First NeXt Doc Weekend Workshop Exceeds Expectations


On May 15 through 17, 2016, the Carey Institute launched a new program called NeXt Doc, a four-day filmmaker intensive in partnership with Youth FX, an Albany-based nonprofit. The program brought together emerging documentary storytellers from across the country with award-winning documentary filmmakers to learn, share, and build their skills.

Photo via Youth FX
Photo via Youth FX

Presenting filmmakers included Samuel D. Pollard (4 Little Girls, When The Levees Broke, Slavery By Another Name), Iva Radivojevic (Evaporating Borders) and Caitlin McNally (PBS Frontline, Stickup Kid).

The goal of the program was to provide the young filmmakers with an immersion into the world of documentary film. Day one included a five hour-master class with Pollard, covering everything from how he entered the world of documentary filmmaking to his critical approach in the editing room. On day two, Iva Radivojevic led students through her development as a filmmaker, focusing on her organic visual style, cinematography and storytelling.

“Next Doc exceeding all of our expectations,” said Bhawin Suchak, program director at Youth FX. “It was a very inspiring space for emerging filmmakers to connect with experienced filmmakers and with each other. Everyone left energized by the experience.”

Watch a short film about the NeXt Doc experience here:

For more information about NeXt Doc and how to support the program in 2017, please contact Rebecca Platel at