Getting Personal: Navigating Relationships When Documenting Family or Friends: A Special Workshop with Filmmaker-in-Residence Tamara Dawit (IE1-1290)

Aug 09, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue

801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States

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Registration for Filmmaker-in-Residence Presentation on Personal Documentaries (IE1-1290)
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To many, it may seem that turning the camera on people you already know should be easy, but there are often specific challenges you must face as a filmmaker and family member or friend. Filmmaker-in-Residence Tamara Dawit has been making a documentary about her family for the past four years -- going so far as to move to Ethiopia so that she could embed herself and her camera closer with her subjects. However, family members may not always be the most willing of subjects, especially when some of the questions posed are things they would rather avoid. This workshop is an exploration of best practices for turning your camera on yourself and your family members or friends, including how to navigate traumatic topics during filming and ethical responsibilities to your loved ones and audience.

Tamara Dawit exists between two communities: arts and social justice, which she works to merge together through artistic projects in film, theatre, and music. She also crosses cultures, as she is based out of Canada and Ethiopia. She has produced TV specials for MTV Canada, news clips and video shorts for 411 TV, as well as 10 touring theater presentations. Her documentaries produced through her production company Gobez Media have reached viewers in Canada, Europe, Africa, and South America. She has also contributed to steering committee for NYAN (National Youth Anti-Racism Network), the UN Association in Canada and the Canadian Commission For UNESCO Youth Advisory Group. She is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and Brown Girls Doc Mafia – through which she volunteers to engage more women of color in documentary filmmaking. She has participated in programs for emerging filmmakers at IDFA, Hot Docs and Cannes. 

She is in Washington DC serving as Docs In Progress' 2018 Filmmaker-in-Residence, a program made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts. While resident at Docs In Progress this summer, Tamara is developing her latest film Finding Sally which tells the story of a young woman from an upper class family whose romances and ideals entangled her in Ethiopia's revolutionary fever. She eventually went underground, never to be seen by her family again. Four decades after her disappearance, her niece pieces together Sally's mysterious life while questioning notions of family, identity, belonging, personal convictions, idealism, and political engagement.  

$15 if register online in advance. $20 at the door. Space is limited so we recommend advance registration.
Free for Docs Insiders Premium Members, All Access Passholders, and Docs In Progress Current and Alumni Fellows. Please use promo code provided to you when registering.

Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space, advanced registration is highly recommended.
Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the program.

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Docs In Progress
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Docs In Progress 
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Docs In Progress is located in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland at 801 Wayne Avenue.

We are in an office building located at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Cedar Lane (behind the St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church which is behind the Whole Foods parking lot). We are an easy walk from Veteran's Plaza (the ice rink), the Silver Spring Library, the Silver Spring Metro station, and parking options.

If you are driving, after 6:30 pm, you may park in the spaces behind our building or at the Wayne Avenue garage two blocks away (it will be free as long as you leave after 9:00 pm)

If you are taking Metro, please be aware that the Red Line will be affected by track work at the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations. If you are coming from Washington DC to Silver Spring, you will need to take the Yellow or Green line to Fort Totten and then transfer to the Red Line towards Silver Spring or Glenmont. You can also consider taking the 70 buses up Georgia Avenue or the S buses up 16th Street.

Once in the office building, take the elevator down to the G level and you will find us in Suite G-100. If you need to enter the building with a ramp, you can do so from the back of the building where the parking area is 

If you arrive at our building after 7:30 pm, you will also need to enter from the back of the building and get buzzed in using the door buzzer since the building is technically closed at that time. Once buzzed in or, upon exiting, please do not hold the door open for longer than 30 seconds since it will set off the alarm.

If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday programs, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

Docs in Progress on Wayne Avenue
801 Wayne Avenue, Suite G-100, Silver Spring, MD 20910, United States
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