Forum Registration

Each June, Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) Storytellers’ Institute hosts a weekend-long Documentary Forum – public presentations of artistic and scholarly work, skill-building workshops and deep-dive conversations around an annual theme. Public activities are mostly free of charge*. 

Join us for the weekend of June 6th-9th for a full schedule of events addressing the theme of humor in documentary work. 

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.

Choose an option below to register for FORUM: 

GENERAL FORUM REGISTRATION (FREE) – registration only; housing and meals not included. Register here

REGISTRATION + LUNCH ($10.25-$20.50) – registration, plus lunch Friday and/or Saturday at Skidmore’s Dining Hall. Register here

REGISTRATION + ON-CAMPUS PACKAGE ($140.50) –  includes 3 nights stay on campus, private room with a full-sized bed in a shared apartment with shared bathroom, common area and kitchen + lunch tickets for Friday and Saturday: Register Here

(If you are traveling as a couple or with a friend and would like to share a room with our on-campus package please email storytellersinstitute@skidmore.edu for directions on how to register together).


*Public activities are mostly free of charge. This year however we have one incredible opportunity for which you will need to purchase an additional ticket. We hope you will join us for:

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo : “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller on Thursday, June 6th at 8PM

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller is an hour-long “live documentary” from Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Sam Green exploring Fuller’s utopian vision of radical social change through a design revolution. Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Design and Architecture Department, the project is a collaboration between Green and the legendary indie band Yo La Tengo. At each screening, Green narrates the film in person and cues imag- es while Yo La Tengo performs their original score.  General Admission Zankel Music Center Ladd Hall

This event is co-sponsored by MDOCS, Zankel Music Center, and the Office of the President.

Purchase your ticket for Sam Green / Yo La Tengo here.