The central goal of the program is the production of an annual project, a unique collaborative documentary work, offering a way for a group of talented individuals to propose, develop and author (or co-author) original pieces. The annual project approaches a singular subject or theme from multiple perspectives, in multiple media, following multiple stories, in order to develop a fascinating collection of interrelated short works.
The final manifestation of the whole project varies from year to year as suitable formats are chosen by the Program Directors; one year’s project might be a collection of short films and a book, another might end up as an installation and a website. All projects will be shown first at UnionDocs and then seek other channels of distribution including festivals, museums, DIY events, online streaming, and broadcast.
CoLAB projects have been shown at The Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight, BAMcinemaFest, The Brooklyn Museum, MOMA PS1, True/False Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Camden International Film Festival, Morelia International Film Festival, Carpenter Center for Visual Art at Harvard, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Fordham University’s Ildiko Butler Gallery, the docXchange initiative at HotDocs, Visible Evidence 18, the Volksbuehne in Berlin, DocNYC, Visions du Reel, ExDoc, TEDxBrooklyn, in temporary installations in vacant urban space, in DIY presentations in church basements, and at large open outdoor events in NYC.