ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 1, 2015) — Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) is recruiting for a new cohort of participants for the 2015 class of Doc U. This intensive mentorship program guides participants through the process of creating a 10-minute documentary on the topic of their choosing. In 16 weeks, participants will learn how to shape a story and conduct interviews, along with basic camera operation and non-linear editing, through classes, workshops and mentorship.
Now in its fourth year, Doc U is geared towards giving low-income adults and people of color access to the tools needed to tell the stories of their communities. Participants will have access to HD cameras, field gear, and professional editing software, while gaining the knowledge to use these tools to tell a compelling story. Past participants in Doc U have won national awards for their films and continue to work in the field of film and television.
Throughout the program participants will be mentored by SPNN’s professional staff; work with knowledgeable local documentarians; and get feedback from their peers. Participants will have help flushing out story ideas, keeping on track to finish their doc, and have a collaborative environment to work with their peers. Bonnie Schumacher, Access Manager, says “Giving voice to individuals who have traditionally been marginalized while watching them grow, learn and share their voice through a ten minute documentary is incredibly inspiring.”
Doc U 2015 will take place on Thursdays from June 4-September 17. The program will culminate with a public screening on September 19. Applications are open now through April 30th at www.SPNN.org/DocU.
SPNN is proud to be an asset to the community, offering valuable locally produced content alongside other services, including training, youth programming, and CTEP AmeriCorps. SPNN is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community media center serving Saint Paul, MN and the Twin Cities metro area. The mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.