Doc Talk With Lynne Sachs Feb. 25

A beautiful, poetic collage of memory, history, poetry, and lived experience, in all its joys, sorrows, fears, hopes, triumphs, and tragedies … rendered in exquisite visual terms, creating an artful collective chronicle of history.
– Christopher Bourne, Screen Anarchy

An examination of one generation’s complex and diverse navigation between public and private experience.
– David Finkelstein, Film International Doc Talk With Lynne Sachs Feb. 25

DOC Studies Alumna Lauren Belfer’s film gets theatrical distribution!


Congratulations to Lauren Ashley Belfer, Doc Studies 2010 alumna, whose first feature (and award winning!) documentary Wrestle got picked up by Oscilloscope for theatrical release!

The film is a verite portrait of four young men on a high school wrestling team at a failing school in Huntsville, Alabama. It opens at Cinema East Village next Friday, 2/22.

See link and don’t miss it!!


Doc Talk With RaMell Ross Dec. 3


An inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING follows two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime. Doc Talk With RaMell Ross Dec. 3

Doc Studies alumna, Inés Vogelfang selected for DCTV NY’s 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab

Ines_headshotCongrats to Doc Studies alumna, Inés Vogelfang, whose project You Play Here was selected for DCTV NY’s 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab. You Play Here started as a thesis film in Documentary Studies program and was later developed into an interactive/AR experience in the Emerging Media & Documentary Practice course. Doc Studies alumna, Inés Vogelfang selected for DCTV NY’s 2018 Docu Work-In-Progress Lab

Nailed It, Adele!


Doc Studies alumna, Adele Free Pham, was recently featured on the Center for Asian American Media’s website. The conversation marks the release of her documentary ‘Nailed It’, which captures an unforgettable and often hilarious saga born of tragedy, charting the rise, struggle, stereotypes, and steady hold Vietnamese Americans have on today’s $8 billion dollar nail industry. Congrats, Adele!

Read a Q&A with Adele here



Meet the Doc Studies Class of 2018

The future documentary filmmakers are currently on their first semester of The Documentary Studies Certificate Program at The New School, in New York City. Meet the students who will be screening their work at the annual public film festival: Truth be Told, by the end of Spring 2018:

Doc Talk with Peter Hutton

“Cinema has become such a commodified form of information and entertainment that it’s morphed into something that disengages the viewer from their visual discipline and the fact that you can find pleasure in just looking at something. I’m doing something that’s perhaps in opposition to the whole tradition of cinema, which is about condensing our experiences.” Doc Talk with Peter Hutton

Stellar Week for New School Documentarians

Two graduates, Erin Davis from Doc Studies, and Mark Nickolas from the MA in Media Studies, will screen work in major festivals this week.  A third, Doc Studies alum Ivana Todorovic, will be featured with her doc ‘A Harlem Mother’ in Wednesday’s New York Times (front page, Metro section). The films of both Doc Studies alums originated in the Doc Studies certificate program.  Also from Doc Studies, is Mark Nickolas’ cinematographer Oscar Frasser.

Stellar Week for New School Documentarians

Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 is currently in production. Each student is working on a short documentary, while also crewing on shoots for fellow classmates.  Their twelve documentary shorts will screen at the annual Truth Be Told public film festival in May 2015.

Class of 2015

Doc Talk with Nina Davenport

About the form of first-person cinema, Davenport says:  “The ‘off-the-cuff’ intimacy of personal documentaries makes them look easy, but from the cadence and delivery of the voiceover to the creation of a persona, it’s actually extremely difficult to get it just right.”

Doc Talk with Nina Davenport

Doc Talk with Maya Mumma

Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington

Doc Studies graduate and editor Maya Mumma discusses the making of the HBO documentary on photographer Tim Hetherington, who was killed in Libya shortly after the release of his 2011 Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Maya describes her role in the researching, shooting and editing of Which Way Is The Frontline From Here?, a tribute to Hetherington’s singular work by his close friend and Restrepo co-director Sebastian Junger.

Anders Birch, Doc Studies Alum, begins Midwest Shoot for Denmark’s DR1 Television

In early May, Doc Studies graduate Anders Birch begins shooting a television feature doc in the U.S. for Denmark’s public broadcaster DR1.  Along with Danish journalist Jakob Volver, Anders will shoot, direct and produce a 60-minute film on a little-known but long-established Danish village in the heart of the American midwest. Anders Birch, Doc Studies Alum, begins Midwest Shoot for Denmark’s DR1 Television

Doc Talk with Debra Zimmerrman on Distribution — How to Promote Your Film

Debra Zimmerman from Women Make Movies joined us for a conversation on maximizing film’s outreach—eg. getting into the right film festivals, finding a distributor, getting your work broadcast—in the ever shifting landscape of indie media marketing and distribution. Since 1983, Debra Zimmerman has been the Executive Director of Women Make Movies, a non-profit NY-based organization that supports women filmmakers.

Doc Talk with Debra Zimmerrman on Distribution — How to Promote Your Film

Doc Talk with Jonathan Oppenheim – On Editing

What we talk about when we talk about editing. Renowned editor Jonathan Oppenheim (Paris is Burning, Arguing the World, Sister Helen, and the upcoming Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner) screened and discussed the ways in which he worked with director Laura Poitras to create a framework and context for the post 9/11 film The Oath. Oppenheim’s psychological approach to shaping character in documentary has won him a Peabody, an Oscar nomination and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Doc Talk with Julia Loktev – Moment of Impact

Julia Loktev, director of The Loneliest Planet, on many critics’ ‘best of 2012’ film lists, made her remarkable debut with the documentary Moment of Impact, for which she won the Directing Award at Sundance in 1998.   Shot in 16mm black and white, the film is a stark portrayal of Loktev’s parents after a freak accident incapacitated her father.  The rigor of mundane quotidian life, redolent of Chantal Akerman’s iconic Jeanne Dielman, powers the film’s intimate non-fiction family drama.

Meet the Doc Studies Class of 2020!

Delighted to introduce to you the future documentary filmmakers in our Documentary Studies Certificate Program at The New School, in New York City! Meet our wonderful 14th cohort, whose final projects will be screening at the annual public film festival Truth be Told, at the end of Spring 2020:

Amrit Cheng came to the New School with a background in reporting and nonprofit advocacy. She most recently worked at the ACLU where she produced documentaries and news videos focused on voting and immigrants’ rights. With her own films, she will continue to tell visual stories that advance social change. 

Claire Haughey’s previous engagements as an outdoor and experiential educator for kids and teenagers showed her the power of storytelling as a means of processing experiences and building resiliency. Combined with her love of photography and film, she became interested in the intersections of narrative therapy and filmmaking, with clear-eyed appreciation for intimate, first person narratives. She was the cinematographer and co-director for “Renga for the West” (2017), supported by the Tribeca Film Institute and broadcast on Al Jazeera’s Witness series. In previous iterations of herself, she has also been a sheep farmer, a photography teacher, and an architectural photographer.

Edward Clem is a 26-year-old filmmaker from Seattle, Washington. After studying photojournalism, he dove into the world of sports and action cinematography making daring backcountry ski movies. He is passionate about non-fiction storytelling and meeting people from all walks of life, in New York and beyond.

Johanna Case is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, photographer, an interdisciplinary designer, and a musician. She completed her BA at the New School, where she studied photography, oral history, and Arabic. Her interests focus on using arts to address anti-immigrant sentiments in the US, and interrogations of the western liberal model of documentary and humanitarianism. Most recently, Johanna was a fellow with the International Rescue Committee’s Amman-based Middle East Research and Development Hub, creating videos for Syrian and Jordanian community innovators.

Lauren McKenna is an Austalian filmmaker residing in New York. In her work, Lauren explores collaborative and community aspects of documentary filmmaking. Currently she is working on a short documentary film about queer perspectives on consent and sex education.

Lillian Xuege Li is a Chinese filmmaker living in New York. With a background in both film and graphic design, Lillian has developed a passion towards visual communications and media experimentation. She understands time as an architectural structure, and the act of building as a way to connect with others and the world. 

Maliyamungu Muhande is a Congolese creative thinker with a background in advertising as an art director. She is passionate about using creative arts to affect social change. Through documentary filmmaking, Maliyamungu hopes to capture human stories that can provide us with deeper insights into history. 

Sarah Wolfe has a background in journalism and the performing arts. Inspired by the works of filmmakers such as Harrod Blank (“Why Can’t I Be me? Around You)”, David Sutherland (“Marcos Doesn’t Live here Anymore”), and Tracy Droz Tragos (“Rich Hill”), she came to The New School to expand her skills in documentary filmmaking, a realm she’s long been drawn to. Sarah is particularly committed to making documentaries that remove the barriers that lead to “us vs. them” thinking; to allow people to connect with each other through their shared humanity