By Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs in Progress
Two almost-finished documentaries will be presented from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Greenbelt Municipal Building free. This work-in-progress screening is organized by the Silver Spring-based film nonprofit, Docs In Progress, which is co-founded by Greenbelt resident Erica Ginsberg, and is presented as part of the Utopia Film Festival.
ABOUT THE FILMS
"I’m Paying for This Microphone: The Inside Story of America's Televised Presidential Debates" by Christopher Richmond
A behind-the-scenes look at how, in the television era, major independent candidates have been excluded from presidential debates… with the collusion of both Democrats and Republicans.
"Nemo 1934: Searching For Everett Ruess" by Corey Robinson
In the 1930′s, teenager Everett Ruess set out from Los Angeles into the desert southwest’s wilderness intending to explore native American ruins, desert canyons and high mesas. Making art and writing all the way, he spent many of his teen years in the unforgiving desert. At just 20 years old, he vanished into the red rock canyon country, never to be found. A wilderness advocate before his time, the mystery around Ruess still builds.
These films are being screened as part of Docs In Progress' signature program. Since 2004, the organization has screened documentary works-in-progress by more than 100 local and visiting filmmakers.
After screening the film, Ginsberg will facilitate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film. It is a unique way for the general public to be involved in the creative process.
Many of these films have gone on to be completed and receive funding and distribution from national entities such as Sundance, PBS, BET, and more. This is the fourth time Docs In Progress has presented a screening at the Utopia Film Festival.
This is a free event which is open to the general public. No tickets or RSVP are required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. This program is co-sponsored by the Utopia Film Festival and is made possible through support from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Film Office.
For more information on Docs In Progress, visit its website.