MDOCS Storytellers' Institute, Skidmore College

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Founded 2014
Saratoga Springs, United States


Founded in 2014, the annual Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is a five-week residency hosted at Skidmore College. For the month of June, the Institute welcomes its Fellows to work on independent projects and engage in an annual theme. The institute brings together four-five professional documentary practitioners (Visiting Fellows) and 8-10 Skidmore College students and 1-2 faculty/staff members (by invitation) to work on personal projects and engage with the year’s theme. All Fellows are competitively selected and work in a range of documentary mediums and practices. Opportunities for public presentations of current or past work are offered to Visiting Fellows during the annual documentary Forum – a weekend of events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations grounded around the annual theme. These screenings, performances, and presentations are all free and open to the public.

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The MDOCS Storytellers' Institute takes place every June at Skidmore College in the beautiful setting of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Due to the on-going Covid-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Storytellers' Institute happened remotely. Even still, the experience for all our Fellows was overwhelmingly positive! We are still waiting for final confirmation on whether or not the 2021 Storytellers' Institute will be in-person or remote.

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