Documentary Roundtable DC: An Evening with Dana Flor (Co-Director of CHECK IT)

Jul 10, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT

Interface Media

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Event Description

The Documentary Roundtable is a joint program of Docs In Progress and Women and Film and Video. These free meetings switch off between Washington DC and Silver Spring. The Washington DC meetings are organized by Women in Film and Video and are focused on getting expert advice on topics related to documentary filmmaking. The Silver Spring meetings are organized by Docs In Progress and focused on peer feedback. Both meetings include time for networking. 

All Documentary Roundtable meetings are FREE for WIFV members and Docs Insiders, and $10 for all others. This is a great way to get to know others in the DC-area documentary filmmaking community, build your network and know-how, and find out about other offerings of these two organizations.

Tonight's program is organized and facilitated by Matthew Radcliff.


Dana Flor Discusses Producing and Directing CHECK IT.

At first glance, they seem unlikely gang-bangers. Some of the boys wear lipstick and mascara, some stilettos. They carry Louis Vuitton bags, but they also carry knives, brass knuckles and mace. As vulnerable gay and transgender youth, they’ve been shot, stabbed, and raped.

Once victims, they’ve now turned the tables, beating people into comas and stabbing enemies with ice picks. Started in 2009 by a group of bullied 9th graders, today these 14-22 year old gang members all have rap sheets riddled with assault, armed robbery, and drug dealing charges.

Led by an ex-convict named Mo, Check It members are now creating their own clothing label, putting on fashion shows and working stints as runway models. But breaking the cycle of poverty and violence they’ve grown up in is a daunting task.

Life for the Check It can be brutal, but – it’s also full of hope and an indomitable resilience. At its heart, CHECK IT explores the undying friendship that exists be- tween these kids – an unbreakable bond that is tested every day as they fight to stand up for who they are in a community relentlessly trying to beat them down. 

A huge thanks to Interface Media Group for hosting this event! 


Dana Flor is is a documentary director and producer based in Washington DC. Teamed up with Toby Oppenheimer, she co-directed and produced CHECK IT, as well as THE NINE LIVES OF MARION BARRY, a feature length documentary about the  late mayor of Washington DC. That film aired on HBO and played Closing Night at the 2009 Silverdocs Film Festival. Flor also wrote and directed the Emmy award-winning documentary LATINOS IN BEISBOL and the Emmy-nominated documentary CESAR CHAVEZ for NBC. She works on a wide range of stories for Reuters Television, CNN, National Geographic, and others, covering breaking news and producing in-depth features throughout Latin America and around the world.

She and Oppenheimer are currently working on a feature-length film about Randall Terry, the Koran-burning, anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-Tea Party founder of Operation Rescue and his extraordinary family made up of staunchly feminist aunts, an adopted African-American gay activist son, and a Muslim convert daughter.


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Networking

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Presentation and Q&A


$10 for general public.
Free for WIFV Members and Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members. WIFV members should be logged into WIFV website to register online. Docs Insiders should select the $10 option, but can use the same promo code you use for Docs In Progress programs to get your regisration comped)

Register through WIFV website.

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