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Southern Documentary Fund

Southern Documentary Fund

Southern Documentary Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization that cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Inspired by their core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives, SDF serves as a leading advocate for powerful Southern storytelling, providing filmmakers with professional support, fiscal sponsorship, and creative community. Seed&Spark is working with SDF in their fiscal sponsor capacity after seeing the care and dedication they invest in their films and filmmakers. The stories they choose to support are critically acclaimed and award winning. This year alone they added an Emmy and a prestigious Peabody Award to their cap. SDF will have their own curated crowdfunding page on Seed&Spark so we can help highlight their exceptional films.

Projects We're Supporting

The Book Keepers

Roanoke • Documentary, Family

A father and son crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.


Green Light

Swine Country: A Community Polluted Fighting For Change

Raleigh • Documentary

In eastern North Carolina, animals are sick, fish are dying, and people are fighting to make sure they aren't next.


Green Light

The Last Partera

Durham • Documentary

A 95-year-old midwife passes on her wisdom to a new generation of Costa Rican women fighting for their right to choose how they give birth.


Green Light

Black Beach/White Beach: A Tale of Two Beaches

Durham • Documentary

Racial tensions rise in Myrtle Beach, SC, with 2 competing motorcycle festivals - one black, one white - in a historically segregated town.


Green Light

The Rise and Fall of Liberty

Durham • Documentary

A story about an iconic tobacco warehouse, a community of artists, and developers who are threatening the soul of a southern city.


Green Light

The Ties That Bind

Chapel Hill • Documentary, LGBTQ

When the youngest sibling unexpectedly “gets real”, an uneasy yet courageous journey of transformation ensues for a Southern family.


Green Light

Overland: A Documentary Experience

Durham • Adventure, Documentary

Enter the wild with our cast of falconers as they partner with their birds of prey to hunt in some of the world's most majestic landscapes.


Green Light

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Atlanta • Documentary

In 1936 when 18 Black athletes participated in the Berlin Olympic Games, history forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.


Green Light

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