Documentary Roundtable Silver Spring: Trailer Night

Aug 13, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

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Event Description

Overview: An opportunity to network, share successes and challenges in documentary filmmaking, and provide feedback to several filmmakers on their trailers.

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 only for members of WIFV or Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members. They are $10 for all others.  If you are a WIFV member or Docs Insider, use the Promo Code which has been provided to you.


Tonight’s meeting is facilitated by Docs In Progress Executive Director Erica Ginsberg.  As an antidote to the documentary filmmaker working in isolation, it’s a brainstorming, networking, and support group all wrapped up in one.  This is an opportunity to meet others in the documentary community and share your latest successes, challenges, and tips on documentary filmmaking. 


6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Informal Networking

7:00 PM - 7:15 PM - Introductions. Participants will briefly introduce themselves and talk about what they are currently working on.

7:15 PM - 8:30 PM - Feedback Spotlight: Several pre-selected members of the group will show a trailer or 10 minute segment from a work-in-progress and seek guidance from others in the group on strategies for next steps with the project.

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Informal Discussion and Networking


Tonight's Roundtable includes time for networking and sharing and giving feedback on up to 10 minutes of one or more pre-selected trailers or scenes from work-in-progress documentaries, and get feedback from other filmmakers in the room. The films being presented are:

A Diplomat of Consequence (Christopher Teal)
Ebenezer Bassett broke the diplomatic color barrier, becoming U.S. ambassador to Haiti and Dominican Republic shortly after the endof the Civil War. A forgotten hero, Bassett was an early advocate for international human rights as part of U.S. foreign policy.

Akata (Victoria Gregg and Jason Brown)
When a DNA test and research into slave narratives pinpoints Victoria's African and European lineage, she goes on a journey which takes her from Silver Spring to a South Carolina plantation to Africa in search of her ancestry. 

First Vote (Yi Chen and Diane Quon)
A new generation of Chinese immigrants -- now the largest single group of arrivals each year into the United States -- are going through a political awakening. Follow the political journeys of three unapologetically outspoken characters on both sides of the political divide as they embrace American democracy.

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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Registration for Documentary Roundtable (IE1-1410)
NOTE: ALL Documentary Roundtable meetings are FREE only for members of WIFV or Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members, Corporate Members, or All-Access Passholders. They are $10 for all others. If you are a WIFV member or Docs Insider, use the Promo Code which has been provided to you to negate the fee.
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