Ann Chen’s Fellowship

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Sponsor Ann Chen’s involvement in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

FROM ANN:
I am excited to announce that I am returning to New York this September to begin a Collaborative Productions Fellowship at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Arts.
CoLab is a 10 month program filled with screenings, production workshops and master classes. In the spring, we will produce a documentary project together.
The program costs $4800 to attend. I am seeking to raise $4000 to cover part of the tuition.
This past year, I crisscrossed Northwestern Canada, traveling over thousands of miles to record the stories of northern and indigenous communities on how industrial and energy development projects are impacting their lives and lands. It was my first time working on a documentary project of this scale on my own. Over the course of this year, I realized how much I want to continue doing this kind of work, perhaps with a larger crew next time! I hope through this fellowship to learn more about documentary production, meet fellow documentarians and strengthen my storytelling skills.
Thank you for visiting! Your support and contribution means a lot.
A personal video about why this fellowship is so important to me:
Please visit pipelinemapping.tumblr.com to view glimpses of my current project.
Other links:

 

About CoLAB

The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 10 month program for a select group of media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, CoLAB offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists.

In a recent article in The New York Times, film scholar Scott MacDonald, remarked, “UnionDocs has a healthy sense that the older definitions of what constitutes ‘experimental’ cinema and what constitutes ‘documentary’ are up for grabs.” Similarly, the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio represents a new and alternative fellowship model, offering residency and visa support for six participants coming from abroad and an equal number of spots for local, non-resident participants. It is designed to be affordable and, although participants are asked to make CoLAB their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections.

UnionDocs is not simply the host for this activity, it takes an active role producing the collection of short documentary works that comprise the collaborative project. The theme or focus for the year is chosen by the Artistic Director, and resources and research to support this direction are gathered. The CoLAB Director leads the group through an incremental process where new ideas and new partnerships form; each participant finding their own avenues of creative contribution. Regular readings and assignments for seminars stimulate creativity, open discussion and debate, and offer a common set of references for the group. Master classes with visiting artists provide encouragement, inspiration and exposure to a diverse set of conceptual perspectives and practical methods. As projects reach their final edit, unique plans for exhibition and distribution are formulated.

The Brooklyn Rail summed it up with the title of their feature article: “UnionDocs Brings Auteurs Together”. For some, participation in the program may lead to further study. For others, it may lead to independent projects or strengthened careers within the industry. For all, it is an unparalleled immersion in the expansive field of documentary art.

Learn more about the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio here

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