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 »

So Much SDF at Cucalorus

SDF is seriously representing at the 21st Annual Cucalorus Film Festival this week! Don’t miss a chance to see both SDF works-in-progress and completed films at one of our favorite festivals just down the road in Wilmington. Thursday, November 12th Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (4:00 PM) work-in-progress Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (4:15 PM) … Read more »

Staff Changes at SDF

 from SDF’s Executive Director Rachel Raney I’m writing today with some bittersweet news. At the end of the year I will be stepping down as the Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund. There are a couple of factors involved, both personal and professional. For over a year now, my husband and I have been working… Read more »

Reel South is returning March 31, 2016!

The American South – its history, people, culture, and landscape are infused with a sense of heritage like no place else in the country – or the world. Introducing REEL SOUTH, a new anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and… Read more »