UnionDocs (UNDO) is a non-profit Center for Documentary Art that presents, produces, publishes, and educates.
We bring together a diverse community of activist artists, experimental media-makers, dedicated journalists, big thinkers, and local partners. We are on a search for urgent expressions of the human experience, practical perspectives on the world today, and compelling visions for the future.
We find powerful, thought-provoking works of non-fiction (film, video, sound, photography, oral history, printed word, and performance) and present over one hundred public events each year, attracting people from across and beyond New York City. Whether celebrating the discipline and artistry or sharing counterpoint and honest critique, audiences at our intimate UnDo Center are encouraged to join in open discussions with the director, creator, or producer of the work, who is always in the room. New public screenings and events are added to our site weekly.
In designing collaborative projects, we bring together 20th Century documentary practice and contemporary networked culture. What opportunities do new technologies offer non-fiction? When is mastering age-old techniques the best route? We experiment with these questions and share our learning through the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio, a 10 month fellowship program that seeks to bring together individual talents, voices, and stories and create multi-dimensional documentaries. Dozens of the short documentaries produced over 5 years by the UNDO Collaborative Studio are available to watch online on the Purchase Living Los Sures website.
We believe in freely sharing ideas. For a growing international audience online, we publish critical writing, interviews, artist videos, documented panels, audience discussions, as well as the research from our collaborative productions. Through our website, we hope to share the ideas brewing at our space with the widest possible audience. We are hard at work on an upcoming podcast called UnDoing and publishing an online journal, World Records.
UNDO Workshops are short, highly concentrated growth experiences that can equally transform participants practice, motivating them to take risks and complete new projects. Varying in length from a single day to a full week workshops bring together high profile guest speakers, who are invited to share their unique knowledge and practice with an intimate group of 10-14 participants. Our 5-week Summer Documentary Labs explore contemporary approaches to documentary film, offer an understanding of the best practices and business of production, and helps to develop the foundation for 12 selected film projects. In 2016 we launched the UnionDocs Editing Retreat in partnership with the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund providing 3 documentary projects with a two week retreat to focus and advance their projects in the Pocantico Center.
We like to do great work in partnership with other artists, companies and organizations along a variety of routes, including producing high-profile documentary storytelling, creating interactive tools, fiscally sponsoring independent projects, or sharing knowledge through talks and lectures.
So, what is a big idea?
It is no mistake that our name abbreviates to UNDO. We promote marginalized stories, under-represented facts, and interdependent networks. UnionDocs believes that documentary art, when paired with thoughtful context and open debate, is an invaluable tool for understanding the complexities of contemporary life and creating a more compassionate, engaged, and integrated society. UNDO projects have included Documenting Mythologies, Inductive Thread and Living Los Sures which was described as “One of the great projects of our time” by POV’s Adnaan Wasey.
Our small yet growing team works together to produce public events, documentary productions, ambitious labs and workshops. We like to do great work in partnership with other artists, companies and organizations along a variety of routes, including producing high-profile documentary storytelling, creating interactive tools, fiscally sponsoring independent projects, or sharing knowledge through talks and lectures.