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 open through April 26, 2019. Please review our application guidelines before applying. 










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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