NeXt Doc Program Team

The need for diversity in film and media is not new, but in recent years, calls to address this issue have intensified. The stories being told, and as equally important, the people telling them need to reflect the world we live in.  A program of Youth FX, co-directed by Bhawin Suchak and Darian Henry, NeXt Doc is a year-long Fellowship program on the leading edge of this movement, cultivating and amplifying the voices of bold young non-fiction filmmakers of color ages 20-24 years old. The Fellowship provides these emerging talents access to mentorship from established documentarians in the field, while providing a safe space for deep conversations about aesthetics, artistry along with critical explorations of power and representation in non-fiction storytelling.

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Youth FX is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower young people by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process.  Our primary mission is to work with a diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need ofopportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.