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

In 2017, we brought together makers, scholars, activists and students to explore Space & Place in Documentary. See the full list of events for 2017 Festosium II: Space & Place. In 2018, we engaged with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. Read about the 2018 keynote speakers, Filmmaker Assia Boundaoui and Artist Hasan Elahi and see the Full 2018 schedule here!

Last year our theme is Humor Laughing With Reality.  In a world continually on the brink of apocalypse, in which absurdity is a daily occurrence, how can we not laugh at reality if we want to survive it? This year’s theme honors the long tradition of non-fiction makers who, through satire and silliness, have employed humor as means to transgress social norms, toy with the taboo, and empower us through laughter. See full schedule for 2019 here!

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Forum Open Call

Skidmore Forum Grants

Storytellers’ Institute Student Fellows

Storytellers’ Institute Visiting Fellows

Sam Green and Yo La Tengo live documentary performance at Forum 2019.
The Natural World and Climate Anxiety Panel Panel at Forum 2019
Comedian and Performance artist, Kristina Wong, at Forum 2019.
Documentary Film Industry Panel with POV, TIFF, and DocNYC representatives at Forum 2019.
Student Curated Show at Forum 2018.
OK Gurgle multi-media performance at Forum 2018.
Daesha Devon Harris and Betty Yu photography/ interactive media exhibition at Forum 2017
Keynote presentation by Hasan Elahi at Forum 2018
Filmmakers Brett Story and Cecilia Aldarondo at Forum 2017
Small group discussion at Forum 2019.
Storytelling Workshop With Micaela Blei at Forum 2019
Shape Note installation/performance at Forum 2017
Dinner at Forum 2017
Humor, Memory, Trauma, Loss Panel at Forum 2019