Many people dream of making a documentary -- whether to express themselves or open dialogue about an important social issue. But where to begin? Docs In Progress gives both novice and experienced filmmakers the tools they need to tell stories of real people, places, events, and issues. Beginners’ classes are offered on everything from lighting and editing to budgeting and fundraising. Work-in-progress screenings and roundtable discussions give filmmakers feedback on their unfinished films. And the group’s Fellowship Program includes filmmakers who meet monthly to get advice from experienced practitioners and keep each other on track. In 10 years the organization has helped more than 1,000 emerging creators and attracted more than 5,000 people to screenings. The Community Stories Festival has introduced many local residents to experiences they may not have discovered on their own – from a man who fixes wheelchairs for low income people (for free) to an immigrant-run coffee shop that has become an important community center. Filmmakers go on to produce work on everything from civil rights to the arts. 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)


  • 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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