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

 Storytellers' Institute 2017: Space and Place 


Deadline: January 6, 2017

The Storytellers' Institute seeks evidence-based storytellers engaged in telling stories that matter, in any medium (sound, film, photography, multimedia, spoken or written word, etc.). We invite Fellows' Applications from documentarians with projects in-progress that touch on the theme of "space and place" to apply today. Whether the story you have to tell is a portrait of a solitary journey through space, a personal experience or the result of archival research, and whether you seek to make us laugh, shudder, weep or move to change the world, we welcome your application.

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The Storytellers' Institute is run by the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS), an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in documentary studies at Skidmore College. The Institute runs from May 30- June 30, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, NY, a vibrant upstate community situated three hours from Boston, New York and Montreal, and home to Saratoga Arts Fest, Yaddo, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the Tang Teaching Museum, the New York State Summer Writer's Institute, and a myriad of summer residencies in the performing arts.

The Institute is a hybrid artistic-academic experience that combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the active engagement of sharing passions in documentary with the next generation of practitioners. Exchanges and synergies are encouraged amongst Fellows and Scholars (Skidmore students and faculty) to get to know each other, each others' projects and goals, and participate in an intellectually challenging environment. Time will be divided between independent work and Institute activities (such as critique sessions, public events, and group outings organized around the theme). 

We anticipate some Institute participants will offer public presentations about their current or previous work, which might include screenings, discussions, and performances on campus or in the surrounding community. Planning for these activities will occur in Spring 2017, in conversations with each of the accepted Institute participants.

For more information about life on campus and in Saratoga Springs in summer, see the Summer at Skidmore informational webpage, and the Summer Information Guide for the nuts and bolts of campus living.


Accepted Institute Fellows:

Please write to for a full list of production resources and facilities available at Skidmore.


A complete application is necessary to receive full consideration. Priority is given to those whose work most engages with the theme of Space and Place


Please e-mail the first two items below to

Includes space for personal and professional information, work samples, project description, and statement of purpose.

Please provide one academic or professional letter of reference that speaks both to your project and personal trajectory. Your referee should send directly to