SDF Sponsored Films @ Full Frame 2013
Four SDF sponsored films are screening at this year's festival, including two feature length documentaries, and two works in progress. We're also hosting our annual SDF Friday Happy Hour @ Full Frame, and new this year, an SDF benefit at Mateo before our In the Works screening on Sunday. Come out to see these Southern made films, and get to know our community of artists and supporters.
Good Ol' Freda by Ryan White
2:00pm Friday, April 5th, Fletcher Hall
Seventeen-year-old Liverpudlian Freda Kelly was an ordinary girl who worked in an office typing pool and spent her off-hours hanging out at the Cavern-which she describes as smelling like disinfectant (the toilets overflowed), rotten fruit (it was near a wholesaler), and sweat-and listening to bands. She especially loved the Beatles. In 1963, Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, chose her to work as the Beatles' personal secretary and to run their fan club because she took the fans seriously and kept the band's secrets with absolute integrity. Freda never wrote a book or did interviews after the Fab Four broke up, and she has lived a modest life with the same down-to-earth sincerity with which she performed the world's greatest job. In Good Ol' Freda she tells "one of the last true stories of the Beatles you'll ever hear." (The film's soundtrack includes four vintage Beatles recordings.) Filmmaker Q&A following screening.
In So Many Words by Elisabeth Haviland James
5:10pm Sunday, April 7th, Cinema 4
This intensely revealing biography of writer and clinical psychologist Lucy Daniels expands the documentary form in its freely evocative visualization of Daniels's early life. Recreated scenes bring a dreamy visual texture to a story told in dark, powerful interviews. Daniels's access to her earliest memories, in vivid detail, suggests the redemptive possibilities of years of therapy. Raised in a wealthy newspaper family in North Carolina, Daniels lived in a bubble of privilege and family dysfunction, which led to an intractable case of anorexia. During her teens, she was confined to various institutions to treat her illness and, along with other methods, was given electroshock treatments. Surprisingly, her highly acclaimed novels Caleb, My Son, and High on a Hill followed the medieval horrors of these years and were written and published when she was still her twenties. Psychoanalysis meets cinematography in this formally creative and emotionally compelling film. Filmmaker Q&A following screening.
SDF's In the Works @ Durham Arts Council
1:40p Sunday, April 7th, PSI Theater
This year we are screening in-the-works excerpts from Occupy the Imagination by Rodrigo Dorfman and So Help You God by Ashley York. In Occupy the Imagination filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman explores his revolutionary roots in 1970s Chile as a wave of resistance explodes during Occupy Wall Street. In So Help You God, filmmaker Ashley York returns to her Kentucky hometown to unravel the story of six teenagers imprisoned for a gruesome murder. The showings will be followed by audience responses and conversations with the filmmakers, moderated by Frank Stasio of WUNC's The State of Things.
SDF Happy Hour @ Art/Revere La Noue
4:00 - 6:30pm Friday, April 5th, 308 W. Main Street (formerly called The Mascot Gallery)
It's a tradition! On the Friday of Full Frame, SDF hosts a happy hour for our Full Frame friends, our sponsored artists, visiting filmmakers, and supporters. We'll have Fullsteam beer on tap, popcorn and sweets, and lots of conversation about documentaries and more. Come have a drink on us and hear about our amazing slate of sponsored projects, our filmmaker services, and programming. See you there!
Many thanks to our wonderful donors for supporting this event: The Cupcake Bar, Fullsteam Brewery, The Mad Popper, and Whole Foods Durham.
SDF March Mixer
Join us for our next SDF Mixer, "Still Image to Scene." These days more and more still photographers find themselves shooting moving images. SDF project directors Derek Anderson, Jason Arthurs, and Ted Richardson will talk about both the challenges and opportunities they've faced as they've transitioned from capturing still images to making documentary films. We welcome filmmakers and photographers alike for refreshments and a lively discussion.The Shadowbox, 715 Washington Street, Durham
Thursday, March 21, 2013
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Fresh Docs is back!
The Southern Documentary Fund and the Center for Documentary Studies are relaunching the works-in-progress series Fresh Docs, which features documentaries straight out of the edit suite. The idea is to watch these not-quite-finished films as a community and provide constructive feedback to the filmmakers.
This month we'll be screening Deep Run Roots, an authentically southern television series still in production. Veteran documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill takes us behind the scenes at a highbrow restaurant struggling to make it in one of the most economically depressed places in the country.
Chef Vivian Howard was making a name for herself in the New York City restaurant world when her father, a hog farmer in eastern North Carolina, made her an offer she couldn't refuse-to build and run her very own restaurant. The only catch was that the restaurant had to be in her hometown of Kinston, North Carolina, a place that she swore never return to. Six years in, Vivian and her restaurant, Chef and the Farmer, have won numerous accolades (including semifinalist for a James Beard Foundation Award) but the challenges continue. As the TV series opens, Vivian and her husband, Ben, are juggling the business with parenting their twins, and a fire has destroyed the restaurant's kitchen. What happens next is a true testament to what local cooking and eating really mean.Fresh Docs
7-9 p.m. Friday, February 22
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, NC 27705
Screening will be followed by a moderated feedback session
If you have a project you'd like to show at Fresh Docs let us know! We're seeking submissions for screenings this Spring.
In-the-Works Session at Full Frame- Call for Submissions!
The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce that we will again be programming the In-the-Works Session at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festivalin Durham, NC. The festival is April 4-7, with SDF's In-the-Works Session tentatively scheduled for Sunday, April 7th.
SDF's In-the-Works program offers an unusual opportunity for professionals and non-professionals to view documentaries at various stages of production and participate in the critique process. The audience is encouraged to give constructive feedback about the structure, content, characters and clarity of the film in a post-screening discussion that will be facilitated by a moderator.
Submissions must comply with the following guidelines:
Must be a documentary film
Must be made in or about the American South
Must be in the final stages of completion
Filmmakers must be present at the screening
What do we mean by "In-the-Works?" We are NOT looking for rough selects, audio gaps, unstructured storyline, etc. Your submission doesn't need to be mixed and color corrected but should feel like a film with a story. We should be able to have a really good idea of where your film is going. There are no length requirements but we tend to screen features. In other words, submit your best cut!
We'll select anywhere from 1 to 3 projects to feature, and may screen only a portion of the works. For consideration, please submit your project to the Southern Documentary Fund no later than February 13, 2013 (received by).
How to Submit: Online- (preferred) Upload your cut to Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link and password. or...DVD- You may submit 2 DVD copies of the film. Send submission to: Southern Documentary Fund 762 Ninth St. # 574 Durham, NC 27705 Attn: Jenn Cromling
All submissions must include contact information and a short description of the work. If your film is selected we will ask for additional materials including publicity photos, one paragraph description, credits, etc.
Upcoming New Projects Application DeadlineLooking for fiscal sponsorship for your independent media project? SDF's next application deadline is January 15th. Please see our apply page for more details.
Fall EventsSDF takes Cucalorus by Storm
SDF is proud to have four of our sponsored documentaries in the always amazing Cucalorus Film Festival, November 8-11th in downtown Wilmington NC. SDF projects at the festival this year include: Althea by Rex Miller
Farmer Veteran by Vittles Films
Private Violence by Cynthia Hill and Kit Gruelle
Uncensored by Stephanie Martinez
And since we're sponsoring two of Rodrigo Dorfman's other projects, we might as well count his film Monsieur Contraste too!
SDF Mixer with NC Film Commissioner Aaron Syrett at Trailblazer Studios, Raleigh
Thursday, November 15th at 7pm (Trailblazer Studios 1610 Midtown Place Raleigh, NC 27609 )
Did you know that North Carolina offers steep incentives for making movies in our state? And not just for Hollywood blockbusters... Join us for a night with NC Film Commissioner Aaron Syrett, who will enlighten us on how these incentives can work for documentary filmmakers and TV producers, and an update on productions from around the state. refreshments generously provided by our hosts Trailblazer Studios, an award-winning post production facility in Raleigh, who have collaborated on over 100 hours of non-fiction television in the past year alone.
Fresh Docs is Back!
Friday, November 16 7-9pm (CDS in Durham)
SDF and the Center for Documentary Studies have relaunched the works-in-progress series Fresh Docs, featuring documentaries straight out of the edit suite. The idea is to watch these not-quite-finished films as a community, and then give constructive feedback to the filmmakers.
This month: Bringing It Home, co-directed by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson.
Hemp-it's not just for hippies anymore. Today you can make salad dressings and buildings with it. And despite all the jokes about "getting high," industrial hemp is a non- psychoactive plant, grown in 30 other industrialized nations but currently prohibited in the U.S. Legalization advocates say hemp can help American farmers, create jobs, and replace thousands of harmful petrochemical and synthetic products. Bringing It Home explores the question "Why aren't we growing it here?" while telling hemp's history and introducing us to business owners using hemp for construction, textiles, nutrition, and body care products here in North Carolina and around the globe.
Screening will be followed by a moderated feedback session
If you have a project you'd like to show at Fresh Docs let us know! We're seeking submissions for screenings in January, March, and May.
Documentary Summit comes to Raleigh Durham
The Documentary Summit is coming to Raleigh After stops in London, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, this hugely popular event comes to Raleigh-Durham for the first time. Come see what 600+ world delegates have said is "o ne of the most uplifting and inspiring weekends I've ever had." New lower price and day passes make it easy for anyone to attend. Hear great tips on funding by Eric Martin of ITVS and Rachel Raney of SDF. Learn how to make your story pop with a great soundscape from Eric Johnson at Trailblazer Studios. And much, much more...Find collaborators. Get insight. Leave inspired.
SDF Music Mixer at Manifold Studios
October 7th from 3-5pm (Chatham County)
Manifold Recording is a new, high-end, full-scale recording studio and media production facility in Pittsboro. Manifold was nominated for a TEC award for Studio Design, has been featured on the cover of Mix Magazine, and was named one of Mix Magazine's "Class of 2012" collection of this year's hottest new studios.
Manifold Recording has already hosted a diverse group of respected musicians including James Taylor and Jimmy Herring. Studio owners Michael and Amy Tiemann are very excited to expand the studio's reach to include major projects that combine audio and video. They are delighted to welcome Southern Documentary Fund members and artists to Manifold to discuss this new and expanding path.
Join us for a full studio tour and demo, as well as a great networking opportunity among SDF members, an afternoon out in Chatham County, and light refreshments.
RSVPs are limited to the first 35 people who reply--please let us know your plans by October 1. RSVP to email@example.com
Our friends at Chatham Arts Sustainable Cinema will be screening two of Rodrigo Dorfman's recent films - his award winning short One Night in Kernersville, and a work in progress screening of his latest project TOMMY! The Dreams I Keep Inside of Me. SDF's Executive Director Rachel Raney will moderate the feedback session after the screening. Join us! September 26th at 7pm Fearrington Village Barn, Hwy 15-501 midway between Chapel Hill & Pittsboro.
SDF Photography Mixer at Golden Belt Studio, Durham Thursday, September 20th at 7pm
Please join the Southern Documentary Fund for a night of drinks and conversation around documentary photography. We want to meet you, have you meet each other, and tell you a little about how SDF sponsors documentary projects made in or about the American South.
Hosted by photographer Titus Brooks Heagins at his Golden Belt studio in Durham.
September 20th at 7pm Golden Belt, Building 3 STUDIO 3-111 807 East Main Street Durham, NC 27701
SDF Summer MixerRadiomakers!
Come join other audio storytellers for a cookout and informal conversation around making radio, Southern style. We'll gather on the Center for Documentary Studies lawn with folks from Big Shed, the Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund. SDF's new executive director Rachel Raney will be on hand to explain how SDF can support your latest audio masterpiece. And there'll be plenty of time for you to mingle with fellow sound-lovers.
Bring a cold drink and something to grill or a dish to share. We'll have grills running and condiments aplenty on hand, plus hand-cranked ice cream. Music later? It could happen...
When: Thursday, August 2, 7-9 pm
Where: Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham
Join SDF at Full Frame 2012!Spring has arrived -- the pollen is thick, the mockingbirds are singing, and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is around the corner... SDF can't wait to see everyone at the festival. Come eat and drink with us on Friday, at our annual Full Frame party, and come see some of our terrific films at the In the Works screening on Sunday!
Friday, April 13th
3 to 6 pm
The Mascot Gallery, 308 W. Main Street
EAT! DRINK! TALK!
"In the Works" Screening and Discussion
Sunday, April 15th
1:50p to 3:50p
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street
MODERATED BY FRANK STASIO
The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is proud to present In-the-Works at Full Frame again this year. This program provides audiences with a unique opportunity to watch documentaries in various stages of production, and to participate in the critique process. It also gives southern filmmakers the opportunity to receive feedback from a dedicated assembly of their peers and serious documentary enthusiasts. This year, In-the-Works will screen the short film Café Sense, and excerpts from Can't Stop the Water and untitled LUCY film. Conversation around each title will be moderated by Frank Stasio, host of North Carolina Public Radio WUNC's The State of Things.tickets available online!
Morning coffee is a familiar routine for Americans. In the last few decades, specialty roasting companies have tried to make the connection between the small farms that grow the plant to what we find at gas stations and in whipped drinks. Durham's Counter Culture Coffee hosts a weekly tasting where drinkers learn to distinguish the flavors associated with different countries. Café Sense explores these hidden taste notes and a sides to coffee we rarely see.
Can't Stop the Water by Rebecca Marshall Ferris and Jason Ferris
For 170 years, a Native American Cajun community has lived on Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny island deep in the bayous of south Louisiana. Over the last fifty years, the island has been gradually shrinking, and is now almost gone. Four months into filming the lives and daily dramas of the families that call this place home, one of the greatest environmental disasters in history left the people of Isle de Jean Charles with an even more uncertain future.
untitled LUCY filmby Elisabeth Haviland James
Lucy Daniels believes a family secret she was told at four years old radically changed her life. Born into a prominent newspaper family, she lived -- and almost died -- by her ability to write. Despite suffering from anorexia and enduring brutal treatment in mental hospitals, she penned a bestseller and won a Guggenheim - all before age twenty-two. The film uses imagined narrative, constructed dream sequences, intimate interviews and Lucy's writing to explore a story with implications for all artists and dreamers.
SDF March Mixer
Making documentaries is amazing work, and hard… Sometimes it helps to commiserate, right? Or share successes? We're launching what we hope will turn into a regular series of mixers, where project directors and other local documentary artists can meet, trade stories from the trenches, maybe hear from a special guest.
For our kickoff event, we'll gather in Durham at the Fullsteam Brewery on Tuesday, March 27 from 4-6 pm. Our special guest will be Kristin Henry, Senior Social Media Strategist at Working Films. She'll fill us in on how Working Films tackles community engagement from many different angles, from online resources and workshops, to consultation and full campaign development and management.4-6pm Tues, March 27
726 Rigsbee Ave. Durham, NC
SDF Fundraising CampaignDear Friends,
Did you know that over the past nine years the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) has facilitated the production, promotion, and distribution of over 100 independent media projects? It's true! Many of these documentaries, made in or about the American South, have broadcast nationally and screened around the world. One SDF sponsored film, The Loving Story, was recently shortlisted for an Academy Award!SDF offers critical support and guidance when one most needs it. This organization has become an essential catalyst to the creative work taking place in our community.
-Nancy Buirski, Director/Producer, The Loving Story
These projects have an enormous impact, and here's why: documentary artists have the power to inspire audiences around vital issues -- social justice, the environment, education, history, and the arts. Here in North Carolina and across the South, SDF has become a dynamic partner with veteran and emerging documentary filmmakers and artists doing this critical work.
But we need your help.
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Southern Documentary Fund, to help us link documentary artists with resources and audiences, regionally and nationally.
And here's some exciting news: your support will go even further now -- a long time SDF supporter has stepped forward, offering a $10,000 challenge gift to our year-end campaign. This generous offer will be matched on a 1:1 basis for all gifts made before February 1, 2012.
As we approach our 10th anniversary in 2012, expect to hear more great things about what's cooking at the Southern Documentary Fund. We remain as committed as ever to growing this community of Southern storytellers, and with your help, can continue nurturing their work.
Thank you for supporting independent media,
Rachel Raney, Executive Director
And the SDF Board
Two Ways To Donate:
Send a check made payable to Southern Documentary Fund:
762 Ninth St. #574
Durham, NC 27705
The Southern Documentary Fund is a 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible.
Call for submissions: In-the-Works Session at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2012
The Southern Documentary Fund is proud to announce that we will again be collaborating with Full Frame in programming the In-the-Works Session at the 2012 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. The festival takes place from April 12-15, and the In-the-Works Session will take place on Sunday, April 15th.
The In-the-Works Session offers an unusual opportunity for professionals and non-professionals to view documentaries at various stages of production and participate in the critique process. The audience is encouraged to give constructive feedback about the structure, content, characters and clarity of the film in a post-screening discussion that will be facilitated by a moderator.Submissions must comply with the following guidelines:
Must be made by North Carolina filmmakers or filmmakers in the Southeast
Must be in the final stages of completion
Must be a documentary
Filmmakers must be present at the screening
What do we mean by "In-the-Works?" We are NOT looking for rough string-ups, audio gaps, incoherent stories, etc. Your submission doesn't need to be mixed and color corrected but should feel like a film with a story. We should be able to have a really good idea of where your film is going. There are no length requirements but we tend to screen features. In other words, submit your best cut! Be prepared for criticism that will be constructive but may feel harsh; the ultimate goal is to help you make the best film possible.We'll select 1-2 projects to feature, and may screen only a portion of the works. For consideration, please submit your project to The Southern Documentary Fund no later than Feb. 15th 2012.
Send 2 DVD copies of the film, contact information and a short description of the work. If your film is selected we will ask for additional information. You can also submit your work on Vimeo. Be sure to send us password information.
Send submission to:
Southern Documentary Fund
Attn: Jenn Cromling
762 Ninth St. # 574
Durham, NC 27705
Work-in-progress screening of MONSIEUR CONTRASTE
The Southern Documentary Fund invites you to a work-in-progress screening of MONSIEUR CONTRASTE, a film by Rodrigo Dorfman.
Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm
The Auditorium @ Duke's Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham NC
Space is limited so if you plan to join us please RSVP by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee and Conversation with Filmmaker Laurens Grant
SDF is hosting a reception for documentary filmmaker Laurens Grant on Thursday, October 20, at Beyu Caffe in downtown Durham, 9:30am - 11am. Laurens recently produced the Emmy Award winning film 'Freedom Riders' with Stanley Nelson. The film will be screening Thursday evening at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill, but come in the morning for some coffee and conversation with this talented filmmaker. There will be no formal program, just come ready to talk about your projects.