New position currently open: PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

THE VIEW FROM YOUR DESK! Position Description & Responsibilities: The Program Associate will report to the Executive Director and will support SDF programs, manage and implement internal controls along with other quality assurance practices. This is a full-time salaried position ranging between $31,000 to 33,000 per year based on the applicant’s experience. The Program Associate… Read more »

Good Pitch Local: North Carolina

October 17, 2017 Location: Durham, NC WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? Good Pitch is the place where filmmakers and changemakers meet the partners they need to tell the most urgent local stories Good Pitch is an initiative of Doc Society – a nonprofit committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. For… Read more »


The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Olympia Stone’s Elizabeth King / Body of Work. Elizabeth King puzzles over with an acute sensitivity to both life, and the life-like. She has created her own genre at the intersection of the classical and automata.  An accomplished artist with an eye for the… Read more »

REEL SOUTH Season 3 – Call For Entries!

REEL SOUTH is an anthology documentary series highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from the region. The series is distributed to public television stations nationally, bringing diverse Southern voices, topics, and points of view into millions of homes. Now wrapping a stellar second season, REEL SOUTH is accepting submissions to Season 3! To learn more, review selection criteria and eligibility requirements, and to… Read more »

4th Annual Artists Convening – June 9 – 11, 2017.

Announcing the schedule for the 4th Annual Artists Convening! Featuring a Master Class with filmmaker Carlos Sandoval Carlos Sandoval is an Emmy nominated filmmaker whose work includes: THE STATE OF ARIZONA (with Catherine Tambini, Independent Lens, Emmy Nomination, CINE Golden Eagle), A CLASS APART (with Peter Miller, American Experience, Imagen Award, optioned by Eva Longoria),… Read more »

Fresh Docs screening – Friday, February 24, 2017

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of John Whitehead’s film Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story, a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, black fiddler, Joe Thompson (1919—2012)…. Read more »

Reel South – Season Two

REEL SOUTH returns with an expanded season and a new host—platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker. The series premieres weekly on WORLD Channel, Sunday nights from January 8 through March 5, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Check local listings. REEL SOUTH is an anthology series highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from across the American… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening – January 27, 2017

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Shaena Mallett’s Farmsteaders.  The film follows Nick Nolan, an Appalachian prodigal son working against the odds to resurrect the family farm, his wife Celeste, and their young family as they fight to keep this homeland from “drying up and blowing away,” something that has happened… Read more »

SDF’s Annual Holiday Party–Join Us!

Filmmakers, Friends, Fans! Please join SDF as we bid farewell to 2016, a year of transition and a renewed sense of mission to promote documentary storytelling as a vital pathway toward understanding.  We’ll gather on Tuesday, December 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Arcana Bar and Lounge in Durham. There will be snacks, a cash bar including a… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening – December 2, 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Jeffrey Mittelstadt’s Staring Down Fate, about a red wolf biologist who is diagnosed with ALS, and searches for meaning in his terminal illness while the endangered species he dedicated his career to faces another potential extinction. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary… Read more »