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UnionDocs: 10 More Years!

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 19, 2011

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UnionDocs, the non-fiction film advocacy organization, has recently secured a 10-year lease at their current location, 322 Union Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For the next decade, they’ll be able to continue to hold screenings, open dialogues, workshops and other events that celebrate the art and further the popular discussion of documentary filmmaking.

UnionDocs holds well over a hundred events per year, whether that includes screenings of documentary films past and present — most times with the filmmakers present; panel discussions with filmmakers, journalists, curators and others; workshops on filmmaking techniques; and more. Plus, many of these events are documented, either via printed transcript or on video or both, and posted to their website.

Now that they have their new lease, UnionDocs is holding a Kickstarter fundraiser to help them make improvements on their space. These improvements include:

  • 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 rake to improve views.
  • Add a new bathroom and make the old bathroom handicap accessible.

On Kickstarter, they’re offering several great incentives for donating, including DVDs, tickets to benefits and events, private screenings, editing suite rentals and more. Watch their promotional video below. If you want to donate, you can do so here.

Some upcoming events and screenings at UnionDocs include:

 Sept. 24
7:30 p.m.
“The Exiles: Films After the Chilean Coup”
Three films by Marilú Mallet, Patricio Guzmán and Raúl Ruiz

 Oct. 2
7:30 p.m.
“Speculative Taxidermy”
Films by Caspar Stracke (in attendance).

Oct. 6
7:00 p.m.
“Crash Course on the Collective Process”
A multimedia talk by Dara Greenwald.

Oct. 9
7:30 p.m.
“3 Artist Films With Albert Maysles”
Early films by the Maysles brothers, with Albert in attendance.