Docs In Progress has two programs in Washington DC tonight and tomorrow...
Thursday: Documentary Appreciation Salon
at Modern Times Coffeehouse (Politics & Prose Bookstore)
"Documentary Film Legacy on Reality TV"
This salon series brings together filmmakers and documentary film aficionados to discuss and debate great issues in documentary cinema. Each salon will focus around a particular sub-genre of documentary and use clips from documentary films and questions from the moderator to spur reflection and discussion. This salon's topic will focus on how documentary has influenced and is influenced by "reality" television. Now an almost default setting for mainstream entertainment, Reality TV emerged in the early 1970s as a highly experimental and controversial mode of documentary expression. This salon focuses on Reality TVâ€™s intersections with different trends in documentary filmmaking, how the mode has shifted over the past four decades, and its current place in the broadcast industry. Groundbreaking programs such as PBSâ€™s An American Family (1973) will be central to the discussion. We are pleased to welcome guest facilitator, Josh Glick. He is a PhD candidate at Yale University in the departments of Film Studies and American Studies. His research and teaching interests are focused on the history and theory of American documentary film, Hollywood, and race and representation in popular media.
WHEN? Thursday, July 21 from 7:30-9:30 pm
WHERE? Modern Times Coffeehouse at Politics & Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington DC 20008)
FEE? This is a free program. We encourage you to purchase delicious food or drink from our sponsor, Modern Times Coffeehouse.
Seating is limited so we recommend you RSVP through this link.
Friday: Documentary Work-in-Progress Screening
at The Documentary Center at the George Washington University
Screening of Beth Murphy's THE LIST
Now in its seventh year, the Docs In Progress work-in-progress screenings provide an opportunity for local and visiting documentary filmmakers to screen their rough cuts to a general audience and get valuable feedback. Facilitators from Docs In Progress moderate a feedback session with the audience after the screening. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film. The next film to be screened is Beth Murphy's The List. The film follows Kirk Johnson who, after leading reconstruction teams for the U.S. government in Iraq, returns home only to discover that his Iraqi friends and colleagues are being killed, kidnapped or forced into exile by radical militias... all because they worked for the United States trying to help rebuild their country. Stunned by fear-mongering and stagnating bureaucracy that prevents these Iraqis from being rescued, Kirk begins compiling a list of these allies and, one by one, helps them find refuge and a new life in America.
This program is sponsored by The Documentary Center at the George Washington University.
WHEN? Friday, July 22 from 7:00-9:30 pm
WHERE? George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW – Room 309 Washington DC 20052)
FEE? $10 suggested donation. Cash only at the door. No advance tickets or RSVPs.
More info on both programs at http://www.docsinprogress.org