Applications for the June fellowship are being accepted until April 2, 2018.
Press Release – Rensselaerville, N.Y. — NeXt Doc is a unique five-day intensive fellowship presented by Youth FX and the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Logan Nonfiction Program. The fellowship program brings together award-wining documentary filmmakers and young, emerging documentary storytellers from around the world to learn, share and build their skills.
Founded in 2016, the program has had a share of notable presenting filmmakers such as Sam Pollard (“ACORN the Firestorm”), Sabaah Folayan (“Whose Streets?”), Cecila Aldarondo (“Memories of a Penitent Heart”) and Iva Radivojevic (“Evaporating Borders”). The presenting filmmakers are at the core of the NeXt Doc program, with each screening their latest film at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Guggenheim Pavilion, and leading a master class related to their work.
This is the first year that Carey’s Logan Nonfiction Program and NeXt Doc will be aligned. “It makes perfect sense,” says Tom Jennings, Logan Nonfiction Program Director. “As a journalist and filmmaker myself, I am passionate about documentaries and the power they have to catalyze change. Youth FX’s mission to bring new voices into nonfiction is a vehicle for change itself, and matches the work of our program and fellows. We’re lucky to now be partners and collaborate on NeXt Doc.”
“We’ve already seen the impact of NeXt Doc—former fellows have become interns at Point of View Documentary Films on PBS, had films in major festivals and landed jobs with established documentary production companies such as Florentine Films,” says Bhawin Suchak, NeXt Doc organizer and founder, and director of Youth FX. “As we continue to grow and develop the program, our goal is to see NeXt Doc become part of a lineage of similar minded programs that help break down barriers and give people of color, and other marginalized people, the opportunity to tell their stories and in essence reclaim their own narratives.”
Sam Pollard has been working with the Carey Institute since 2015 as a Logan Nonfiction Program advisor, as well as a NeXt Doc mentor since the program’s inception, and says, “the documentary community needs to support programs like NeXt Doc, because it’s these kinds of programs that will be able to inform and inspire young people of color to become documentary filmmakers.”
Other program partners include the International Documentary Association (IDA), The Alliance, POV, MediaStorm, Firelight Media and The D-Word.
Applications to this year’s NeXt Doc fellowship are now being accepted until April 2, 2018. NeXt Doc aims to create space for filmmakers from communities and backgrounds that historically have not had access to film programs and development of documentary filmmaking skills. The program is intended to be accessible to all filmmakers who are eligible no matter their financial status. **We highly encourage women, people of color and LGBTQ filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 24 to apply.**
The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to building a strong, educated and just society. We provide education, tools and resources to practitioners of the global good to help them succeed. We put practitioners first—teachers, journalists, farmers—because we know that they have the power to change their communities and inspire others to do the same.
Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to address the most pressing issues of the day.
Youth FX is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower youth aged 14-19 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process from script to screen. Youth FX’s primary mission is to work with diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.
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