Documentary Center Staff

Doc Center Staff


Documentary Center instructors offer unparalleled expertise in all aspects of documentary filmmaking – from film theory to script writing to production and editing.  We work closely as a team to ensure students gain a thorough, in-depth understanding of all the elements of the craft of non-fiction storytelling.

Documentary Center staff assist with everything from class admission and registration to internship placement to content and technical instruction to event management and community outreach.


Sara Barger

Sara Barger

Sara Barger is a documentary filmmaker who travels the world making short films. She has worked for the U.S. State Department and USAID, filming in developing countries such as Iraq, Congo, China, Tibet, El Salvador, Honduras and India. She also developed the production departments for two leading think tanks in DC, as well as worked at Discovery Channel. Sara was previously a full-time lecturer at Old Dominion University. She recently completed a short documentary The Southern Ladies about the struggles of being gay in Pittsburgh, and is currently in production on Buying Time, about a family in Virginia using medical cannabis to treat their daughter's symptoms of brain cancer. Sara holds an MA in Journalism from American University and is currently finishing her MFA in film from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  

JM Crawford

Jacob Crawford

Jacob has been the Documentary Center's Outreach and Marketing Manager since December 2016. He comes to us with a background in non-profit and higher education communications, having begun his career working on environmental campaigns in Colorado and Minnesota. Jacob also serves as the Digital and Online Media Manager for the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. He is a Wisconsin native, holding a degree in Film Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.