Southern Documentary Fund Holds 5th Annual Artists Convening Documentary ecosystem continues to build in Durham DURHAM, NC – Documentarians living and working in the American South and beyond will gather June 1 – 3, 2018 for the annual Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) Artists Convening. The SDF Artists Convening is a weekend of inspiring workshops, panels, and mentoring sessions, combined with community building and peer networking. The SDF Artists Convening, Full Frame Film Festival, the Center for Documentary Studies, Good Pitch LOCAL, and more continue to put Durham on the map as a linchpin of the Southern storytelling ecosystem. Since its founding in 2013, the Artists Convening has more than doubled in size – with this year’s Convening slated to attract more than 200 documentary filmmakers and supporters. The 2018 Artists Convening will return to the basics: helping to ensure filmmakers’ needs are met so that they can do what they do best, make documentaries. And, as the film making and media landscapes continue to change, filmmakers’ approach needs to evolve as well. Industry leaders and filmmakers will break down best practices of “The New Basics” of documentary film making: better budgets, the perfect pitch, customized festival strategies, and more. “I’m especially excited about the Speed Mentoring session. Emerging filmmakers will have a chance to ask established makers and industry professionals their burning questions,” said SDF Executive Director Naomi Walker. “And, since making documentaries can be a long – and oftentimes isolating – journey, the Artists Convening provides space for makers to connect authentically. By sharing challenges and successes, everyone feel less alone and hopefully leaves the Convening feeling energized and supported.” The roster of guests at this year’s Convening continues to impress. The award-winning Rada Film Group's Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson will discuss their careers and films, and notable organizations such as Chicken & Egg, International Documentary Association, ITVS and more will be represented. See a high-level schedule below. To learn more about the Artists Convening or access the full schedule, visit: Southern Documentary Fund Artists Convening Registration is now open to documentary makers, educators, and students, and individual tickets to certain events are available to the public: Artists Convening Registration Discounted tickets are available until May 15th and interested volunteers should complete the 2018 Artists Convening Volunteer Form. 2018 SDF ARTISTS CONVENING SCHEDULE FRIDAY, JUNE 1st: • 4:30pm Docs in Progress' Peer Pitch SATURDAY, JUNE 2nd: • 10:30am Show Me the Money (funding panel) Panelists: Wendy Ettinger, Chicken & Egg; Paula Froehle, Chicago Media Project; Christopher Everett, filmmaker; Carrie Lozano, IDA; and more! • 1:30pm Budgeting with ITVS’ Michael Ehrenzweig • 3:30pm Beyond Branding (self-distribution, marketing, and impact) with After Bruce's Tracy Nguyen-Chung • 5:30pm Master Class with Joe Brewster & Michèle Stephenson SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd: • 10am Speed Mentoring • 12pm Rethinking Festival Strategy Panelists: Dan Brawley, Cucalorus Festival; Seth Gadsden, Indie Grits; Eugene Haynes, Blackstar Film Festival; Deborah Riley Draper, filmmaker. • 2:30pm SDF Spring Showcase Follow SDF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ##### Press Contact: Naomi Walker, Southern Documentary Fund, 919-308-3714 firstname.lastname@example.org About Southern Documentary Fund The Durham-based Southern Documentary Fund, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit arts organization that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South. Inspired by our core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, we serve as a leading advocate for powerful southern storytelling, providing filmmakers and artists with professional support, filmmaking grants, and fiscal sponsorship. Since its founding in 2002, SDF has sponsored more than 150 projects that have screened around the world, won critical acclaim and prestigious awards, and inspired audiences with authentic stories that matter. More information is available at www.southerndocumentaryfund.org. About the Artists Convening: The Southern Documentary Fund Annual Artists Convening takes place each spring in Durham, NC. Filmmakers from around the South and beyond are invited for a weekend of enlightening workshops, panels, and pitch sessions, combined with a healthy dose of community building and peer networking.