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Work-in-Progress Screening of Two Documentary Shorts

This Docs In Progress screening provides an opportunity for local and visiting documentary filmmakers to screen their unfinished films to an audience and get valuable feedback. After screening each film, facilitators from Docs In Progress moderate a feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film. Special thanks to We Are Takoma for sponsoring this program.


Over the Hurricane with Dr. Z (30 minutes)
by Aziza Baccouche
The wingspan of a DC-8 airplane is about the length of eight parking spaces. The average hurricane is about six hundred miles wide. Imagine a DC-8 plane steering right at a hurricane, aiming to fly all the way to the eye and, hopefully, back out again. What kind of person is that pilot? And who on earth would volunteer to go along? Scientist and filmmaker Aziza “Dr. Z” Baccouche documents how NASA and NOAA scientists gear up for their dangerous mission to gather data from inside a hurricane moving over the southeastern part of the USA. Footage of Hurricane Katrina – raging water, drowned houses, catastrophic poverty – drives home how life-saving the work of these scientists might be. This film is part of a planned series which connects breakthroughs in science research with the human experience. This film will be presented with closed captioning and audio description.

Under Fire: Free Tutoring At Risk (35 minutes)
by David Long
Launched in 2001 as a quiet provision of No Child Left Behind, Supplemental Education Services (SES) is a crucial — yet endangered — federal program that provides free-tutoring for low income students trapped in low performing public schools. SES has provided after-school and weekend tutoring services to millions of low-income students over the past decade. After a decade of improved implementation, dozens of states have won federal waivers to limit or discontinue SES despite substantial evidence that well-implemented programs are academically beneficial. This film explores the value of the program and the efforts to maintain its existence.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
7:30-9:30 pm


Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

The Community Center is off Philadelphia Avenue between Piney Branch and Carroll. Parking is free. If taking Metro, the walk from the Takoma Park Metro Station is about 20 minutes or you can take Ride-On Buses 25 (towards Langley Park) or 12 (towards Silver Spring) to the Community Center. Click here for a Google Map

FREE thanks to support from We Are Takoma, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Maryland Film Office.

NOTE: This is a public screening, so we are expecting more attendees than just Meet-Up members. While an official Meet-Up is not being planned (since Erica has to focus on prep for the screening itself), if any participants would like to get together before or after the screening, please note when and where in your RSVP comments.

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  • Erica

    Thanks Jamila and Ben for coming and participating. And yes our crowds are always larger than Meet-Up since we also advertise to our own mailing list and our sponsors at We Are Takoma do the same.

    Douglas, sorry to have missed you this time. Recommend you all check out other upcoming Docs In Progress programs (not all of which are posted on Meet-Up) at our website at

    February 7, 2013

  • Ben I.

    A much larger group than the six who signed up on Meetup. More like 50. Impressive amount of experience in audience. Superb moderator.

    February 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the variety of works. The audience was great to see and hear, too.

    February 6, 2013

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  • Erica
    Executive Director, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Richard H.
    Silver Spring Documentary Roundtable Facilitator
  • A former member
  • A former member

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