John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative

MDOCS Storytellers' Institute

Skidmore College Pond in July


Founded in 2014, the annual Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is a five-week residency hosted at the Skidmore College campus. For the month of June, the Institute welcomes its Fellows, Skidmore Scholars and the Saratoga Springs local community to engage in lively and thought-provoking conversation, workshops, and inspiration addressing a timely topic or theme.

Residency spots are open to four professional documentary practitioners (Institute Fellows) and 10 Skidmore College students and faculty (Skidmore Scholars). Institute Fellows are competitively selected from around the country working in an expanse of documentary mediums and practices. Preference is given to those most challenging the current annual Institute theme. Skidmore Scholar applications are open to advanced students and faculty looking to workshop and develop documentary projects alongside documentary practitioners.

Along with an honorarium, practitioners are provided with room, board, workspace, and the opportunity to take advantage of MDOCS' production equipment collection, software and other resources. 

The five-week residency provides an intensely focused period of time for the Fellows and Scholars to work independently and collaboratively in order to hone their craft and advance their current projects. Synergies and serendipities emerge through the participants’ creativity and proclivity. Opportunities for public presentations of current or past work are offered to Institute Fellows, while Skidmore Scholars have the chance to lead critique workshops on their work.

Public events highlighting Institute participants' work welcome the local community and allow engagement with all the Capital District has to offer. These screenings, performances, and presentations are all free and open to the public. Stay tuned for this year’s schedule of events.

Click here for more information about the 2017 Storytellers’ Institute: Space and Place in documentary.