The last few months have been a crazy time for NW Documentary. We wanted to make this post to consolidate all our recent updates, and make it easier for folks to keep current with our situation.

This post covers NW Documentary’s recent move, as well as a quick COVID-19 update.

COVID-19 Update

NW Documentary is going remote, effective immediately, to do our part to “flatten the curve.”⁠

We are still committed to supporting our community, and we will do as much as we can without compromising health and safety.⁠

If there is anything we can do to support your filmmaking and storytelling during this time, please reach out to us via email, and we’ll do our best to help!⁠

General inquiries:⁠
Doc Camp inquiries:⁠

Sam Gaty, Executive Director:⁠
Melissa Schatz-Miller, Ops:⁠

Best wishes to everyone during these strange times!⁠

NW Documentary Location Updates

March 16, 2020

We’re fully moved in to the new temporary location at 807 NE Couch St.!

Our plans before COVID-19 became very real to us all were to spend the new few weeks regrouping and going through our equipment and furniture to streamline the organization, as well as beginning the search for a new long-term location.

At this time, we are re-planning with COVID-19 in mind, and working to figure out the best next steps.

We have postponed the current session of D.I.Y. Documentary and the corresponding student showcase, and we’re figuring out plans for Story Craft.

We will keep the community informed as decisions are made.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or need any support for your filmmaking/storytelling.

February 19, 2020

Dear NW Doc Community,

Thank you all so much for your kind wishes and offers of help as we travel through the chaos of our unexpected move!

We wanted to share an update with you all:

The good news is that we’ve found a temporary home in the old @Large Studios/Cider Riot building on NE 8th and Couch St!

We’ll be there for 2-3 months, and while we won’t have public open access like at the Tillamook building, we will be able to store and rent out equipment and to run workshops.

Our goal is to use our time in the temporary space to work with the community to find a great new long-term home! Once fully relocated, we plan to bring back the edit lab, and hopefully even expand our community offerings (fingers crossed).

Our official last day at the Tillamook location is March 10, so we’ll be busily packing and preparing for the move from here on out!

February 4, 2020

Dear NW Doc Community,

We were just recently informed that NW Documentary’s landlord is renovating our building and needs the space to be empty by the end of February.

This is a very unexpected development, and disrupts many of our plans for 2020. We are still processing this news, but given how fast things are moving, we wanted to share this news with you sooner rather than later.

While we aren’t yet sure where this change will take us, what we do know is that the strength of our community comes from its people, not the space in which we are housed. Throughout this transition, programs and workshops will continue, and we’ll remain focused on supporting and strengthening the filmmaking community here in Portland.

One lesson that documentary filmmaking teaches over and over again is to stay flexible and open to the unexpected. The most exciting projects are the ones that take surprising turns, and we’re confident that what feels like chaos now will lead to something new and exciting.

We are busily making plans and figuring out next steps, but we will remain committed to helping you with projects and assisting you in whatever ways we can.

Reach out if you have questions or ideas for the future, and please stay engaged!

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