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Los Angeles Documentary Video Production – JOBS for G.I.s (trailer) for DirecTV

Film | 2015 | 1:24:00

STORY Jobs for G.I.s documents the struggles vets face finding a job when they separate from the military. Set in Los Angeles, which has the…

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Washington DC USAID Video Production: Lebanon & Rabih’s Fishing Business

Short | 2014 | 03:46

This is the story of Rabih, who struggles to make a living as a fisherman before buying a new boat and building his business. And…

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Sustainable Development Video Production: By Afghans, for Afghans: POV, Noor Seddiq

Short | 2014 | 02:39

This is the story of Noor Seddiq, an Afghan national who after 25 years living in the U.S. has returned to help rebuild the country.…

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Como é Tua Experiência .ORG? AfroReggae (Português)

Short | 2013 | 01:14

This is the story of Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, a Brazilian nonprofit that fights for social transformation through art and culture. And the story of the…

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IMF: Never Refuse the Call

Short | 2017 | 2:38

Economic hardship can strike anywhere. Before World War II, countries rarely sought outside advice on monetary and fiscal policy. But as the global economy zigs…

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WRI: Ross Prize for Cities, Washington DC Video Production

Short | 2017 | 1:12

With the generous support of visionary business leader and philanthropist Stephen M. Ross, WRI Ross Center is announcing a global competition designed to identify, celebrate…

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Washington DC Health Video Production – Zimbabwe: “Tich’s Story” for CRS

Short | 2011 | 04:20

This is the story of the brave and immensely talented Tichaona Mudhobi, or "Tich." And the story of Catholic Relief Services and its humanitarian arm…

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Videos for Good

A Global Portfolio

Dorst MediaWorks' specialty is producing videos for international organizations that do good. Typically we work directly with our clients' Director of Communications to tell stories that help illustrate results, raise awareness, or mobilize funds. These stories often feature beneficiaries and show how projects improve their lives. Clients include: USAID and its implementers, the World Bank Group and its partners, and nonprofits with operations all around the world. Award-winning films, emphatic storytelling, global reach—celebrating how YOUR organization transform lives.

Documentary filmmaker

Steve Dorst

Founder Steve Dorst is a documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. His feature documentary films include Jobs For GIs (2015), Shattered Sky (2012), and Volcanic Sprint (2007). You can watch them on DirecTV, PBS, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon. Through Dorst MediaWorks, Dorst has produced 280+ videos for organizations that do good around the world …meet our team

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21 Examples of Washington DC Government Video Production, Documentary Style

So, you work for a government agency or a contractor. Do you ever feel intimidated by the challenge of creating videos that show results from your successful programs? There’s no need to be. They are another important way to get the word out to your target audience.

Government agencies are increasingly using documentary-style videos for a number of reasons. For instance, check out Dorst MediaWorks’ government video production services. All videos directed, produced, shot, written, and edited by Dorst MediaWorks.

Dorst MediaWorks Director Steve Dorst on location in Malawi
Dorst MediaWorks Director / Camera Steve Dorst on location in Malawi

Why documentary style? First, these videos are perceived as more credible. They aren’t primarily promotional, nor are they scripted. They use the voices of project beneficiaries who talk about their impressions and experiences. These testimonials, as a result, are more enduring. Whether your target audience watches these stories this month or next year, they find them informative and memorable. Ultimately,

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