Community Stories Festival Night 2: Short Documentaries by Local Filmmakers

Nov 10, 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM EST

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium

7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912, United States

Event Description

Come see short documentaries about local people, places, and happenings from across the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Come meet the filmmakers, some of the folks featured in the films, and celebrate community stories.


Blues to Eternity
by students of The Documentary Center at the George Washington University (Brittany Alexander, Guillaume Carel, Noora Hamid, Janessa Jackson, Noelle Julian, Marcela Ossandon Avetikian, and Lisa Walton)
When music enters the doors of an adult daycare center,  a group of senior citizens can't help but dance and reminiscne about their younger days in Washington DC.

Wheaton Time Capsule: The Muralist
by Gandhi Brigade Youth Media
One of a series of short videos highlighting individuals, businesses, and organizations who contribute to the arts and humanities of Wheaton, Maryland. This piece profiles muralist Abraham Garcia.

What a Neighbor!
by Rebecca Carroll

An elderly neighbor single-handedly fixes up the filmmaker's house.

From Flower to Frame
by Andrew Shankman

Artist Bert GF Shankman explores his process pairing his unique artwork with antique frames.

Encaustic: It's All the Buzz
by Joseph Dzikiewicz and Jaclyn O'Laughlin
The Jury Winner of Docs In Progress' timed Doc Around the Clock Competition, this film spotlights local artists who work with encaustics, an ancient medium based on wax.

The Culture of Collards
by Vanina Harel and Aditi Desai

Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they represent a critical aspect of African-American cultural history. Passionate farmers, historians, and educators work tirelessly to preserve and share this heritage while promoting healthy communities in the Washington DC area.

Pedestrians Matter Too
by Jay Mallin

In Montgomery County, Maryland, safety for pedestrians, cyclists and commuters often places second behind the convenience of cars - with tragic results.

Future Trails
by Heather Courtney, Brandon Kramer, and Lance Kramer

Positioned alongside the railroad tracks in Northeast DC, the Metropolitan Branch Trail was created to bring people together and create community along the corridor, attempting to counter the divisive nature of train tracks. Meet some of the people along the path.

Two Wheels, One City
by Jerome Barney and Matthew Wright

Gearin' Up Bicycles is responding to DC's growing need for affordable used bicycles and services while also serving as a space for workforce development for local youth. Produced in Docs In Progress' Intro to Documentary Production class.

DC Shrines
by Aldo Bello and Chris O'Leary

For ten years, photojournalist Lloyd Wolf has been documenting impromptu shrines, erected by the bereaved, around Metropolitan Washington DC.

Back From the Brink
by Jodi Sakol and Vienna Maglio

A personal story of how a former sex worker overcame addiction to rebuild her life in Washington DC. 
​Produced in Docs In Progress' Intermediate Documentary Production class.
Note: The theme of this film may not be appropriate for children.

Midtown Youth Academy

by Nasreen Alkhateeb
DC boxing hero, Eugene "Thunder" Hughes has spent more than 50 years teaching Washington DC's youth how to box.

Wild About Hank
by Emma Kouguell

In the tight 2012 Virgina Senate contest between Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen, a third candidate entered the race. With a political platform focused on positive campaign reform, giving back to the community, and milk in every bowl, Hank inspired thousands of Democrat, Republican, and Independent voters to unite.


Docs In Progress is all about building community through documentary film, but we are proud to be based in the vibrant, diverse, and historic communities of Silver Spring, Montgomery County, and the broader Washington DC Metropolitan Area. We have showcased short documentaries about these communities since 2010. Tonight's program screening is one of five events of the Seventh Annual Community Stories Festival taking place between November 9-12. To see what else is happening, visit


  • Tickets to tonight's event are FREE thanks to a partnership with the We Are Takoma program and support from the City of Takoma Park and theTakoma Foundation.
  • While an RSVP is not required, it is strongly recommended.

Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912, United States
Share Event