08 June 2011
To Whom it May Concern,
I am working with Christopher and Steve at UnionDocs, the Brooklyn, NY based nonprofit media arts organization. We are currently doing outreach to help spread the call for the next round of fellowships in our Collaborative Program, which has completed two years of successful operations, screening work at premiere venues such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight 2010, the Harvard Film Archive, the Visible Evidence Conference 2011(upcoming), and Direktorenhaus, Berlin, among others. We expect a very competitive group of applicants, representing some of the most exciting emerging talents in documentary.
Do you know about the Collaborative? If not here's a quick description:
Through the UnionDocs Collaborative Program (UDC), now in its third year, UnionDocs builds a team of talented emerging documentary artists and guides their progress as they participate in seminars on the history and theory of nonfiction media, attend masterclasses with visiting artists, and work together to develop a final, thematically driven non-fiction media project for exhibition.
While the UDC may have many parallels to parts of a masters program, it is designed to offer an alternative, affordable approach to learning and production that focuses on collaboration and peer exchange, rather than set, teacher-led courses and inter-artist competition. The UDC does not grant degrees or certificates; instead, the completion of an excellent collaborative project is the goal.
Next year's fellows will focus on Looking at Los Sures, a three year investigation into the South Williamsburg neighborhood, which UnionDocs has been part of since 2005. This cross-platform project will create a participatory, locative map for stories and ideas piloting Zeega, an open-source HTML5 platform, being incubated by UnionDocs, metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and The Sensory Ethnography Lab. With this project UnionDocs revisits a lost film about the neighborhood from 1984 and creates a constellation of companion documentaries and interactive projects that annotate, challenge, update and spiral off from the original.
We will be selecting 12 artists, with an application deadline of June 24, 2011 for residents and July 22, 2011 for non-residents.
More info here: http://www.uniondocs.org
We are always excited about Documentary Filmmakers Association and were wondering if you might be able to help spread the word on the applications to your network. We have created an illustrated slide show presentation.
Let us know if you need additional info. We really appreciate your help and will check in a few days to answer any questions. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
UNIONDOCS 322 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY 112119