DFA is a group of documentary, narrative, experimental, and transmedia filmmakers from diverse backgrounds who meet weekly to workshop our media projects. Our goal is to provide and receive feedback designed to make our media projects more fundable, more watchable, more entertaining, more educational, and ready to meet their audience. We meet once every two weeks at the Women Make Movies office in Chelsea.
We are dedicated to making and collaborating on works that depict communities with an awareness and acknowledgment of the politics and power dynamics inherent in the relationship between a filmmaker and their subject(s). We strive to actively change the current climate in media production wherein creators outside and with no ties to our community get to make and are funded to make films about us.
DFA is a space where filmmakers are encouraged to share resources and discuss issues around socially-responsible filmmaking. We want to create and sustain a viable community of filmmakers of different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives who are interested in producing work that makes meaningful connections across class, race, age, gender, and sexual orientation.