Docs in Progress

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Docs in Progress is a film organization based in Washington DC which showcases works in progress by up-and-coming and established documentary filmmakers.


Docs in Progress is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland at "The Documentary House" where workshops, classes, screenings, consultations and networking events are held. It was founded in 2004 by documentary filmmakers Adele Schmidt and Erica Ginsberg who were later joined by Sam Hampton.

It started as a small-scale series of screenings of works-in-progress by Washington DC-area independent documentary filmmakers first at the Warehouse Theater and later at the George Washington University in partnership with The Documentary Center. Docs in Progress screens two or three unfinished documentaries at every workshop. Following each screening, the audience participates in an interactive feedback session with the filmmaker(s). Films have been shown by everyone from students to well-established documentary filmmakers like Nina Seavey and Aviva Kempner. Workshops are open to the general public so that filmmakers can get feedback from the kind of audiences they are trying to reach. In 2006, Docs in Progress co-sponsored with DocuClub a work-in-progress screening of Ken Burns’ The War at the Silverdocs Film Festival.

In addition to its signature screenings, Docs In Progress also provides classes, workshops, fiscal sponsorship, and other programs intended for emerging documentary filmmakers, particularly in the Washington DC area. It also holds an annual film festival called which spotlights people and places in Silver Spring.

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