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.
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THANK YOU AGAIN!
Ten is the Magic NumberThis 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?
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.
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?
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.