories. And while videos are currently placed outside the paywall so that users can access them even if they don’t have a subscription, they are a striking way to attract people to the website and  generate revenue through integrated advertisements.



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AFI DOCS: Some final thoughts: Erica Ginsberg

Since my previous blog called Reserving Judgment on AFI DOCS got people talking (even referenced in a Washington Post article about festival director Sky Sitney), I wanted to close the loop and share a few final thoughts on this year's festival now that I've had a few weeks to think about it.


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