Documentary Inspired - Strategies, Resources and Community for Realizing Your Film

Documentary Inspired - Strategies, Resources and Community for Realizing Your Film

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Gain skills to develop as a documentary producer and director as you move your film project forward in a support learning environment with fellow makers! This intermediate-level course will take you through core elements necessary to organize your production while connecting you to industry resources!

For filmmakers with documentary projects at any stage of production, whether early in the process or nearly completed.

The following skills and topics will be covered:

  • Planning productions and building creative teams
  • Constructive feedback sessions for your current footage/edits (for those with footage)
  • Social actors, legal contracts and ethics of approaches to documentary
  • Grant resources, application form industry standards and articulating your film
  • Production budgets, diversifying funding sources and fiscal sponsorship
  • Distributing your film through festivals, broadcasting and community impact campaigns



  1. February 3, 6:30-8pm, 1.5 hrs
  2. February 10, 6:30-8pm, 1.5 hrs
  3. February 17, 6:30-8pm, 1.5 hrs
  4. February 24, 6:30-8pm, 1.5 hrs
  5. March 3, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 hrs
  6. March 10, 6:30-8pm, 1.5 hrs

Skill Level:
Intermediate - This workshop is not intended to be an introduction to the form of documentary film, or provide training on technical aspects of gathering footage or editing. Filmmakers could be working on a first film, a short or feature, but need to know the story they are telling, and have access to their subject. Since each documentary project is different, this workshop will help students bring together the team and resources they need, craft story, and prepare to navigate the legal, ethical, financial, and community relationships of their film.

Online, via Zoom. All workshops will be live-captioned.

Required Materials:
A computer or tablet which can access Zoom and shared Google Drive files. 
**There is a required project questionnaire form each participant must fill out at checkout. This information helps us prepare the workshop for your needs. To preview the questions you can view this form

Recommended for:
Ages 17+. Anyone who has a documentary film project in any stage of production and is looking for support in moving to the film to the next phase. If you're not sure if this workshop is right for your project, or you have an idea for a film but haven't started pre-production yet, email to get more info.

Course Instructor
Elliat Graney-Saucke (she/they) is a white queer femme documentary filmmaker, cultural organizer and educator. Since 2000, Elliat has directed/produced films internationally in the US, Germany, Denmark, the UK, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Spain, Canada and Israel/Palestine. Currently completing her/their second feature documentary, “Boys on the Inside” is about three Latinx ‘boys’ who have experienced incarceration in women’s prisons. “The Resilience of King Khazm,” now streaming on the EVRGRN Chanel, was produced in 2018 through SIFF/WA Filmworks, and is about Khazm, a wheelchair bound artist who heads Seattle’s 206 Zulu Hip Hop crew as well as stories of his grandfather’s time in Japanese internment camps. Currently in production is the short doc with the working title “Safta,” about a holocaust survivor and her close and complex relationship to her granddaughter. Elliat has taught and curated multiple programs on the ethics of documentary film as Executive Director of Seattle Documentary Association (2019-2020), including the weekend retreat program for DocForest 2019 (on Wenatchee traditional land). After completing an NEA Our Town oral history media project for the National Performance Network (New Orleans) in 2018, Elliat went on to develop an Arts Leadership training program for the Certified Creative Districts of the Washington State Arts Commission and is now leading media production for their Creative Start Studio for Arts Education. While based in Berlin, Germany, 2009-2015, Elliat produced videos, performed, organized international queer festivals and cultural heritage conferences, as well as obtaining an MA in World Heritage Studies. Elliat has produced over 20 short films and one completed feature, screening work in 13 countries. Pending publication, Elliat is currently editing an international collection of time lapsed essays on arts and heritage through the international research platform Innovate Heritage in Berlin/Rome. Elliat is also founded and is currently leading the SeaDoc Cohort program for Seattle Documentary Association. More here: