Community Visions: From Private Memories to Public History: a Documentary Appreciation Salon

Nov 18, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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Too often our understanding of places is overdetermined by simplistic and sensationalized stories produced by the advertising or entertainment industry. Documentaries created from within local communities provide a much-needed challenge to these dominant narratives, capturing the complexity of an area’s social landscape and the lived experience of its residents.

This interactive discussion facilitated by Joshua Glick will explore how community-based nonfiction media can provide an oppositional alternative to widespread stereotypes, help residents talk to themselves about themselves, and also serve as a vehicle for advocacy. We will learn about the vibrant cultural geography of downtown Los Angeles, Little Rock, Arkansas, Coney Island, New York, and Washington D.C. through a rich array of films, photographs, and ephemera.

We look forward to a spirited discussion about the complexity and power of community documentaries, and how past precedents can productively inform contemporary approaches to local filmmaking. 

This free salon is presented as part of Docs In Progress' Community Stories Festival. To see the full schedule of festival events, visit

​Joshua Glick is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas. He holds a PhD from Yale University in Film & Media Studies and American Studies. His research and teaching interests are focused on global documentary film, television, and web-based media, race and popular culture, broadcast communications, and American social history. Joshua recently completed a series of catalog essays and a short documentary for the traveling museum exhibition, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. His book, Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977, will be published by the University of California Press in January 2018.
While this is a free program, space is limited, so an RSVP is strongly recommended.

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Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Docs In Progress is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland at 801 Wayne Avenue (corner of Wayne and Cedar), Suite G-100. We are only a few blocks from the Silver Spring Metro. Parking is available at the nearby Wayne Avenue Garage and the Cameron Street Garage.

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, 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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