Do you have a pitch, logline and trailer that are not bringing you money? Or worse, no fundraising materials at all?

Doing Your Doc is a unique chance to meet with internationally renowned speaker Fernanda Rossi, co-writer and story analyst to over 500 documentaries, fiction scripts and demos including two Academy Award Nominees, and author of the book Trailer Mechanics. 

• Screening of film with Q&A and case study with the director

• Full day workshop on how to create a pitch, logline, synopsis and demo with Ms. Rossi

• One lunch lecture on new media and outreach

• One lunch lecture on grants and PBS

• One-on-one mentorship of your project with industry professionals.

From beginners to veterans, this weekend program gets your project one step closer to completion.

What people are saying about Fernanda Rossi’s work and seminars:

"After being a finalist at ITVS Open Call four times, I finally won. That happened after I worked with Fernanda, who managed to connect the subtle dots between past panel feedbacks, proposals and works-in-progress."The Lost Dream
Director/Producer Jehan S. Harney
ITVS recipient

"We had a trailer and lots of opposing comments from different people. When we had only three days left to submit to ITVS, she helped us finish our treatment and version of the sample work. We were selected!"
Sun Kissed
Director and Producer Maya Stark
ITVS recipient

"After a very informative and enlightening workshop with Fernanda, we put together a trailer and proposal. She was clear and unambiguous in her analysis, yet very respectful and supportive of our vision. In the end, the NFB took on the financing of the full production!"
The Last Spirit Flight
Co-directors Julia Szucs and Stephen Smith
National Film Board Production




The National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting support NALIP's efforts with a grant to design, market, organize and produce 4 regional professional documentary development/production seminars targeted at the diverse voices of emerging Latino/a, African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American documentary makers. "Doing Your Doc: Diverse Visions, Regional Voices" has completed its fourth successful year aimed at expanding the documentary talent pool in communities underserved by documentary development.

The program attracted 20-45 artists in Austin, Miami and Chicago, Albuquerque, Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Tucson, and San Francisco. The 2-1/2 day curriculum covers documentary project story structure, proposal writing, trailer mechanics and post-production/ delivery planning taught by "Documentary Doctor" Fernanda Rossi. It includes general information, a case study screening, and specific project mentoring. It focuses on emerging regional makers who have personal documentaries reflective of their locales or experience, plus it supported stories that cover community-based and social change issues. It includes presentations about funding, broadcast or careers in the public television system, and introduced members of the minority consortia to new applicants. It brings professionals to regional communities underserved by the information available in New York and Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and supports project development to feed into other national programs like NALIP's Latino Producers Academy and Latino Media Market.

NALIP and the Full Frame Film Festival, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, Columbia College Chicago, International Latino Cultural Center and IFP-Chicago, National Black Programmers Consortium, the Center for Asian American Media, Pacific Islanders in Communications, ITVS, WMM, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Film and Video Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, KNME, Full Frame Documentary Festival, the Office of African-American Affairs, the New Mexico Film Commission, the Institute of American Indian Arts, MIT Media Lab, DAEL Lab at GSU, Native American Telecommunications, and Latino Public Broadcasting presented additional 2009 workshops in Miami, Lincoln, Harlem, and San Antonio; in 2010 we target Minneapolis, Puerto Rico and perhaps Dominican Republic.

Funding pays instructors and artists to attend as mentors, to do case studies, and to inspire new filmmakers. Funding provides audio visual support and professional development lunches about public television funding opportunities and digital technologies. And funding supplements lowered registration and, when possible, hotel costs for regional participants. In Austin, we had makers travel from Arizona, New Mexico, Dallas, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley; two Puerto Rico filmmakers and an Atlanta artist attended the Miami workshop on scholarship while PIC hosted two Hawaiian producers in Chicago.