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John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

Storytellers' Institute

Skidmore College Pond in July

The annual summer Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) welcomes documentary professionals, Skidmore College students and faculty, and the broader Saratoga Springs, NY community for five weeks of lively and thought-provoking conversation, workshopping and inspiration addressing a topic or theme. Institute screenings, performances and presentations will welcome the public. 

The inaugural Institute in June 2015  focused on the theme of family."  The June 2016 Institute will address "Walking the Line: Fact and Fiction in Documentary Storytelling"

Participation in the Institute is by application.  Practicing documentarians interested in a summer residency as Institute Fellows will apply in the fall. Skidmore students and faculty with documentary projects will apply in January.  Decisions will be announced in February.  Preference will be given, as appropriate, to work that contributes to the annual theme.

For advanced students, the Institute will offer workshops and opportunities to engage professionals in master classes and a chance to  focus on academically rigorous projects of students' own design or initiated in collaboration with faculty.
Students beginning their exploration of documentary theory and practice are welcome at public events; those enrolled in related courses in Documentary Studies offered in the College's Summer Session may participate in additional events and opportunities.
Institute Fellows and Skidmore faculty developing documentary projects will have time to hone their craft, work on and present projects, provide mentorship to students participants, and find fellowship and engagement with the Capital District creative, public service and documentarian community.

Saratoga Springs is a vibrant upstate community three hours from Boston, New York and Montreal.  In summer, Skidmore hosts the Skidmore Jazz Institute, New York State Writers Institute, SITI Company and Summer Dance Workshop, the Decoda │ Skidmore Chamber Music Institute and Skidmore Summer Studio Art Program.  And the city is home to SaratogaArtsFest, Yaddo, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Tang Teaching Museum, the Summer Writer's Institute, and myriad summer residencies in the performing arts.