It is hard to believe that it has been nearly five years since Docs In Progress screened its first two documentary works in progress. Swing dancing and China's Cultural Revolution were the topics we started with and we have continued to work with a diversity of films and filmmakers through screenings, consultations, classes, and other professional development activities to help them be the best they can be. While we have not focused formally on helping our alumni stay connected with each other, a few of them have decided to take things into their own hands. And we couldn't be happier. Saltanat Berdikeeva, who has participated in a few of our classes and is organizing the first Docs In Progress Alumni Happy Hour, wanted to convey to her fellow alumni why she feels an alumni network is so important. So we have given her the floor of our blog to reach out.