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Doc U Now Available Online to IDA Members

By IDA Editorial Staff

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is thrilled to announce that Doc U is available for online viewing starting today, January 15, 2013. This new program expansion was made possible through generous funding from The Harnisch Foundation and Lekha Singh.

"Making Doc U available online was an important program expansion for the IDA, and we cannot thank our funders enough for their generosity," explains Michael Lumpkin, Executive Director of the IDA. "Our documentary film community consists of members who live around the world—having Doc U Online allows us to meet the needs of filmmakers living in all corners of the globe."

Doc U is the International Documentary Association’s series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, fair use, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

"We applaud documentaries that tell important stories and inspire social change," said Ruth Ann Harnisch, President of The Harnisch Foundation, "and we want Doc U to empower more filmmakers through online access to really useful teaching for the pro as well as the novice."

"Independent documentary is a unique window on the world," said Lekha Singh. "Supporting efforts to broaden the audience for these amazing films is a privilege."

To take advantage of Doc U Online, please visit You must be a current IDA member to have free access to the program.

To become a member of the IDA, please visit

Quotes from Doc U attendees:

"… an engaging and inspiring event. I came away from Doc U with a lot of concrete tips and ideas…"

"The range and professionalism of the speakers was excellent. The topic was germane across the documentary filmmaking board… Very impressive."

"Tremendous impact. These seminars are invaluable, providing information only available at specialized conferences that are expensive."