Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantees

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, with major support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, provides production and development funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.


  • The Blue Wall is the feature documentary account of the Chicago police killing of Laquan McDonald. The film is a forensic examination of a shooting, an anatomy of a coverup, and a portrait of a city torn apart in the aftermath.

  • Nearly 40 years after China enacted one of the most brutal population-control policies in history – the infamous “one-child” policy, aimed at launching China “from poverty to prosperity” – Born In China explores the ongoing human consequences of that policy, through the lives of Chinese...

  • During three years of unparalleled violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers an unexpectedly candid, observational portrait of those left on the frontlines. With grit, fury, and compassion, a group of police, citizens, and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence...

  • Amidst a landmark lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment (working title) intimately observes the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City. Over five...

  • An average American family becomes entrenched in a bizarre web of espionage and corporate secrets when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.

  • When a filmmaker investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

  • If you think hazing is a trivial college problem, think again. In Hazing, award-winning filmmaker, Byron Hurt, lifts the veil on a range of secret, underground rituals that are often dehumanizing, abusive, and sometimes, deadly. Byron, a member of a fraternity, places hazing culture...

  • In America’s capital of wrongful conviction, a man is imprisoned at 19 for a murder and rape he didn’t commit – and spends nearly a quarter century fighting to be freed.

  • Made In Boise is a story about social acceptance in one of the most unexpected places in the country – the conservative heartland of Boise, Idaho. This character driven film will explore how and why this city has become the unofficial surrogacy capital of the United States, and why...

  • Netizens delves into the lives of three women profoundly impacted by online harassment, following as they confront digital abuse and strive for equality and justice online.

  • Slaves Among Us tells the story of a group of teenagers from Guatemala who are forced to work against their will at an Ohio egg farm. The film exposes the criminal network that exploits the minors, the company that profits off of them, and the U.S. government’s role in delivering the...