In addition to screening great films, DocLands provides an interactive forum to help invigorate the business and art of nonfiction filmmaking and build an active, involved and fully supportive community around documentary film. Join us. Be part of the story.


Friday, May 4 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm | Smith Rafael Film Center

Metamorphosis Journey is an experiential workshop that explores transformation in the face of planetary emergency. The participant moves through the stages of Chrysalis, Crisis, Catharsis, Symbiosis, and Metamorphosis, personalizing this arc, and applying it to their own lives. Short films, representing each of the stages, are integrated throughout the workshop.

The guided journey begins with Chrysalis – setting intention, creating clarity and spaciousness. Next, we choose a particular Crisis to explore, one that affects us directly. In Catharsis, we delve into the shadow. How do we embrace the crisis, how do we fully feel into it, and then transform that pain? How do we ‘expand the view’ beyond fear or limitation? In the Symbiosis phase, we learn to create balance and harmony out of crisis, develop an action plan and a way to move forward. In Metamorphosis, we explore the process of transformation, and learn to tap into our ‘Protean Self’ – that part of us that is open and willing to change.

The workshop is lead by award-winning filmmakers and certified coaches, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper. The structure is inspired by their feature documentary, “Metamorphosis”, and rooted in the “Coaching For Transformation” model, as well the filmmakers’ lived experiences travelling into the heart of global ecological crisis.  Learn more at


Saturday, May 13 • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Cinearts Sequoia
FREE (ticket required)

DocPitch is designed to connect filmmakers and their ideas to funders, distributors, organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers—and future audiences. Up to five film projects currently in development have been pre-selected to present their pitch. The audience will get to vote for their favorite, which will receive a $10,000 cash award.

CLICK HERE for complete DocPitch info.


Sunday, May 6 • 12:30 – 1:30  | Mark Fishkin Room, Smith Rafael Film Center
FREE (ticket required)

The story-enhancing power of music and score is palpable in the films that stick with us. But how do you achieve this sought after influence and emotion?  How and when do you choose a composer? Do you need to have a vision before you collaborate? Is it imperative to develop a second layer of narrative composed of notes that mimics your story arc? Join us for coffee and conversation with visiting and local filmmakers as they share their individual strategies for hitting all the right notes to boost the power of their films.