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.

03/10/2020

In Linda Midgett's moving documentary Same God Film, embodied solidarity comes at a price when professor Larycia Hawkins ignited a firestorm by wearing a hijab and saying Christians and Muslims worship the same god. Rent/buy it now on iTunes! https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/movie/same-god/id1497045971?mt=6

We've just announced our next round of grantees! These ten films highlight salient social topics, each building upon our...
03/09/2020
Abigail Disney's Fork Films Reveals Documentary Grant Recipients

We've just announced our next round of grantees! These ten films highlight salient social topics, each building upon our commitment to promoting human rights, social justice & peacebuilding through film. We're excited to help them come to fruition.

"Each of these films is provocative, inspiring, complex, nuanced and artistically adept," said Disney of the ten projects. "I am so proud of every single one of them."

Documentaries are inspiring more women to run for office, says this new article in Washington Monthly which references a...
03/09/2020
Extending the Female Political Pipeline Through Film

Documentaries are inspiring more women to run for office, says this new article in Washington Monthly which references a number of great films including Fork Films grantee Represent! #IWD2020

A new genre of documentaries inspires women who want to run for office.

In case you missed it, Fork Films' original documentary WOMEN IN BLUE will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film F...
03/08/2020
Tribeca

In case you missed it, Fork Films' original documentary WOMEN IN BLUE will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival! Mark your calendar: tickets will go on sale to the general public on 3/17.

After a high-profile police shooting rocks the Minneapolis Police department, its first female chief is forced to resign. Women in Blue takes a look at policing in America, as it follows the stories of the women officers who carry on the effort to reform the department and restore trust in the commu...

Celebrate #IWD2020 by watching films off this great Rotten Tomatoes list. We recommend Fork Films grantees mentioned her...
03/08/2020
150 Best Female-Directed Movies of the 21st Century

Celebrate #IWD2020 by watching films off this great Rotten Tomatoes list. We recommend Fork Films grantees mentioned here like She's Beautiful When She's Angry, The Square, Cameraperson, Be Natural and One Child Nation.

Celebrate Women's History Month with the best movies from female directors of the past 20 years: The films that entertained, transported us, and broke new ground.

"'CRIP CAMP' illustrates how being disabled is a political act despite society’s failure to recognize disability as a va...
03/07/2020
‘Crip Camp’ Could Finally Make Disability Rights A Mainstream Political Movement

"'CRIP CAMP' illustrates how being disabled is a political act despite society’s failure to recognize disability as a valid identity with its own community, history, culture and stake in all sociopolitical issues." - Wendy Lu (via HuffPost)

On Netflix March 25th!

The forthcoming Netflix documentary spotlights a summer camp that sparked the disability rights movement in the 1970s.

Solzy at the Movies calls Fork Films grantee Disclosure Documentary "the most important documentary of the year."If you'...
03/07/2020

Solzy at the Movies calls Fork Films grantee Disclosure Documentary "the most important documentary of the year."

If you'll be in NYC this April, you can catch it at the Tribeca Film Festival, with a post-screening conversation with Laverne Cox & director Sam Feder, plus special guests! https://www.tribecafilm.com/films/disclosure-2020

Women In Blue, a Fork Films original, will debut at Tribeca Film Festival 2020! 🎬 The screening times were just announce...
03/06/2020
Tribeca

Women In Blue, a Fork Films original, will debut at Tribeca Film Festival 2020! 🎬 The screening times were just announced:

Sun 4/19 - 8 PM
Mon 4/20 - 11:45 AM
Mon 4/20 - 8 PM
Wed 4/22 - 5 PM

📅Mark those calendars - tickets go on sale to the public on 3/17!

After a high-profile police shooting rocks the Minneapolis Police department, its first female chief is forced to resign. Women in Blue takes a look at policing in America, as it follows the stories of the women officers who carry on the effort to reform the department and restore trust in the commu...

Fork Films grantee Represent is equal parts personal and political, and interweaves the stories of women on both sides o...
03/06/2020
Represent - Cleveland International Film Festival :: March 25 - April 5, 2020

Fork Films grantee Represent is equal parts personal and political, and interweaves the stories of women on both sides of the aisle who share the singular goal of improving their community through public service. World premiering at Cleveland International Film Festival!

Since the birth of our country, American women have fought for equality and representation. While women have made incredible strides, we still have a long way to go… especially when it comes to gender parity in politics. When compared with other parliamentary nations, the United States currently r...

"By centering disabled people’s voices and firsthand experiences, “Crip Camp” provides a deeply personal look into what ...
03/05/2020
‘Crip Camp’ Could Finally Make Disability Rights A Mainstream Political Movement

"By centering disabled people’s voices and firsthand experiences, “Crip Camp” provides a deeply personal look into what was at stake for more than 40 million people with disabilities in the United States at the time." via HuffPost

The forthcoming Netflix documentary spotlights a summer camp that sparked the disability rights movement in the 1970s.

We're thrilled to share that WOMEN IN BLUE, a Fork Films original documentary directed by Deirdre Fishel, will have its ...
03/04/2020
Tribeca

We're thrilled to share that WOMEN IN BLUE, a Fork Films original documentary directed by Deirdre Fishel, will have its world premiere at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival!

Vital and visionary works from emerging and established artists are at the heart of our most inclusive feature filmmaking slate ever. Find a cinematic story that fascinates you...

"Crip Camp is a powerful story of a revolution of the mind, of attitudes, and of the heart," says True/False Film Fest  ...
03/04/2020
Films - True/False Film Fest

"Crip Camp is a powerful story of a revolution of the mind, of attitudes, and of the heart," says True/False Film Fest See it at True/False Film Fest on March 5th & 6th. Or on Netflix March 25th! From Jim Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham.

The True/False 2020 Lineup!

"With careful research and insightful editing, Feder & Goldate have crafted an unprecedented exploration of trans narrat...
02/28/2020
How the ‘Disclosure’ Filmmakers Assembled the First Chronicle of Trans Narratives on Screen

"With careful research and insightful editing, Feder & Goldate have crafted an unprecedented exploration of trans narratives onscreen, and the result is a wake-up call." New [email protected] interview with Disclosure Documentary director Sam Feder & editor Stacy Goldate

Following years of research involving 600 films and 700 TV series, director Sam Feder and editor Stacy Goldate had to shape the story they wanted to tell

Sexism, income inequality and unfair labor practices take center stage in 9to5 - The Story of a Movement bringing us  th...
02/27/2020
9to5: The Story of A Movement

Sexism, income inequality and unfair labor practices take center stage in 9to5 - The Story of a Movement bringing us the untold story of a group of fed up secretaries in the 1970s who fought back. See the Fork Films grantee at SXSW!

SXSW 2020 Schedule | In the early 1970s, a group of secretaries in Boston decided that they had suffered in silence long enough. They started fighting back, creating a movement to force changes in their workplaces. This movement became national, and is a largely forgotten story of U.S. twentieth cen...

"Is there another way to do this without demonizing an entire population? Are you thinking about that person watching? D...
02/27/2020
‘Disclosure’ director Sam Feder on the complicated history of trans representation

"Is there another way to do this without demonizing an entire population? Are you thinking about that person watching? Do you care?" Disclosure Documentary director Sam Feder to Queerty about trans stories being reduced to plot devices

"I think trans people will all have different experiences watching it and feeling the pain again...

In 2015, a Black, female professor at a prominent Christian college wore a hijab & said that Christians and Muslims wors...
02/25/2020

In 2015, a Black, female professor at a prominent Christian college wore a hijab & said that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. Same God Film chronicles the firestorm that followed, and the price of embodied solidarity. In theaters now! SameGodFilm.com

The True/False Film Fest lineup is out and two Fork Films grantees will be screening. Congrats to MAYOR and CRIP CAMP!
02/24/2020
FILM, MUSIC, & ART: A TEASER - True/False Film Fest

The True/False Film Fest lineup is out and two Fork Films grantees will be screening. Congrats to MAYOR and CRIP CAMP!

Film, music, and art installations are the three creative tributaries feeding, growing, and evolving the festival. December in the True/False office is full of passionate brainstorming and discussions as we work to curate this living thing. Talented makers are beginning to emerge, and we’re too ex...

"Confining the history of an entire race of people to a 30-day period not only shortchanges the significance of those co...
02/14/2020
Voices: Why Black History Month Shouldn’t Be a Single Month

"Confining the history of an entire race of people to a 30-day period not only shortchanges the significance of those contributions, but it also allows the greater truth to be erased." Great Reader's Digest piece by Dawn Porter, director of Trapped.

Confining the history of an entire race of people to a 30-day period not only shortchanges the significance of those contributions, but it also allows the greater truth to be erased.

A Jerusalem-born trauma expert explores the links between victimizer and victimized from Nazi Germany to Palestine in Af...
02/13/2020
Afterward on Apple TV

A Jerusalem-born trauma expert explores the links between victimizer and victimized from Nazi Germany to Palestine in Afterward, now available on Apple TV and On Demand. Watch it now!

Set against the current wave of fascism and anti-Semitism sweeping the globe, AFTERWARD delves into the secret wounds carried by victims as well as vi…

You know a documentary has made its mark when four years after its release, critics are still writing powerful pieces ab...
02/11/2020
Watching the watchers: how Cameraperson enriches the act of filming | Sight & Sound

You know a documentary has made its mark when four years after its release, critics are still writing powerful pieces about it. We love this Sight & Sound | The International Film Magazine article by So Mayer about Cameraperson, a Fork Films grantee.

“Observing people in the context in which they’re under a great deal of pressure, we often see their humanity,” says Kirsten Johnson. It’s a neat manifesto for her practice as the leading American documentary cameraperson – for example, on Laura Poitras’s exploration of the US whistle-bl...

Leftover Women follows three remarkable women in China on a quest to find Mr Right before they turn 27, when society dee...
02/10/2020
Leftover Women | Independent Lens | PBS

Leftover Women follows three remarkable women in China on a quest to find Mr Right before they turn 27, when society deems them 'shengnu' – leftover.

A Fork Films grantee. Airing tonight at 10 PM, on Independent Lens | PBS!

Three modern women search for Mr. Right before Chinese society deems them "leftover" for putting jobs ahead of marriage.

"Now that it’s been done on both the indie and major production level, Hollywood has no more excuses not to hire trans p...
02/10/2020
Powerful trans documentary offers major lesson in diversity for Hollywood

"Now that it’s been done on both the indie and major production level, Hollywood has no more excuses not to hire trans people to tell trans (and non-trans) stories; there is literally a blueprint." Trevell Anderson, via Xtra

Sundance’s ‘Disclosure’ redefines what it means to be for us, by us

Qiu Hua Mei, Xu Min and Gai Qi have thriving careers, yet are still labeled "leftover women," a derogatory term used in ...
02/10/2020
Leftover Women | Independent Lens | PBS

Qiu Hua Mei, Xu Min and Gai Qi have thriving careers, yet are still labeled "leftover women," a derogatory term used in China to describe educated, professional women who are unmarried. Leftover Women airs tomorrow on Independent Lens | PBS!

Three modern women search for Mr. Right before Chinese society deems them "leftover" for putting jobs ahead of marriage.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when 739 residents died in one week.  Was it...
02/09/2020
Stream COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE on PBS

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when 739 residents died in one week. Was it a lone tragedy or a sign of a larger trend? Climate change and racial injustice intersect in Judith Helfland's new doc, now streaming on Independent Lens | PBS.

In 1995, more than 700 Chicagoans died in a single week. Why have you never heard of this disaster?

"It’s as refreshing as the mountain air to see a sublime movie like 'Crip Camp' so warmly shine a light on the best of h...
02/05/2020
‘Crip Camp’ Sundance review: Disabled rights doc grabs your heart

"It’s as refreshing as the mountain air to see a sublime movie like 'Crip Camp' so warmly shine a light on the best of humanity," raves New York Post. A Fork Films grantee!

PARK CITY, Utah — Many teens over the years have boarded the bus home from summer camp teary-eyed and already counting down the days ’til they return to their seasonal friends. But never have…

"Using a technology that has historically dehumanized trans people, our aesthetic decisions center and amplify trans voi...
02/04/2020
Sundance 2020 Documentaries: How I Shot That

"Using a technology that has historically dehumanized trans people, our aesthetic decisions center and amplify trans voices with elegance and dignity," says Disclosure Documentary's director Sam Feder in IndieWire. #TransIsBeautiful

Here are the cameras, lens and approach used to shoot this year’s feature documentaries premiering at Sundance.

Disclosure Documentary "offers innovative and entertaining storytelling with a lasting emotional effect," raves The Holl...
02/03/2020
'Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen': Film Review | Sundance 2020

Disclosure Documentary "offers innovative and entertaining storytelling with a lasting emotional effect," raves The Hollywood Reporter. We are so happy for Sam Feder and the entire DISCLOSURE team for all the great reviews they've received!

Director Sam Feder delivers a thought-provoking and emotional exploration of trans identity in popular culture over the last century.

Climate justice and structural racism take center stage in Cooked: Survival by Zip Code airing tonight on Independent Le...
02/03/2020
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code | Our Films | Independent Lens | PBS

Climate justice and structural racism take center stage in Cooked: Survival by Zip Code airing tonight on Independent Lens | PBS. Not to be missed!

In the summer of 1995, Chicago experienced the worst disaster you likely have never heard of, when extremely high humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126 degrees. Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of this tragic heatwave, the most traumati...

Tune in tomorrow to Independent Lens | PBS for the broadcast premiere of Judith Helfand's Cooked: Survival by Zip Code!
02/03/2020
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code | Our Films | Independent Lens | PBS

Tune in tomorrow to Independent Lens | PBS for the broadcast premiere of Judith Helfand's Cooked: Survival by Zip Code!

In the summer of 1995, Chicago experienced the worst disaster you likely have never heard of, when extremely high humidity and a layer of heat-retaining pollution drove the heat index up to more than 126 degrees. Cooked: Survival by Zip Code tells the story of this tragic heatwave, the most traumati...

"There are so many trans young people who are aspiring filmmakers, directors, writers, actors, who are not asking permis...
02/02/2020
“Disclosure”: Groundbreaking Documentary Examines a Century of Trans Representation in Film & TV

"There are so many trans young people who are aspiring filmmakers, directors, writers, actors, who are not asking permission to enter into these professions," says award-winning director Yance Ford. "They are not asking for anyone's approval to pursue their dreams."

As South Dakota becomes the latest state to pass anti-transgender legislation in the state’s lower house, we look at how trans people have been depicted in film and television over the last century. The film “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen,” which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festiva...

Congrats to Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, the directors of CRIP CAMP, which just won the US Documentary Audience Awar...
02/02/2020

Congrats to Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, the directors of CRIP CAMP, which just won the US Documentary Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival! A Fork Films grantee. 👏👏👏👏

The Assistant is now playing! Congrats to our friends at Level Forward who are committed to projects that shine a light ...
02/01/2020

The Assistant is now playing! Congrats to our friends at Level Forward who are committed to projects that shine a light on gender justice, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

Now a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times, #TheAssistant stars a “magnificent” Julia Garner and is a “stinging, resonant indictment of our time.” (Rolling Stone).

Don’t miss the searing thriller that critics are raving about. Now playing! Get tickets: https://bleecker.me/TheAssistantFB

You have two more chances to see Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham's CRIP CAMP at Sundance. 📅Weds 1/29 at 6 PM at the Libr...
01/29/2020
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You have two more chances to see Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham's CRIP CAMP at Sundance.

📅Weds 1/29 at 6 PM at the Library
📅Thurs 1/30 at 9:30 PM at Redstone

Tickets are sold out but join the waitlist to see this excellent film!

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...

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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