Is that a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel there? We think it might be too, but it sure seems quite a ways away. Given that whole situation, we are very excited to offer a three month residency opportunity for AUDIO MAKERS looking for a bit of motivation, peer support, and, perhaps, a much needed change of scenery this Spring!
How does a Pod-Pod pod?
We’ll select six active podcasters to enter a protective bubble in our artists residency in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to create a safe and supportive social unit from April through June.
Whether you’re a journalist stepping into a nascent idea or a producer mid-season on an established podcast, Pod-Pod might be the move. It’s a space that promises regular group hangs with low key structure, access to equipment, production, and finishing resources, along with mentorship and guidance from some of your favorite minds in the world of audio.
So many documentary artists have told us that they’ve struggled to gain momentum on personal projects during the pandemic. No surprise, really. It’s been hard to stay connected to the communities that nourish our ideas. If we want to play a small part in remedying that, how would we do it?
It could be simple: create a purposeful environment where people can make some meals together, feed off each other’s shared commitment and focus, take a break on the porch to get unstuck, open their creative process and link up as a group regularly.
Pod Up Here.
Where to Pod?
UnionDocs is set up in a three story building constructed in 1898 that’s been renovated again and again. The top two floors are the artist residency, typically reserved for participants in our labs.
There’s a big group kitchen and dining room, a floor with a shared co-working space and a lounge with screen for projection and good sound, six bedrooms, two baths, a recording studio in the basement, and a full on screening room on the first floor, plus lots of outdoor space that will be gorgeous and green this spring.
Better Pod Together
We believe in collaborative practice and always strive to bring together diverse perspectives, dive deep into listening, find ways to feed back on each others’ ideas, and carve out paths to activate wells of shared resources.
The Pod-Pod will provide you with…
Access to top of the line audio equipment
Use of our in-house recording studio
A stellar lineup of visiting guests for inspiration & critique
Regular feedback from a designated mentor
Structured deadlines & support to advance your goals
Post-production support on your project
Organized engagements with adventurous documentary
With a little luck and UNDO’s experience making this kind of thing happen, it will be a time and place that both comforts and challenges you, where you can indulge your ideas, and receive both the encouragement and the tools you need to bring them to life.
Dates + Program Details
April 1–June 30
Feb 28, 2021
$3,000 [$1,000 x 3 months]
– We estimate the program will require around 10 hours each week. Meetings will be scheduled on evenings and weekends, and production is on your own time.
– There will be 1-2 meetings per week scheduled as well as some structured social time
– $1000 / month program fee (crowdfunding option available). This fee is subsidized with a generous contribution from Gilded Audio. It is offered as low as possible given costs associated with running the program, which include general operating, artists fees, and guest honoraria.Your residency at UnionDocs is covered by this fee as well as utilities, wifi, twice monthly cleaning and laundry access.
Neena Pathak (@neenpathak) is an audio producer at The New York Times, where she currently produces The Daily, and previously produced Still Processing. She also produced Another Round at BuzzFeed, and before that, worked in public radio and education. She lives in New Y
Gilded Audio is a creative audio studio that works collaboratively to bring digital audio projects to life. A good-natured, trustworthy team that thoroughly enjoys creative, technical and journalistic processes, we work diligently to prove that audio is the world’s most powerful medium.
Andy Chugg is a director of special audio projects: podcasts, music and other audio-first formats. After character-building work at Megaphone and WNYC’s On the Media, he built the creative audio studio Gilded Audio, which works directly with established arts institutions like The High Line, Pharrell, The New York Times and Blumhouse. Andy is also an experienced musician and music producer. He’s toured extensively with independent artists as a drummer and bassist. Some of his music production has garnered notable acclaim, including NY Times’ and Pitchfork’s top 5 Albums of the Year. He has lectured on creative and resourceful sound design at the Salt Institute, SVA and UnionDocs.
Founder / Executive Artistic Director
Christopher Allen is Founder/ Artistic Director of UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn. The projects he has initiated, including Living Los Sures, Documenting Mythologies, Capitol of Punk and Yellow Arrow, have united hundreds of artists, documentarians and communities. He collaborates on live performances, such as Say Something Bunny! with artist A.S.M. Kobayashi.
Jenny has worked as a producer/editor/organizer dedicated to community arts programming with a penchant for nonfiction for the past 10 years spending time working for a wide variety of institutions before finding home in the DIY Spirit at UNDO. She likes to bring curiosity, care, and a strong political stake in bolstering local arts communities through collaborative practice, open dialogue and diverse programming to her work here. Jenny received a B.A. in English + Cinema Studies from Oberlin where she took an interdisciplinary approach to her studies which centered documentary arts, artists’ books, pop culture and DIY publishing / exhibition practices.
Juan Pedro Agurcia
Juan Pedro Agurcia is graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he majored in Entertainment and Media Studies with a focus on Film and Television. Born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Juan Pedro has been involved in various productions and film festivals in and outside of the United States. Most recently, he’s been a part of Cinema Tropical and the Tribeca Film Festival.
Alison S. M. Kobayashi
Alison S. M. Kobayashi makes short videos and performances that have been exhibited widely in Canada, the United States and overseas. She was a guest artist at the 2008 Flaherty Film Seminar and her body of work was a Spotlight Presentation at Video Out, Jakarta International Film Festival, Indonesia and is a 2016 Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow. In 2012, she was commissioned by Les Subsistances in Lyon, France to produce her first live performance, Defense Mechanism. She is the creator and star of the New York Times Critics Pick, Say Something Bunny! Alison S. M Kobayashi was born in Mississauga, Ontario and is based in Toronto and Brooklyn, NY where she is the Director of Special Projects at UnionDocs.