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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.

What (Not) To Doc says Disclosure Documentary director Sam Feder "presents a thought-provoking tour through the history ...
01/18/2020
2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN

What (Not) To Doc says Disclosure Documentary director Sam Feder "presents a thought-provoking tour through the history of mainstream entertainment, tracking how much things have – and have not – changed, and the power and influence images have on us all."

DISCLOSURE: TRANS LIVES ON SCREEN Sam Feder explores the representation of transgender lives in film and television. Festival Section: Documentary Premieres

"The message of SB 37 is simple: Greed is never good. Equality and fairness are patriotic." Check out this op-ed by our ...
01/17/2020
To tackle income inequality, tax companies that overpay CEOs and underpay workers

"The message of SB 37 is simple: Greed is never good. Equality and fairness are patriotic." Check out this op-ed by our co-founder Abigail Disney and Nancy Skinner in support of a California Senate Bill addressing income inequality.

While the wealth of each of our families was very different, we both grew up during a time when most families could live comfortably on what they took home after working a 40-hour-a-week job. In those days, a middle-class salary could cover a household’s needs. And the company boss didn’t make t...

"The academy leaders stress that when 'creators are denied the opportunity of full recognition of their work and interac...
01/17/2020
TV Academies Send Letter to Secretary of State Protesting Denial of Entry for Documentarians

"The academy leaders stress that when 'creators are denied the opportunity of full recognition of their work and interaction with their respectful peers,' their message is 'suppressed.'" 🗣 Hear, hear.

UPDATED: In a rare joint action, both TV academies have banded together and sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, asking him to act on journalists and documentarians “being denied …

Our co-founder Abigail Disney and Patriotic Millionaires are back in the news, testifying "before the California State S...
01/16/2020
Abigail Disney backs California bill to raise corporate taxes and curb CEO pay

Our co-founder Abigail Disney and Patriotic Millionaires are back in the news, testifying "before the California State Senate in support of a bill that would raise the state's corporate income tax rates while incentivizing firms to curb CEO pay." via CNN

Disney heir Abigail Disney testified Wednesday before the California State Senate in support of a bill that would raise the state's corporate income tax rates while incentivizing firms to curb CEO pay.

CRIP CAMP tells the story of a summer camp for teens with disabilities. It's part of Higher Ground's slate of films that...
01/16/2020
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CRIP CAMP tells the story of a summer camp for teens with disabilities. It's part of Higher Ground's slate of films that Barack & Michelle Obama are bringing to Netflix. It's also a Fork Films grantee and it world premieres in just one week at Sundance Film Festival!

No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution. Just down the road from Woodstock, Camp Jened was a camp for disabled teens. Directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former Jened camper himself) deliver a rousing film abo...

Fork Films grantee Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is coming to Independent Lens | PBS next month, and BroadwayWorld has th...
01/16/2020
PBS' Independent Lens to Premiere COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

Fork Films grantee Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is coming to Independent Lens | PBS next month, and BroadwayWorld has the news!

The new feature documentary COOKED: Survival by Zip Code, a searing exploration into the politics of “disaster,” blends investigative reporting about the deadly 1995 Chicago heat wave with a potent argument that the best preparation for a disaster may start with investing in racial and economic ...

"Featuring more than 100 years of footage, Sam Feder & Amy Scholder’s documentary explores the history of transgender pe...
01/16/2020
The 20 Most Anticipated Queer Movies of 2020

"Featuring more than 100 years of footage, Sam Feder & Amy Scholder’s documentary explores the history of transgender people and cross-dressers as portrayed in movies and on television." NewNowNext can't wait for Disclosure Documentary!

From Ryan Murphy's "The Boys in the Band" to a gay Valentine's Day rom-com, here are the films we already can't stop talking about.

Congrats to all of the filmmakers included in today's SXSW announcement, especially to Fork Films grantees 9to5: The Sto...
01/15/2020
SXSW Film Festival Announces 2020 Features & Episodic Premieres

Congrats to all of the filmmakers included in today's SXSW announcement, especially to Fork Films grantees 9to5: The Story of A Movement and Lights Camera Uganda, both of which will have their world premieres in Austin this March!

Explore the 2020 SXSW Film Festival Features and Episodic Premieres lineup!

“The world is watching. Your mothers, your sisters, your daughters and I want to be unequivocally clear that there is on...
01/15/2020
Virginia Just Ratified the Equal Rights Amendment

“The world is watching. Your mothers, your sisters, your daughters and I want to be unequivocally clear that there is only one way to spell equality: E-R-A.” - Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy at today's historic vote. #ERANOW (via Ms. Magazine

The decision by Old Dominion state lawmakers makes Virginia the 38th and final state needed to make the ERA part of the Constitution.

Our co-founder Abigail Disney is about to testify for the CA legislature in support of SB37, a new bill that would creat...
01/15/2020
California State Senate

Our co-founder Abigail Disney is about to testify for the CA legislature in support of SB37, a new bill that would create an incentive for corporations to rein in excessive CEO pay and increase the state's corporate income tax. Watch live! https://t.co/cVvp8Q5gS7?amp=1

Imagine a documentary with appearances by Laverne Cox (also EP!), Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, MJ Rodriguez, Jamie Clayt...
01/13/2020
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Imagine a documentary with appearances by Laverne Cox (also EP!), Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, MJ Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton and Chaz Bono.

Well, it's called Disclosure Documentary directed by Sam Feder. World premiering two weeks from today, at Sundance Film Festival!

This unprecedented documentary offers an eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, M...

Going to #Sundance? Don't miss the Marketing, Movement Building, and Meaningful Representation panel, featuring Jamie Do...
01/13/2020
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Going to #Sundance? Don't miss the Marketing, Movement Building, and Meaningful Representation panel, featuring Jamie Dobie (Peace is Loud), Sue Obeidi
(Muslim Public Affairs Council - MPAC) and Darcy Heusel (NEON), moderated by Sonya Childress (Firelight Media)!

Monday, January 27, noon–2:00 p.m.Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd.We all know it—stories create impact. It’s now up to us—filmmakers, impact producers, advocates, funders, and distributors—to work together to fuel sustainable social and cultural change. Join Sue Obeidi from the Muslim...

"I hope to see characters with disabilities move to the center of the narrative in both fiction and documentary. I think...
01/13/2020
“The Invisibility Has to End”: Four Artists with Disabilities on the Importance of Building Community and Diversifying Cinematic Language

"I hope to see characters with disabilities move to the center of the narrative in both fiction and documentary. I think filmmakers with disabilities should be at the front of the line for directing those films," - Rodney Evans, director & Sundance fellow

Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of independent storytellers in film and theatre.

IndieWire calls One Child Nation "a triumphant synthesis of first-person storytelling and historical reckoning that show...
01/11/2020
35 Must-See Movies From 2019 Streaming Right Now

IndieWire calls One Child Nation "a triumphant synthesis of first-person storytelling and historical reckoning that shows how the policy continues to ripple through Chinese life" on its list of 35 must-see films you can stream. Watch it!

Here are the must-see 2019 movies you can stream right now on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and more.

Writer Sheelah Kolhatkar appeared on NPR to discuss the Patriotic Millionaires, Abigail Disney and income inequality. Ha...
01/11/2020
Disney Heiress Speaks Out About Income Inequality In 'New Yorker' Interview

Writer Sheelah Kolhatkar appeared on NPR to discuss the Patriotic Millionaires, Abigail Disney and income inequality. Have a listen!

NPR's Noel King talks to journalist Sheelah Kolhatkar, who profiles Abigail Disney for The New Yorker, about Disney trying to reduce income inequality and getting the rich to pay higher taxes.

Can't make it to Sundance but still want to see CRIP CAMP? If you're in NYC, some great news - it was just announced as ...
01/10/2020
Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight Lineup Includes ‘Crip Camp,’ ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Can't make it to Sundance but still want to see CRIP CAMP? If you're in NYC, some great news - it was just announced as the opener for MoMA The Museum of Modern Art #DocFortnight!

The Museum of Modern Art has unveiled its full festival lineup of 28 features and shorts for Doc Fortnight 2020, its annual showcase of the best of nonfiction film, on Monday. The list includes the…

"No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution...
01/09/2020
crip-camp

"No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution.""

Two weeks from tonight is the world premiere of CRIP CAMP at the Sundance Film Festival!

No one at Camp Jened could’ve imagined that those summers in the woods together would be the beginnings of a revolution. Just down the road from Woodstock, Camp Jened was a camp for disabled teens. Directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht (a former Jened camper himself) deliver a rousing film abo...

Mark our words: you're going to be hearing a lot about Fork Films grantee Crip Camp. It's about to premiere at Sundance ...
01/09/2020
Netflix Tease 29 Original Films Coming This Year

Mark our words: you're going to be hearing a lot about Fork Films grantee Crip Camp. It's about to premiere at Sundance Film Festival on opening night and it got a shoutout on the Netflix Film Twitter feed. Exciting times!

Netflix officially bossed 2019 with their original movies, and now the popular streaming service is teasing another 29 original films for 2020. Netflix shared the news over a long Twitter thread teasing several different films; from a Taylor Swift documentary and a new Tyler Perry thriller, to seque...

Proud of Yance Ford,, director of Fork Films grantee Strong Island who hosted the Cinema Eye Honors last night and encou...
01/08/2020
Yance Ford Calls Out Documentary Community for Silence on Morgan Spurlock at Cinema Eye Honors

Proud of Yance Ford,, director of Fork Films grantee Strong Island who hosted the Cinema Eye Honors last night and encouraged attendees to hold our own industry accountable. "“Silence is powerful, but the best weapon to fight this silence is to break it."

The ceremony also included an emotional moment for "American Factory" director Julia Reichert, who is currently fighting cancer.

"Gone are the days of holding up young, white, heterosexual men as the ‘ideal’ consumers. Now, moviegoers of all backgro...
01/07/2020
What’s in store for the future of film?

"Gone are the days of holding up young, white, heterosexual men as the ‘ideal’ consumers. Now, moviegoers of all backgrounds want to see themselves represented on the silver screen," says Harper's Bazaar UK. YEP!

As we begin a brand-new decade, Bazaar’s entertainment writer surveys the cinematic landscape

Be Natural restored Alice Guy-Blache's place as the rightful #MotherOfCinema and ignited a conversation that continues t...
01/06/2020
Women Pioneered The Film Industry 100 Years Ago. Why Aren’t We Talking About Them?

Be Natural restored Alice Guy-Blache's place as the rightful #MotherOfCinema and ignited a conversation that continues to this day, as evidenced in this great Bustle piece on the cinematic pioneer.

In 1895, a 22-year-old secretary at a French camera company rises through the ranks to become the first female director in history. It sounds like a fun pitch for an alternate reality story, but it actually happened. Her name was Alice Guy-Blaché,…

Congrats to Independent Lens | PBS who've just announced their fantastic winter lineup, which includes Fork Films grante...
01/04/2020
‘Independent Lens’ Winter Lineup Includes ‘One Child Nation,’ ‘Always in Season’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Congrats to Independent Lens | PBS who've just announced their fantastic winter lineup, which includes Fork Films grantees Leftover Women, Cooked: Survival by Zip Code and One Child Nation!

Independent Lens, the Emmy-winning PBS series, will feature a lineup of buzzy documentaries during the first three months of 2020 that will include everything from deep-dives into racial injustice …

Looking for some good news? You can thank Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Thanks to their research, Good Morning America...
01/04/2020
New research shows female directors have reason to celebrate in 2020

Looking for some good news? You can thank Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Thanks to their research, Good Morning America covered a topic close to our hearts, women in film! And with some positive stats: female directors ARE on the rise! But we have a long way to go.

However, we still have a way's to go to reach gender parity in Hollywood.

Happy New Year from Fork Films! 2019 was an incredible year of change-making through documentary film. And there's so mu...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from Fork Films! 2019 was an incredible year of change-making through documentary film. And there's so much more to come, including an announcement in early 2020 about our next round of grantees, as well as news on our original production, Women In Blue. Subscribe to our mailing list for updates about Fork Films! http://bit.ly/ForkFilmsEmailSignup

12/30/2019
Midnight Traveler | POV | PBS

In #MidnightTraveler, when the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. It airs tonight on POV! to.pbs.org/2CWeLOf

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum…

Fork Films grantee  Disclosure Documentary directed by  Sam Feder, has its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival exac...
12/30/2019
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Fork Films grantee Disclosure Documentary directed by Sam Feder, has its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival exactly four weeks from today!

This unprecedented documentary offers an eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television, revealing how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures our deepest anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, M...

We are so proud of our co-founder Abigail Disney who is featured today in The New Yorker profile of The Patriotic Millio...
12/30/2019
The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes

We are so proud of our co-founder Abigail Disney who is featured today in The New Yorker profile of The Patriotic Millionaires. What a great way to close out 2019!

In an age of historic disparity, Abigail Disney and the Patriotic Millionaires take on income inequality.

12/28/2019
Midnight Traveler | POV | PBS

Midnight Traveler is "a work of uncommon immediacy and raw emotional power." - Hammer to Nail

Don't miss this award-winning documentary, airing Monday 12/30 on POV! #MidnightTravelerPBS

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum…

"In December 2015, Hawkins had decided to pursue “embodied solidarity” with Muslims by wearing a hijab during Advent, th...
12/23/2019
Four years after hijab controversy, former Wheaton College professor Larycia Hawkins is rebuilding her life — and refusing to back down

"In December 2015, Hawkins had decided to pursue “embodied solidarity” with Muslims by wearing a hijab during Advent, the Christian season leading up to Christmas." And things were never the same again.

Great piece in Chicago Tribune on Dr. Larycia Hawkins and Same God Film.

Larycia Hawkins' story is the subject of a documentary film, “Same God,” which begins airing nationally Friday on PBS.

12/23/2019
Midnight Traveler | POV | PBS

"In showing such a personal, unmeditated view of the global migration crisis through one family's story, Midnight Traveler is a timely, essential film." - Washington Post

See it on POV one week from tonight! #MidnightTravelerPBS

When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee with his wife and two young daughters. Fazili shows firsthand the dangers facing refugees seeking asylum…

One Child Nation director Nanfu Wang talked with KCRW about what it was like to return to her home country to film her p...
12/22/2019
Nanfu Wang on discovering the power of propaganda while making ‘One Child Nation’

One Child Nation director Nanfu Wang talked with KCRW about what it was like to return to her home country to film her personal yet political film about China's one-child policy. Listen now!‬

Nanfu Wang talks about returning to her home country, and discovering things she never knew about China’s one-child policy at large and within her own family.

"When acting as an industry, and with unconscious complicity, the industry consistently takes actions that result in wom...
12/21/2019
How often are women hired in key film departments? | Stephen Follows

"When acting as an industry, and with unconscious complicity, the industry consistently takes actions that result in women having a harder time than men."

How often are women hired in key film departments? StephenFollows.com crunched the numbers.

Share this December 14, 2019 How often are women hired in key film departments? In the most recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter, they covered the efforts being made to increase the representation of women in below-the-line roles. As part of this coverage, I was asked to crunch the data on the num...

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Just saw this really creepy new film called SOUL TO KEEP that was super scary! It has basically everything fans could ask for in a horror film. A combination of supernatural and sorcery, this film had me glued to my seat and left me with the chills. Wouldn't recommend watching alone, but it's perfect for a horror night with a group of friends!
Gini Reticker, the director of The Trials of Spring, and Executive Producer of Women, War & Peace | PBS will be participating in a Facebook Live on Tuesday, April 9th, at 12:30. Join us then! #WomenWarPeacePBS
Saw a preview, quite powerful. This shows us how much women are written out of history
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Calling All Filmmakers!! OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES!! San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival is accepting film submissions for the 4th Annual San Antonio LGBT International Film Festival.!! For more details check us out on Film Freeway or email us at [email protected] https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SanAntonioQFest