Columbia School of Journalism Documentary Film Program
This masters level program is designed to develop students as independent film producers and directors. Read more about DOC FEST ’16 here.
The Joyce A. de Groot Fund provides support for documentary film students in this program.
DOC FEST ’16
Each year the students in the Documentary Program at Columbia Journalism School produce a weekend of documentary film. Doc Fest 16 showcased 17 films created by emerging filmmakers from around the globe. Their films explored issues of immigration, deportation, homelessness among female war veterans, wage theft and worker abuse, literacy, family impact of incarceration, transgender struggles and PTSD to the world of black classical ballet dancers, competitive yoga, an inside look at a political campaign and more.
DOC FEST ’15
NYASHA KADANDARA and OLIVIA LACE-EVANS receive the second annual Joyce A. de Groot Memorial Award for their film, THROUGH THE FIRE at Columbia Journalism School DOC FEST ’15. Nyasha is a Zimbabwean-born multimedia journalist based in New York and is currently the Columbia Fellow at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Quatar. Olivia is a British multimedia journalist specializing in human rights, religious and international reporting. She is currently completing the BBC Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
Code of Silence
SCILLIA ALECCI and GEORGE STEPTOE’s film, CODE OF SILENCE, featured in investigative story on the front page of NY Times online: A Peril of Female Prison Officers: Other Officers Scilla Alecci is an Italian investigative journalist and filmmaker based in New York and George Steptoe is a British investigative journalist and filmmaker in New York. Their film, CODE OF SILENCE, was first screened at the Columbia Journalism School Documentary Film Festival, DOC FEST ’15.
Sean Ryon and Lea Zora Scruggs are the films directors. (http://www.bornintothisfilm.com/#!directors/c7zb)
In addition, Born Into This won an Audience Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival (http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/films/detail.asp?fid=1602) and has been selected to be part of the Columbia University Showcase at DOC NYC. Watch the Born Into This Trailer:
Born Into This is a documentary film directed by Sean Ryon and Lea Scruggs.
It follows the American Dream through an immigrant father and his son’s efforts to break into the world of professional boxing.