DIY Documentary


10 Mondays
Next session dates, TBA

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

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I came to NW Documentary with less than zero knowledge about how to make a film. With the encouragement of the teachers, staff, and my peers, I made a film in 10 weeks. My film has been included in three film festivals and won “2018’s Best Documentary Short” from The Oregon International Film Awards. I’ve found my passion, made great friends and have built my community.”Kendra, former D.I.Y. student

From concept to creation to the big screen—see your film realized in just 10 weeks!

Our DIY Documentary class guides students through the creation of a short nonfiction film. DIY films can be about anything! Students have produced films on everything from hobo nickels to drive-in theaters to the uncovering of repressed memories and the discovery of lost biological parents.

You provide the story, we’ll provide technical support and instruction with an emphasis on effective storytelling.

Students work solo or collaboratively outside of class to shoot and edit their films.

Finished films are screened at our DIY Doc Fest at the Clinton Street Theater at the end of term!

Editing software is available at NW Doc, or students may work on their own.
Digital editing experience is a huge plus for this class, but students of all experience levels are welcome!

** This term, due to NW Documentary’s location-change, DIY Documentary will be hosted by our generous sponsors at Pro Photo Supply. Class will take place at the Pro Photo Supply Event Center at 1801 NW Northrup St. There is a free private parking lot which will be available to students. You can read about NW Doc’s move here:


Check out some of the more recent DIY Films to get a sense of what you can create!


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