Gene Graham (from Brooklyn, New York)
Gene is an award-winning director and editor, working in documentary, narrative fiction, and branded content. His latest documentary This One's for the Ladies begins as a story about male exotic dancers and the women who love them, but pivots into a conversation about race, class, family, sisterhood and community. The film won the Special Jury Award at SXSW 2018 and will be released theatrically by Neon this summer.

His directorial debut, The Godfather of Disco won awards at the Fire Island Film & Video Festival and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. Gene also edited and associated produced Dirty Laundry, a feature film directed by Maurice Jamal. The film won the Audience Award for Best U.S. Feature and Best Performance by an Actor (Loretta Devine) at the American Black Film Festival and continues to air regularly distributed by CodeBlack Films. 

While resident at Docs In Progress, Graham will be developing a new documentary feature that probes political conservatism among American communities of color. He will also engage with the local film community through a mentorship session with our Fellows, a workshop and a public screening. We will be announcing more details soon and look forward to introducing our community to Graham and vice-versa. We are also delighted that he will be our first filmmaker-in-residence in our new space.

Gene will be resident at Docs In Progress from mid-July through mid-August. During that time, he will present two programs open to our community:

Whether you are just starting out with your documentary or are already well into production or post, it is easy to get lost in your footage or, worse, find that your footage is not supporting the film that you thought you were making. Don't get discouraged or let your project drift. Get on the right track or back on track. Gene will share some perspectives on managing the pre production phase that will help save a lot of heartache throughout the lifespan of making the documentary. Focus on process, ideation, and even improvisation to keep a firm grasp on the narrative. This workshop will be a mix of case study of Gene's own work and interactive discussion where participants can get advice on how to resolve your own storytelling challenges.
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Every Thursday night hundreds of women gather for a potluck celebration and the chance to throw singles at the hottest dancers in New Jersey. It’s hilarious. It’s sexy. It’s a little raunchy. But this isn't just a film about male strippers and the women who love them. It's also a conversation about race, class, family, sisterhood and community. As the New York Times Magazine essayist Carvell Wallace has said of the film, "Gene Graham talks more eloquently about poverty, race, police than most works I’ve seen specifically about those things." This One's for the Ladies won a Special Jury mention at the SXSW Film Festival and has played at film festivals around the world. It was released theatrically this summer by NEON. NOTE: This film includes nudity and sexual themes and may not be suitable for those under 18.
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Our Filmmaker-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 Filmmaker-in-Residence is determined through a competitive application process and most take residence in the summertime for anywhere between two and six weeks. Applications for the 2019 residency are now closed. However, you can review our application guidelines if you are interested in apply in future.  


2018 - Tamara Dawit (from Toronto, Canada/Addis Ababa, Ethopia)
Tamara exists between two communities: arts and social justice, which she works to merge together through artistic projects in film, theatre, and music. She also crosses cultures, as she is based out of Canada and Ethiopia. She has produced TV specials for MTV Canada, news clips and video shorts for 411 TV, as well as 10 touring theater presentations. Her documentaries have reached viewers in Canada, Europe, Africa, and South America. She has also contributed to steering committee for NYAN (National Youth Anti-Racism Network), the UN Association in Canada and the Canadian Commission For UNESCO Youth Advisory Group. She is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and Brown Girls Doc Mafia – through which she volunteers to engage more women of color in documentary filmmaking. She has participated in programs for emerging filmmakers at IDFA, Hot Docs and Cannes. Tamara focused her residency on research and interviews for Finding Sally which tells the story of a young woman from an upper class family whose romances and ideals entangled her in Ethiopia's revolutionary fever. She eventually went underground, never to be seen by her family again. While in Washington DC, she screened a previous film Grandma Knows Best?, met with Docs In Progress Fellows, and gave a workshop on best practices in documenting friends and family.

2017 - André Perez (from Chicago, IL)
André is an oral historian, educator, filmmaker, and community organizer. His passion is empowering marginalized communities through media production, leadership development, and creating platforms to share underrepresented stories. While at Docs In Progress, André focused on  America In Transition, a documentary series that takes a look at social change from the perspective of transgender people in marginalized communities. In addition to workshopping and screening segments from the series, he also gave a talk on how models from community organizing, interactive design, and citizen journalism can help move towards more just, collaborative, and participatory storytelling. America In Transition has since screened in dozens of cities across the country.


2015 - Jeff Krulik (from Silver Spring, MD) 
With more than 30 years of experience directing documentaries which explore the fringes of popular culture (Heavy Metal Parking LotErnest Borgine on the Bus, and Led Zeppelin Played Here, among others), Jeff Krulik's career has taken him from the heyday of public access television to indie cult status as a documentarian honored by MoMA and the Flaherty Film Seminar. During his residency, Krulik focused on media management for his extensive collection of video footage, including completed projects, source tapes, incomplete projects, and outtakes in preparation for creating an online portal of material and developing a film archives of his work. That archives is now housed at the Mass Media & Culture Collections within the University of Maryland Libraries Special Collections & University Archives.


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