Fork Films

Fork Films We're a women-led organization, and we produce and fund powerful documentaries that shift perspectives.
Founded in 2007 by Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticker, Fork Films began with the feature film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, followed by Emmy-winning The Armor of Light, The Trials of Spring, and the five-part PBS series Women, War & Peace. In addition to its original productions, Fork has funded over 100 documentary films including Cameraperson, Trapped, 1971, Hot Girls Wanted, and the Academy Award®-nominated films Strong Island, The Square, Sun Come Up and The Invisible War. Fork Films is committed to promoting peace, lifting marginalized voices, and building bridges across divided communities. In partnership with our sister organization Peace is Loud, we enrich every project we make with lasting impact campaigns.

"Knowing that there are other voices similar to yours out there creating content matters. There is no reason for us to f...
07/10/2019
This Brunch Is For Hollywood’s Queer Black Women

"Knowing that there are other voices similar to yours out there creating content matters. There is no reason for us to feel alone anymore." Creator Melody Cade talked to Out Magazine about her queer Black women in entertainment brunch.

Creator Melody Cade discusses her Queer Black Women in Entertainment Brunch.

Great new The New York Times op-ed about the need for more critics of color."The conversation about our collective imagi...
07/10/2019
Opinion | The Dominance of the White Male Critic

Great new The New York Times op-ed about the need for more critics of color.

"The conversation about our collective imagination has the same blind spots as our political discourse," say Elizabeth Mendez Berry and Chi-hui Yang, who are aiming to change that.

Conversations about our monuments, museums, screens and stages have the same blind spots as our political discourse.

"There's incredible strength in stepping into conflict on behalf of others. It's the right thing to do." -Abigail Disney...
07/10/2019
The Badass 50

"There's incredible strength in stepping into conflict on behalf of others. It's the right thing to do." -Abigail Disney, who was JUST named one of InStyle's 50 Badass Women! #InStyleBadassWomen

Meet the women who are leading the way toward a better world.

Looking for something great to watch tonight? Support marginalized voices telling important stories about social justice...
07/07/2019
POV - Acclaimed Point-of-View Documentary Films | PBS

Looking for something great to watch tonight? Support marginalized voices telling important stories about social justice. PJ Raval's CALL HER GANDA and Nancy Shwartzman's Roll Red Roll Doc are both streaming now on POV! https://www.pbs.org/pov/

TV's longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film. Watch Oscar, Emmy, Peabody and duPont award-winning PBS documentaries on TV and online.

"What I've watched over the last 30 years is rich people going from terribly rich to awfully rich to obscenely and insan...
07/07/2019
Disney Heiress Calls For Wealth Tax: 'We Have To Draw A Line'

"What I've watched over the last 30 years is rich people going from terribly rich to awfully rich to obscenely and insanely rich. And we have to draw a line." - Abigail Disney on NPR All Things Considered. ICYMI, you can hear the whole interview here.

Abigail Disney is among the superrich speaking out against income inequality. When Disney workers told her they were rationing insulin and sleeping in cars, she says, she felt an indescribable rage.

One week until Judith Helfand's film COOKED redefines the world of disaster preparedness, opening in Chicago at the Gene...
07/05/2019
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code | Gene Siskel Film Center

One week until Judith Helfand's film COOKED redefines the world of disaster preparedness, opening in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Got your tickets yet?

Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements Cooked: Survival by Zip Code 2018, Judith Helfand, USA, 82 min. BUY TICKETS Show Times Fri, Jul 12th 2:00pm Fri, Jul 12th 8:15pm Sat, Jul 13th 5:00pm Sun, Jul 14th 2:00pm Mon, Jul 15th 6:00pm Tue, Jul 16th 7:45pm Wed, Jul 17th 6:00pm Thu, Jul 18th 8:00pm Fri,....

“When voters have the opportunity to vote for women of all races and men of color, they choose them at the same rates ...
07/04/2019
Women And People Of Color Were Elected At Same Rate As White Men In 2018: Report

“When voters have the opportunity to vote for women of all races and men of color, they choose them at the same rates as white men.”

⬇️ Facts! ⬇️

“There’s a common assumption that white men are the more electable candidates ― but our research found the opposite,” the research group's director said.

"On July 4th, we need to make the conscious decision to remember the plight of thousands of people in America whose oppr...
07/04/2019
We Need To Talk About How July 4th Isn’t My Independence Day

"On July 4th, we need to make the conscious decision to remember the plight of thousands of people in America whose oppression is hiding under this presumptuous promise of independence."

Vital words from Peace is Loud's Emily del Carmen Ramirez.

As an American whose identity has been historically marginalized, I must radically imagine what freedom looks like for people like me in the United States.

Leymah Gbowee  won a Nobel Peace Prize for igniting a movement and last week, she talked to Ms. Magazine about bravery, ...
07/03/2019
The Ms. Q&A: How Leymah Gbowee Turned Anger into Action

Leymah Gbowee won a Nobel Peace Prize for igniting a movement and last week, she talked to Ms. Magazine about bravery, healing, and how to “stop being politely angry.”

'If I was to give advice to my 17-year-old self, I would say: you go girl—now go teach others.'

07/02/2019
Call Her Ganda | POV | PBS

In CALL HER GANDA, PJ Raval "tells a story that demands our attention and, more importantly, our respect," declares The Young Folks. Stream it now on POV!

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist…

"Nothing in history ever moved forward just because people advocated for their own interests. Things really change when ...
07/01/2019
Disney Heiress Calls For Wealth Tax: 'We Have To Draw A Line'

"Nothing in history ever moved forward just because people advocated for their own interests. Things really change when people are traitors to their class, and my class needs some really good traitors these days." - Abigail Disney, interviewed by NPR All Things Considered

Abigail Disney is among the superrich speaking out against income inequality. When Disney workers told her they were rationing insulin and sleeping in cars, she says, she felt an indescribable rage.

What are you doing at 5:20 eastern today? ⏰📻 Tune into NPR All Things Considered and you'll hear an interview with ...
06/28/2019
All Things Considered for June 27, 2019

What are you doing at 5:20 eastern today? ⏰📻 Tune into NPR All Things Considered and you'll hear an interview with Fork Films founder Abigail Disney!

Hear the All Things Considered program for June 27, 2019

06/28/2019
Call Her Ganda | POV | PBS

Did you miss PJ Raval's terrific film CALL HER GANDA, the documentary about Filipina transgender woman Jennifer Laude, at Frameline, Tribeca, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival or Inside Out LGBT Film Festival? No worries, it premieres July 1st on POV! 📺 #CallHerGandaPBS https://t.co/3m3ySnhW7m

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist…

"62 percent of Americans say they have become more supportive of transgender rights... when it comes to specific policie...
06/28/2019
More people than ever say they support trans rights. But do they support the policies?

"62 percent of Americans say they have become more supportive of transgender rights... when it comes to specific policies that would improve the lives of trans people, Americans’ stances have hardly changed."

It's time to walk the walk, folks. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/more-people-than-ever-say-they-support-trans-rights-but-do-they-support-the-policies/"

A new study suggests attitudes are evolving, until you read the fine print.

Congrats are in order to Johanna Hamilton, co-producer of Pray The Devil Back To Hell, on her new short THE TRIAL, which...
06/26/2019
The AFI DOCS Interview: THE TRIAL With Director Johanna Hamilton

Congrats are in order to Johanna Hamilton, co-producer of Pray The Devil Back To Hell, on her new short THE TRIAL, which just screened at AFI Docs. She spoke to them about challenges, takeaways and more.

THE TRIAL plays as part of the Shorts Program at AFI DOCS at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday, June 22 and at the Landmark E Street

To Do:✅ Acknowledge and celebrate these gains✅ Keep pushing the envelope. We can do better; we must.
06/25/2019
Women Make Gains in Indie Films, But Are Still Outnumbered 2 to 1

To Do:

✅ Acknowledge and celebrate these gains

✅ Keep pushing the envelope. We can do better; we must.

A new study released by San Diego State University finds that women in indie films have made historic gains behind the scenes, but are still outnumbered.

“I don’t talk much about being Orthodox. I don’t want that to be what defines me. What defines me is my art,” sa...
06/25/2019
It Is Incumbent Upon Us Orthodox Jews To Tell Our Stories

“I don’t talk much about being Orthodox. I don’t want that to be what defines me. What defines me is my art,” says Paula Eiselt. director of Fork grantee doc 93Queen, interviewed by The Forward

The film industry wasn’t ready for a film about empowered religious women, says Paula Eiselt, the filmmaker behind ‘93Queen’.

"Women were also in front. They just weren't being recognized for this role, and they weren't being credited." Four year...
06/22/2019
On GPS: The revolutionary women in the Arab Spring - CNN Video

"Women were also in front. They just weren't being recognized for this role, and they weren't being credited."

Four years ago, CNN aired this interview Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker did with Fareed Zakaria all about the untold stories of the women in the Arab Spring. Revisit the video now and never forget their vital stories. https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/06/22/exp-gps-women-arab-spring.cnn

Fareed talks to filmmakers Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker about "Trials of Spring" and hears about the untold stories of the women in the Arab Spring.

"We are becoming a more and more polarized society, and documentaries can take an audience on meaningful journeys that c...
06/20/2019
The AFI DOCS Interview: ERNIE & JOE With Director Jenifer McShane

"We are becoming a more and more polarized society, and documentaries can take an audience on meaningful journeys that can illuminate topics and expand our thinking and sometimes our hearts." Ernie & Joe the Film director Jenifer McShane via AFI Docs 🙌🏼 http://blog.afi.com/the-afi-docs-interview-ernie-joe-with-director-jenifer-mcshane/

Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are not typical police officers. Dressed in polo shirts and slacks, guns out of view, the two approach each emergency call with th

Great news from the COOKED team: they're opening in Chicago at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institut...
06/19/2019
Exclusive trailer: Judith Helfand’s “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code”

Great news from the COOKED team: they're opening in Chicago at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on July 12th and they just released their trailer! Congrats Kartemquin Films, Judith Helfand and Fenell Doremus.

American pubcaster PBS will provide the broadcast television premiere of Peabody Award-winning director Judith A. Helfand‘s feature-length documentary Cooked: Survival by Zip Code when it debuts across its long-standing doc ...

Fantastic list of documentaries to watch for #PrideMonth, International Documentary Association Thrilled to see Yance Fo...
06/19/2019
Celebrate Pride Month with These Five Documentaries

Fantastic list of documentaries to watch for #PrideMonth, International Documentary Association Thrilled to see Yance Ford and Strong Island included!

Pride Month is here and queer, which means it's the perfect time to watch these LGBTQ+ documentaries! These films represent just a taste of our vibrant community and the intersectional stories we have to share.

If you've recently watched HBO's powerful miniseries Chernobyl, don't miss the award-winning Fork Films grantee The Babu...
06/18/2019

If you've recently watched HBO's powerful miniseries Chernobyl, don't miss the award-winning Fork Films grantee The Babushkas of Chernobyl, about three unlikely heroines living in the most toxic place on earth. Now streaming. https://thebabushkasofchernobyl.com/watch-the-film

"The Akron Beacon Journal — working with Akron police and local groups helping sex assault survivors — is hosting a ...
06/17/2019
Event features documentary, experts on untested rape kits

"The Akron Beacon Journal — working with Akron police and local groups helping sex assault survivors — is hosting a free showing of “I Am Evidence,” a 2017 documentary about the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits."

The Akron Beacon Journal — working with Akron police and local groups helping sex assault survivors — is hosting a free showing of

The Sheffield Doc/Fest awards have been announced and we're thrilled to share news from two Fork Films grantees.One Chil...
06/17/2019
Sheffield Doc/Fest Winners Include Sundance Duo ‘Midnight Family’ & ‘Midnight Traveller’

The Sheffield Doc/Fest awards have been announced and we're thrilled to share news from two Fork Films grantees.

One Child Nation won the the Tim Hetherington award & Midnight Traveler got a special jury mention. Congrats to both truly remarkable documentaries.

Luke Lorentzen’s Midnight Family won the grand jury award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, which held its closing ceremony last night (June 11). The Sundance premiere follows a family trying to m…

06/17/2019
Roll Red Roll | POV | PBS

Tune in TONIGHT to PBS for the broadcast of Roll Red Roll Doc, the true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep-seated and social media-fueled “boys-will be-boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America.

At a pre-season party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, the now-infamous sexual assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team took place. Roll Red Roll is a true-crime…

"Everyone gets outraged when we talk about CEO pay disparity. But is it the responsibility of a company to close the gap...
06/17/2019
Abigail Disney: You can’t limit bottom paid employees to desperation

"Everyone gets outraged when we talk about CEO pay disparity. But is it the responsibility of a company to close the gap or does the government need to take a bigger role?" Watch the full video of Abigail Disney & Martin Whittaker of JUST Capital on MSNBC.

Everyone gets outraged when we talk about CEO pay disparity. But is it the responsibility of a company to close the gap or does the government need to take a bigger role? Filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney and CEO of Just Capital, Martin Whittaker, join Stephanie Ruhle to break it down.

Roll Red Roll Doc "is a supremely resonant story, and director Nancy Schwartzman skillfully tells it with a profound sen...
06/16/2019
Social media, toxic masculinity make big trouble in Ohio town, throughout the culture today

Roll Red Roll Doc "is a supremely resonant story, and director Nancy Schwartzman skillfully tells it with a profound sense of social conscience," raves The Baltimore Sun See it tomorrow night on PBS! https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/columnists/zurawik/bs-fe-zontv-roll-red-social-media-20190611-story.html

Toxic masculinity taught, learned and writ large under Friday Night lights and in drunken Saturday night parties ending in rape. All social media amplified.

"What is 'pro-life' about putting a woman in a situation where she must risk pregnancy without proper medical, social an...
06/16/2019
Opinion | I Was an Anti-Abortion Crusader. Now I Support Roe v. Wade.

"What is 'pro-life' about putting a woman in a situation where she must risk pregnancy without proper medical, social and emotional support?"

Don't miss Rev. Rob Schenck's powerful op-ed on how his views on reproductive justice have changed over the years.

Overturning the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision would not be “pro-life.” It would be destructive of life.

Midnight Traveler won a special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and it's coming to Film Forum in September. Mark yo...
06/14/2019
Film Forum · MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Midnight Traveler won a special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and it's coming to Film Forum in September. Mark your calendar now!

SEPTEMBER 18 – OCTOBER 1 2 WEEKS 12:30 2:20 4:10 6:00 7:50 9:45 MIDNIGHT TRAVELER DIRECTED BY HASSAN FAZILI PRODUCED, WRITTEN, AND EDITED BY EMELIE MAHDAVIAN USA / QATAR / UK / CANADA 2018 90 MINS. IN ENGLISH AND PERSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES OSCILLOSCOPE LABORATORIES “A documentary that feels ...

Ebert Voices calls One Child Nation "a stirring look at a nation that seeks to control the bodies of its women, while se...
06/14/2019
One Child Nation | Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Ebert Voices calls One Child Nation "a stirring look at a nation that seeks to control the bodies of its women, while seeing them as second-class to men."

See it today & tomorrow at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film at Lincoln Center! Plus Q&A with director Nanfu Wang.

“‘We are fighting a population war’ was a common slogan used by the government during the One Child Policy. China started a war against population growth, but it became a real war against its own people.”– Nanfu Wang, Co-director, One Child Nation

IndieWire calls One Child Nation "a brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning." See it tom...
06/13/2019
One Child Nation | Human Rights Watch Film Festival

IndieWire calls One Child Nation "a brilliant combination of cultural reporting and interpersonal reckoning." See it tomorrow & Saturday at Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film at Lincoln Center! Plus Q&A with director Nanfu Wang. https://ff.hrw.org/film/one-child-nation?city=New%20York

“‘We are fighting a population war’ was a common slogan used by the government during the One Child Policy. China started a war against population growth, but it became a real war against its own people.”– Nanfu Wang, Co-director, One Child Nation

Mark Whittaker and Fork Films founder and CEO Abigail Disney were on MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle earlier this week, talki...
06/13/2019

Mark Whittaker and Fork Films founder and CEO Abigail Disney were on MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle earlier this week, talking about how companies that do right by their employees generate higher returns. See the research done by JUST Capital: https://justcapital.com/reports/just-business-better-margins/

“I especially crafted this film for men to be affected by it and for young men especially to take a look at it and see...
06/13/2019
Roll Red Roll Film

“I especially crafted this film for men to be affected by it and for young men especially to take a look at it and see themselves." - director Nancy Schwartzman on her essential film Roll Red Roll Doc airing on PBS POV June 17th at 10/9c.

When social media “boys will be boys”, and vigilante justice collide, Steubenville, Ohio will never be the same. Official selection of Tribeca Film Festival, this documentary goes beyond the headlines. Directed by Nancy Schwartzman.

The New York Times says Be Natural is "long overdue and just in time, given the present-day reckoning with Hollywood’s...
06/12/2019

The New York Times says Be Natural is "long overdue and just in time, given the present-day reckoning with Hollywood’s stubborn traditions of behind-the-scenes (and onscreen) sexism."

🎥 In theaters now! 🎥

https://benaturalthemovie.com/in-theaters/

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