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Create Non-fiction.

Visit the 2020 Storytellers’ Institute online exhibit: SHIFT and see first-hand the stunning and diverse works that came from the individuals and teams that made up the 2020 Stoytellers’ Fellows. Glimpse into the world they built together and the creative ways they forged intimacy without ever meeting one another in person.



2020 Golden Acorn Winners

Selected student work from MDOCS' annual showcase



Student working with video camera
Immerse yourself.

The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) serves Skidmore and the surrounding community through courses, workshops, and project support in the art of non-fiction. Whether you are interested in learning a new storytelling skill, advancing a nonfiction project, or pursuing the focused study of documentary traditions, MDOCS has a variety of ways for you to get involved in the program.


coviDOCS: Stories from the Pandemic



Documentary work can take many forms in the professional world. MDOCS supports projects on and off campus, in the local community and beyond.

Sylvia Ryerson

'18 Visiting Fellow

Sylvia Ryerson

Sylvia Ryerson

Visiting Fellow

Sylvia is collaborating with Luis Luna to produce the new bilingual radio show Melting the ICE / Derritiendo el Hielo. The show shares stories of how Immigration and Customs Enforcement is impacting families and broadcasts to ICE detention centers sharing messages of love, solidarity and support to people currently in detention. STORYTELLERS’ INSTITUTE

Adam Tinkle

MDOCS Director

Adam Tinkle

Adam Tinkle

MDOCS Director

Adam is working on a new installation in the Bennington Museum (VT). (re)Sounding activates and interprets the Museum’s collection of historic instruments by placing them on display alongside archival photographs, interpretive text, and an immersive sound installation of new music for old instruments. Feb 1 - May 23. MDOCS Faculty

Liv Fidler '19

Studio Manager

Liv Fidler

Liv Fidler '19

Studio Manager at Brand New School

Liv Fidler ’19 (American Studies) had her film Chinese Breakfast accepted into the Adirondack Film Festival this past Fall and recently became the Studio Manager at a top production studio, Brand New School, in Manhattan. She also assists with research and social media on a new docuseries, UNLADYLIKE2020, premiering Summer 2020 on PBS. MDOCS ALUMNI

Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project

The Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP) is an ongoing exploration of the contemporary and historical life of Saratoga County and Skidmore College. Through oral history projects it documents the rich history and cultures of Saratoga County and the contribution of historical and contemporary figures on the national and international stage.

Explore the Oral History Archive

MDOCs Newsletter Archive

Our newsletter highlights documentary projects and events at Skidmore and in the wide MDOCS diaspora. Read up on past events and subscribe to stay posted on the latest MDOCS news.

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