10K in 10 Days to Support Docs In Progress Programs

Funds from this #10K10Days campaign will help Docs In Progress offer programs and community for documentary filmmakers.
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10K in 10 Days to Support Docs In Progress Programs is fiscally sponsored by Docs In Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to give individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world.

Thank you for helping us to reach our goal with 48 hours to spare. We wanted to keep this campaign short and sweet, and appreciate that our community was up to the challenge.  

While our 2014 Summer Fundraising Campaign has concluded on Indiegogo, you can still support Docs In Progress all year long. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and accept contributions by check or credit card through Network for Good.  Find out more how you can support us.  You can also support us while shopping on Amazon by using thisspecial link.

THANK YOU AGAIN!

Ten is the Magic Number

This year Docs In Progress is thrilled to celebrate our 10th anniversary of providing programs and services to foster a community for documentary filmmakers of all experience levels.

At our May Decade of Docs commemoration, we spent time reflecting on our craft and looking ahead to the future of documentary. While many agree it’s a challenging time to be a documentary filmmaker, we still believe wholeheartedly in the importance of telling our stories through the art of non-fiction filmmaking.

Ten years of Docs In Progress alumni filmmakers with panelists at the Decade of Docs event in Washington DC in May 2014

In the past 10 years, you've watched Docs In Progress grow from a start-up organization to a nationally recognized non-profit.  In addition to a small, hardworking staff, we have a wonderful board representing our constituency and more than 1,000 filmmakers who have made progress,  connections, and films through our programs.  We are excited for what we can offer our community over the next decade. But we can't do it alone.

10K IN 10 DAYS

In this 10K in 10 Days campaign we are putting crowdfunding on fast forward!  We know you are all getting bombarded with campaigns and requests all the time, so our goal this year is to keep it short and sweet with a goal to raise $10,000 in 10 working days.  Yup that's 2 weeks to raise what normally would take 5 or 6 weeks to raise.

As most of you know, Docs In Progress aims to be as efficient as possible with our budget so we can put much of that budget into programs. Funds from this #10K10Days campaign will help sustain five free or near-free things we already do to benefit our community AND will help us check five new things off of our wishlist:

HELP KEEP THESE FREE OR NEAR-FREE PROGRAMS GOING STRONG

1. Work-in-Progress Screenings
Our longest running program is still core to what we do. We love helping filmmakers by facilitating feedback sessions where general audiences can provide honest but constructive feedback to help filmmakers break through creative blocks.  In 10 years, we have never charged filmmakers to submit films for this program and it's pay-what-you-can for audiences to make this program as open and accessible as possible.  Have you benefitted from feedback at one of these screenings? Have you discovered a new talent or an intriguing film?  What is this worth to you?


2. Documentary Roundtables

Held in partnership with Women in Film and Video, the Roundtables are a space where documentary filmmakers can connect, share, and support each other through successes and struggles. Have you gotten or given feedback on a trailer? Have you learned something new from a guest expert? Have you made a connection which has lead to a collaboration or a new idea? What is this worth to you?



3. Community Stories Festival
As Docs In Progress trains first-time documentary filmmakers in our adult production classes and youth summer camps, we have them produce short documentaries about our local communities in Montgomery County, Maryland. Every year, we produce a film festival to showcase these films and shine a mirror on our community. More than 300 people attend this five-day fall festival which includes screenings, salons, and filmmaking workshops -- all of which are free and open to the public.  Did you get a boost to your confidence from showing your film to an enthusiastic audience on a big screen? Were you excited to be profiled in one of these films so more people could discover what you, your small business, or nonprofit do? Did you love watching these films and learning more about your local community? 
What is this worth to you?


4. RESOURCE SHARING
Thousands of filmmakers have come to rely on our newsletters and social media updates for information about upcoming programs, events, and even grant deadlines. We love providing you with this information, so please help us keep the information coming.  Did you read an interesting article shared in our quarterly newsletter? Did you discover a new grant?  Did you learn something new without leaving home? What is this worth to you?


5. SCHOLARSHIPS
Thanks to your support and that of the William and Karen Tell Foundation, we have been able to offer scholarships for all our adult production classes and youth documentary filmmaking camps.  Did you benefit from one of these scholarships and want to give it forward?  The beauty of crowdfunding is that, no matter what amount you can afford to give, every contribution goes a long way towards reaching our goal.


While that's how you can help us sustain existing programs, Docs In Progress is always looking towards the future.  We have five new programs we plan to launch within the next year and would love to have some monentum towards making them happen... 

BE A TRAILBLAZER TO HELP MAKE FIVE NEW PROGRAMS HAPPEN!

1. A COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL IN DC
So many of you who attended our Decade of Docs event in May asked where you can see the films by the award nominees.  You will have a chance to see some of them this October when we bring all the nominees for the Capital City Awards plus some other alumni films on DC topics to a weekend film festival Decade of Docs In Our City at the Naval Heritage Center in the Penn Quarter.  This is being held jointly with the Our City Film Festival.  You can even get an all-access pass to the festival or be listed as a sponsor as some of the perks!

2. WEBSITE REDESIGN
Yes, we know that the Docs In Progress website -- informative as it is -- looks like it was created in the 1990s.  Our big dream for 2015 is to revamp our website so you can use it better when looking at it from a phone or tablet, can find what you need more easily, and so we can better showcase our alumni.

3. ALUMNI DATABASE
Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily find out more about that film you saw at a Work-in-Progress screening back in 2011? Or see if there are any Docs In Progress alumni films which spotlight a particular social issue?  Or have a way for more people to find out where they can buy your DVD or digital download?  As an extension of our website redesign, this is exactly what our planned alumni database would do -- to extend the ways we are helping filmmakers and film fans connect and continue to support our alumni even after their films are no longer "in progress."

4. FILMMAKER RESIDENCY
Thanks to support from the NEA, we have been offering half-day Master Classes this year with award-winning documentary filmmakers Ramona Diaz, Doug Block, and Nels Bangerter.  While this support will end at the end of this year, we want to keep the momentum going in 2015 by offering a residency for an established documentary filmmaker to have office space and equipment access at Docs In Progress while also teaching workshops and screening films to expand the professional development of our community.

5.  EXTEND OUR REACH BEYOND THE BELTWAY
While Docs In Progress' primary community is and always will be documentary filmmakers in the Washington DC area, we are often contacted by film festivals, organizations, conferences, and filmmakers from outside of the region to ask whether there is more we can do to support their work.  While we've already been offering a West Coast version of our Peer Pitch program at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, we would love to add a Peer Pitch program in the Midwest, offer webinars, expand the resources pages of our website, and do more to support the growing community of emerging documentary filmmakers worldwide.


The Impact

Our community has had an enormous impact on Docs In Progress moving forward in the past few years. In 2011, you helped us launch our very first scholarship program. In 2012, you helped bring our Executive Director on full-time so we could continue to grow and develop as an arts nonprofit. In 2013, you provided the seed funding so that we could hire a program coordinator to manage the growing demand for Docs In Progress educational and professional development programs.

Our community makes Docs In Progress what it is. 

And we do not take your support lightly.

Every dollar contributed to this campaign will go into making the 10 programs we've just described the best they can be. If we can put $1,000 towards each of them, just imagine what that impact will be on the documentary filmmakers who look to Docs In Progress for guidance, connection, and community.

While this is not an All-or-Nothing campaign, if we do reach our goal or beyond, that means that we will pay lower fees to Indiegogo, and will put all of those dollars into these programs.  


So what's in it for you?

While we know most of you give because you believe in what Docs In Progress does and has the potential to do, we have thrown in some perks to give back to those who give to us.

Some of our popular perks from past years are back -- including consultations, discounted Docs Insiders memberships (also good for renewals!) and All-Access Memberships. Our classic "Is there a documentary in the house?" and "I Heart Documentaries" t-shirts are back, along with a new limited edition t-shirt for 2014 featuring our Decade of Docs logo.  

Other new perks include a pass to the Decade of Docs in Our City Film Festival the weekend of October 18-19, 2014; a one-on-one consultation with Nels Bangerter, the award-winning editor of Let the Fire Burn and Out in the Silence; and a series of Top 10 "DIP-TIPS" on various topics of interest to documentary filmmakers -- from budgeting to crowdfunding to producing to getting started on your very first documentary (you can get one tipsheet for as little as $10 or get all 10 of them for $50).  Plus there are lots of sponsorship opportunities for those of you can afford to give a little more or are looking for a creative way to get your company's name out to the filmmaking community.

"DIP-TIP" Options
At the $10 level, you can pick out one of the following "DIP-TIPs"  (or at the $50 level, you can get all ten):
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Grant Fundraising for Documentaries (contributed by Anna Reid Jhirad)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Producing a Documentary
(contributed by Doug Block)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Budgeting (contributed by Erica Ginsberg)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Creating a Business Plan for Your Documentary (contributed by Kiley Kraskouskas)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Surviving Your First Crowdfunding Campaign (contributed by Hilary Linder)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Documentary Interviewing (Contributed by Sam Meddis)
Top 10 Legal Planning Steps Every Producer Should Know (Contributed by Laura Possessky)
Top 10 Things I've Learned After Owning a Production Company for 10 Years (Contributed by Tristan Pelligrino)
Top 10 Things I Learned As an Emerging Filmmaker in the Documentary Film Industry (Contributed by Sarah Katz)
Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Organizing Your Own Work-in-Progress Screening (Contributed by Erica Ginsberg)

T-Shirt Choices
We will contact you shortly after the campaign concludes to find out which style and size t-shirt you prefer

Ways to Contribute $

The preferred way to contribute financially is to click the pink "Contribute Now" button towards the top right of this campaign.  It will prompt you to select a perk (you can also opt out of perks if you just want to give to give) and will then take you to PayPal to complete your transaction. 

What If You Want to Pay With a Credit Card, Debit Card or E-Check?
PayPal is a merchant account which accepts other forms of payment, so you don't have to pay with PayPal funds.  There are, however a few things you should know:

* If you are giving $500 or less, you do not need to have a PayPal account.  After you complete the information in Indiegogo where you select your level of giving and your perk (if any), you will be redirected to PayPal.  Somewhere on the page, you will see this. 

Select the "Pay with a debit or credit card, or Bill Me Later" option.

You will then be prompted to enter your billing and credit card information in a screen like the image below, Make sure the address, e-mail address, and phone number match the one used for the card:

If you don't want to save your information with PayPal, you can uncheck the "Save your information with PayPal button." You'll still need to enter your e-mail address so PayPal can send you a receipt.

If you do have a PayPal account associated with your e-mail address, PayPal may prompt you a second time to pay by PayPal rather than your credit card, debit card, or e-check.  Make sure you select the credit/debit/bill me option. Otherwise the transaction will not go through.

* If you are giving $500 or more in one transaction, you need to have a PayPal account but can still pay by credit card, debit card, or e-check rather than PayPal funds.

If you have any concerns about setting up a PayPal account but still want to give $501 or more to be able to claim a perk, or you are having any other problems with the transaction, please advise Erica Ginsberg at ericaATdocsinprogressDOTorg or 301-789-2797 and she can advise you on how to make that happen.

And if you really prefer not to give online at all but still want to support Docs In Progress, we do accept contributions by check (though they are not eligible for most of the tangible perks). Checks can be made payable to "Docs In Progress" and mailed to:

Docs In Progress
8700 1st Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Docs In Progress is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible minus the value of any perks received (noted in the perk descriptions). 

    Other Ways to Contribute
    If you've already given or can't afford to contribute right now, there are other ways you can help.

    This is going to be a short but very intense campaign (only 10 working days compared to past campaigns which lasted five weeks). This means that we need to build momentum very quickly and are depending on our community to help get the word out.

    Right below the video above are a number of sharing tools so you can get the word out on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or E-mail,  Remember to use the hashtag #10K10Days

    While these tools will generate template text, please feel free to change it up and speak from the heart as to why Docs In Progress matters  to you. Personal appeals make a HUGE difference since the #1 reason why people contribute to a cause is because someone they know asked them to give. 

    Thank you for helping Docs In Progress begin its next ten years with momentum!

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    • $10USD
      Top 10 DIP-TIPS

      What are the top 10 things you need to know about different aspects of documentary filmmaking? Budgeting? Interviewing? Producing? Crowdfunding? Grants? For each $10 you give, you can pick one of our "DIP-TIPS" which will be sent to you as a PDF. (We will follow up by e-mail shortly after the campaign to find out which tipsheet you want). This perk is considered a charitable contribution by U.S donors and may be fully tax-deductible as such to the extent allowed by law.

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    • $30USD
      T-Shirt

      You can choose from the classic "Is There a Documentary in the House?" or "I Heart Documentaries" t-shirt, or choose a special "Decade of Docs" limited edition t-shirt created especially for this year. See images in description at left. We will follow up shortly after the campaign to get your t-shirt preference, size, and address. This perk may be partially tax-deductible as a charitable donation by U.S. donors to the extent allowed by law (amount above $15 tax deductible).

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    • $50USD
      DIP-TIP Tenpack

      Instead of getting one documentary filmmaking "DIP-TIP" tipsheet for $10, why not get all ten tipsheets for $50? Shortly after the campaign ends, we'll send you all 10 as PDFs right to your e-mail inbox. This perk is considered a charitable contribution by U.S donors and may be fully tax-deductible as such to the extent allowed by law.

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    • $75USD
      Docs Insiders Discount

      Discounted Docs Insider membership for 12 months from date of activation. (Normally membership costs $95 per year, so this is a steal!) Includes discounts on all classes and workshops, as well as free application costs for the 2015 fellowship program. This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.

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    • $75USD
      Festival Pass

      Celebrate films about Washington DC at the Decade of Docs in Our City Film Festival October 18-19 at the Naval Heritage Center. Get into all the screenings, panels, and parties over the weekend. This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.

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      $100USD
      Consult with Erica Ginsberg

      Want personalized feedback on up to 90 minutes of your documentary rough cut or advice on how to get started on your first documentary? Docs In Progress Co-Founder and Executive Director Erica Ginsberg will review your cut or goals and meet with you for an hour to help you get to the next level. This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.

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      Consult with Sam Hampton

      Want advice on what equipment to buy to get started on your first documentary, how to research foundations, or feedback on your grant proposal? Docs In Progress Co-Founder and Teaching Artist Sam Hampton will provide you with the information you need most to get you shooting and fundraising. (This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.)

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      $100USD
      Consult with Amy Wilson

      Communications Strategist and Docs In Progress Board Chair Amy Wilson will review your website, print materials, or social media strategy for your film or media organization and provide some feedback to help you reach your audience and share your message better. (This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.)

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      $100USD
      Consult with Adele Schmidt

      Need to whip your documentary into shape? One hour with Documentary Coach and Docs In Progress co-founder Adele Schmidt will give you a reality check on the story or structure of your documentary. This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.

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    • $100USD
      Name on a Chair

      You've attended more programs at the Doc House over the years than you can remember. Now, have your very own seat with your name or your company's name on it. This was a popular item last year but we still have a few seats left!

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    • $150USD
      Consult with Kiley Kraskouskas

      She's helped films and nonprofits raise more than $200,000 through crowdfunding. Now Docs In Progress VP Kiley Kraskouskas of Thinking Forward Media can advise you on crowdfunding or business strategy for your documentary in a one hour consultation. (This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value equals or exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.)

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      $150USD
      Consult with Nels Bangerter

      Get one-on-one feedback from editor Nels Bangerter on your trailer or rough cut of up to 90 minutes (NOTE: Because of Nels' work schedule, the consultation MUST take place the morning of Saturday, July 19 either in person or via Skype - we will need to get the video link from you no later than Thursday, July 17). (This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.)

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    • $250USD
      Sponsor MoCo Festival

      Sponsor our 5th annual Community Stories Film Festival in Montgomery County, Maryland from November 13-16, 2014. A great way to show your support for filmmakers telling stories of our local community. Includes your name on our website and program for the event which will take place in mid-November. (This perk is considered a charitable contribution by U.S donors and may be fully tax-deductible as such to the extent allowed by law.)

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    • $250USD
      Sponsor DC Festival

      Sponsor Decade of Docs in Our City Film Festival October 18-19 in Washington DC. In addition to getting a festival pass to all the weekend's screenings, panels, and parties, you will be listed as a sponsor on our website and program for the event. (This perk may be partially tax-deductible as a charitable donation by U.S. donors to the extent allowed by law: amount over $100 is tax-deductible if contributor accepts the festival pass.)

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    • $500USD
      Sponsor WIP Screenings

      Support Docs In Progress' longest running program -- our work-in-progress screenings. You'll be listed as a sponsor on our website, in e-mail outreach, and verbally at all eight screenings from August 2014-November 2015. (This perk is considered fully tax-deductible as a charitable donation by U.S. donors to the extent allowed by law.)

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      Estimated delivery: August 2014
    • $1,000USD
      All-Access Pass

      Get an ENTIRE YEAR of Docs in Progress classes, workshops, and other programs. A priceless investment in you and your craft. Good for 12 months from the date you activate the pass. (This perk is not tax-deductible as a charitable donation since its value exceeds the amount of the donation. However, it may be deductible as a professional development expense.)

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      Estimated delivery: March 2015
    • $2,500USD
      Website Sponsor

      Be in on the ground floor of the new and improved Docs In Progress website, premiering in 2015. As a thank you, we will include your company's name or logo on the homepage for a year. (This perk is considered fully tax-deductible as a charitable donation by U.S. donors to the extent allowed by law.)

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    • $5,000USD
      Name That Room

      Want to literally make your mark on Docs In Progress? We'll name one of our training rooms at the Doc House after you or your company so everyone can see on the wall that you are a big believer in what we do. (This perk is considered fully tax-deductible as a charitable donation by U.S. donors to the extent allowed by law.)

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      Estimated delivery: October 2014
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