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Feb 16, 2017 at 7:08 pm

UnionDocs Editing Retreat at the Pocantico Center of The Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Need editing time and resources to take your project to the next level?

Are you close to a rough-cut but you just can’t find the chunk of time you need to focus on it?

Getting ready to edit that media sample that will finally get the attention from potential funders and producers?

Want to break away to concentrate on the final touches of your fine cut before submitting to prestigious festivals?

Then this opportunity is for you!

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In partnership with The Pocantico Center of The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, UnionDocs is launching a two-week Editing Retreat to support short or feature-length documentary films at any stage of the editing process. The retreat offers the opportunity to two collaborative teams (director-and-editor team or co-directors) to carve out time and space without everyday distractions to fully concentrate on editing. This opportunity to work intentionally for a two week retreat can help teams achieve a level of focus and creativity that will advance a project a great distance in a short period of time. The UnionDocs Editing Retreat at The Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and UnionDocs, with editing equipment support from AbelCine.


  • The Editing Retreat takes place on the RBF Pocantico Historic Area among their manicured gardens, collections of fine art, and views of the Hudson River. For a period of two weeks, participants live and work in a house designed by Marcel Breuer for an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.
  • The Marcel Breuer House is equipped with four private bedrooms, three bathrooms, and team workspace.
  • In addition to lodging, Rockefeller Brothers Fund will provide approximately $125 per week for food.
  • UnionDocs, in partnership with AbelCine, will provide a computer outfitted with the Adobe Creative Suite and professional monitoring equipment.
  • UnionDocs executive staff will be available for feedback and project consultations during the retreat.
  • In addition, as part of this Editing Retreat fellowship, each team will be offered a one-time use of UnionDocs’ screening space for a work-in-progress screening, located in Brooklyn, NY. The work-in-progress screening is subject to space availability and is available to book up to one year after the retreat.
  • Transportation to and from The Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, NY,  must be covered by applicant.
  • A reception afterwards to celebrate the work completed during the retreat will be held at UnionDocs.
  • Compliance with all rules for residency at the Pocantico Center and with UnionDocs mission is required.
Image courtesy the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Image courtesy the Rockefeller Brothers Fund



  • The opportunity is open to one team from the general public and one team from UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and Summer Documentary Intensive alumni.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in a degree program or whose film is part of a degree program as of the date of the application are ineligible.
  • Filmmakers not living in the USA are eligible to apply but keep in mind that travel costs will not be covered.
  • Editing for ficiton films is not eligible. Only documentary and non-ficiton at any stage or of any length.


Monday, August 15 to Sunday August 28, 2016


Application Opens: May 3rd

Application Deadline: June 1st

Notifications: June 20th

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Follow this link to fill out and submit the application online through the UnionDocs website. To prepare your materials keep in mind that the application should include the following:

  1. Project Description (max 2000 characters) – Tell us what your project is about, who the main characters are and where it takes place. Also tell us what happens throughout the film and what formal and visual elements you are using to tell the story. If relevant, mention sources of funding or other support received so far.
  1. Artist Statement (max 1500 characters) – Tell us about your motivations for making this film.
  1. Stage of Project (max 500 characters) – In what stage is the project? What has been achieved so far?
  1. Description of Goals during the retreat. (max 250 characters)
  1. Names and Bios of the two team members who would attend the retreat. Specify their roles in the project.
  1. Project Budget – Upload a PDF or spreadsheet of the project budget. Meticulous detail is not necessary. We want to have an idea of the costs anticipated for the project.
  1.  Media Sample – Depending on the stage of the project: 
    a) If available, send 15 minutes of the proposed project, which can consist of a 15 minute excerpt or up to three excerpts of an assembly.

    b) If you are applying for editing a media sample, send up to 7 minutes of footage that gives us an idea of who your characters are, the place where you are shooting, etc. In addition, send 5 to 10 minutes of previous work by each team member to attend the retreat.
  1. A Brief Explanation of the sample(s) you are submitting) and a password, if necessary. (max 500 characters)

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About The Pocantico Center of The Rockefeller Brothers Fund

The Pocantico Center is a venue for conferences and meetings on critical issues related to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s mission of advancing social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. The Pocantico Center also serves as a community resource and offers public access through a visitation program, lectures, and cultural events, as well as support to artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. The RBF’s stewardship of the Pocantico Historic Area includes overseeing the maintenance, care, conservation, and restoration of the historic buildings, gardens, and collections of decorative and fine art. Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in the Pocantico Historic Area, The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Breuer House, commissioned in 1948 for an exhibition to be displayed in the Museum of Modern Art’s garden, was architect Marcel Breuer’s vision of how the average American family could live in a well-designed, modern, expandable, and affordable home. His design influenced modern residential architecture with its use of glass, wood and natural stone, as well as by its use of distinct activity zones to define the interior and exterior spaces and the motion and flow of space. At the close of the exhibit, the house, which had been slated for demolition, was purchased by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Mr. Rockefeller had it cut into four sections and driven upstate to Pocantico Hills, where it was reassembled as a guest house. From 1950 until 2007 the house was used by various family members. Today, the Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, administered and maintained by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and used for the Fund’s philanthropic and educational programs, which include residencies that support artists in their creative process.

About AbelCine

AbelCine is a leading provider of products and services to the production, broadcast and new media industries. We help make technology easier for productions and content creators to understand, access and employ. AbelCine was established in 1989 as a film camera service and repair company by brothers Pete and Rich Abel. Today, this foundation in technical expertise and customer service remains at the very heart of everything we believe and everything we do. With a host of cohesive services, AbelCine offers the knowledge, experience and support that creatives need at all stages of production to achieve their vision – on time and within budget. AbelCine’s philosophy is that creative intent should always drive the choice of the technology. Staff is comprised of individuals with unique talents, technical experiences and skill sets who have real-world experience in both established and emerging formats.



Feb 16, 2017
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