• Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Filmmakers of For Ahkeem. Photo by Jessica Lee

  • Attendees of DocuClub NY: Cooked. Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Attendees of DocuClub NY: Afterwawrd taking notes. Photo by Dara Messinger

  • Nathan Fitch and Bryan Chang of Island Solider. Photo by Nabin Park

About the Program

Founded by Susan Kaplan in 1993, DocuClub is a work-in-progress screening series offering the public and members of the documentary film community a first look at new projects. Filmmakers and creators have the opportunity to showcase their rough cut and consult feedback from their peers and audience.

Why DocuClub

For many, DocuClub is the first opportunity for a filmmaker to share their work-in-progress in an intimate setting with a general audience at a critical moment in their process. Presented in partnership with regional film organizations, select filmmakers are paired with seasoned story/editing consultants to help them integrate audience feedback into their film.

Starting in summer 2022, DocuClub will once again be holding in-person screenings. Due to the ongoing limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we will continue to monitor public health and safety guidelines and adjust if necessary. DocuClub is presented in partnership with:

  • DCTV in New York City

  • Film Independent in Los Angeles

  • Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking in Honolulu

  • Sisters in Cinema in Chicago

Project Submissions

For the 2022 season, we are currently only accepting submissions from women and gender non-conforming filmmakers based in Hawai’i. The deadline for submissions is June 10.

See guidelines and apply

For questions on participating in DocuClub please email docuclub@documentary.org.

If you need accessibility assistance in the application process, please email access@documentary.org or call (213) 232-1660 ext 209.


  • Monday, June 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
    New York, NY

    A work-in-progress screening of filmmaker Judith Helfand's personal film, 'Love & Stuff' - Seven months after helping her terminally ill mother die in home-hospice, becomes a “new old” single mother at 50. Overnight, she’s pushed to deal with her “stuff”: 63 boxes of her parents’ heirlooms overwhelming her office-turned-future-baby’s room, the weight her mother had begged her to lose, and the reality of being a half-century older than her daughter.

  • Monday, March 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
    New York, NY

    A work-in-progress screening of 'Two Gods' about a Muslim casket maker and body washer in Newark, NJ decides to bring two young men under his wing to teach them how to build caskets, wash bodies, and how to live better lives. Soon they all realize they must rely on each other to beat the streets and live to up the potential they’ve been fighting for.

  • Monday, February 4, 2019 - 9:00pm
    Los Angeles, CA

    Join IDA and Film Independent on Monday, February 4, for the first DocuClub LA of 2019 with a screening of From Here.

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
    Los Angeles, CA

    The Hosts is a feature documentary about the unknown stories behind the curtains of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

  • Monday, November 5, 2018 - 7:30pm
    Los Angeles, CA

    BELLY OF THE BEAST intimately chronicles the journey of women fighting reproductive injustice in their communities.