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.
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"
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!
My documentary film "BROKEN HEARTS & BUTTERFLIES" was twice accepted by DIP and twice I had the most amazing experiences of getting THE most valuable feedback. The enthusiasm, professionalism and constructive criticism made me want to finish my film. Still working on it but none the less, DIP helped me get it where it is today, and I will forever be truly grateful for this.
It's hard to get constructive criticism on a documentary film from your friends and family. Their first (and albeit essentially wholesome) instinct to either tell you are amazing or grill you about how you got your camera up on that cell phone tower, or how you convinced the mayor to tell you about the corruption in his own administration. The rough cut screenings that Docs in Progress puts together are amazing opportunities for filmmakers to get real, honest feedback from people that resemble an audience that one might encounter at a film festival or at a theater. I am truly grateful to Docs in Progress for their assistance in making my film as good as it can be. Thank You!
Have enjoyed their workshops. They've provided a venue for professional feedback on my project that I could never have easily received elsewhere. Great encouragement and stimulator of aspirations.
Docs in Progress has provided me with great support and fantastic advice. They truly care about helping emerging filmakers.
I attended a class on a Saturday about legal aspects of film making. Beforehand I submitted drafts of releases to be completed by performers and others in making the film. I received valuable comments. The instructor also provided other sample contracts and legal documents. The session was helpful.
I attended a workshop on being a solo doc filmmaker at Docs in Progress and it was fabulous. The staff has a breadth of experience that is impressive and what they offer doc filmmakers is thorough and thoughtful. It is an amazing resource for filmmakers both local to the DC Metro and nationwide. I also like that the organization seems committed to cultivating a sense of community.