I’m a Docs in Progress Film Fellow!



I’m a Docs In Progress Fellow! In the midst of all the madness of sewer breakage at our house I totally missed the official announcement! Holy crap…does this mean I’m a “real” filmmaker now?! (Whatever “real” means) 😉

Here’s the announcement:

Docs In Progress is pleased to welcome 10 filmmakers to our annual Fellowship Program. Now in its third year, the Fellowship provides a cohort of emerging documentary filmmakers from the Washington DC Metropolitan area the opportunity to come together over the course of eight months in a safe and supportive space to workshop their works-in-progress and get guidance from each other and from special guest experts on the challenges of filmmaking and the creative process.

Fellows are selected through a competitive review process. This year’s Fellows are Day Al-Mohamed (<— Look, it’s me!), Felicia Barr, Farran Nowlen Burrell, Anthony Cohen, Peggy Fleming, Jason Green, Emma Mankey Hidem, Bonnie Rich, Hanna Stawicki, and Saaret Yoseph.



Day Al-Mohamed
Silver Spring, MD
Day balances her time between being a published author of speculative fiction and comics and serving as a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor where she works to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She is producing a short film called “Invalid Corps” about a group of Civil War disabled soldiers who helped defend against a confederate army of 15,000 men at the Battle of Fort Stevens.

Felicia Barr
Washington DC
A freelance video journalist with a background in religious studies, Felicia has produced inventive and intelligent short-form video on arts and culture for several organizations, including the BBC. Her film 100 Faces of War Experience chronicles a project by an artist to create portraits of 100 people who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Farran Nowlen Burrell
Washington DC
With a background in business and contract management, Farran also has a passion for people, travel, history, photography, food, and art. She is working on her first documentary Any One Child which focuses on the story of two teenage girls who shared eerily similar lives and fates decades apart, and the mothers left to deal with the grief of losing a child too soon.

Anthony Cohen
Brookeville, MD
Tony is an author, historian, and runs a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad. He has served as consultant to the National Parks Conservation, and Maryland Public Television, and trained Oprah Winfrey for her role in the motion picture Beloved. His film Patrick & Me chronicles the journey of his ancestor, a slave who fled from bondage.

Peggy Fleming
Washington DC
Peggy has been a park ranger, a cultural anthropologist, a teacher, and worked for President Kennedy in the area of civil rights. Since retiring, she has developed herself as a visual artist – first in photography and now in video. SHAW: A City Symphony is a visual and sound poem about Washington DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

Jason Green
Gaithersburg, MD
An attorney, political strategist, and entrepreneur, Jason served as Associate Counsel in the White House and started a technology venture to match job seekers to jobs based on skills. His film The Quince Orchard Project resurrects the history of a predominantly black community in upper Montgomery County, Maryland which developed after the Civil War, thrived or many years, and has since disappeared from the map.

Emma Mankey Hidem
Washington DC
A graduate of the prestigious Tisch School for the Arts at NYU, Emma has worked as an Associate Producer for some of the best documentary filmmakers in the country, as well as editing and/or producing for the PBS program Religion & Ethics and for production companies like Cortina Productions and LAI Video. She is in post-production on Blue Ridge Barnum, a portrait of a zany entertainer and sculptor of roadside attractions in Virginia.

Bonnie Rich
Silver Spring, MD
A producer and writer for more than 15 years, Bonnie has produced videos for nonprofits, events, fundraising galas, and college courses. She is in production on Searching for My Jewish Soul, a humorous personal documentary about how one Jewish family navigates the challenges of carrying on a religious practice in an increasingly secular society.

Hanna Stawicki
Silver Spring, MD
Hanna is a filmmaker, photographer, artist, and traveler who currently works as Production Manager at Meridian Hill Pictures and as a freelance documentary film editor. While in Nepal, she produced a short film about the effects of the caste system on the Dalit community. She is currently working on developing this into a transmedia project called Caste Out.

Saaret Yoseph
Washington DC
Saaret is a multi-media storyteller whose first documentary looked at public access and aesthetics as seen through Washington DC’s Metro Red Line. She has also taught digital storytelling for the Smithsonian. A firstgeneration Ethiopian-American, her project iEthiopia: The Round Trip looks at the Ethiopian diaspora’s complex relationship with “home.”