Help Gabby participate in the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

Gabby Sumney’s CoLAB Fellowship

by Gabby Sumney

  • $500.00

  • $1,160.00

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Boston, United States (US)

From Gabby:

I think like many people in the world, I am seeking ways to help realize and inspire a more just and equitable society through my work and through my academic training. As someone who generally has a very solitary practice, I am using this CoLab experience as a way to push myself out of my comfort zone of solo art making to be in community with like-minded people in order to effectively do the work that so desperately needs to be done.

This is hard to write. I have never been the subject of a crowdfunding campaign before. They make me uncomfortable. I am too proud, I suppose. I am asking for your support today as one of many underemployed Americans during a pandemic and election season that have likely strained your own capacity to give and live as you might like. I am humbled by your consideration.

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About the CoLAB:

The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a 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. 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.

UnionDocs hopes to build from our experience running the Collaborative Studio (read more about the 10 month CoLAB here), but retool this well established program to fit current necessities. This new opportunity will be shorter, but more concentrated with participation offered in-residence or remotely; still engaged with theory and practice, but geared to explicitly support political media production, mutual aid, direct action, and urgent praxis. You can find out more about this year’s Collaborative Studio, Another World is Possible.



A handwritten USPS delivered thank you note on stationary. Maybe I will even include a silly doodle or poem.

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One physical print from my current collection mailed USPS–isolation means I cannot make new prints at this time OR one digital file for your desktop wallpaper.

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A brand new custom piece to be designed in consult with you!

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Danielle Follett-Figueroa $100.00 October 24, 2020
Matthew McWilliams $25.00 October 22, 2020
Mikaela Thorne $25.00 October 21, 2020
Kathryn Ramey $50.00 October 17, 2020
Douglas Cunningham $25.00 October 16, 2020
Cristina Kotz Cornejo $50.00 October 16, 2020
Anonymous $50.00 October 16, 2020
Ananda Moore $50.00 October 16, 2020
Michael Betts $25.00 October 16, 2020
Anonymous $30.00 October 16, 2020
Tiffany Albright $30.00 October 16, 2020
Declan Berkeley $20.00 October 15, 2020
Heather Cassano $10.00 October 15, 2020
Rachel Moldauer $50.00 October 15, 2020
Maria Feldman $50.00 October 15, 2020
Jonathan Trimby $49.00 October 15, 2020
Suneil Sanzgiri $20.00 October 15, 2020
Tenzin Phuntsog $31.00 October 15, 2020
Jheanelle Brown $20.00 October 15, 2020
Anonymous $50.00 October 15, 2020
Nikoletta Kanakis $25.00 October 15, 2020
Kelley Lothamer $50.00 October 15, 2020
Fiona Maurissette $50.00 October 15, 2020
Carmen Farias $25.00 October 15, 2020
Nicholas Corsano $50.00 October 15, 2020
Janet Edwards $100.00 October 15, 2020
Shannon Silva $50.00 October 15, 2020
Patricia Alvarez $50.00 October 15, 2020