Docu WIP Lab 2018: Where are they now?

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By Rachel Baron | September 9th, 2019

With just a few more weeks left before we review applications for a brand new cohort of our Docu Work-In-Progress Lab participants, we checked in with last year’s close-knit group to see what affect the lab had on their creative process and where their doc is headed. Read a few of these wonderful filmmakers’ insights below!


Patrick Lee | Unspoken

    I never would've gotten the film to where it is without everyone’s constructive and challenging feedback. I'm also grateful to have found a diverse cohort of fellow filmmakers who will continue to be my friends and collaborators moving forward.

Unspoken is making the film festival rounds and will be educationally distributed by the amazing Third World Newsreel!

Marialuisa Ernst | A Place of Absence

    DCTV’s Docu WIP Lab was an enriching opportunity to discover what works best for my film. It helped me to find the answers that I was looking for for a long time. I also found camaraderie and companionship. DCTV really cares about you and the success of your film. What an honor to have been selected to participate in the lab.

Since the DCTV WIP Lab, Marialuisa has taken this film to the IFP Documentary Lab, Tribeca TFI Network, and NALIP’s 2019 Latino Media Market Fellows. Her film will also be at this year’s IFP Week!

Katy Scoggin | Flood

    The DCTV Docu WIP lab helped me deep-dive into my film, push through intimidation, get vulnerable, and share my very raw, very personal work with other artists in a safe and welcoming space. The feedback I received on my first shot at an assembly and additional feedback on the section of the film I worked on was the first step I took in shaping my footage into a dramatic narrative.

Katy is currently preparing for 1:1 meetings at Camden International Film Festival as part of her 2019 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship.

Arthur Musah | One Day I Too Go Fly

    After 9 months of close work with my editor, the Lab was exactly the space I needed to gain some new ideas and perspectives for my film. The Lab was intimate, rigorous, nurturing, and collaborative. My understanding of my film grew from the insights and anecdotes of our accomplished mentor, from the discussions around structure for the 5 other films in the Lab, and from close contact with my cohort’s varied filmmaking styles and sensibilities. I left the Lab with plenty of notes whose wisdom has guided my continuing edit. Best of all, as a recent transplant to NYC, my Lab mates have become my first filmmaking community in New York as we have continued to meet up since the Lab ended.

One Day I Too Go Fly was just submitted to DOC NYC’s Only in New York program.


Learn more about this great opportunity and apply by 9/24!