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Select filmmakers will workshop their documentary rough cuts
in an intimate lab facilitated by Oscar nominated Director Yance Ford.

NEW YORK, NY (August 16, 2018) – DCTV’s Docu Work-In-Progress Lab is an annual program that supports select filmmakers with their independent documentary project currently in post-production, providing dedicated feedback and crit-building germane to the editing process.


The lab is scheduled and designed with an iterative structure. Docu WIP Lab filmmakers share and workshop each others’ initial rough cuts during screening/discussion sessions, providing crucial insight for each other under the guidance of a professional filmmaker. Outside of these sessions, participants edit two new iterations of their rough cut based on the discussions. Participants present a refined cut at the final session, which is a showcase for closing feedback with a special guest.


Past participants include Ali Cotterill (North Pole, NY), Lisa D’Appolito (Love, Gilda), and G. Anthony Svatek (.TV). Past facilitators and guests for final crit include Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision), Kathleen Lingo (The New York Times’ Op-Docs), Sierra Pettengill (The Reagan Show), David Osit (Thank You For Playing), and Lana Wilson (After Tiller).


This year’s facilitator is Oscar nominated director and producer Yance Ford. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards where Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. Strong Island premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, winning a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling, and launched globally on Netflix last September. Yance recently became a Sundance Institute Art of Non-Fiction grantee for an untitled non-fiction project currently in development.


Applications to DCTV’s 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab are open until Monday 9/24, 11:59pm. For eligibility and details, check out


Founded in 1972 by pioneering filmmakers Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno, DCTV is an established non-profit media arts center that has fostered a diverse and inclusive community in its landmark gothic firehouse located in Chinatown/Tribeca. As a unique and highly respected resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community, DCTV provides affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening and event series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production ho


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