2017 NeXT Doc: Emerging Documentary Filmmakers Intensive

Cultivating the next generation of non-fiction visual storytellers

Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9, 2017

Presented by YouthFX and the Carey Institute for Global Good

NeXt Doc is a five-day intensive workshop that brings together emerging documentary storytellers from across the Northeast with award-winning filmmakers to learn, share and build their skills. 

NeXt Doc will take place Monday, June 5 to Thursday, June 9 on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre historic estate in Upstate New York. The workshop will bring together young documentary filmmakers with award-winning documentarians for an inspiring five days of learning, sharing and creating. Confirmed presenting filmmakers for 2017 include: Sonia Kennebeck (“National Bird”), Sabaah Faloyan (“Whose Streets”), Damon Davis (“Whose Streets”) and Sam Pollard (“Two Trains Runnin”, “4 Little Girls”).   

 “NeXt Doc fills a void in the documentary film world by providing young people, specifically filmmakers of color, with an opportunity to gain knowledge, network and create community with peers and mentors,” said Bhawin Suchak, NeXt Doc organizer and founder and director of Youth FX. “The location at the Carey Institute further deepens the experience by allowing everyone to be focused and comfortable at the same time. Students leave feeling inspired and empowered. We encourage young filmmakers of all backgrounds to apply.”

Last year’s inaugural program brought together 14 young documentary filmmakers from across the country paired with professional documentary filmmakers. Samuel D. Pollard (“Two Trains Runnin’”), Iva Radivojevic (“Evaporating Borders”), Caitlin McNally (producer of PBS “Frontline”) and Youth FX film educators taught a series of master classes and workshops and held screening sessions.

“I loved the opportunity to learn in a different space and interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Crystal Kayiza, a 22-year old 2016 NeXt Doc student. “I’ve been through film school, so it’s nice to take time off to relearn and review the skills that go into my craft. The Carey Institute is a really beautiful and inspiring place.”

Prospective participants can read more about the workshop and complete the free application here. Students between the ages of 18 to 24 are welcome to apply by April 7, 2017.

Award-Winning NeXt Doc Presenting Filmmakers

NeXt Doc will be led by filmmakers and educators: Bhawin Suchak, program director, Youth FX, Darian Henry, program assistant, Youth FX, Veronica Medina, collaborating filmmaker, Youth FX and Rebecca Platel, program manager, Carey Institute for Global Good.



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