SDF Statement of Solidarity

The Southern Documentary Fund has a long history of supporting diverse makers who tell stories that promote racial and social justice. In this period of tragedy and turmoil, we join our voices with those who protest and demand real and lasting societal change.  We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and… Read more »

SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY FUND 2019 GRANT AWARD WINNERS

The Southern Documentary Fund Selected 20 Documentary Film Projects to Receive Grants Totaling $150,000 DURHAM, NC (December 23, 2019) The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is proud to announce the documentary film projects awarded Research & Development (10) and Production Grants (10) aimed at supporting Southern filmmakers with compelling stories to tell.  The 20 selected documentary film… Read more »

SDF is Seeking a New Executive Director!

THE OPPORTUNITY The next Executive Director will join a dynamic organization at a pivotal moment in its venerable history. Southern Documentary Fund recently expanded its programming and grantmaking. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to leverage the success of its recent films, programs, and historical legacy to set an ambitious strategic direction for the… Read more »

6th Annual Artists Convening – Sept 6 – 8, 2019

Register here! FULL SCHEDULE:  Friday, Sept 6th @ The Fruit   305 S Dillard St., Durham NC 27701 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Registration/check-in 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Who Tells The Story?  in partnership with Working Films Storyshift initiative Town hall-style discussion on accountability, collaboration and authenticity in storytelling. 6:00 – 7:30 pm: SDF Showcase 4 films in the pipeline, with 10-minute… Read more »

FRESH DOCS SCREENING – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 – FULL FRAME THEATER

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana, a feature documentary film by Leslie Cunningham who takes viewers on a tour of her grandfather’s Black and Cuban traveling show that endures racism, segregation and immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through… Read more »

Documenting Movements: A conversation

Tuesday, September 5th @ Beyu Caffe 7:00 pm Southern Documentary Fund and #BeConnected present: Documenting Movements: A Conversation on walking the line between exposure and storytelling North Carolina activists are making history. We see the demonstrations go viral. The world is watching. Who’s holding the camera? What are the concerns for the safety of people in front… Read more »

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 »

SDF MacArthur Grant

The Southern Documentary Fund will receive a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The $900,000 grant, to be distributed over three years, will enable SDF to deepen support for documentary filmmakers living in the American South. SDF will use the funds towards grants for makers living in the region, expanding the… Read more »

FRESH DOCS SCREENING – FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 – FULL FRAME THEATER

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of  David Mayer’s Senior Night, a short film retelling the final basketball game of a graduating high school senior, Anthony Peak. Juxtaposing his nostalgia and bitter-sweet emotions with rich moments from the game, Senior Night captures the poignant ending of a beloved sport. As Anthony… Read more »