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 »

The Loving Story: Screening & Discussion – tickets available*

*Note: Tickets to the screening and discussion are still available here ($10 suggested donation)Tickets to the reception are SOLD OUT.   Southern Documentary Fund is proud to present: The Loving Story Produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland JamesCourtesy of Icarus Films THE LOVING STORY is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia—the landmark 1967 Supreme Court… 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 »

Fresh Docs Screening – November 4, 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of  Rodents of Unusual Size, a film by Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer.  The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.  Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free,… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening September 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director George King’s  Thumbs Up For Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story.  The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.  Note: Fresh… Read more »

Meet Naomi Walker, SDF’s New Executive Director

The Southern Documentary Fund is delighted to announce that our Board of Directors has named Naomi Walker as SDF’s new Executive Director. She replaces Rachel Raney, who served the organization for four years and is now Director of Independent Productions at UNC-TV. Naomi hails from Richmond, Virginia and has been working in both outreach and engagement for documentary… Read more »

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 »