Docs in Progress, Inc.

Rating: 4.61 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 8700 First Ave Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

Mission: Docs In Progress gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have worked with DIP for several years now as they helped me with my feature doc, Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby. Erica knows how much of one's self goes into making a film as she invests all of her self in DIP & supporting the DIP community. Not only are the services DIP provides helpful, from consulting to workshops to networking, but my experience has been that the people attracted to the workshops and events are all supportive, curious and interested in helping one another. It is wonderful to have a community to share ideas with and commiserate regarding experiences, heartbreak, successes and more. As the organization grows, I have seen the opportunities to expand knowledge and gain experience grow as well. At first it did seem to cater more to the novice but now, even seasoned filmmakers can get value as the industry is changing daily so it helps to talk to others about their experiences.

If you would like to find a supportive community while navigating the various avenues in telling your story via film, I highly recommend getting involved with DIP.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just like all organizations, there are various personalities involved. I recommend finding who you click with the most before taking a course. That can make a difference in your experience. DIP continues to grow in the quality of what they offer and those who offer it. I think this year has been their best year in that regard and future plans look to continue that trend.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been familiar with Docs In Progress since its early inception in 2006 when Eric and Adele were hosting Peer Pitch sessions. I have loved watching this organization rapidly grow since then. The growth of the Docs in Progress is a testament to the huge need of emerging and independent filmmakers in the Washington, DC area, and, to the quality of teaching, advice, mentorship and overall encouragement offered by the organization. As an independent filmmaker myself, operating on modest budgets, I am grateful that many Docs in Progress events are offered at suggested donations and that the courses are incredibly affordable yet packed with knowledgeable and passionate experts. It is a true honor to serve on this board with such dedicated professionals and to support the community of emerging filmmakers.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I am the director of the feature documentary "A Sister's Call". When I found out about Docs In Progress I was immediately interested in submitting my then rough cut for consideration into their program. It was accepted and we had our DIP screening in January. I was not only surprised by the number of doc buffs who showed up, but also by the wonderful insight provided by the audience after the screening. We spent about 45 minutes dissecting the film and brainstorming solutions to problems. I left feeling excited to get back into edit and finish the film. Erica is a wonderful host and moderator and I thank her for allowing us to be a part of this wonderful organIzation. I reccomend Docs In Progress to any documentary filmmaker at any stage of their post production process. - Kyle Tekiela, Director "A Sister's Call"

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Docs in Progress serves an invaluable role for burgeoning and established documentary filmmakers alike. Their workshops, networking events, financial support and professional opportunities serve a crucial role in the DC/Maryland area. And for filmmakers like myself, who travel to Silverdocs, their partnership with that festival only deepens that experience every year. Of special note is their enthusiasm - this can make all the difference in the world to a filmmaker. I support them heartily and hope others do too.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've given a number of film producing and pitching workshops at Docs-In-Progress and I'm extremely impressed with the work they do there and the caliber of people who participate. My only complaint is that they're based in Washington DC and I live in NYC, so I can't take better advantage of all the great programs they oversee.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

Docs in Progress is a great resource for documentary filmmakers to work with established professionals to bring interesting, under-told stories to screens. Their mix of hands-on training with informative programs is a valuable resource for any mediamaker to hone their craft or fine tune their stories. Women in Film & Video looks for opportunities to work with the Docs in Progress staff to co-produce programs and we can always tell when one of their alumni attends a program because of their confidence.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

I feel Docs aim is to first schmoze and booze you and fail to to adequately inform patrons that their facilites are under par despite their partnerships they have attached to the bare bones of their orginization is a for profit below rate editing house with staff that is not adept to the current state of affairs, technolgy and people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Sorry to hear that you had a less-than-satisfactory experience with Docs In Progress. Just to clarify, Docs In Progress is not a for-profit organization. Nor are we an editing house. Since you do not identify yourself by name or what specific experience you had with Docs In Progress to lead you to this conclusion, it would be difficult to address your concerns further in this forum. However, I would welcome you to contact me directly to discuss this since we take any experiences -- positive or negative -- by our constituency very seriously.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a film programmer in the past but am new at producing documentary films, my favorite genre. I met Erica from Docs in Progress at a Creative Alliance program in Baltimore and knew immediately that this was the organization that would be incredibly helpful to my learning curve. And so it has been. I recently attended a presentation at Docs in Progress and besides being full of usable information from three top notch presenters, it was also incredibly inspiring to sit in a room of other documentary filmmakers. I felt like I found a place to ask questions, to exchange ideas and information and, most importantly, to learn. i had found "my tribe." I look forward to fully participating in Docs in Progress and am exceedingly grateful for this wonderful organization. Also, I took the MARC train and subway from Baltimore to the SIlver Spring to the program. So, I really appreciate that it's located near the metro station.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally experienced the results of this organization in that I have a better understanding of the complex issues of copyrights and licensing in doc films. It was a question that was foremost at this particular juncture. So, the discussion was timely and relevant to my project needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have a branch in Baltimore.! Okay, that is self-serving...and I know not likely. But the good news is that I will have a car soon.

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Fortune 27, thanks for your kind comments. We do have a number of Baltimore-area filmmakers among our alumni and maintain connections there through our screening programs at Creative Alliance and connections to local film schools. We hope to continue to grow this focus since we know there is a small but vibrant documentary community in Baltimore.

Rating: 4 stars  

I was a part of the first documentary class Docs-in-Progress held and I learned a lot from it. As a class "alum" I continue to attend meetings, seminars, and screenings and I have found each event to be quite useful. The DC area is a growing homebase for doc filmmakers, so this nonprofit group serves a valuable need in the area!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ongoing training and professional education that every person in the film industry needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure they had enough staff to grow and expand into the future.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I think there is no other organization as vital as this one in nurturing a productive community of documentary filmmakers and advancing its potential to promote social change and cultural enrichment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

benefitting from the open exchange of ideas and information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its ability to hold events and conduct media outreach.

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