Meet our 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab Filmmakers

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November 8th, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the following six projects and participants selected for our DCTV Docu Work-In-Progress Lab 2018. With projects that intersect styles, length, and topics of timely relevance, and participants with various backgrounds, experience and approach, the lab will be facilitated by Yance Ford with Maya Mumma joining as the guest for the final crit.

Projects + Participants


Beba

Beba, an Afro-Latina and native New Yorker, strives to be well and successful while navigating the racial tensions, traumas, and nuances embedded in her society and in herself. Part documentary, part memoir, Beba is a love letter to black life.

Andrea Cruz, Editor

Andrea Cruz is a New York based documentary and commercial editor. Her passion lies in telling stories of those who are underrepresented. In April 2018, she was selected as a mentee for the Karen Schmeer Diversity in the Edit Room Program. She has edited the pilot episode for the series, Rearview Mirror, supported by Tribeca Film Institute, and in 2016 she assisted on the feature film, The Strange Ones. She has shot and edited over 100 short films about women for StyleLikeU’s What’s Underneath Project. She is currently editing her first feature-length documentary, Beba.





Flood

A filmmaker tries to fix her broken relationship to her evangelical dad by making a fiction movie with a happy ending. When her plan backfires, she quits writing lines and starts to listen. When she slips into her own film as a protagonist, things really start to change.

Katy Scoggin, Director

Katy Scoggin is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and camerawoman based in Brooklyn. She was a co-producer and cinematographer on Laura Poitras's Oscar-winning CITIZENFOUR and its follow-up, Risk, an associate producer on Emmy-nominated The Oath, and a producer and DP on NY Times OpDocs’ The Program and Death of a Prisoner. In 2016, she filmed on the US campaign trail for IDA Award-nominated Vanity Fair series NomiNation and First Look Media/Fusion series Primaries. In 2017, she directed and shot her debut feature, Flood.





One Day I Too Go Fly

Four youths work to graduate from America’s top engineering college, MIT, intending to grow into agents of change for their home countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria. As they adapt to America, each is forced to refine their ideas about the world and about themselves. Each must decide how much of America to absorb, how much of Africa to hold on to, and whether they can ever really return.

Arthur Musah, Director

Arthur Musah is a filmmaker from Ghana, Ukraine, and the United States. His first film, Naija Beta, premiered in 2016 at the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, and won several festival awards. He studied filmmaking in the MFA program at the University of Southern California as an Annenberg Fellow, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




A Place of Absence

Whether by immigration into the United States or in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War,’ a search for “disappeared” loved ones brings director Marialuisa Ernst and the Central American Caravan of Mothers together as they uncover the whereabouts of their kin, seek closure, and raise awareness of this growing global issue.

Marialuisa Ernst, Director

Marialuisa Ernst is an award-winning, South-American filmmaker based in New York. During the span of her 20-year career, she has exhibited her work at over 30 international film festivals and won Best Film at the Ajijic International Cinema Festival for the short, My Place by the Wind. Additionally, she’s been endorsed by several vanguard institutions, including El Museo del Barrio, Cinema Tropical, El Centro Cultural, and The Goethe Institute. 

Ernst has a BA in film from Unicen Bolivia and was trained as an interdisciplinary artist at Universidad UNIACC in Santiago, Chile. She’s currently in production on her documentary feature, A Place of Absence.



Unspoken: Asian Americans on Coming Out to Immigrant Parents

What would you say to your parents if you could speak the same language as them? That’s a question queer and trans Asian Americans face daily as we contemplate how to talk about our queerness, gender identity and sexuality with our immigrant parents. In the film, six of us share what we would say if one day we woke up and our families’ language and cultural barriers had disappeared.

Patrick G. Lee, Director/Editor

Patrick G. Lee is a queer Korean American filmmaker focused on telling stories for and about LGBTQ people of color. Trained as a journalist, Patrick believes in storytelling as a means to foster community resilience and move people to action. He's currently working on films about queer Asian history, LGBTQ self-representation and Asian American coming out stories. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, ProPublica, CNN.com and more. Patrick helps produce a monthly pan-Asian drag show in New York and his favorite snack is peanut butter.


You Play Here

Is the playing of a sport in a public space working to create community and camaraderie amongst immigrant groups? You Play Here responds to this question connecting play, community making, urban public space and transnationality.

Ines Vogelfang, Director/Editor

Inés Vogelfang is a film and TV editor, and post-production coordinator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently editing the feature documentary CHAINS. Previously, her short films True Fútbol and A Selfie With Lady Liberty were screened at international film festivals such as DOCNYC and Offside Film Fest. In 2017, she received her MA in Media Studies and Documentary Film at The New School. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and English, and will continue to explore the world forever, finding different ways to tell the stories she discovers.





Leaders

XOXO

Yance Ford

Facilitator

Yance Ford is an Oscar nominated director and producer based in New York City. His debut film Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 90th Academy Awards where Ford made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. Strong Island premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, winning a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling, and launched globally on Netflix last September. Yance recently became a Sundance Institute Art of Non-Fiction grantee for an untitled non-fiction project currently in development.

XOXO

Maya Mumma

Guest for Final Crit

Maya Mumma, ACE, was an editor on the Academy Award winning documentary O.J.: Made in America for which she was honored with the 2016 Best Editing award from the LA Film Critics Association, an ACE Eddie, and a Primetime Emmy. Maya began her career in the edit room of the Academy Award nominated documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. She has gone on to edit the Emmy nominated films Which Way Is the Front Line From Here: The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (HBO) and Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (HBO), the Peabody Award winning Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (HBO), A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (TIFF 2015, PBS 2018), the Netflix original series Daughters of Destiny, and most recently, John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls and King in the Wilderness for HBO.