Each June, Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) hosts a weekend-long Documentary Festosium – public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. Public activities are free of charge.


Festosium III  –  June 8 – 11, 2017 Click here for the full schedule.

This year documentary makers who explore the theme of Space and Place through film, sound, interactive media, museum curation, scholarship, etc. connect with Skidmore and community members during the weekend long event. Understanding and communicating how spatial relationships operate is a fundamental part of documentary work. Anywhere that people live, work, play, worship, create, and cross shapes human experience. Human activity is what gives these locations (spaces) their meaning (a sense of place). The increasingly widespread questioning of privilege impacts access to space and place, who gets to stay and who is forced out, adds urgency to the theme.

Join an international group of storytellers to explore these questions in events including film screenings, audio experiences, dialogues, and star gazing featuring work from the Storytellers’ Institute Visiting Fellows and special guests such as filmmaker Brett Story (The Prison in 12 Landscapes); Archaeoastronomer Tony Aveni from Colgate University; Albany Symphony Orchestra director David Alan Miller; the data visualization work of the The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, the collaborative art/activism work of Laura Chipley, the Appalachian Mountaintop Patrol and many more.

Weekend events start Thursday, June 8 and run through Sunday, June 11.  Click here for the schedule.