Media > Documentaries

These grants support select independent documentaries, primarily at the Foundation's initiative.

2017


100Reporters

Washington, DC
Investigative Journalism through Documentaries: The Double Exposure Film Festival and Symposium 2017
$10,000
www.100reporters.org

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
"The Best Democracy Money Can Buy”: Vote Suppression Investigation, Public Education, and Multi-platform Outreach
$50,000

Brave New Films

Culver City, CA
Social Justice Education distribution
$25,000
www.bravenewfilms.org

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
General Support for the Environmental Film Festival
$5,000
www.dceff.org

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc.

Melrose, MA
Can We Fix Our Democracy?
$25,000
www.filmmakerscollab.org

ITVS

San Francisco, CA
ITVS Documentary Desk
$75,000
www.itvs.org

2016


Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Arlington, VA
Ken Burns's Crime and Punishment in America (over 4 years)
$1,000,000
www.weta.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
FRONTLINE 2017 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc.

Melrose, MA
Can We Fix our Democracy?
$25,000
www.filmmakerscollab.org

IFP Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
Documentary, First Daughter and the Black Snake
$10,000
www.ifpmn.org/about

Independent Feature Project

Toronto, ON
All Governments Lie - Truth, Deception and the "Children" of I.F. Stone
$50,000
www.nymediacenter.com

Elon University

Elon, NC
Documentary on Climate Change and Food Insecurity in Namibia
$10,000
www.elon.edu

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
"The Best Democracy Money Can Buy": Vote Suppression Investigation, Public Education, and Multi-platform Outreach (in association with previously funded documentary)
$50,000

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Washington, DC
2016 Environmental Film Festival in the the Nation's Capital
$5,000
www.dceff.org

ITVS

San Francisco, CA
ITVS Documentary Desk
$75,000
www.itvs.org

One Ocean Media Foundation

Stone Ridge, NY
Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now!
$20,000
www.oceans8films.com

Working Films

Wilmington, NC
General operating support
$10,000
www.workingfilms.org

2015


Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
The completion and associated outreach for the film, "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
$100,000

2014


Katahdin Foundation

Berkeley, CA
Documentary Film: GABE TOMORROW
$10,000
www.kathadin.org

Independent Feature Project

Brooklyn , NY
The documentary, All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the "Children" of I.F. Stone

$100,000
www.ifp.org

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc. (WETA-TV)

Arlington, VA
Ken Burns': Vietnam (over two years)
$500,000
www.weta.org

Brave New Foundation

Culver City, CA
Gun Safety Project
$25,000
www.bravenewfoundation.org

Independent Feature Project

Brooklyn, NY
School of Last Resort
$15,000
www.ifp.org

WNET

New York, NY
Dream On Documentary
$15,000
www.wnet.org

2013


Moving Train, Inc.

Santa Clara, CA
The public engagement campaign for the documentary, The Human Experiment
$13,000
www.movingtrain.org

Social Ventures, Inc.

Ithaca, NY
Constance Cook documentary
$5,500

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York , NY
Production of the documentary film The Message
$50,000

Film Forum, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA
i2i Production's post production activities for the documentary The Four Sacred Peaks
$10,000
www.lafilmforum.org

International WOW Company

Brooklyn, NY
GASLAND, Part 3
$100,000

Tribe of Heart

Ithaca, NY
International online releases of current films and development of new educational and documentary projects
$10,000
www.tribeofheart.org

2012


Southern Documentary Fund

Durham, NC
Documentary film, Bringing it Home, engagement campaign
$10,000
www.southerndocumentaryfund.org

Student Action with Farmworkers

Durham , NC
Post-production costs of the documentary film, Harvest of Dignity, which raises awareness of farmworker conditions
$2,500
www.saf-unite.org

San Francisco Film Society

San Francisco, CA
Outreach support for The Human Experiment, a film exploring the effects of chemical exposure on the nation's health
$20,000
www.sffs.org

2011


American University

Washington, DC
Production of the documentary, Shooting in the Wild, which will raise awareness of the environmental, wildlife and ethical issues surrounding the way filmmakers shoot and present their subject matter to audiences
$15,000
www.american.edu

Sustainable Markets Foundation

New York, NY
The development and pre-production of the film on the climate crisis, The Message
$50,000

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Sharon, MA
The documentary film, COOKED, and a cross-platform engagement campaign, about the intersection of extreme heat/climate change, poverty and disaster preparedness
$20,000
www.documentaries.org

Documentary Educational Resources

Watertown, MA
The distribution and outreach for the Uji Films documentary, Lunch Line, which includes the perspectives of young people most affected by public food assistance programs
$10,000
www.der.org

Living Archives, Inc.

New York, NY
Completion and dissemination of The Loving Story, a documentary produced by Augusta Films, focused on the 1967 Supreme Court case that defeated bans on interracial marriage across the South
$10,000
www.living-archives.org

2010


Elon University

Elon, NC
A documentary that explores environmental challenges and development issues in Sri Lanka
$12,300
www.elon.edu

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
Production of the documentary, Fixing the Future: Rescuing the Economy in Communities Across America 
$200,000
www.wgbh.org

Living Archives, Inc.

New York, NY
Completion and dissemination of The Loving Story: A Long Walk Home, a documentary produced by Augusta Films, focused on the 1967 Supreme Court case that defeated bans on interracial marriage across the South
$15,000
www.living-archives.org

Southern Documentary Fund

Durham, NC
Distribution of On Coal River, a documentary film by Wood Media Films that explores the environmental and social impacts of coal mining and processing in Virginia
$20,000
www.southerndocumentaryfund.org

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc.

Sharon, MA
The documentary film, The Light at Walden, interpreting the words and vision of Henry David Thoreau
$10,000
www.documentaries.org

2009


Arts Engine, Inc.

New York, NY
Good Fortune, a film that examines U.S. foreign aid
$10,000
www.artsengine.net

Educational Broadcasting Corporation (WNET-TV)

New York, NY
No Tomorrow, a film about the death penalty
$10,000
www.thirteen.org

Independent Feature Project

Brooklyn, NY
Completion and distribution of the film, The Good Soldier, which explores the personal journeys of American soldiers from different wars
$20,000
www.ifp.org

Organic School Project

Chicago, IL
Lunch Line, film about a school lunch program
$25,000
www.organicschoolproject.org

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles Chapter

Los Angeles, CA
Dr. James Yamazaki and the Children of the Atomic Bomb, a film about the effects of the nuclear bomb and its present day hazards
$5,000
www.psrla.org

Public Interest Pictures

Marina Del Rey, CA
Marketing and outreach for the film, Broadcast Blues, about media policy issues
$10,000
www.pipdocs.org

Teddy Bear Films

San Francisco, CA
SEEDS, a film about the social and economic crisis faced by farmers around the world
$10,000
www.teddybearfilms.com

The Kindling Group

Chicago, IL
Educational outreach campaign for the film, Do No Harm, about efforts to expose and rectify injustices in the non-profit hospital system
$10,000
www.kindlinggroup.org