In the Media

Everything BetweenLocal press covers GWU student filmmaker  

May 10, 2017 

The Calvert Recorder (serving Calvert County, MD) picked up the story of the 2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking production Everything Between screening at the Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival. The short film was produced by Huntingtown-born Paul Warner, a graduate of the Institute. Everything between went on to win the "Best Documentary Under 45 Minutes" Award at the festival and will continue its festival run at the North Beach Film Festival in North Beach, MD this June. 

Read: Huntingtown resident co-produces documentary


NEAWhat do proposed budget cuts to NEA and NEH mean for documentaries? 

March 26, 2017

Doc Center Director, Nina Gilden Seavey, is interviewed by the GW Hatchet about the Trump Administrations proposed budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. 

“The NEA and the NEH become kind of the arbiters of what kind of documentaries are going to be made. When you start talking about being able to sort of eliminate that pool of resources, it’s devastating because it means that those films, those issues, those ideas will never get explored.”

Read: Trump's budget outline leaves faculty uncertain about research funding


cherylDocumentary Center collaborator Cheryl Ottenritter makes "Women to Watch" list

March 6, 2017

Cheryl Ottenritter, who has worked on many Documentary Center productions - including Parables of War and 4th and Goal - was just named a "Woman to Watch" by ProductionHub. This list includes a selection of the best, most powerful women in the production industry. Cheryl is a creative force and we are so proud to be able to call her a colleague, a collaborator, and a friend.

Read: Women to Watch: Highlighting Powerful Women in the Production Industry


NPRNina Gilden Seavey talks documentaries on All Things Considered 

February 26, 2017

Listen in to Doc Center director Nina Seavey in conversation with Michel Martin on NPR's All Things Considered as they discuss the state of documentary today and the 2017 Oscar contenders for Best Documentary.

"We keep saying and we have been saying since the Civil War with Ken Burns that this is the golden era of documentary. And it's not getting any less golden. In fact, I think people are just consumed by wanting to know real stories. It's not to say that somehow dramatic filmmaking is falling off because it's not. But I think our hunger for stories has gotten so intense that it has driven this industry."

Listen: 2017 Oscars: Nominations For Documentary Category Upends Genre


Berning LoveThe GW Hatchet profiles the filmmakers who made Berning Love

February 27, 2017

The 2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking film Berning Love is starting to make waves on the festival circuit with screenings in Berlin, Vermont, Puerto Rico and San Francisco. 

Originally inspired by the emergence of politically-focused dating websites such as, Berning Love is a short documentary that highlights the parallel ways in which people search for love in their political and personal lives. 

Read: Politics, romance intersect in grad students’ documentary