UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art has just secured it's space for 10 years. It is time now to make important renovations & changes.
We are happy to share the news that we’ve secured a space for UnionDocs for another 10 years. 322 Union Avenue is the three-story building in central Williamsburg, Brooklyn that we’ve occupied since our grassroots start. It is an easily accessible location that supports our current activities and offers much potential for our future plans.
We’ve invested a lot of time, effort and expense in the building and it has been an excellent resource for us, but our activities have significantly ramped up in the past two years. We are launching this campaign now to raise $12,000 to make improvements to the space. We will make significant changes that will allow the space to function better for all the multiple purposes it serves.
We have completed our first year of an expansive interactive documentary project called "Looking at Los Sures" which will focus on the immediate neighborhood that we are part of and include the work of 36 fellows in our collaborative program over 3 years. This long-term lease is great news for the project and a sign of our general commitment to make an impact locally for another decade and beyond. We feel especially fortunate, because as rents have skyrocketed in our area, we’ve seen many peer organizations loose their spaces.
Here's a sample of some our incentives to encourage you to help out.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a portion of your contribution is tax-deductible!
So, what do we want to do? It’s basic, but important stuff.
- Add signage and lights to the storefront.
- Rework our entrance and box office, so bigger audiences have an easier time coming inside.
- Build a better concession and a bar.
- Upgrade seating, with super comfortable chairs that can be set up quickly and stored simply.
- Construct a retractable tiered platforms (raked seating) to improve views.
- Add a new bathroom and make the old bathroom handicap accessible.
We have carpentry and building skills and a DIY approach, but for a number of these improvements we will require specialists.
With your help we can start 2012 with a more functional, effective and comfortable venue, a Center for Documentary Art, that will serve your community for the next 10 years.
"Williamsburg's own pocket size dynamo..."
- The Village Voice
"UnionDocs has a healthy sense that the older definitions of what constitutes ‘experimental’ cinema and what constitutes ‘documentary’ are up for grabs.”
- The New York Times
"UnionDocs Brings Auteurs Together."
- The Brooklyn Rail
One of the most exciting organizations in the world of New York independent film."
- Rooftop Films Blog
"A signal of something new: UnionDocs, a multifaceted non-profit that hopes to change the way we make, see and talk about non-fiction storytelling."
- Brooklyn Based
UnionDocs (UnDo) is a Center for Documentary Art that generates and shares big ideas. We bring together a diverse community of experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, critical thinkers, and local partners on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.
We find powerful, thought-provoking works of non-fiction (film, video, sound, photography, oral history, printed word, and performance) and present over one hundred public events each year, attracting people from across and beyond New York City. Whether celebrating the discipline and artistry or sharing counterpoint and honest critique, audiences at our intimate UnDo Center are encouraged to join in open discussions with the director, creator, or producer of the work, who is always in the room.UnionDocs Produces.
In designing collaborative projects, we bring together 20th Century documentary practice and contemporary networked culture. What opportunities do new technologies offer non-fiction? When is mastering age-old techniques the best route? We experiment with these questions and share our learning through the UnDo Collaborative Studio, a one year fellowships program that seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories and create multi-dimensional documentaries.
We believe in freely sharing ideas. For a growing international audience online, we publish critical writing, interviews, artist videos, documented panels, audience discussions, as well as the research from our collaborative productions. Through our website, we hope to share the ideas brewing at our space with the widest possible audience.
So, what is a big idea?
It is no mistake that our name abbreviates to UnDo Center. We promote marginalized stories, under-represented facts, and interdependent networks. UnionDocs believes that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a more compassionate, engaged, and integrated society.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Sep 2, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011
Pledge $9 or more
Everyone who chips in $9 or more will get a postcard with invite to a private party when the work's all done and special thanks on our website.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $20 or more
Get the Documenting Mythologies DVD. In 2010, we produced Documenting Mythology, the work of 12 collaborative fellows. It had early screenings at the MoMA, Harvard Film Archive, and other international festivals and venues. Oct 2nd we will be premiering the final 90 minute version of this project at Camden Film International Festival. You can get the DVD by contributing just $20.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $25 or more
Get a ticket to the collaborative benefit screening and party. We are having a special launch of the "Looking at Los Sures" project in Williamsburg on 10/15. Film, music, installation, and celebration will kick off the next phase of our three year production.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $35 or more
For $35 toward the project you'll get the ticket to the Oct 15 "Looking at Los Sures" benefit screening and party, described above plus a "Los Sures, Brooklyn" t-shirt.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $75 or more
Our year of 100 events starts Sept 17th. Anyone who gives just $75 or more, will get a pass for admission to the year of 100 Documentary Bodega Events at UnionDocs. This is a special price for this campaign.Estimated delivery: Oct 2011
Pledge $125 or more
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Bodega Pass + Original, limited-edition screen print designed inspired by the South Side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 13x20, 4 colors. Designed with and printed by Williamsburg's own Kayrock Screenprinting.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $150 or more
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For a donation of $150 or more, you can pick up one of our custom-designed, collapsible and stackable wooden benches, complete with red cushions. Many of you have warm memories of these as our first solutions to multi-functional seating, and we still appreciate their flexibility, durability and raw style.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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Host a private work-in-progress screening of your project at UnionDocs. (4 hrs in screening room with A/V assistance).Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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Private work-in-progress feedback screening with Caveh Zahedi (I am a Sex Addict). Zahedi will present his upcoming doc feature to a small group at UnionDocs in October. Also included: a signed bootleg copy of his unrealized television series pilot: Tripping With Caveh, in which he shares a mushroom trip with Will Oldham.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $450 or more
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Sponsor our new seating. Contribute $450 or more and we will attach your name to our attractive new seats.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $500 or more
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Filmmaker/curator Marie Losier will shoot a one-roll, s8mm portrait film of you and your friends at or near UnionDocs. You might be asked to dress up. You will also receive a signed copy of her feature doc "The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye" upon the commercial release.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $900 or more
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Contribute $900 or over and you can cut your doc at in our Pro-FCP editing suite for 10 full days.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
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Contribute $1000 or over and be credited as an Associate Producer on "Looking at Los Sures," our three year collaborative production involving over 36 artists and focusing on the South Williamsburg neighborhood. This interactive documentary will revisit "Los Sures", a film from 1984 directed by Diego Echeverria, make it accessible online for the first time, and creates a constellation of companion projects that annotate, challenge, update and spiral off from the original.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
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Rare signed, 8.5x11 high quality inkjet print "September 23, 2010" by Laurel Nakadate, an outtake from her series 365 DAYS: A Catalogue of Tears. Limited edition of 30. Courtesy of Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011