Meet the Winners of the “Doc in a Day” 48-Hour Video Challenge

September 24, 2017 | 10:19 am by Mandar Apte

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 30, 2013) – The Media Rise Festival today announced the winning team for the “Doc in a Day” 48-Hour Video Challenge, sponsored by  Pivot (, Participant Media’s new TV network targeting Millennials (18-34), and Stone Soup Films, a production company that creates and donates quality promotional films for worthy nonprofits in the District.

Filmmakers Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Melissa Rogers and Lisa Dixon took home the $1,000 Grand Prize for their short documentary-style film produced for The Washington Ballet, one of the country’s finest ballet companies.

Four other teams of independent filmmakers and students from the Center for Digital Imaging Arts and American University competed in the competition. They created documentaries in less than 48 hours to benefit D.C. non-profits Banished Productions, Word Beats & Life, Double Nickels Theatre Company and The Levine School of Music. Watch the winning videos on YouTube.

A screening was hosted at the Josephine Butler Parks Center on Sunday, September 29.

The documentaries were  evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, including Liz Norton, Director and Founder, Stone Soup Films; Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director, Docs in Progress; Herby Niles, Senior Advisor, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development; Jennifer Burton, Principle, Sway; and Russell Davis, Managing Director, The Advisory Board Company.