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Doc U Fellows receives funding from Jerome

June 15, 2018

SPNN empowers people to use media and communications to make better lives, use authentic voice, and build common understanding. Our long-running Doc U program fulfills that mission by guiding brand new media artists through the process of shooting and producing their first documentary film. Now, thanks to generous support from the Jerome Foundation, we’re excited to launch Doc U Fellows, a fellowship program for Doc U participants who want to take the next step in their filmmaking careers.

SPNN will begin recruitment for the program in October with the program beginning in November and culminating with a festival in May kicked off by panel discussion with the participants. All program participants’ work will screen during the festival. During the program, participants will meet twice a month for professional and skill development workshops and a check-in with their mentor. Each participant will create a 30 minute documentary on a topic of their choice, work as crew on each other’s films, and receive feedback on their work from other professionals.

For over 30 years SPNN has given the community access to resources to create media, both in terms of equipment and education. Almost ten years ago we made a decision to deepen engagement with the community we serve by providing formal mentorship, equipment and training for new media artists through our Doc U program. Now with the help of the Jerome Foundation we are able to extend that same commitment to early career artists. In addition to the work we do with adults, SPNN has a robust youth program, a production services department and an AmeriCorps program.