Special Initiatives


DER Yanomamö Preservation Campaign

Thank You to All Our Donors!

In 2017, we successfully raised matching funds to enable us to do preservation work on nine Yanomamo films made by Tim Asch and Napoleon Chagnon. That lab work is underway. A heartfelt thanks to all the donors who made our Fall/Winter 2017 Yanomamo Preservation Project fundraising a success.

Adopt-a-Film Donors

The following individuals and groups made significant donations enabling them to  complete the preservation funding needed for an individual film.  Watch for their names in the film preservation credits! Thank you to our Adopt-A-Film Donors!

Arrow Game
Emilie de Brigard

Weeding the Garden
Sue Marshall Cabezas

A Man Called Bee
Robert Lemelson

Climbing the Peach Palm
Peter Dow

Magical Death
M.A. Visual Anthropology (MAVA), University of Southern California

A Man and His Wife Make a Hammock
Documentary Arts and Ethnographic Research (DAER), Temple University: Matthew Durington, Kerim Friedman, Kijung Lee, Jay Ruby, Stephanie Takaragawa

A Father Washes His Children
Culture and Media Program, New York University: Alice Apley, Amahl Bishara, Chris Boebel and Christine Walley, Robert Chang, Elaine Charnov, Ximena A. Cuenca, Beth Epstein. Cheryl Furjanic & Will Sweeney, Faye Ginsburg, Brian Larkin and Meg McLagen, Katie Leary, Jason Price, Bambi B. Schieffelin, Sarah Teitler, Deborah Thomas,  Pegi Vail

Children’s Magical Death– Friends and Alumni of the  M.A. Visual Anthropology (MAVA), University of Southern California:  Ilisa Barbash, Brittany V. Gates, Wilton Martinez, Nicole Miyahara, Amy Murphy, Nick Rothenberg, Stacy Rowe, Sabrina Skau, Karin Stellwagen, Lucian Taylor, Andy Wilson


It Takes A Village

And a special thank you to our individual donors as well for their generous support.

Abigail Norman
Dan Albright
Lesli Amos
Alexandra Anthony
Phillip Apley
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival
Mila Aung-Thwin
Frank Aveni
Sally Berger
Ethan Berry
Jordyn Bonds & Joel Roston
Jennifer Leong Cardwell
Alijah Case
Maitre Cecile
Erin Chack
Aviva Christie
Dwight Cody
Peter Crawford
Joyce Crook
Julie Croston
Austin de Besche
Rita Di Gioia
Taylor Dunne & Eric Stewart
Edward (Ned) Dwyer
Sarah Elder
R. Brian Ferguson
Wendy Fine
Bob Follansbee
Martha Fuller
Cristoforo Garigliano
Amy Geller
Pam Gerardi
Sarah Ginsburg
Harriet Gordon & Peter Getzels
John Grady
Brittany Gravely & Ken Linehan
Eric Gulliver
Margo Guernsey
Rosey Guthrie
Nathaniel Hansen
Claudia Hart

Roger Hart
David Hattis
Paul Henley
Nate Herse
Claudia Hinterseer
Anna Hughes
Allison Jablonko
Sandra Jaffe
John Jimenez
Craig Johnson
Mac Jones
Laurie Kahn
Karl King
Karen Kirchoff
Diane Kolyer
Valerie Lalonde
Tom Land
Sam Low
Joanne S. Luciano
Scott MacDonald
Joel Machak
JoAnna Baldwin Mallory
Keith Marchiafava
Susan Marsh
Ross McElwee
Cynthia McKeown
Kurt Meisenbach
Juris Milestone
Lucas Millard
Michelle Mizner
Modulus Studios
Molly Dog Films
Alex Morelli
Avery Morrow
Karen Nakamura
Michel Negroponte
Joan Kathryn O’Donnell
Chris O’Neill
Kathryn Oths
Wolf Owczarek

Kendra Pardey
Gerald Peary
Ben Pender-Cudlip
Julia Perciasepe
David Plath
Susan Porter
Adele Pressman
Ellen Power
Evelyn Quinn
Amy Reams
Michelle Romer
James Rutenbeck
Kate Ryan
Abby Saul
Jeff Schmidt
Ted Sitting Crow Garner
David Slatery
Kristel Smentek
Anna Stabler
Janet Steins
Ivo Strecker & Jean Lydall
Tish Streeten
Barry Strongin
David Tames
Elizabeth Thomas
Katie Tomassetti
Carol Towson
Paul Turano
Nick Vaczek
Rich Van Meter
Luveen Rupchand Wadhwani
Melanie Wallace
Ian Wellman
Eugenia West
Michele Westmorland
Mark Westmoreland
Lawrence Wilkinson
Pamela Wintle
Will Zavala
Phil Zuckerman


The preservation and remastering of these and other films is on-going. We need your support.  Please consider a donation to DER to allow us to continue this work. And we’d love to talk to you about additional Adopt-A-Film opportunities.