Support Bronte Stahl’s participation in the 2020 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.
From Bronte: I’m delighted to have been chosen for the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio. Together with eleven other young artists, we will explore the documentary form through discussions, readings, screenings, masterclasses, and the collaborative production of short films in Brooklyn.
What most interests me about this opportunity is the ability to engage with a community of peers that are unified by a love of nonfiction, while divergent in their approaches to the genre, at an institution that has formed the pulse of NYC’s creative documentary scene. To have the ability to think about and make films with those who are equally interested in exploring the frontiers of the genre in my new place of residence, is a terribly exciting prospect.
This page is set up in collaboration with UnionDocs (check ‘em out) to help recuperate a portion of the program fee in the hope that it will help to sustain my existence in this haunting, daunting, and breathtakingly inspiring city.
I ask that if you are a supporter or admirer of storytelling, documentary, visual forms, art however you understand it, or just generally me, AND have some extra cash to spare to please consider supporting me (and by extension this rad institution). For US-based peeps, it’s tax deductible (kaboom).
On the other hand, if you are a supporter of admirer of all or some of these things (or not) and DO NOT have the cash to spare at this moment to please refrain from making a contribution. I appreciate you even considering.
If you have not any extra coin right now and would like to see any of the films listed as “rewards”, please give me a shout, of course.
Thanks for reading,
Bronte Stahl is a documentary film director from Westerly, RI, USA. Having studied, worked and lived among Florence, Rome, Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels, he has come to find place at the intersections of culture. He recently graduated magna cum laude from the European documentary directing masters program DocNomads. His films deal with encounters with the natural world and the beings that it hosts and have been selected to International Film Festival Rotterdam, DocLisboa, Alchemy Film and Arts, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
About the 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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