SDF Bids Farewell to Filmmaker and Board Member Alan Jacobs

We are saddened to report that our friend and SDF Board Member Alan Jacobs has passed away after a long and courageous struggle against a rare heart disease. Born and educated in New York, Alan spent 15 years, producing, directing, and editing a series of powerful documentaries about political and social justice. He was actively involved… Read more »

FRESH DOCS SCREENING IN February 2016

SDF and the Center for Documentary Studies are pleased to present a free screening of Peace in Our Pockets.  Kenny Dalsheimer’s latest film follows the inspirational Kenyan activists of Sisi ni Amani as they promote civic engagement, build democracy, and defuse violence in the lead up to the 2013 national elections.  With cutting-edge text-messaging, mobile phones,… Read more »

DEADLINE EXTENDED! SDF is Seeking a New Executive Director

SDF is excited to announce our search for new leadership. We have heard from a number of potential applicants asking that we extend the deadline for the Executive Director search, because of the Sundance festival and recent snow and ice storms across the South and East Coast. We now will accept applications through Friday, February… Read more »

A Warm Welcome to our Interim ED

The SDF Board of Directors is grateful to outgoing Executive Director Rachel Raney for her four years of leadership, and wishes her well in her new position at UNC-TV. We have appointed a search committee that will lead the hiring process for our next director. In the meantime, the Board is pleased to announce that Diane Robertson will… Read more »

Staff Changes at SDF

 from SDF’s Executive Director Rachel Raney I’m writing today with some bittersweet news. At the end of the year I will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund. There are a couple of factors involved, both personal and professional. For over a year now, my husband and I have been working… Read more »

Reel South is returning March 31, 2016!

The American South – its history, people, culture, and landscape are infused with a sense of heritage like no place else in the country – or the world. Introducing REEL SOUTH, a new anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and… Read more »

Find. Film. Win. The Hunt is back Saturday, Oct 24th

Last year SDF organized the first ever video scavenger hunt in downtown Durham. Forty teams fanned out over downtown, solving clues and making short videos. Celebrity judges judged, copious prizes were awarded, and the hilarious winning videos screened at the rocking afterparty. And now The Hunt is back for a second year in a row…. Read more »