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The UnionDocs Collaborative


UnionDocs Collaborative (UDC) is a one-year program for twelve emerging media producers. It is both a rigorous platform for exploring contemporary approaches to the documentary arts and a process for developing an innovative group project. The program focuses on providing what we believe are the most effective resources for individuals at the beginning of their careers:

mentoring toward the production of original work.
dynamic interaction among a network of talented peers.
direct contact and structured exchange with visiting artists and industry experts.
exposure to a wide variety of practices and models.
regular group critique sessions.
exposure through a toured exhibition and/or publication of annual project.

The UDC is an affordable program scheduled for individuals who work full-time or freelance. To get the most out of the program, however, a significant time commitment is required and participants are encouraged to treat the UDC as their main creative focus for the year that they are involved. In this way, UnionDocs is able to offer an intensive year-round learning experience at a price that one might expect to pay for a single University course. While the UDC may have many parallels to parts of a masters program, it is designed to be an alternative-approach that focuses on inspiration from working artists and self-organization within a group. The UDC does not grant degrees or certificates; instead, the completion of an excellent collaborative project is the goal.
Application Deadlines
There are two applications deadlines. The first, JUNE 24,2011, is for applicants interested living at UnionDocs through the residency option, and the second, JULY 22,2011, is for non-resident applicants. Six applicants will be accepted in each category.
All application should be submitted online. To be considered complete, applications require an application fee of $25 to be paid through Paypal and two letters of recommendation. Strong applicants will be scheduled for interviews following the deadlines.
Important Dates:
* June 24, 2011 – Resident Application Deadline.
* June 26-28, 2011 – Scheduled interviews.
* July 1, 2011 – Resident notification.
* July 22, 2011 – Non-resident Application Deadline.
* July 22, 2011 – Scheduled interviews.
* July 22, 2011 – Non-resident notification.
* September 1, 2011 – Resident move-in.
* September 17, 2011 – First UDC meeting.

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