Artists in Residence

Our Artist-in-Residence is a seasoned documentarian who receives office space, honoraria, and access to Docs In Progress and other Washington-area resources. The resident also shares knowledge with the Docs In Progress and broader community by teaching a workshop, serving as a mentor to our Fellows, and screening and discussing work. 

The Artist-in-Residence is determined through a competitive application process and most take residence in the summertime for anywhere between two and six weeks. This program is on hiatus due to the pandemic.  Docs In Progress hopes to issue a call for applications in 2023.  


Our 2020-21 artist-in-residence: Jan Krawitz

Docs in Progress' 2020 Filmmaker in Residence, Jan Krawitz filming in the fieldJan Krawitz, independent filmmaker and professor at Stanford University serves as Artist-In-Residence for 2020-21.  In a nod to Covid-19, we liken it to artist-in-situ!  

As part of her residence, Jan spoke with the 2020 Fellows cohort and presented her film, Perfect Strangers as part of Silver Screenings, October 2021. This film, which raises questions about what motivates an individual towards an extreme act of compassion. You can view the trailer here:

Jan teaches in the MFA Program in Documentary Film at Stanford  and has been independently producing documentary films for many years.  Perfect Strangers won awards at several festivals and received a national broadcast on the PBS series, America Reframed. Her work has been exhibited at film festivals in the United States and abroad including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Edinburgh, AFI Docs, Sydney International Film Festival, Full Frame, and South by Southwest. Her 2004 film, Big Enough, was broadcast in two successive years on P.O.V., internationally in eighteen countries, and at the European Parliament. An earlier film, Little People, was nominated for a national Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Documentary.” 

Krawitz is Doc’s fifth Filmmaker-in Residence. Previous Artists-in–Residence include Gene Graham, Tamara Dawit, Andre Perez, and Jeff Krulik.