MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Read our strategy

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7 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

The Award, which recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget. Read More
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Investigative journalism with real impact. 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions recipient. Watch
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MacArthur Awards 18 Documentary Film Grants

The documentaries address a range of important issues, including immigration, wrongful convictions, and the aftermath of genocide. Read More
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500 Years

500 Years documents the 2013 genocide trial of former Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt, and its aftermath. Rios Montt stood trial for the killing of 1,700 Maya Ixil people from 1982-1983 – the first trial in ...

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Carbon Trade-Off

With global leaders looking to California for signs of hope on climate change, Carbon Trade/Off follows the construction of a promising yet controversial component of the state’s “cap and trade” plan. Under the plan ...

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Care follows four dedicated home health aides as they put in long, difficult hours caring for the elderly, while struggling to keep food on their own tables. Their stories are contrasted by those of elders and ...

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Immigrant Nation

Immigrant Nation is an interactive, cross-platform documentary project that uses personal narratives to provide audiences with multiple entry points into the issue of immigration. The project centers on an immersive web-platform that will showcase a series ...

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Map Your World

Map Your World is a multiplatform, participatory documentary project that enables young people to map, track, and advocate for accountability and action on the challenges facing their communities – and share their stories of change around the ...

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Out of State

Out of State follows native Hawaiian inmates who are sent to a private prison in Arizona. The film also follows the experiences of their families back home in Hawaii, thousands of miles away. In response to ...

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Migration Documentary Films

MacArthur’s media grantmaking has supported the production of several documentary films on migration and immigration in the U.S. and around the world. Read More


Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Erica Twyman

Program Assistant