In the Media

Queens in Training on Good Morning WashingtonQueens in Training Featured on Good Morning Washington 

September 4, 2018 

2017 program graduate Deanna Del Ciello was on Good Morning Washington to discuss her Documentary Institute film Queens in Training, the film's subjects and their upcoming screenings at the DC Shorts Film Festival. 

Queens in Training follows two young girls of color from the District, as they prepare for a city-wide chess tournament. Deanna is one of the film's producers. 

Watch: Learn about two local girls who are dominating the game of chess



Berning Love on PBSVermont PBS airs Documentary Institute short Berning Love

December 12, 2017

As part of their "Made Here" series, Vermont PBS aired 2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking production Berning Love along with two other shorts with ties to the state. This broadcast deal was set up earlier this year when Berning Love screened at Vermont's Green Mountain Film Festival and marks the short's television premiere. 

The Documentary Center is so thrilled for our wonderful emerging filmmakers to achieve this distribution. Vermont PBS airs across the state and in other neighboring parts of New England and Montreal, Canada. 

Watch: Vermont PBS has made Berning Love available for anyone to view on their website. 


Life in StridesPress for 2017 Documentary Institute film Life in Strides

October 2, 2017

The GW Hatchet spoke with 2017 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking graduate and SMPA student, Patrick Foust, about Life in Strides, the film he helped produce, write and edit during his time in the programHe talks about the personal relationships he and his classmates developed with the subjects of this short documentary - Jake and Joanne Luoma. The film follows Jake Luoma, a young man with autism, and his mother, Joanne, as they begin to prepare for his first therapeutic horeseback riding competition. 

Read: Documentary students’ film depicts daily life of horseback rider with autism


DecisionUpdate on Seavey v. Department of Justice

July 24, 2017

Judge Kessler rendered the second half of her decision in Seavey v. Department of Justice. It was a resounding victory for the My Fugitive (read more press here) project and all journalists as she called the FBI's arguments "without merit" and "untenable." She ordered the FBI to release over 100,000 pages of documents within the next 36 months instead of 17 years. No longer can the Bureau argue "administrative convenience" in limiting the access to documents in Freedom of Information requests.

The FBI "declined to comment". 

Read: Judge Intervenes After FBI Stonewalls Documentary Film Maker


My FugitiveSpotlight on Nina Gilden Seavey's new film and court victory

June 17, 2017

“This is not about antiquities,” Seavey said. “This is about who we are as a country.”

Documentary Center director Nina Gilden Seavey talks with the St. Louis Dispatch about her new film My Fugitive, the federal Freedom of Information Act case around it and her personal experiences at the heart of the documentary. 

Seavey hopes to complete My Fugitive by 2019 and release it in 2020, the 50th anniversary of the burning of an Air Force ROTC building on the Washington University campus during anti-war protests - an event which kicked off a decades-long ripple effect. 

Read: Spotlight: Former STLer wins federal case over Vietnam protests