Storytelling Matters! By sharing true-life stories, we can begin to understand one another – and how we might work together to improve our world. Docs In Progress encourages new and diverse voices in documentary filmmaking and connects them with enthusiastic audiences by offering workshops, screenings and a safe, collaborative environment in which to create. Filmmakers range in age and experience, from middle school students just learning to express their ideas to retirees with a lifetime of stories to share. Beginners’ classes teach the fundamentals while fellowships, residencies, and work-in-progress screenings help intermediate filmmakers develop their craft. New initiatives include Village Voices, an intergenerational filmmaking experience and planning for an incubator for Filmmakers with Disabilities. The Community Stories Festival presents films by local DMV artists. All bring to light new stories that otherwise would not be told. Lights, camera, action!

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Montgomery Blair High School; Wheaton High School; Northwood High School

Awards & Recognition

Executive Director one of 16 arts leaders from across the country selected for Sundance Creative Leadership Lab by National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the Washington-area Film Community, TIVA-DC Peer Awards (2013)


  • A Decade Of Documentaries In D.C.
    Wed Oct 15 2014, WAMU Kojo Nnamdi Show  
    Docs In Progress featured on Kojo Nnamdi Show about proliferation of documentary filmmaking in Washington DC

Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Docs In Progress is: Less than $500k

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