by Lela Scott MacNeil
July 6th, 2010

Apply now for the UnionDocs Collaborative Program.

One of the most exciting organizations in the world of New York independent film is UnionDocs, a non-profit that presents a broad range of innovative and thought-provoking non-fiction projects to the general public, while cultivating specialized opportunities for learning, critical discourse, and creative collaboration for emerging media-makers, theorists, and curators.

Among their many great programs is the The UnionDocs Collaborative, a one or two year program for emerging documentary artists. This intensive collaboration provides both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts, and a process for developing an innovative group project.

The goal of the UDC is to support individuals at the beginning of their careers by giving them:

  • Mentorship toward the production of an original work.
  • Dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
  • Direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
  • Regular group critique sessions.
  • Exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication of annual project.

Apply here for the UnionDocs Collaborative Program.

The UDC has been set up to be affordable and scheduled for individuals who work full-time or freelance. UnionDocs is able to offer an intensive learning experience at a price that one might expect to pay for just a single credit at a university. Some residency options are available for individuals considering moving to the NYC. The application deadline is August 1st, 2010 and further details are available online at


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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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