DC/DOX Film Festival 2023
DC/DOX is a new documentary film festival showcasing powerful, timely stories in our nation’s capital.
DC/DOX brings together innovative visions, bold voices, and truth seekers in celebration of documentary cinema.
Industry veterans Jamie Shor and Sky Sitney created DC/DOX as a new space to showcase these vital stories and celebrate the best of documentary film in the nation’s capital.
The festival’s launch event will be held June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC, featuring a slate of seven new films reflecting the extraordinary range of documentary cinema. From an investigation into rising threats against journalists in the United States and across the globe, to a reckoning with the US maternal health crisis, and a meticulous archival analysis of the militarization of the American police force; from an examination of the unlikely Watergate whistleblower Martha Mitchell, to inventor David Hanson and the humanoid robot Sophia; and from the the surprising journey of musical icon Leonard Cohen’s most celebrated song, “Hallelujah”, to the challenges facing an all-girl heavy metal rock band in Lebanon, the films on the launch slate demonstrate the power of documentary cinema to bring our world – past, present and future – into focus. Screenings will be followed by conversations with the filmmakers, moderated by leading DC journalists.
The first full edition of DC/DOX will take place June 2023 in marquee screening venues throughout Washington, DC.
Marked by its relevance, broad intellectual range, and wide public appeal, DC/DOX will bring the best new documentaries of the season to the nation’s capital with filmmakers and special guests in attendance.
DC/DOX is carving out an essential space to bring communities together over a shared love of cinema, and to invite audiences to directly engage with filmmakers and film protagonists. This space will enlighten and entertain, launching important films into the marketplace. But it will do more than this: it will inspire deeper reflection and understanding, sometimes even activism, elevate important work, and advance new voices in the field.
We hope you will join us on this new adventure.
See you at DC/DOX!
Sky is the director of the Film and Media Studies program at Georgetown University, where she teaches a variety of courses in documentary cinema. Sky is the co-creator of Double Exposure, a festival and symposium that explores the intersection of film and investigative journalism, now entering its eighth year. Sky is also the former festival director of AFI Docs (previously known as Silverdocs), which she ran from 2005 until 2014.
Sky has held previous programming positions for the Newport International Film Festival and the New York Underground Film Festival, and has also held industry positions at C-Hundred Film Corp. and Fine Line Features, and numerous consultancy positions for a variety of film and media organizations, including the MacArthur Foundation, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Chicken & Egg Pictures, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Sky regularly serves on festival juries, panels, and award review committees, including serving as a Chair for the Peabody nominating committee for Best Documentary.
Sky received an M.A. in cinema studies from New York University, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her work has been published in the journal Grey Room and in the book Captured: A Lower East Side Film & Video History, as well as Documentary magazine.