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 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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!