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.

Once considered the margins of the film industry, non-fiction storytelling today has never been in higher demand, across every platform. We have moved beyond a golden age for documentary film, into a sustained golden era. At its best, non-fiction filmmaking has the power to connect people over our shared humanity, reframe the stories of our past, and forecast the stories of our future.

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 crisisand 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!


Jamie Shor


Jamie is president of PR Collaborative, a leading public relations and strategic communications firm in Washington, DC. It is the agency of record in DC for major film festivals, Bleecker Street, Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions, Screen Gems (a division of Sony) and an ongoing partner for SE Theaters, Hulu, and Netflix.
With a rich background in public policy and journalism, Jamie creates communication plans that put her clients in the national spotlight—and keeps them there. Whether it’s managing a crisis, devising long-term strategies, or assembling top-notch teams to execute campaigns, Jamie’s boundless enthusiasm and insider’s perspective add clarity and credence to any project. Jamie also has a long career in the arts outside of her work with PR Collaborative. She is the co-founder of the Impact Arts and Film Fund, which produced the Impact Film Festival at the 2008 and 2012 Democratic and Republican Conventions as well as the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The festival was featured multiple times in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, National Journal, The Hill, Roll Call and many other publications.

Sky Sitney


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.