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Doc U 2019 Application

About Doc U
The power of the documentary film is its ability to shine a spotlight on issues, stories, and perspectives that would otherwise go unheard and thus unnoticed.  You will learn how to produce, shoot and edit a 5-minute digital documentary in this intensive mentorship program for low-income adults. In 16 weeks, learn to shape a story, conduct interviews, the basics of camera operation and non-linear editing through classes, workshops and mentorship. At the end of the program you will have completed a short-form documentary on the topic of your interest.

Program Dates
You must be able to attend all classes to participate in the program.  Required meeting days are Mondays 6-9PM May 6th - August 19th and the community screening on Saturday, August 17th from 1:30-5:00PM. There will also be a recommended event on Saturday, June 1st.

Qualifications for Doc U

Film: You must have an original idea for a short documentary.
Capacity: You must want mentorship from SPNN staff and visiting artists. You must also be able to meet all program dates.
Age: You must be 18 or older to be a part of this program.  
You must also meet at least one of the following two criteria:

  • Income: You must be working class or low income (enrolled in a State or Federal assistance program or make no more than 150% of the poverty line.  A chart can be found here.)  You must provide proof of your income eligibility at the time of interview.
  • Background: You must be a member of a community that has been historically underrepresented in media.

Use of data
• To help us determine eligibility for the program.
• We may use it to prepare required reports, conduct audits, and evaluation. 
• Staff may share this information for purposes of performing their official duties and with funding agencies if requested.
• You are not required by law to provide this information. If you choose not to provide this information, we may not know whether you are eligible for the program.
• Providing false information can lead to removal from the program. 

The application will take approximently 30 minutes to complete.


Part One: Applicant Information
Contact Info
Demographic information
Part Two: Essay Questions
Part Three: Required Meeting Dates
You must be able to attend all classes to participate in the program. Additional meetings and workshops may also be required. Meeting days are Mondays 6-9PM May 6th through August 19th and August 17th from 1:30PM-5PM for the community screening.
Part Four: Participating Agreement
  • I state that I have read this application and it is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge.
  • I agree to provide, if requested, documentation necessary to verify the information on this form and I authorize St. Paul Neighborhood Network to verify the information provided if necessary.
  • I agree to attend all of the scheduled workshops, classes and meetings related to the SPNN Doc U program.
  • I agree that I may be photographed/or video recorded to promote St. Paul Neighborhood Network’s Doc U program.
  • I agree that I will take part in program evaluations.
  • I agree that while I hold the copyright of the material, SPNN may use excerpts of the completed/uncompleted work to use as promotional material and that the completed work will be shared with the St. Paul Community via SPNN’s distribution methods.
  • I agree to allow St. Paul Neighborhood Network to hold screenings using my material and the material of other participants in the SPNN Doc U program.
  • I agree to allow my completed project to be entered into Film Festivals.

Application deadline is March 25, 2019.