Fresh Docs Screening in March 2016

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of director Rhiannon Fionn’s Coal Ash Chronicles, a compilation of experiences and viewpoints from all sides of the coal ash issue. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series, featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screening, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker will take place, during which… 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:                                                                     

SDF Bids Farewell to Filmmaker and Board Member Alan Jacobs

We are saddened to report that our friend and SDF Board Member Alan Jacobs has passed away after a long and courageous struggle against a rare heart disease. Born and educated in New York, Alan spent 15 years, producing, directing, and editing a series of powerful documentaries about political and social justice. He was actively involved… Read more »

SDF Winterfest 2016

Join us for SDF’s3rd Annual WINTERFEST FundraiserSaturday, February 27, 2016 from 7-10 pm@ Trailblazer Studios soundstage in Raleigh Last year’s event set the bar high, and we plan to deliver again with great local food and libations provided by Angus Barn, The Palace International, Lonerider Brewing Company, Broadslab Distillery, The Haw River Wine Man, live Senegalese music by Diali Cissokho &… Read more »


SDF and the Center for Documentary Studies are pleased to present a free screening of Peace in Our Pockets.  Kenny Dalsheimer’s latest film follows the inspirational Kenyan activists of Sisi ni Amani as they promote civic engagement, build democracy, and defuse violence in the lead up to the 2013 national elections.  With cutting-edge text-messaging, mobile phones,… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening in January 2016

SDF and the Center for Documentary Studies are pleased to present a free screening of The Ties that Bind, director Diana Newton’s exploration into the way her family members responded when her former brother transitioned  to become her sister Christine, a change that proved surprising—in the best and worst ways.  The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings,… Read more »

DEADLINE EXTENDED! SDF is Seeking a New Executive Director

SDF is excited to announce our search for new leadership. We have heard from a number of potential applicants asking that we extend the deadline for the Executive Director search, because of the Sundance festival and recent snow and ice storms across the South and East Coast. We now will accept applications through Friday, February… Read more »

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 »

Support SDF via the Indy Week Give!Guide

For the third year in a row, SDF is proud to be participating in the Indy Week Give!Guide. The Give!Guide shines an important spotlight on 40+ local non-profits making a big difference in our community, and encouraging their readers to become small scale philanthropists. Please consider making a donation to SDF’s G!G campaign. For just… Read more »

You’re Invited: SDF’s Holiday Party

Filmmakers, Friends, Fans! Please join SDF to celebrate an amazing 2015. We’ll gather Tues, Dec 8th from 5-7p at the Surf Club in Durham. There will be snacks – salty and sweet – and a cash bar:) Click for Map We’ll be taking donations at the door for SDF’s year end fundraiser via the Give!Guide. Bring your… Read more »