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 »

Congratulations 2015 SDF Filmmaking Grant Awardees

We are proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 SDF Filmmaking Grants, and grateful for the generous support of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, which has supported these grants for the past two years.  Our panelists this year included Nashville TN based filmmaker Katy Chevigny of Big Mouth Productions, Washington DC based public media executive/producer Jacquie… Read more »

Fresh Docs Screening in November

SDF and the Center for Documentary Studies are pleased to present a free screening of director Bill Hayes’s The Real Mayberry, a film about the past, present and future of Andy Griffith’s hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, SDF director Rachel Raney moderates a conversation with the… Read more »


North Carolina airdate: Mon, Jan 25th at 9p on UNC-TV South Carolina airdate: Thurs, Feb 25th at 9p on ETV-HD Bending Sticks celebrates the 25-year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during… Read more »


North Carolina airdate: Mon, Jan 18th at 9:30p on UNC-TV South Carolina airdate: Thurs, Feb 18th at 9:30p on ETV-HD In 1961 nine college men decided they were ready to go to jail to fight segregation laws and inequality in Rock Hill, SC. Their sit-in at the local whites only lunch counter changed the course… Read more »


North Carolina airdate: Mon, Jan 18th at 9p on UNC-TV South Carolina airdate: Thurs, Feb 18th at 9p on ETV-HD Can’t Stop the Water tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away.


North Carolina airdate: Mon, Jan 11th at 9p on UNC-TV South Carolina airdate: Thurs, Feb 11th at 9p on ETV-HD Americans consume nearly 20 billion items of clothing each year, yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Cotton Road follows the cotton commodity from South Carolina farms to… Read more »