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 »


The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Olympia Stone’s Elizabeth King / Body of Work. Elizabeth King puzzles over with an acute sensitivity to both life, and the life-like. She has created her own genre at the intersection of the classical and automata.  An accomplished artist with an eye for the… Read more »

REEL SOUTH Season 3 – Call For Entries!

REEL SOUTH is an anthology documentary series highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from the region. The series is distributed to public television stations nationally, bringing diverse Southern voices, topics, and points of view into millions of homes. Now wrapping a stellar second season, REEL SOUTH is accepting submissions to Season 3! To learn more, review selection criteria and eligibility requirements, and to… Read more »

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 »

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 »