Getting Your Foot in the Door (Careers in Film and Television) - Panel (IE1-1290)

Oct 17, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

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Earlybird Registration for Getting Your Foot in the Door - Panel (IE1-1290)
Sale Ends: Oct 02, 2017 11:59 PM EDT
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Event Description

Getting your foot in the door is sometimes the most challenging part of embarking on a career in film and television, but once you are in, a whole new world of career opportunities can open up. But how do you do that, exactly? And what kinds of things will help or hurt your chances?

Hear from our panel of film and television professionals who represent a wide variety of experience within the business and whose knowledge will help you navigate a path to successfully getting in the door. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a career change, come ready to join the conversation, and bring your questions. All are welcome!

If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program, you can get $25 off registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. If you are a Docs Insider member or All-Access Passholder and missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it.


Erica Ginsberg is the Executive Director of Docs In Progress, a nonprofit incubator for emerging documentary filmmakers based in the Washington DC area. Docs In Progress organizes works-in-progress feedback programs, filmmaker training and professional development workshops, networking events, and has Fellowship,  Fiscal Sponsorship, and Residency programs. In addition to her work with Docs In Progress, Erica is a co-host of The D-Word, an online documentary filmmaker community with 15,000+ members from around the world. She also has extensive experience working with film festivals and speaking to audiences on everything from documentary fundraising to fiscal sponsorship in the arts to how to get started on a documentary.  She is herself a documentary filmmaker whose latest short Creative Feds puts a face on the rank-and-file workers of the federal government who balance their dedication to public service with second careers in the arts.

Lance is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and respected arts leader based in Washington, DC. In 2010, with his brother Brandon, he co-founded DC-based documentary production company Meridian Hill Pictures. Lance produced the feature-length documentary CITY OF TREES (Official Selection 2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, National Broadcast on PBS series America Reframed, released on Netflix in May 2017). In 2014, Lance received the prestigious DC Mayor’s Arts Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the highest honor bestowed upon working artists in the city. In addition to CITY OF TREES, Lance is the co-producer of independent feature documentary VOICES FROM WITHIN (2015), associate producer of FLY BY LIGHT (2015), associate field producer of Al Jazeera America documentary series HARD EARNED (2015, winner of Alfred I. duPont Award), co-producer of independent short films DOING IT FOR ME (2013), LIFE AS A COLLAGE (2011), PORCHFEST (2011), COMMUNITY HARVEST (2010). Lance has served two terms as Board Member of Docs in Progress, and was a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts Fellow in 2015. In 2017, Lance was selected to the 2017 Impact Partners Documentary Producers Fellowship cohort. Lance holds a bachelor’s degree in history and film from Dartmouth College.

Malkia K. Lydia is a filmmaker who recovers authentic stories of community life. Malkia researched, produced and wrote short documentaries and other media exhibits for both the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Civil Rights Museum. Earlier this year, for a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities gallery show, she produced an archive-based video installation about education that included her mom’s journey through school desegregation.
Malkia is currently producing and directing WHAT'S IN A NAME?, her first long form documentary. In the film, a performance artist traces generations of Black men in his family, and their divergent quests for self-determination in their South Philadelphia neighborhood. It is inproduction now and supported by development funds from the IndependentTelevision Service, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Prince George's Arts & Humanities Council.

Tom Passafiume is an experienced Avid editor who currently serves as an Edit Supervisor at ​​Discovery Networks based in Silver Spring, MD. Prior to his work at Discovery, Tom worked as an Assistant Editor in Los Angeles on several television shows including NCIS and The O.C. He began his media career as a Video Journalist (VJ) at CNN in Atlanta before transitioning to the entertainment division at Turner Broadcasting in the Program Edit department, working on shows for Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, TNT and TBS. A member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild since 2004, Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky.

Robin Smith is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with 40 years of experience.  A graduate of Ohio University (BFA '72) and Boston University (MS '78), her first documentary was a story ​about her MIA father, a U.S.M.C. fighter pilot shot down over Vietnam in 1969.  CBS bought rights to the film and she began her producing career with Charles Kuralt on CBS News Sunday Morning. ​
In 1990, Robin established Video/Action as a nonprofit production company to produce documentary shorts and public awareness videos on issues affecting women and at-risk children.  Under her direction, Video/Action has completed more than 550 productions.  Her work has been featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, BET and The Learning Channel and has been honored with an array of awards, including a CPB Gold Award for Excellence in Documentary Television Programming, Capital Region Emmy Awards, CINE Golden Eagles, Telly Awards, Auroras, Omnis, and ITVA’s Distinguished Achievement Award. 
Documentary films that have been broadcast on television and featured in festivals include He’s Only Missing (1978), Shooting Back:  Photography by Homeless Children (1990), Women of Substance (1994), We Are Not Who You Think We Are (1996), A Call to Care (1999), Courageous Response to Hate Crime (2000), and Come Walk in My Shoes (2007).  Educational and public awareness short films currently in release include Using Federal Law to Prosecute Domestic Violence in Indian Country (2012), A Circle of Healing for Native American Children Endangered by Drugs (2014), and A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives (2016).
An active member of Women in Film and Video, Robin served as president of the Washington, D.C. chapter and received its prestigious Woman of Vision award in 1998.  She was named a Distinguished Alum in the School of Fine Arts at Ohio University in 2003 and received the University’s Medal of Merit in 2006.

Full payment must be received in order to hold a spot in this workshop. If you would like to pay by credit card or PayPal, select the PayPal payment option (you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card). If you prefer to pay by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire" as your payment option. Make it payable to "Docs In Progress" with the title of the program noted in the memo line. Mail to Docs In Progress, 801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please note that, to qualify for date-based pricing, payment must be received in full by the deadline date.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For weekend classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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