In the Media

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


SeaveyMomma Doc: The Filmmaker as Homemaker by Nina Gilden Seavey

December 29, 2016

The Documentary Center’s Director has some advice for filmmaking moms (and dads!) trying to figure out a work-life balance in this article for the International Documentary Association (IDA). 

I would feel a failure if I looked back on my life and said, "I made many great films, but I wish I had spent more time with my kids." I don't want that regret. Being a filmmaker is a blessing, a great, unbelievable gift. Being a mom, though a much more common occupation, is definitely even better.

Read: Momma Doc: The Filmmaker as Homemaker