We believe in the power of Documentary to enlighten, challenge and inspire.
Our mission is:
Some of the ways we achieve this are:
Across ten years DocHouse has developed dedicated cinema slots for international documentary at The Other Cinema, The Ritzy, The Barbican, The Prince Charles Cinema, The Riverside, Tricycle Cinema, the ICA and Rich Mix. In education we have produced documentary courses in collaboration with The Tate Modern, The London Film School, Film London, the BBC and the National Film and Television School and hosted 12 ‘Best of British’ - DocHouse Masterclasses in the cinema sponsored by the Grierson Trust
Our goal is the establishment of an internationally renowned dedicated Documentary Centre and Institute which will be a hub and a home for all documentary makers to learn and develop their craft. The aim is to create an exciting social space for UK and international filmmakers to showcase their work and to provide a centre to support the development of audiences for the documentary form via a global network.
THE DOCHOUSE TEAM
ELIZABETH WOOD – DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Wood is the Founder and Director of DocHouse. She is a producer/director who was CEO of her own production company - Woodfilm Productions Ltd – from 1980. Formerly she spent six years in the United States as a freelance director at WNET and WGBH. She has lectured in film at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, The Royal College of Art and The National Film School. Currently, she runs the ‘Summerdocs’ course at the NFTS in partnership with DocHouse.
JENNY HORWELL – PRODUCER
After completing an MA in Documentary Research at University of the Arts London, Jenny worked as a researcher, coordinator and assistant producer for factual television and documentary films. She moved into the world of film festivals and event production in 2008 at the Branchage Film Festival, as well as producing several short promos and trailers, before joining DocHouse as producer in 2012.
JOSHUA HUGHES – PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
Josh is a graduate of the University of the Arts London, with a BA Photojournalism. Through photography he developed an interest in documentaries, and has made films in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Before joining the DocHouse team Josh worked in marketing and publicity as a freelancer on the picture desk of the Sunday Times Magazine and has worked for a number of other clients including Save the Children.
JODIE TAYLOR – ASSISTANT PRODUCER
After graduating from Kings College London Jodie spent several years as Assistant Editor at Wallflower Press, while also assisting on and coordinating many of the company’s various initiatives. Having written extensively on itinerant cinema Jodie set up Free Reel in 2009, a project that strives to deliver film activities to those who couldn't normally access such pursuits in the UK, West Bank and Romania. Jodie joined the DocHouse team in 2012 and in her role as Assistant Producer is responsible for research, print traffic, education and archive material.
The Bertha Foundation Statement
The Bertha Foundation believes that bright ideas, combined with resources and strong leadership, can create profound social impact. We believe in the power of social activism to generate social, political, economic and environmental change. We believe in passionate individuals and projects that can effect change on a local or global scale. We hope those touched by The Bertha Foundation will in turn be inspired and motivated to create meaningful opportunities for others.
Nick Broomfield Filmmaker
Brian Winston Author & Prof. of Communications, Lincoln University
Jane Balfour Jane Balfour Services
Alan Hayling Renegade Pictures
Peter Dale Founder of Rare Day
Alex Cooke Former Sheffield Documentary Festival Programmer, Renegade Pictures
Dick Fontaine Head of Documentary NFTS
Alan Fountain Former Commissioning Editor C4, Head of Studies EAVE
Nick Fraser Series editor, Storyville, BBC4
Roger Graef Executive Producer, Films of Record
Roger Crittenden Former Head of the full-time programme NFTS
Tony Dowmunt Head of Documentary, Goldsmiths College
Marie Louise Wright Oxford Documentary Festival
Richard Ray Perez