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PANEL - Impact Filmmaking: Documentaries That Make a Difference

Docs In Progress

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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You want your documentary to have a meaningful impact, whether it be through sparking a conversation, igniting a debate, or even inspiring real and lasting change. But what is the best way to do that, and how do you decide on the approach that is best for your film?

Join us for a lively panel conversation that will address these issues and many more surrounding documentary filmmaking as a tool for activism. Bring your questions, because the conversation includes YOU!

$15 Early Bird Registration (register/pay through September 11)  

$25 Regular Registration (register/pay September 12 - 22) 

$35 Late Registration (register/pay from September 23 until class is full) – No discounts.


If you are a member of the Docs Insiders program at the Premium level, you can get a $25 discount on the registration fees for this workshop if you register by the Earlybird or Regular deadlines. If you are an All-Access Passholder, registration is required but is at no additional cost to you. To get the discount, you will enter a Promo Code when you get to the payment. If you missed our e-mail with the promo code, please reach us at contact AT docsinprogress DOT org to get it. To find out more about our Docs Insiders memberships, visit​

Click the "Register Now" button towards the top of the page. Because of limited space, advanced registration is highly recommended.

Full payment must be received to guarantee you a spot in the class. In order to get the discounted earlybird rate, full payment must be RECEIVED by the earlybird date.  Otherwise the regular rate will be charged.

If you are paying by credit card, select the "Paypal" option (you can pay by credit card even if you don't have a Paypal account). Payment must be made at the same time you complete the online registration form. 

If you are paying by check, you still need to register online, but select "Pay by Check or Wire".  Make check payable to “Docs In Progress” and mail to:

Docs In Progress
8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(Write the name of the workshop in the memo line)

Your registration will be completed once your payment is received. 



Olha Onyshko


Documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer Olha Onyshko’s first film, THREE STORIES OF GALICIA, a story of humanism in the midst of atrocities during and after World War II, premiered in 2010. Screened in 12  countries and translated into four languages, the film sparked a debate over historic memory   and its role in current events. Onyshko’s short films include THE WHEAT JOB, about the 2015   Washington, DC construction of the Holodomor Memorial (in honor of victims of the 1932-   1933 Ukrainian artificial famine orchestrated by the Soviet regime), WHERE DO THE   CHILDREN PLAY? (Telly Award), and videos for organizations including the National Park Service, The World Bank, United Nations, U.S. Department of Education, Global Health and Johns Hopkins University.

WOMEN OF MAIDAN is her second feature documentary, and while editing the film she began to coordinate efforts between physicians and volunteers to bring wounded Ukrainian soldiers to the U.S. for life-saving medical treatment. In 2014 she received recognition
by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S. for her extraordinary work.

Prior to filmmaking, Onyshko began her career as a broadcast journalist in her hometown of Lviv, Ukraine. She later became active in political campaigns, supported free and fair elections in her newly independent country, and advocated through nationwide educational campaigns for democracy and human rights. 

When Onyshko moved to the U.S. in 2002, she sought a way to continue to broadcast her voice back home, so worked as an anchor, writer and producer for Voice of America. While working toward an MFA at American University 2006-2009, she transitioned into documentary film. She hoped that filmmaking would become her vehicle to speak out, but she never imagined that it would send her on a joyful journey to discover the artist inside herself.



Caty Borum-Chattoo


Caty Borum Chattoo is executive director of the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, where she is also assistant professor of communication. She is an award-winning documentary producer, scholar/researcher, and communication strategist who works at the intersection of media, storytelling and social justice. Her documentaries have aired nationally and internationally. Borum Chattoo's forthcoming book from Oxford University Press (2020) focuses on the role and function of documentaries in social change and democracy, titled Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change.  




Michael Blain


Documentary filmmaker and strategic communications consultant Michael Blain co-produced and co-directed DEAR T, which had its world premiere at the DC International Film Festival in May 2019. Michael’s film work is informed by his background in journalism and the labor movement, as well as a strong interest in using film and video to tell the stories of working families. 

Before starting production on DEAR WALMART, he worked for more than 15 years as a union organizer, web developer, campaign communications specialist and video producer for various labor organizations and non-profits. He worked as researcher, reporter, and camera operator for the Investigative Reporting Workshop in Washington, D.C. — helping produce long-form documentaries for PBS Frontline — and as communications director for Maryland Campaign for Earned Sick Days. He teaches film and video production at American University in Washington, DC. Michael holds a Masters’ Degree in Producing for Film & Video from American University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration in Latin American studies, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.




Day Al-Mohamed


Day Al-Mohamed is an author, filmmaker, and disability advisor. She is co-author of the novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, is a regular host on Idobi Radio's Geek Girl Riot with an audience of more than 80,000 listeners, and her most recent novella, The Labyrinth’s Archivist, was published July 2019. She is a member of Women in Film and Video, a Docs in Progress Film Fellowship alumna, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. However, she is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling at the White House in February 2016. 

Day is a disability policy executive with more than fifteen years of experience. She presents often on the representation of disability in media, most recently at the American Bar Association, SXSW, and New York ComiCon. A proud member of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-01 (5th District Southern Region), she lives in Washington DC with her wife, N.R. Brown. The Invalid Corps is her first documentary as a blind filmmaker.




Docs In Progress
8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113
Silver Spring, MD 20910

*NOTE: Our office is on the ground floor of the Alexander House Apartment Complex. However, you must use the street entrance located on Apple Avenue to enter. Please do not go through the main entrance of Alexander House.


If your circumstances change and you must withdraw from a class after registering, please be aware of our refund policy:
Withdrawal 30 or more calendar days before the first day of a program: 75% refund
Withdrawal 11-29 calendar days before the first day of a program: 50% refund
Withdrawal 10 or fewer calendar days before a program: No refund

In the event of seriously inclement weather, we will make a decision by 3 pm on whether to cancel that evening’s programs. (For Saturday classes, we will make the decision by 6 pm on Friday). If you have not received a notification from your instructor or the Educational Programs Manager, call our office at 301-789-2797 (we will have an outgoing message on voicemail).

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Docs In Progress
8560 Second Avenue, Suite 113
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Docs In Progress

Docs In Progress is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which gives individuals the tools to tell stories through documentary film to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world. We program screenings and filmmaking educational programs.

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