THE SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY FUND

Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Media & Broadcasting

Location

1105 W CHAPEL HILL STREET SUITE 1DURHAM, NC 27701 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is an arts nonprofit that cultivates documentary media made in or about the South. It’s our mission to empower Southern makers to tell stories through Southern eyes. We prioritize underrepresented voices, especially those with long connections to the South. Inspired by our belief that media has the power to change lives, we provide makers with diverse resources, including grants, fiscal sponsorship, mentorship, community awareness, education and training - all to champion Southern documentary and lower barriers to entry for new and emerging makers.

Description

VALUES:
SDF-sponsored projects often aim to bring injustice to light, and to reveal truths, large and small, about the world around us. In just the past couple of years alone SDF has sponsored award-winning films with important messages of hope and change-films like Private Violence, about domestic abuse, The Case Against 8, about the battle for marriage equality, and Los Jets, about discrimination against immigrants. That said, SDF is not curatorial, or didactic. The work of our artists covers a broad spectrum of topics told from multiple points of view. Every project is editorially independent; SDF does not support works-for-hire or branded content. SDF also believes deeply in the power of film to enlighten and inspire through its craft and artistry. While many of our films address obvious social issues, many are simply good stories, or good art. We have sponsored dozens of films about athletics, music, artmaking, family dynamics, or unique cultures and lifestyles. The demand for documentary programming has grown exponentially, in no small part thanks to the more cinematic nature of the works themselves. SDF supports our makers in creating more artful projects.

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