The call for applications for this Autumn’s UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is now open. This is a fantastic opportunity for twelve documentarians to develop their practice in the hugely creative environment of UnionDocs, Brooklyn. I’ve curated shows at UnionDocs and run a couple of workshops with the CoLAB, and can highly recommend it. The unique programme was developed by a team including the people behind interactive projects Yellow Arrow, Mapping Main Street and Zeega. Here’s what they say about the CoLAB.
“The UnionDocs Collaborative Studio (CoLAB) is a one-year program for a select group of 12 emerging media artists from the US and abroad. Based in one of NYC’s most exciting neighborhoods, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, UnionDocs offers a platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing a collaborative project. The program consists of weekly production meetings, seminars, screenings and other public programs, along with regular masterclasses and critiques with visiting artists. Key benefits include:
– Dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers
– Direct exchange with visiting artists and industry experts
– A structured environment for research and experimentation
– Mentoring on the production of original work and regular group critique
– Exhibition opportunities for the year’s collaborative project.
The CoLAB 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 the UDC their primary creative focus, the schedule does accommodate full-time or freelance work. Rather than applying with a project proposal or rough cut, all participants are selected on the basis of previous work and enter the program at square one, open to discovery and fresh connections. The CoLAB has presenting original work at premiere venues such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, the Harvard Film Archive, the Visible Evidence Conference, Camden International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and Direktorenhaus, Berlin, among other venues. We expect a very competitive group of applicants, representing some of the most exciting emerging talents in documentary.”
Do pass it on. The deadline for applications is June 30th.