MDOCS Storytellers' Institute
Founded in 2014, the annual Storytellers’ Institute sponsored by Skidmore College's John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) is a five-week residency hosted at the college campus. For the month of June, the institute welcomes its fellows 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 professional documentary practitioners (visiting fellows) and selected Skidmore College students and faculty. Visiting 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 fellow applications are open to faculty and advanced students looking to develop documentary projects alongside documentary practitioners.
Along with an honorarium, participants 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 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 as well as critique sessions to workshop their works-in-progress.
Alongside the residency, MDOCS hosts a weekend-long series of public events, the MDOCS Forum. The MDOCS Forum combines festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The symposium is free and open to the public.
This year, The MDOCS Forum will explore the theme "surveil/surveilled" in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potential.
Enter the Storytellers' Institute site for more information on the 2018 institute and MDOCS Forum.