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. However, you can review our application guidelines if you are interested in apply in future.  




Docs in Progress' 2020 Filmmaker in Residence, Jan Krawitz filming in the fieldDocs In Progress is pleased to announce Jan Krawitz, independent filmmaker and professor at Stanford University as this year’s Filmmaker-In-Residence. In a nod to Covid-19, this year we liken it to artist-in-situ!  

As part of her residence, Jan has spoken with the 2020 Fellows cohort and will present her film, Perfect Strangers in October.  This film, which raises questions about what motivates an individual towards an extreme act of compassion and Jan’s Q&A will be held virtually as part of Doc’s Silver Screen public program series. You can view the trailer here:

I first met Ellie when she was in the early stages of becoming an altruistic kidney donor. Articulate, insightful, and irreverent, Ellie is an ideal protagonist for this experiential, character-driven film and her actions cannot be easily dismissed by the viewer. From the outset, Ellie granted me unprecedented access to her story. However, the primary challenge was the unpredictability of the narrative which resulted in a six-year production process.”

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.  

“Docs in Progress is so grateful that Jan is joining us this year as our Filmmaker-in-Residence with creativity playing a major role in making this happen during COVID," stated Barbara Valentino, Docs' Interim Executive Director.  “Thanks Jan for sharing your talents with the Docs In Progress community!”

The Filmmaker-in-Residence program is part of Docs’ Artist Services Portfolio, funded by ArtsWorks/National Endowment for the Arts with our Silver Screen Series supported in part by the Maryland Humanities.


2019 - 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.


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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