As a center for non-fiction storytelling, NW Documentary seeks to encourage and foster documentary storytellers. The success of a creative, thriving environment is based on a variety of artists of different experience levels, working under one roof. The center is a place where upcoming storytellers gain inspiration, insight, and encouragement from experienced and established professionals. Likewise, active professionals benefit from a lively community consisting of support, creative exchange, and resources that would not be available to them as solo artists working from their homes. In addition to our regular workshops, internships, and volunteer opportunities, NW Documentary offers the Artist-in-Residence program to fulfill this need.
Qualifications: The Artist-in-Residence is an opportunity for non-fiction storytellers who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to their craft, an original artistic vision, and a desire to develop their work within a creative community. The term “non-fiction storytellers” is not exclusive to a single documentary medium, but may include: film/video, audio, photography, literary non-fiction, multi-media or other.
Selection Process: Submit letter of inquiry, letter of recommendation, and work sample to our Artistic Director. Candidates will be evaluated by the quality demonstrated by their work sample and their dedication to their work.
Our current Artist in Residence is local filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, who is best known for his experimental documentaries, including The Adults in the Room (2010), which won Best Narrative Feature at the 37th Northwest Film & Video Festival. Andy has received fellowships from the Tribeca Film Institute and the Oregon Arts Commission, and was identified as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Past Artists in Residence include:
NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad Anna Farrell worked on post-production of her first feature length documentary during her NW Doc residency. Twelve Ways to Sunday, which premiered at Rooftop Films in New York, explores the quiet struggles of a small rural community.
Portland filmmaker Allison Grayson recently completed her feature length documentary, The Love of Beer, which celebrates the role of women in the Pacific Northwest craft beer industry.
Sarah Menzies, whose most recent documentary, 23 feet, featured a community of people who made the conscious choice to live simply in order to do what they love most–from the comfort of the great outdoors.