SDF’s Annual Spring Brunch and Showcase

Celebrate Southern Documentaries and help supportSDF at our annual Spring Brunch and Showcase!  Join us on Sunday, June 12, 2016 for a champagne brunch at Mateo Bar de Tapas.  Enjoy a fantastic Spanish-inspired feast prepared by James Beard Award finalist Matt Kelly, and meet filmmakers and members of the SDF documentary community who work to bring powerful southern stories to local, national, and… Read more »

2016 SDF Artists Convening: June 10-12 in Durham, NC

THE ARTISTS CONVENING HAS REACHED CAPACITY! If you would like your name added to a waitlist, please email us at info@southerndocumentaryfund.organd we will contact you if there are cancellations. NOTE:There are still tickets available for the Master Class with Gordon Quinn on Saturday, June 11th at 7 PM:  Purchase Tickets The 2016 SDF Artists Convening will be held Friday… Read more »

Now Accepting Submissions for Reel South Season 2!

The Carolinas’ two statewide public television networks, UNC-TV and SCETV, have partnered with the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) to create an exciting showcase for independently produced documentary films about the American South.  Reel South is an anthology documentary series highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from the region. Distributed to public television stations nationally, the series brings diverse Southern voices,… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening in April 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Lisa Sorg’s, A Sense of the Fitness of Things, a film that confronts the mystery and pain of impermanence in death. The film will screen at CDS and is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation… Read more »

SDF Full Frame Happy Hour

Photos from this year’s Happy Hour Party are located here. Here for Full Frame? We know you’ll need to break for refreshment and a few rays of late afternoon sunlight in between a packed schedule of great docs.   Come raise a glass (or a plastic cup) with SDF on Friday from 4-6pm at the wonderful  Carrack Gallery, right… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening in March 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Rhiannon Fionn’s Coal Ash Chronicles, a compilation of experiences and viewpoints from all sides of the coal ash issue. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series, featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screening, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker will take place, during which… Read more »

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 »


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 »