"Inside Voices: My Life under COVID-19"

About the Project

Docs In Progress has been supporting emerging filmmakers for more than 12 years. Some of the most heartfelt, rawest work has come from the teens participating in our annual summer filmmaking workshops. It is a fun and dynamic learning experience.   

Right now, we need your help so their voices can continue to be heard. With the cancellation of Summer recreation camps, we are being inundated with requests from parents and kids. Docs recently redesigned the program as a remote activity and will lend iPads and other gear to the teens for filming and editing with classes via Zoom. Then last week, Docs unexpectedly lost some of its funding for this program.  

Your support will help us to increase the number of teens that can participate, increase the number of scholarships available, and even increase the number of camps offered.  

This year we decided to have a theme -- "Inside Voices: My Life under COVID-19." We want to be a vehicle where our young filmmakers can express what they are going through -- good and bad, funny and sad -- during these difficult times for themselves, their families and their communities.

Our mission is to educate, inspire, and transform the way people view their world through documentary film by providing individuals the tools to tell stories. These films and filmmakers call attention to moments in history by sharing highly personal stories that reflect social and cultural issues we find on the local, national and global stage.

Each dollar will be matched up to $10,000.   Please contribute today.   Give voice to a teen and let them know we care.  

Thank you, from everyone at Docs In Progress


Matching Sponsors

Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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$10,154.80 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 26 days ago
  • Donate $50 or more

    Encourage A Voice: With a $50 donation, Docs can purchase a microphone for each iPad. Our teen filmmakers will learn how important audio is in the making of a quality documentary.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $100 or more

    Support a Teen, While They Learn: This Spring many teens and their families faced unprecedented loss of income and a continued unknown financial future. This year Docs has decided to issue a stipend to all teens who satisfactorily finish the workshop.

    Docs is not only providing hands-on training but we want to teach work place skills and benefits. With the granting of this stipend, we plan to demonstrate that there is a monetary reward to accompany their creative achievements for a job well done.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $250 or more

    Hire an Intern - With the cancellation of many summer programs, many paid internships have disappeared or are in limbo. This trickle down effect has led to disappointment for college students, and critically important funds.

    Docs In Progress is no different as we have lost some of our funding for these teen summer workshops and have had to put a hold on our workshop interns --we hope temporarily.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $325 or more

    Make a Movie -- Our teen filmmakers had access to our cameras and edit stations as part of the filmmaking workshops in past years. As we redesigned these workshops for remote/virtual participation, we realized that we would need to purchase iPads and other gear so our young filmmakers can film and edit on one device. Simply, how many teens we can offer the workshops to is tied to how many iPads and gear bags we can afford.

    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $500 or more

    Gear Up - The entire gear bag contains an iPad, microphone, tripod, keyboard + accessories. With this package, each teen will be able to tell and share their experience under Covid.
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
  • Donate $5,000 or more

    Dream Big! - We are our dreams and our hopes! This level will fund an entire summer workshop for 10 teens.
    (1 of 1 remaining)
    Amount is fully tax-deductible
-$154.80 to go. Every dollar helps.
$10,154.80 of $10,000 goal ⋅ ended 26 days ago

Founding Sponsors


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  • $56
    Jen Bradwell
    26 days ago
  • $56
    in honor of In Honor of Erin Essenmacher from her Favorite Aunt!
    26 days ago
  • $22.40
    Elizabeth Barron
    26 days ago
  • $56
    Anne Flatte
    26 days ago
  • $35.60
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $500
    Dan Manatt
    26 days ago
  • $500
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $56
    Lance Kramer
    26 days ago
  • $56
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $28
    in honor of Erin Essenmacher
    26 days ago
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    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $56
    Holly Erdely
    26 days ago
  • $56
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  • $50
    Anonymous
    26 days ago
  • $50
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    26 days ago
  • $100
    Anonymous
    26 days ago
  • $100
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $84
    in honor of Founders of Docs in Progress
    26 days ago
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    Match from Montgomery County MD
    26 days ago
  • $1,120
    in honor of Linda Ross
    27 days ago
  • $1,120
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    27 days ago
  • $56
    Stephanie Lucas
    27 days ago
  • $56
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    27 days ago
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    Bonnie Rich
    29 days ago
  • $50
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    Johnathan Harris
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    29 days ago
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    Jay Elvove
    30 days ago
  • $250
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    30 days ago
  • $1,200
    Anonymous
    30 days ago
  • $1,200
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    30 days ago
  • $28
    Anonymous
    30 days ago
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    30 days ago
  • $106.40
    LeeAnn Dance
    about 1 month ago
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    Anonymous
    about 1 month ago
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    Anonymous
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    about 1 month ago
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    Patrick O'Connor
    about 1 month ago
  • $250
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    about 1 month ago
  • $112
    Josh Davidsburg
    about 1 month ago
  • $112
    Match from Montgomery County MD
    about 1 month ago
  • $56
    in honor of In honor of the founders of Docs In Progress
    about 1 month ago
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    Match from Montgomery County MD
    about 1 month ago
  • $250
    in honor of Jay Elvove
    about 1 month ago
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    Match from Montgomery County MD
    about 1 month ago
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    Barbara Valentino
    about 1 month ago
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