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.

Mission: We tell stories that disarm, illuminate, and spark conversation. Fork Films produces and supports change-driven nonfiction media that make an important social contribution, often with women at the center. We place a particular emphasis on subjects that have been overlooked, people who have been underestimated, and stories that have been left out of the mainstream conversation.

Represent follows three women running for office in the heart of the Midwest leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, a...
10/13/2020

Represent follows three women running for office in the heart of the Midwest leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, as they take on entrenched local political networks and fight to reshape politics on their own terms. 📅 On Independent Lens | PBS 10/26! https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/represent/

10/12/2020
Belly of the Beast

Fork Films grantee Belly of the Beast, directed by Erika Cohn, opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, October 16th! Go to bellyofthebeastfilm.com/watch for more info. #bellyofthebeast

When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, BELLY OF THE BEAST exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.
https://www.bellyofthebeastfilm.com/

OPENING OCT. 16th IN US THEATRES

Directed and Produced by: Erika Cohn
Produced by: Angela Tucker, Christen Marquez, Nicole Docta
Executive Produced by: Geralyn Dreyfous, Blye Pagon Faust, Mark Lipson, Patty Quillin, Doree Friedman, Diane Philips, Lois Vossen, Sally Jo Fifer

📣 The Presidential debates have asked questions about racial justice, but we haven’t gotten the answers we deserve. Join...
10/12/2020

📣 The Presidential debates have asked questions about racial justice, but we haven’t gotten the answers we deserve. Join our friends at Peace is Loud for a Twitter chat conversation about our #FragileDemocracy this Thurs, Oct 15th at 1pm Eastern!

The desert is a weapon in Missing in Brooks County, which premiered today at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.A gri...
10/09/2020

The desert is a weapon in Missing in Brooks County, which premiered today at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

A gripping documentary mystery, it is also a deeply humane portrait of those who come face to face with a broken system. Watch at home now! https://hsdff2020.eventive.org/films/5f5939b6a6e9f300940055cc

🎧 The trailer for Season 2 of All Ears with Abigail Disney is here! The new season starts October 15th. Check out the tr...
10/08/2020
Introducing Season 2 of ALL EARS - All Ears with Abigail Disney

🎧 The trailer for Season 2 of All Ears with Abigail Disney is here!

The new season starts October 15th. Check out the trailer now, and be sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

“ALL EARS with Abigail Disney” is back for Season 2! With the 2020 election season and lame duck session - whatever it may bring - as our backdrop, Abby is excited to talk to people she considers "troublemakers". These are the folks whose work as ...

10/05/2020
Disclosure

TONIGHT! 🌟 Join Disclosure director Sam Feder, executive producer Laverne Cox and actor Brian Michael for a chat moderated by Professor Caryn Murphy. Happening at 8:30 Eastern (5:30 Pacific)! https://www.facebook.com/DisclosureDoc/posts/979733349193609

🗓️ Join us Oct. 5! We’ll discuss trans representation in Hollywood, the making of #DisclosureNetflix and why critical study of media is more important than ever. 📺🎬

It's #InternationalPodcastDay! Why not celebrate by listening to Season 1 of All Ears with Abigail Disney? In it, she ta...
09/30/2020

It's #InternationalPodcastDay! Why not celebrate by listening to Season 1 of All Ears with Abigail Disney? In it, she talks 1:1 with bold thinkers from the front lines of America’s inequality crisis.

🎧 Listen now! And stay tuned for news on Season 2... https://www.forkfilms.com/all-ears/

Don't miss Fork Films grantee 9to5 - The Story of a Movement, screening virtually thru the GlobeDocs Virtual Film Festiv...
09/29/2020

Don't miss Fork Films grantee 9to5 - The Story of a Movement, screening virtually thru the GlobeDocs Virtual Film Festival!

Get your tickets now, and watch it from home: https://globedocs2020.eventive.org/films

Congrats to the Fork-supported documentary Missing in Brooks County on the announcement of their world premiere at the H...
09/29/2020
Missing In Brooks County

Congrats to the Fork-supported documentary Missing in Brooks County on the announcement of their world premiere at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival! Get your tickets now to watch this important film, from home.

Full Synopsis:

Just 70 miles north of the Mexican-US border is a land haunted by ghosts. Stuck between the jurisdiction of border agents, local law enforcement, and cartels, Brooks County, Texas is a barren landscape designed as a deterrent to illegal crossings. Despite this tactical designation, the municipality lacks the resources to process the remains of thousands of undocumented immigrants and the numbers keep rising. Multiple locals proffer contrasting opinions as two families search for their loved ones, and the toll of an unsustainable immigration policy is laid bare.

Just 70 miles north of the Mexican-US border is a land haunted by ghosts. Stuck between the jurisdiction of border agents, local law enforcement, and cartels, Brooks County, Texas is a barren landscape designed as a deterrent to illegal crossings. Despite this tactical designation, the municipality....

Congrats to the Fork Films grantees who just won awards at the #NewsEmmys! Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops won for Outstanding ...
09/24/2020

Congrats to the Fork Films grantees who just won awards at the #NewsEmmys!

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops won for Outstanding Documentary Editing and Midnight Traveler won for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary!

"It is not acceptable that somebody who works full time cannot regularly feed their family."  We were proud to see our c...
09/24/2020
Millionaires band together calling for virus wealth tax

"It is not acceptable that somebody who works full time cannot regularly feed their family." We were proud to see our co-founder Abigail Disney on Morning Joe. https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/millionaires-band-together-calling-for-virus-wealth-tax-92375109974

Abigail Disney, CEO of Fork Films and host of 'All Ears' podcast, joins Morning Joe to discuss being one of many multi-millionaires calling for higher taxes to help with coronavirus relief.

The line up for Camden International Film Festival has been announced and it includes two Fork Films grantees - For The ...
09/23/2020

The line up for Camden International Film Festival has been announced and it includes two Fork Films grantees - For The Love of Rutland and Mayor!

This year, CIFF is a 12-day hybrid virtual and in-person festival. More info: https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/ciff/

Congrats to the Documentary Producers Alliance on the release of their DPA Guidelines for the Documentary Waterfall! We'...
09/14/2020
Home | DPA

Congrats to the Documentary Producers Alliance on the release of their DPA Guidelines for the Documentary Waterfall! We're proud to be one the 29 film and funding organizations endorsing it. Please share these guidelines far and wide, which provide an important path to sustainability in the field. https://www.documentaryproducersalliance.org/

Established in 2016, the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) is a diverse coalition of more than 300 international members, ranging from emerging to Academy Award-winning documentary producers. The DPA sets standards for inclusive, sustainable and equitable business practices based on research, col...

Huge congrats to Fork Films grantee Belly of the Beast.  Not only did they announce a theatrical release starting Friday...
09/11/2020
Mary J. Blige enters Oscars race for original song

Huge congrats to Fork Films grantee Belly of the Beast. Not only did they announce a theatrical release starting Friday, October 16th, but Mary J. Blige has come onboard with an original song for the film!

Variety has learned the Grammy-winning singer’s latest “See What You’ve Done” from the documentary “Belly of the Beast” will be submitted for the best original song for the 93rd Academy Awards set for next April.

The Brooklyn Rail hosts weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers. Tomorrow, J...
09/09/2020
Common Ground: Jodi Archambault & Abigail Disney

The Brooklyn Rail hosts weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers. Tomorrow, Jodi Archambault (artist and former policy advisor to President Obama) will be in conversation our co-founder Abigail Disney! RSVP now. ⬇️

Weekly conversations with activists, social justice practitioners, and changemakers

Congrats to all of the projects chosen for the 2020 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, including Fork Films grantee Black M...
09/08/2020
Announcing the 2020 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund Grantees

Congrats to all of the projects chosen for the 2020 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, including Fork Films grantee Black Mothers, from director Débora Souza Silva!

$140,000 Awarded to 11 Documentary Filmmakers; Majority of Projects are Directed by Women and Explore Female-led Stories

09/07/2020
TED

Your perfect Labor Day watch - a rousing clip from our co-founder Abigail Disney's TED Talk.

"Three out of four of the people who smile when you walk in, who help you comfort that crying baby, who maybe help you have the best vacation you ever had, can’t consistently put food on the table." - Abigail Disney

Watch her full TED Talk here: http://t.ted.com/3Hx8kH1

Fork grantee 9to5 - The Story of a Movement will be screening thru Rooftop Films at Queens Drive-In as part of a pretty ...
09/03/2020
Queens Drive-In: 9to5: Story of a Movement / Nine to Five (Double Feature)

Fork grantee 9to5 - The Story of a Movement will be screening thru Rooftop Films at Queens Drive-In as part of a pretty cool double-feature! See the untold story of when America’s secretaries took to the streets. Happening Friday 9/4. Enter code QUEENSDOCS for a 50% discount off of the ticket price!

A new documentary from Oscar-winners Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar about the women workers’ movement and the classic comedy it inspired.

Fork Films grantee #93Queen, the groundbreaking story of empowered Hasidic women changing their community from within (d...
09/03/2020

Fork Films grantee #93Queen, the groundbreaking story of empowered Hasidic women changing their community from within (directed by Paula Eiselt) is now available on HBO Max!

Let your conscience be your guide. Wise words from filmmaker, activist and our co-founder Abigail Disney. Watch her new ...
09/02/2020
Dignity isn't a privilege. It's a worker's right

Let your conscience be your guide. Wise words from filmmaker, activist and our co-founder Abigail Disney. Watch her new TED talk now!

What's the purpose of a company? In this bold talk, activist and filmmaker Abigail Disney imagines a world where companies have a moral obligation to place their workers above shareholders, calling on Disney (and all corporations) to offer respect, dignity and a living wage to everyone who works for...

‼️ Today is the last day to contribute to the GoFundMe for Brown Girls Doc Mafia - Public. Get tote bags & shirts, and e...
08/31/2020
Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) Fundraiser, organized by Iyabo Boyd

‼️ Today is the last day to contribute to the GoFundMe for Brown Girls Doc Mafia - Public. Get tote bags & shirts, and enter to win raffle prizes like consultations from award-winning filmmakers (including some Fork grantees)! Don't miss out.

Welcome to Brown Girls Doc Mafia and THANKS in advance for your allyship! Brown … Iyabo Boyd needs your support for Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) Fundraiser

Rotten Tomatoes updated their list of the best films of 2020 so far. We're thrilled to see two Fork grantees in the top ...
08/31/2020
The Best Movies of 2020 (So Far) – Best New Films of the Year

Rotten Tomatoes updated their list of the best films of 2020 so far. We're thrilled to see two Fork grantees in the top 25! 🎬 Catch Disclosure & Crip Camp both of which celebrate and are beautifully made by underrepresented voices, on Netflix.

Looking for the best movies of 2020? We're collecting every Certified Fresh movie released this year in one list!

If you were moved by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's  speech at the #DemConvention last night, check out her discussion ...
08/20/2020
Elizabeth Warren: The Political Is Very, Very Personal

If you were moved by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech at the #DemConvention last night, check out her discussion with Abigail Disney from our first season of ALL EARS, where they discuss the origins of the political divide raging between blue and red states, maintaining relationships even as political viewpoints within families diverge and much more. 🎧 ⬇️

This week on All Ears, Abby talks to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren about the loss of her eldest brother to COVID-19, one of over 93,000 loved ones lost to the pandemic in this country (as of this episode’s release). As they dig deeper into the origins of the political divide raging between blue an...

It's the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the #19thamendment, giving women the right to vote!Celebrate by watchi...
08/18/2020
Represent - International Films - Independent Films | Music Box Films

It's the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the #19thamendment, giving women the right to vote!

Celebrate by watching Represent which follows three women who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. https://www.musicboxfilms.com/film/represent

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT follows three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. Myya attempts to spark a youth movement and unseat the incumbent mayor of Detroit; Bryn, a farmer and working mother in Granvi...

Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah in Palestine, struggles to run his city when he and his constituents don’t have a coun...
08/14/2020

Musa Hadid, the mayor of Ramallah in Palestine, struggles to run his city when he and his constituents don’t have a country. Join Rooftop Films at the #QueensDriveIn on Friday, August 21st for David Osit’s award-winning docu-portrait, MAYOR, a Fork grantee. bit.ly/2DIkJq1

Congrats to Fork grantee Disclosure which will be honored at the Golden State Equality Awards. "Netflix’s groundbreaking...
08/13/2020
Golden State Equality Awards To Honor Pete & Chasten Buttigieg And Netflix Docu ‘Disclosure’; Nancy Pelosi To Pay Tribute To John Lewis

Congrats to Fork grantee Disclosure which will be honored at the Golden State Equality Awards.

"Netflix’s groundbreaking documentary Disclosure shed much-needed light on the power of transgender representation in film and television." 🙌

The LGBTQ+ civil rights organization Equality California will hold its first-ever statewide “Golden State Equality Awards” virtual celebration on September 13. The ceremony will be hosted by advoca…

On a special bonus episode of ALL EARS with Abigail Disney, she interviews Mary Trump. As like-minded mavericks, Abby & ...
08/07/2020
Mary Trump: My Grandfather Was A Sociopath

On a special bonus episode of ALL EARS with Abigail Disney, she interviews Mary Trump. As like-minded mavericks, Abby & Mary discuss what it’s like to stand up to a wealthy American family empire from the inside, and the friction and drama that results. 🎧https://www.forkfilms.com/all-ears/?event=mary-trump

This week All Ears brings you a special bonus episode: Abby couldn’t pass up the opportunity to talk to author Mary Trump about her new book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man”. As like-minded mavericks, Abby and Mary discuss what it’s like to...

It's great to see Crip Camp on this IndieWire list of The Best Movies Eligible for the 2021 Oscars Right Now. If you hav...
08/06/2020
The Best Movies Eligible for the 2021 Oscars Right Now

It's great to see Crip Camp on this IndieWire list of The Best Movies Eligible for the 2021 Oscars Right Now. If you haven't yet, watch it this weekend on Netflix!

From "The Assistant" to "Never Rarely Sometimes Always," the first half of 2020 boasts more than a few titles worthy of Oscar buzz.

Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is an initiative advocating for over 4,000 women and non-binary people of color working in ...
08/06/2020
Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) Fundraiser organized by Iyabo Boyd

Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is an initiative advocating for over 4,000 women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry from around the world!

They work year round to enrich the documentary filmmaking community, to advocate on behalf of BGDM members, and to shift the homogenous culture and power of the documentary field.

This month, BGDM is strengthening its core values by raising $400k. Raised funds will help keep programs running through 2021 and will allow BGDM to finally leap into grantmaking. #GoFundBGDM

Welcome to Brown Girls Doc Mafia and THANKS in advance for your allyship!

Congrats to all the films announced as part of the Fall Independent Lens | PBS season, including Fork Films grantees Rep...
07/31/2020
ITVS Announces Independent Lens Fall Lineup to Air on PBS (EXCLUSIVE)

Congrats to all the films announced as part of the Fall Independent Lens | PBS season, including Fork Films grantees Represent and Belly of the Beast!

ITVS, the non-profit organization responsible for funding documentary filmmakers, announced on Thursday the fall lineup for Independent Lens, a documentary anthology series airing Monday nights on …

07/27/2020
Barack Obama

Crip Camp has been doing incredible work keeping the message of their film alive long past its release date!

Our second film from Higher Ground is Crip Camp––it’s the story of the young people who met at Camp Jened and together would go on to lead the disability civil rights movement. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I got the chance to talk to the next generation of activists and advocates in the disability rights movement. Through weekly virtual workshops they’ve been continuing the work seen in Crip Camp by training and empowering the next generation of leaders. These grassroots activists remind us that when people get involved and recognize their own power-–they can achieve extraordinary change. And we couldn’t be prouder of them.

Don't miss Fork Films grantee Represent now screening virtually through Woods Hole Film Festival! Equal parts personal a...
07/27/2020
Represent | Woods Hole Film Festival

Don't miss Fork Films grantee Represent now screening virtually through Woods Hole Film Festival!

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT interweaves the stories of three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service, and elevates both the systemic failings and unsung heroes at the heart of our “smallest” elections.

Equal parts personal and political, REPRESENT interweaves the stories of three women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service, and elevates both the systemic failings and unsung heroes at the heart of our “smallest” elections.

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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