The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. Inspired by our core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, we serve as a leading advocate for powerful southern storytelling, providing filmmakers and artists with professional support, filmmaking grants, and fiscal sponsorship. Since its founding in 2002, SDF has sponsored over 150 projects that have screened all over the world, won critical acclaim and prestigious awards, and inspired audiences with authentic stories that matter.
LaTosha Brown is an award-winning community organizer, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer and political strategist with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and a founding member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund.
Cornelio Campos is a self-taught Mexican-American artist based in Durham, N.C. Through his paintings, he illustrates some of the harsh realities of immigrating to America that immigrants often overlook.
Eric Johnson is the SVP of Sound + Engagement at Trailblazer Studios, a production, post, and sound facility based in Raleigh, NC. Projects include production and/or post-production for Discovery Channel, OWN, HBO, National Geographic, PBS, Paramount Pictures, Disney Channel, Columbia Pictures and NBC Universal.
Kirsten Mullen is a folklorist and the founder of Artefactual, an arts-consulting practice, and Carolina Circuit Writers, a literary consortium that brings expressive writers of color to the Carolinas—both based in Durham, NC. She was a member of the Freelon Adjaye Bond concept development team that was awarded the Smithsonian Institution’s commission to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Ellen Stolzman has a long history in the marketing of entertainment products. She began her career at CBS, where she spent nearly 10 years engaged in the worldwide marketing of American music legends. She joined Simon & Schuster to launch their Books on Cassette and Home Video businesses, and then moved to senior management at HBO Video, where she built their non feature film business with the targeted marketing of documentaries, music, sports, comedy and educational programs.
Irene Oakley Johnson is Former First Lady of Clark Atlanta University where she was an integral part of the life of the University and the ambassador for “Lifting Every Voice.”. She is a retired procurement professional in the Mission Operations Support Office at NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas.
Peter’s distinguished career in producing, directing, and photographing documentaries, narrative feature films, commercials, branding, and music videos includes being the producer and director of photography of Hoop Dreams, which appeared on over 100 “top ten” lists for 1994 and has won numerous awards and co-producing and co-directing At The Death House Door, which has won numerous awards and was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Peter currently teaches filmmaking at Wake Forest University.