Doing Your Doc New York | Oct 3 - 5, 2014



Kicking off with a community screening, Doing Your Doc: Diverse Voices, Regional Visions is a  3-day regional documentary development/production seminars for Latino/a, African American, Native/Pacific Islanders, Asian, Middle Eastern, LGBTQ, and regional documentary makers in communities traditionally under-served by professional mentoring and information. The artists participating in this program are producing personal, community, social justice, and public media documentaries that reflect their experiences, and tell the stories of their regions and cultures. Now in its 8th year, this professional development program is designed to support individual media artist’s projects with skills instruction, relationship building, and artist mentoring. DYD also builds community between NALIP and local arts and cultural organizations, and amongst the local nonprofits and artists.

Doing Your Doc New York 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.

Weekend Seminar Schedule

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm - *Purgatorio screening at Cinema Village followed by Q&A with director Rodrigo Reyes 

*This screening is free and open to the public


Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - 9 am - 5 pm

Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

1130 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 2880; 420 Hamilton Hall; New York, NY 10027

9 am - 9:30 am Orientation, Introduction, and Purpose of DYD -

9:30 am - 11:30 am Loglines & Synopses  - Fernanda Rossi

12 pm - 1:15 pm Open Lunch Break

1:15 pm - 3:45 pm - Demos - Fernanda Rossi

4 pm - 5 pm - Doc Fundraising Tips -  Fernanda Rossi



Sunday, October 5th, 2014 - 9 am - 5 pm 

Columbia University Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

1130 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 2880; 420 Hamilton Hall; New York, NY 10027

9 am - 9:30 am DYD Recap

9:30 am - 10:50 am - Purgatorio Production Case Study with Rodrigo Reyes

11 am - 12 pm - Public Media Distribution - Monika Navarro, World Channel

12 pm - 1 pm - Public Media Funding Opportunities - Nonso Christian Ugbode & Kay Shaw, NBPC

1 pm - 2:15 pm Open Lunch Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Mentor Meetings

3:30 - 4:30 pm - Mentor Meetings

4:30 pm - 5 pm - DYD NYC Wrap Up



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

DYD New York is presented by NEA Media Arts, the University of Arizona Hanson Film Institute, World Channel, Matson Films, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

Please be aware that Doing Your Doc New York with Fernanda Rossi has limited space and will fill up fast, so we recommend registering early. Take note of ticket sale prices below. The later you wait to register, the higher the price and the possibility of missing out when tickets sell out.

DYD Registration by October 3, 2014 (12 Midnight ET) - $100; 
DYD Registration + six month NALIP membership - $135;

Student Registration (w/ Valid ID) -- $50 
Student Registration + six month NALIP membership - $85

Includes PDF of workshop materials.

At the door Registration -- $125; Students -- $75

Purchase/refund policy: NO REFUNDS. Registration may be transferred to another media maker.





October 03, 2014 at 6:00pm - October 05, 2014


Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University

Will you come?