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Documentary Roundtable (Topic: Engaging with State and Local Policymakers)
The Documentary Roundtable is a joint program of Docs In Progress and Women and Film and Video. These meetings switch off between Washington DC and Silver Spring. The Washington DC meetings are organized by Women in Film and Video and are focused on getting expert advice on topics related to documentary filmmaking. The Silver Spring meetings are organized by Docs In Progress and focused on peer feedback. Both meetings include time for networking. This is a great way to get to know others in the DC-area documentary filmmaking community and build your network and know-how. NOTE: Roundtables are free to members of WIFV ( or Docs In Progress Docs Insiders Premium Members ( and $10 for all others (pay at the door or via WIFV's website). membership does NOT constitute being a paid member of either organization, though we certainly welcome folks who have discovered Docs In Progress or WIFV via Meetup. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ROUNDTABLE IS PROMOTED MORE BROADLY BEYOND MEETUP SO DON'T PRESUME THE NUMBER OF RSVPs HERE REFLECTS ALL WHO ARE ATTENDING. Networking begins at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm. TONIGHT'S TOPIC: HOW FILMMAKERS CAN ENGAGE WITH STATE AND LOCAL POLICYMAKERS ​Caty Borum Chattoo and Will Jenkins will present their new report "Movies & Grassroots Community Engagement: Documentary Films & State and Local Public Policy in the United States." The report provides inside perspectives from policymakers, filmmakers and advocacy leaders who have successfully contributed to shifting or creating policy agendas on the state and local levels, with the help of documentary films. Building on the findings of their first spotlight on federal policymaking, "When Movies Go to Washington," this report offers documentary film teams and advocates tips for engagement in the state and local arenas. Because federal policy change may not be the most strategic option at a given time, a fuller understanding of state and local policymaking processes can widen opportunities for engagement on issues that matter. TONIGHT'S PRESENTERS Caty Borum Chattoo, director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, an innovation lab and research center based at American University's School of Communication in Washington, DC, is a documentary producer, scholar, professor and communication strategist focused on social change. Her documentary credits include WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE; STAND UP PLANET (starring Hasan Minhaj); THE AFTER PARTY and more. Her film MIXED is currently in production, with co-director Leena Jayaswal. Will Jenkins has more than 15 years of communications and policy ​experience at the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, Congress and international nonprofit organizations. Over the years, he has also worked with filmmakers and media producers across the country on stories that engage public policy issues. A huge thanks to Interface Media Group for hosting this event!

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    Docs In Progress is dedicated to empowering independent documentary filmmakers and educating the general public on documentary film. We do this through a variety of public programs, including moderated screenings of documentary works in progress, roundtables for documentary filmmakers to connect and learn from each other and guest experts, workshops on all aspects of documentary-making and documentary appreciation; and other fun events for documentary filmmakers, aspiring documentary filmmakers, and film afficionados alike. This Meetup represents only a fraction of all that Docs In Progress has to offer for emerging and established documentary filmmakers. Visit ( for more.

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