The Center for Independent Documentary was founded in 1981 to collaborate with independent producers to create films and videos on issues of contemporary social and cultural concern. These programs have been broadcast nationally and locally on public and cable television, won numerous awards, and all are in distribution nationwide to educational markets. At a Massaachusetts state house ceremony, the Center was awarded the Commonwealth Award as Outstanding Cultural Organization in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for ”excellence, dedication, and vision in giving voice to independent New England documentary filmmakers and for broadening the audience for this medium.”
Our mission is defined in four ways:
1. To focus the organization’s resources around the production and distribution of high-quality documentaries about contemporary social concerns. The documentaries are on issues and from perspectives that are not usually addressed in mainstream media.
2. To bring to audiences important new perspectives on contemporary issues. Documentaries have the power to inform, provoke and enlighten. We believe that informed, provoked and enlightened viewers develop the awareness to evaluate and change social policy.
3. To collaborate with and support producers from the fertile and creative pool of independent media artists, whose social, cultural, and racial perspectives are often an unheard minority voice in American culture.
4. To promote understanding and appreciation of the alternative and wide-ranging values and points of view embodied in the work of independent media artists.
Collaborations With Independent Producers
To our knowledge, the extent of our cooperative arrangement with independent film and video producers is unique. Once we become involved in a project, we become totally committed to its successful completion and distribution. While we are neither a production house, funder or a distributor, we work with producers at all phases of the project- we act as fiscal sponsor, manage project funds, and offer creative , technical and fundraising support.
Our over 150 films have been seen on HBO, PBS, at the Sundance Festival, and have earned numerous awards from Emmy’s to Peabody’s.
Our collaborations are open to all US filmmakers, regardless of experience.
CID holds a monthly workshop (filmmakers workshop) and screening series that offers Boston area independent media artists a non-competitive, supportive community to strengthen their work. The workshops enhance the quality of projects produced from the pitch to the completed work by offering filmmakers informal professional development opportunities, constructive feedback, and a chance to network with their peers . Can’t make the workshops? Join our filmmakers workshop online network and be part of the community!
Susi Walsh, Executive Director : Susi@documentaries.org
Fred Simon, Executive Producer: FSimon@documentaries.org
Center for Independent Documentary
680 South Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067