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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.

"There's never been a more important moment to challenge the insidious calculus of white supremacy and how it lives insi...
06/08/2020
The Time To Challenge The Insidious Calculus Of White Supremacy Is Now

"There's never been a more important moment to challenge the insidious calculus of white supremacy and how it lives inside our institutions, inside our communities, inside our families than now." - Rajasvini Bhansali on All Ears with Abigail Disney

All Ears is stepping back this week from our COVID-19 focus to turn our attention to the national anguish resulting from the murder of George Floyd by police on May 25th. At the forefront of Abby’s mind is sharing her platform with movement leaders, both as an opportunity to listen and learn. This...

06/08/2020
Every Attack on the Poor Must Embolden Our Agitation! | June 20th Promo *CC

For a country this rich to have so many so poor... It's immoral and it's wrong."

#PoorPeoplesCampaign Mass Poor People's Assembly & Moral March on Washington. a digital gathering.

📆 6/20 -10am & 6pm ET
📆 6/21 - 6pm ET

RSVP: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/
Repairers of the Breach

On June 20th, 2020, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will host the Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington Di...

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06/05/2020

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New ALL EARS with Abigail Disney! She talks to Rajasvini Bhansali of The Solidaire Network (a community of donors mobili...
06/04/2020
The Time To Challenge The Insidious Calculus Of White Supremacy Is Now

New ALL EARS with Abigail Disney! She talks to Rajasvini Bhansali of The Solidaire Network (a community of donors mobilizing resources to social justice movements) about why it’s hard to fund social movements, how white people need to sit with their own discomfort when confronting their own racism, and why profound personal transformation is impossible to do alone.

All Ears is stepping back this week from our COVID-19 focus to turn our attention to the national anguish resulting from the murder of George Floyd by police on May 25th. At the forefront of Abby’s mind is sharing her platform with movement leaders, both as an opportunity to listen and learn. This...

"I especially want to challenge narratives and assumptions about how income inequality factors into our current politica...
05/30/2020
Hot Docs 2020 Women Directors: Meet Jennifer Maytorena Taylor – “For the Love of Rutland”

"I especially want to challenge narratives and assumptions about how income inequality factors into our current political and ideological polarization." Women & Hollywood interviewed FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. #hotdocs2020

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s work has shown at venues like the Sundance, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Locarno Film Festivals, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and the New York Museum of Modern Art. Previous credits include the award-winning documentaries “New Muslim Cool” for “...

Great news: Sam Feder's essential documentary Disclosure Documentary has been acquired and will air on Netflix on June 1...
05/29/2020
Netflix Acquires Sundance Docu ‘Disclosure’ From Director Sam Feder

Great news: Sam Feder's essential documentary Disclosure Documentary has been acquired and will air on Netflix on June 19th!

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sam Feder-directed documentary Disclosure. The feature-length docu is set to debut on the streaming platform on June 19 — a perfec…

CBC As It Happens has a great piece on FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, the new film from Jennifer Maytorena Taylor  that's scre...
05/28/2020
How a plan to welcome 100 Syrian refugees divided a town and changed one woman's life | CBC Radio

CBC As It Happens has a great piece on FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, the new film from Jennifer Maytorena Taylor that's screening starting today as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Online. Take a look! #HotDocs2020

A plan to resettle 25 refugee families in Rutland, Vt., pit residents against each other in 2016. The documentary For The Love of Rutland follows that controversy through the lens of Stacie Griffin, a local with a history of opioid addiction, as she grapples with the issue that's tearing her town ap...

The new ALL EARS with Abigail Disney is here! In it, she talks to activist & organizer Cecile Richards about famous pare...
05/28/2020

The new ALL EARS with Abigail Disney is here! In it, she talks to activist & organizer Cecile Richards about famous parents, middle school activism, the need to build childcare and healthcare-focused coalitions during #COVID19 and more. 🎧 Listen now! https://www.forkfilms.com/all-ears/?event=cecile-richards

#HotDocs2020 starts tomorrow! If you live in Ontario, you can watch Fork Films grantees FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, LOVE & ...
05/27/2020

#HotDocs2020 starts tomorrow! If you live in Ontario, you can watch Fork Films grantees FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, LOVE & STUFF, The 8th Film and Mayor at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Online. http://www.hotdocs.ca

"Running for President, I learned a lot from the questions people ask... it adds strength and depth to our understanding...
05/27/2020
‎All Ears with Abigail Disney on Apple Podcasts

"Running for President, I learned a lot from the questions people ask... it adds strength and depth to our understanding, not just of our values, but the ways that we can change our policies, change our actions in order to live those values." - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren in conversation with Abigail Disney

‎News Commentary · 2020

NEW! LAUNCHING ▶️ ALL EARS with Abigail Disney. She talks to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren! Their wide-ranging convo add...
05/21/2020
The Political Is Very, Very Personal

NEW! LAUNCHING ▶️ ALL EARS with Abigail Disney. She talks to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren!

Their wide-ranging convo addresses Sen. Warren's personal loss from #COVID19Pandemic, finding common ground with conservative relatives, economic inequality & more. Listen now 🎧 https://www.forkfilms.com/all-ears/?event=elizabeth-warren

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...

"One of the things that drew me to this project was the way that we were seeing immigrants as real agents of social chan...
05/16/2020
Interview: Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera on Getting Inside in “The Infiltrators”

"One of the things that drew me to this project was the way that we were seeing immigrants as real agents of social change with power and dignity and sophisticated political thinking." - THE INFILTRATORS director Cristina Ibarra to The Moveable Fest See it!

The filmmakers talk about how they were inspired by their subjects to outwit the system and show the world what an immigration detention center really looks like.

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival digital festival passes and tickets are on sale now! 78% of the lineup is female-di...
05/14/2020
Human Rights Watch Film Festival Digital Edition | Home

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival digital festival passes and tickets are on sale now! 78% of the lineup is female-directed and two of the 11 films selected are Fork Films grantees: The 8th Film & Belly of the Beast! 🙌🎟

Get your tickets now. ⬇️

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The new episode of our podcast, All Ears with Abigail Disney, just went live!In it, she talks to Ford Foundation preside...
05/14/2020
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker: Is Everything That Matters Metric-able? - All Ears with Abigail Disney

The new episode of our podcast, All Ears with Abigail Disney, just went live!

In it, she talks to Ford Foundation president Darren Walker about the evolution of modern philanthropy - who it benefits, how success is measured, etc.

Join Abby and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker (@darrenwalker), as they discuss modern philanthropy: how it has evolved, how its success is measured, and who it benefits, on both sides of the ledger.Links from this episode's conversation:Da...

Congrats to BELLY OF THE BEAST, the new documentary directed by Erika Cohn that intimately chronicles the journey of wom...
05/07/2020

Congrats to BELLY OF THE BEAST, the new documentary directed by Erika Cohn that intimately chronicles the journey of women fighting reproductive injustice in their communities. It's the opening night film for the 2020
Human Rights Watch Film Festival!

https://bellyofthebeastfilm.com

"Nuanced and passionate, this fascinating look at a town divided reveals an unlikely hero caught in a flashpoint of Trum...
05/05/2020
For the Love of Rutland

"Nuanced and passionate, this fascinating look at a town divided reveals an unlikely hero caught in a flashpoint of Trump’s America."

Beautiful words about Fork grantee FOR THE LOVE OF RUTLAND, part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival's digital fest. Congrats Jennifer Maytorena Taylor!

Persister: Films by women, about women speaking up and being heardIn 2016, Stacie is barely scraping by in the small city of Rutland, Vermont. Manufacturing jobs have moved out, the opioid crisis has moved in and the working poor are at their breaking point. Stacie collects bottles to stretch her hu...

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so it's a great time to make sure you are following A-Doc and...
05/05/2020
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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so it's a great time to make sure you are following A-Doc and regularly amplifying the work they do to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field. https://a-doc.org/

HOME Facebook Twitter Instagram An Act of WorshipAmerican RevolutionaryA.K.A. Don BonusMele MuralsMinding the GapSewing Woman WHO WE ARE A-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.We welcome and include filmmakers who sel...

Independent theaters are an essential and beloved part of a functioning film ecosystem.  Please support your local theat...
05/04/2020

Independent theaters are an essential and beloved part of a functioning film ecosystem. Please support your local theater this week by watching The Infiltrators, the thrilling new film that IndieWire calls "exceedingly smart." http://theinfiltrators.oscilloscope.net/#screenings

Thanks for the shout-out, The 8th Film. We're proud to have helped bring this story to fruition.
05/04/2020

Thanks for the shout-out, The 8th Film. We're proud to have helped bring this story to fruition.

On what would have been our world premiere day at #HotDocs2020, we wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude and to shoutout the many incredible individuals and organizations - many of them women - who took this journey with us to bring this story to the world.

#The8thFilm tells the story of Ireland’s fight to overturn
one of the world’s most restrictive abortion bans, and it means so much to us that so many women-led orgs helped fund a film directed by three women, largely featuring female activists fighting for the rights of women.

Screen Ireland,especially Lesley McKimm, for supporting Irish filmmakers and promoting their work on the world stage.

Fork Films for supporting our efforts to bring The 8th to fruition, and to co-founders Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker for being there from the very beginning.

Open Society Foundations especially Elisa Slattery for your generous support of #The8thFilm. The women in our film worked tirelessly to make their voices heard and advocate for the rights of women, and our film celebrates that fight, thanks to you.

#JustFilms Ford Foundation, Brook Kelly-Green & Chi Hui Yang for your support of the film and our impact campaign.

Archer Gray. Thank you for your advice and guidance launching The 8th.

#SabrinaMerageFoundation. With your help, communities everywhere can use our film as a tool for change for years to come.

The Film Collaborative, especially Lynette & Jeffrey, for your invaluable support.

Thank you to Alan Maher, John Wallace, Irene Falvey and Ciara Fitzgerald at Cowtown Pictures for being valued partners.

Thanks all for listening. To stay in the loop on #The8thFilm, sign up for our email list now! http://www.the8thFilm.com

This is your bi-monthly reminder. We're on Instagram! If you didn't know already, it's okay - we're still pretty new. Gi...
05/03/2020

This is your bi-monthly reminder. We're on Instagram! If you didn't know already, it's okay - we're still pretty new. Give us a follow! ➡️ http://www.instagram.com/fork_films

"Cristina Ibarra and fellow director Alex Rivera structure the story in part as a fly-on-the-wall documentary, partially...
05/03/2020
Movie Review: The Infiltrators

"Cristina Ibarra and fellow director Alex Rivera structure the story in part as a fly-on-the-wall documentary, partially as a call to arms, and then as a mixture of a heist movie and The Great Escape-style gung-ho thriller." - Austin Chronicle on The Infiltrators Film, a Fork grantee.

Now playing in virtual theaters! See it. https://theinfiltrators.oscilloscope.net/#screenings

Reckless, heroic, or both? Immigration center story told through reconstruction and fly-on-the-wall footage

“I’m very happy to go out on the fire escape & clap for the essential workers but... How about pay raises, pay equity, c...
05/02/2020
All Ears with Abigail Disney

“I’m very happy to go out on the fire escape & clap for the essential workers but... How about pay raises, pay equity, child care, all the things that would really mean appreciation, non-discrimination, etc?" Terry McGovern on All Ears with Abigail Disney

Every Thursday on ALL EARS filmmaker Abigail Disney will call a bold thinker from the front lines of America’s inequality crisis to debate and explore the problems, perils and maybe even opportunities made possible by the global Covid 19 pandemic.…

"We could talk among each other and say, you know, it isn’t fair that we can’t get on buses or that we are not able to g...
05/01/2020
"Crip Camp" Producers Explain Inspiration Behind Film

"We could talk among each other and say, you know, it isn’t fair that we can’t get on buses or that we are not able to get into buildings. And we were looking at these other movements and saying, why not us?" CRIP CAMP director Jim LeBrecht on Camp Jened (via Amanpour and Company)

The producers of the new Netflix documentary explain their inspiration.

Missing movie theaters? Let's do what we can to keep independent cinemas afloat. One great way to support them is by wat...
05/01/2020
THE INFILTRATORS

Missing movie theaters? Let's do what we can to keep independent cinemas afloat. One great way to support them is by watching Fork Films grantee The Infiltrators Film this weekend. Here's the list of theaters you can support by seeing this award-winning film!

THE INFILTRATORS is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who are detained by Border Patrol and thrown into a shadowy for-profit detention center—on purpose. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical DREAMers who are on a missio...

Announcing our new podcast: All Ears with Abigail Disney, presented by Fork Films! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...
04/30/2020

Announcing our new podcast: All Ears with Abigail Disney, presented by Fork Films!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-ears-with-abigail-disney/id1509779016

It's a brand new weekly interview show featuring our co-founder Abigail Disney in conversation with bold thinkers from the front lines of America's inequality crisis.

Listen in as she interviews a variety of luminaries to debate and explore the problems, perils and maybe even opportunities made possible by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The first episode features Columbia University professor and human rights lawyer Terry McGovern. It is available now!

Great news: the Human Rights Watch Film Festival has gone digital! The  8 films released in the preliminary lineup inclu...
04/30/2020

Great news: the Human Rights Watch Film Festival has gone digital! The 8 films released in the preliminary lineup include two Fork Films grantees about reproductive justice!

The 8th Film, by Aideen Kane, Maeve O'Boyle & Lucy Kennedy

Belly of the Beast, by Erika Cohn

https://ff.hrw.org/hrwff-goes-digital-2020

If you like staying updated on all things Fork Films, it's a great day to sign up for our newsletter, where we'll keep y...
04/29/2020
Fork Films : Sign Up to Stay in Touch

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Kudos to the folks behind Disclosure Documentary who are taking innovative steps to stay connected, by hosting regular v...
04/24/2020
RSVP — DISCLOSURE: Documentary by Sam Feder and Amy Scholder

Kudos to the folks behind Disclosure Documentary who are taking innovative steps to stay connected, by hosting regular virtual chats. Join director Sam Feder, Executive Producer Laverne Cox and more on Mon 4/27 at 7 PM ET. RSVP now.

DISCLOSURE: Trans Lives on Screen is a documentary feature revealing the untold history of transgender images in film/TV.

Fork grantee Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is a timely look at how tragedies can disproportionally impact poor communitie...
04/24/2020
Stream COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE on PBS

Fork grantee Cooked: Survival by Zip Code is a timely look at how tragedies can disproportionally impact poor communities. Don't miss Judith Helfand's new documentary, now streaming on the PBS app!

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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