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Storytellers' Institute: 2016 Schedule of Events

May 12, 2016

2016 Storytellers' Institute poster

The John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative’s (MDOCS) annual Storytellers’ Institute brings together documentary professionals, students and faculty for thought-provoking conversation, production and inspiration. This five-week residency program offers documentary creators space and time to focus on their work while also participating in public events that welcome the community into the conversation. 

Point of Departure: Adapting Reality for Stage and Screen
Thursday, June 2, 5–6 p.m. panel, 7 p.m. screening and Q&A, Davis Auditorium

Join Chip Duncan (filmmaker/photographer), Dan Markley (producer), and Jonathan Burkhart (president, Nantucket Film Festival) for a moderated discussion about the challenges of representing “real” stories on the stage and screen. The panel is directly followed by a reception and exclusive screening of Duncan’s new film, Tolkien & Lewis: Myth, Imagination and The Quest for Meaning about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

For more information click here.

Festosium Weekend
Thursday, June 9–Sunday, June 12, Tang Teaching Museum

This weekend-long gathering presents a series of screenings, exhibits, talks and events with filmmakers, audio documentarians, visual artists, multimedia designers and virtual-reality storytellers considering how recent documentary work challenges our understanding of what separates (or unites) fact and fiction, truth and imagination. For a full schedule of events click here.

Guests include Jeff Daniel Silva (Ivan & Ivana), Ann Heppermann (Serendipity podcast), Martin Johnson (Serendipity podcast), Kaitlin Prest (The Heart podcast), Stephanie Spray (Manakamana), Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), Nicolás Pereda (Summer of Goliath), Marc Beaudet and Loïc Suty (, virtual reality)

Institute at Spring Street Gallery
Thursday, June 16–Wednesday, June 29, Spring Street Gallery (110 Spring St., Saratoga Springs)

Spring Street Gallery is hosting a collective exhibit of work by this year’s institute fellows and former Skidmore student scholars with accompanying artist talks and screenings.

Thursday, June 16, 6–8:30 p.m., Artists’ talks and opening reception: Featuring Institute Fellows Courtney Reid-Eaton and Jake Nussbaum

Tuesday, June 21, 7–9 p.m., Screening: Inheritance, followed by a discussion with director and Institute Fellow Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz

Thursday, June 23, 7–9:30 p.m., Special preview screening: Spectres of Shortwave, followed by Q&A with director and Institute Fellow Amanda Dawn Christie

Institute screenings, performances and presentations are free and open to the public. For further information, visit