The Documentary Center
805 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6787
Fax: (202) 994-5806


The Documentary Center at the Center for Innovative Media sponsors a wide-range of programs devoted to documentary film. Our centerpiece educational offering is the annual six-month Institute for Documentary Filmmaking that runs from January through June. 

We also offer specialty programs such as our prestigious International Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship and our custom Global Digital Media Workshops. Further, Documentary comes to DC audiences through our Center Screen documentary showcase, and through our collaborations with partner organizations such as Docs in Progress and Women in Film and Video. Finally, you can see Documentary Center produced award-winning films across all platforms at home and abroad.


Who We Are

         Nina Gilden Seavey, Director

Nina Gilden Seavey is the Director of the Documentary Center and its founder. She has been a filmmaker and film educator for more than 25 years.  Recently, Seavey was named one of the top 50 journalism professors in the U.S. for 2012.  Her films can be seen in theaters, in film festivals, on television, in museum installations, DVD across the globe and on digital platforms. Her work has won many awards including an Emmy, the Erik Barnouw Prize for Best Historical Film of the Year, and the Golden Hugo. Seavey also served as the Founding Director and Executive Producer of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival, the largest documentary festival in the US.

                                                  Download Nina Seavey's bio


      Dove Davis, Assistant Director

As the new Assistant Director with The Documentary Center, Dove brings years of development, production and post-production experience from her news and network background. Her work has ranged from development and production for the National Geographic Channel and Smithsonian Network, editing for ABC News, along with freelance filming and editing for non-profits, artists and performers around the U.S. 


Guest Instructors

The Documentary Center's guest instructors have included a host of non-fiction award winning filmmakers, academics and practitioners such as, Kevin Downs, Brian Breger, John Grabowska, Ross Spears, Kerric Harvey, Tomas Lennon, and Andrew Berends.

"The Real Stuff" Interview

"The Real Stuff" is a series of interviews that focuses on people who make unscripted television - reality shows, documentaries, and everything in between. Check out Darren Coyle’s interview with Director, Nina Seavey.

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