Grantee Profile

Southern Documentary Fund

Grants to Southern Documentary Fund

  • $900,000

    2017 (Duration 3 years, 4 months)

    Journalism & Media

    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — The Southern Documentary Fund is the only nonprofit organization that works to support documentary projects made exclusively by filmmakers who currently work and live in the American South. It provides professional development and fiscal sponsorship, and works with national organizations to provide creative workshops and labs that connect Southern filmmakers to a broader documentary film community. MacArthur support enables the Southern Documentary Fund to implement a new re-granting program to support documentary films being produced and directed by filmmakers across the South, and scale up Fresh Docs, its community feedback program for work-in-progress documentaries. By financially and creatively supporting the traditionally under-resourced community of filmmakers in the South, with a special focus on supporting filmmakers of color, the Southern Documentary Fund diversifies the nonfiction narratives reaching U.S. audiences by and about Southern people and communities.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Southern Documentary Fund $900,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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