By sharing true-life stories, we can begin to understand one another – and how we might work together to improve our world. Offering more than 50 workshops, artist programs, and free or pay-what-you-can public screenings each year, Docs In Progress incubates new and diverse voices in documentary filmmaking and connects them with enthusiastic audiences. Filmmakers range in age and experience, from middle school students just learning to express their ideas, to retirees with a lifetime of stories to share. Beginners’ classes teach the fundamentals while fellowships, residencies, and work-in-progress screenings help intermediate filmmakers develop their craft. The Community Stories Festival offers community filmmaking workshops and features documentaries by local artists. Additional programs empower youth, senior citizens, and nonprofits to engage the power of video – and bring to light new stories that otherwise would not be told. Lights, camera, action!

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 2; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Not applicable

Schools They Work In: Forest Oak Middle School - Gaithersburg, MD

Awards & Recognition

Executive Director one of 16 arts leaders from across the country selected for Sundance Creative Leadership Lab by National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the Washington-area Film Community, TIVA-DC Peer Awards (2013)

Press

  • A Decade Of Documentaries In D.C.
    Wed Oct 15 2014, WAMU Kojo Nnamdi Show  
    Docs In Progress featured on Kojo Nnamdi Show about proliferation of documentary filmmaking in Washington DC

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Docs In Progress is: Less than $500k

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