Welcome New Projects!

 baartman, beyoncé and me   Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches  The Blue Ridge documentary series  The Book Keepers  Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story  The Last Male Standing  Swine Country  We All Die (working title) Please join us in welcoming 8 new documentaries to the family! 

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 »

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 »

Winterfest 2016 was a Winner!

Many thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, filmmakers, musicians, and YOU for making this such a memorable evening…and to Elizabeth Galecke for photographing it:                                                                     

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 »

Congratulations 2015 SDF Filmmaking Grant Awardees

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 SDF Filmmaking Grants, and grateful for the generous support of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, which has supported these grants for the past two years.  Our panelists this year included Nashville TN based filmmaker Katy Chevigny of Big Mouth Productions, Washington DC based public media executive/producer Jacquie… Read more »


North Carolina airdate: Mon, Jan 11th at 9p on UNC-TV South Carolina airdate: Thurs, Feb 11th at 9p on ETV-HD Americans consume nearly 20 billion items of clothing each year, yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the cotton commodity from South Carolina farms to… Read more »