John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
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.