NeXt Doc Program Now Accepting Applications for Emerging Filmmakers


Four-day intensive workshop brings together award-wining documentarians & next generation filmmakers

Rensselaerville, N.Y. — Applications are now being accepted for the second session of NeXt Doc, a five-day intensive workshop intended to cultivate the next generation of nonfiction visual storytellers. The workshop is collaboratively organized by Youth FX and the Carey Institute for Global Good.

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.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society. Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.

Youth FX, is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower youth aged 14-19 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process from script to screen.  Our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies.  Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.