Filmmaker Services

Filmmaker Services Program

DER's Filmmaker Services Program supports outstanding new projects through development, production and outreach. The program is built on the principles of our founders, pioneering ethnographic filmmakers John Marshall and Timothy Asch, who produced innovative, cross-cultural documentaries that gave voice to those outside mainstream media. For filmmakers working within this tradition, we provide services including:

  • • Consulting - for fundraising, grant writing, production & story development, outreach & distribution
  • • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • • Preservation and Remastering
  • • Rough Cut Screenings
  • •; Workshops & Panels
  • • Access to the DER Film Library

Service fees are determined on a sliding scale, please complete our form and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly. There is Project Initiation fee of $100.

Filmmakers in the program have received funding from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, Cinereach, the Center for Asian American Media, and numerous local and national foundations; and they have been selected to pitch at Camden International Film Festival, IFP, BRITDOC's Good Pitch, and Hot Docs, among others.

“I first came under the spell of DER's movies in my undergraduate days at Harvard University with John Marshall's terrific ethnographic films, including A Joking Relationship and Tim Asch's compelling and problematic, The Ax Fight. In my subsequent teaching career I have often shown these films in class and curated them for public shows. It is exciting to find DER willing to work with me now to support my project on Robotics, and to see this project coming round full circle in regard to my early inspirations. Both Alice Apley and Alijah Case have been generous in their advice and acute in their critical takes on my application and project. I am looking forward to our continuing dialogue as the film moves forward into production.” — Abigail Child, director, Androids in America (working title)
“I was in search of an organization that would be engaged with my film Headhunt Revisited — and then I discovered DER. I think the best part of becoming one of DER's projects was the their ability to collaborate and provide support in grant applications, distribution outlets and guidance in bringing the film out to the right audiences. The entire team at DER, especially Alice Apley, has been a key ingredient to the momentum in completing this production. I look forward to our continued relationship.” — Michele Westmorland, director, Headhunt Revisited (2016 NEA recipient)

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