In response to the global pandemic, in May 2020 we began hosting filmmaker events online. The success of these early events has encouraged us to launch a running series that will continue through the Fall and Winter. Check this space for info about upcoming events, and recordings of past events.
DER frequently partners with local and regional organizations and institutions to offer screenings of films from our collection. Check here for a list of upcoming screenings in the Boston metro area, and to learn about some of our recent past events.
John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media
Each year we award one outstanding work that is carrying on the tradition of exploring culture, community and or traditions through film. The award is given each year at the Camden International Film Festival in Maine.
Join us in celebrating 50 years of producing, supporting and promoting the finest in ethnographic and cross-cultural documentary film. Learn more about screenings, panels and events, as well as special 50th anniversary programming opportunities for your cinema, festival or arts venue.
In partnership with the Society for Visual Anthropology, DER has convenes a Filmmaker Pitch for anthropological filmmakers. The event brings leading filmmakers, producers and funders from the independent documentary world to serve as jurors.
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, DER is developing plans for creating an online union catalogue for ethnographic and folklore films. Co-directors Alice Apley, of DER and Jennifer Cool, of University of Southern California are working with archivists, cataloguers, partner collections and tech designers to develop a robust repository for information about this universe of films, with unique opportunities for user-input modeled on Wikipedia.