Come hear four people who are part of the local documentary filmmaking community – Bill Gentile (American University), Erica Ginsberg (Docs In Progress), Kiley Kraskouskas (Thinking Forward Media), and Jeff Krulik (Led Zeppelin Was Here) – speak about what makes Washington DC a special place to be a documentary filmmaker.

In addition to talking about why they have chosen to be based here, they will also discuss how things have changed over the past decade in terms of the growth in the documentary field and where they see things going in the next decade for DC’s homegrown documentary community.

Sometimes referred to as “Docuwood,” Washington DC has become the third largest center for documentary filmmaking in the country after New York and Los Angeles. It is headquarters for broadcasters such as PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery Networks; major research facilities like the National Archives and the Library of Congress; industry events including AFI DOCS, RealScreen, and Media That Matters; and a number of film schools and film organizations; and is home to hundreds of documentary filmmakers working for production companies and independently throughout the region.

This free panel is being organized by Docs In Progress as a prelude to the Decade of Docs In Our City Festival and will be moderated by Sam Meddis who serves both on the Docs In Progress board of directors and is an Adjunct Instructor at both American University and George Mason University.

Read more on the Docs in Progress website.