I’m writing to inform you of an opportunity for emerging documentary producers in Brooklyn, NYC, called the UnionDocs Collaborative Program. We are earnestly seeking the diversity in perspective that international participants would bring to this alternative approach to media education and production.
We understand that you promote and present documentary film projects, and we believe emerging producers associated with your organization could benefit from the opportunities UnionDocs provides.
The UnionDocs Collaborative is a one or two-year program; both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts, and a process for developing an innovative group project. The program focuses on providing what we believe are the most effective educational resources for individuals at the beginning of their careers:
- Mentorship toward the production of an original work.
- Dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
- Direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists.
- Exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
- Regular group critique sessions.
- Exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication of annual project.
The first iteration of this year’s UDC project, "Documenting Mythology,” premiered at Doc Fortnight 2010: The Museum of Modern Art's International Festival of Nonfiction Film, and will be presented in Boston next month by The Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. A wider international distribution effort and tour is planned for the coming fall.
The hope is to make the UDC as much of an international experience with documentary arts as possible. UnionDocs is a media arts non-profit, not a not an accredited university. Options beyond student visas for travel may need to be pursued. To the best of it's ability, UnionDocs will attempt to help selected participants with this process and also provide residency options as available. The application deadline is August 1st, and further details are available online: http://www.uniondocs.org/uniondocs-collaborative/
Please forward this opportunity to any networks, organizations, or individuals you think may be interested.