The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund supports independent, long-form filmmakers producing journalistic films in the public interest. In addition to providing production and development grants, its mission is to make the knowledge, tools and resources traditionally afforded to journalists available to filmmakers. The Advisory Committee provides expert guidance and input on the administration of the fund and its related programs.

Advisory Committee

Monika Bauerlein

CEO, Mother Jones 

Carroll Bogert

President, The Marshall Project

Andrés Cediel

Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Dale Cohen

Director of Documentary Film Legal Clinic, UCLA School of Law

Alex Hannibal

Associate Director of Content Development, CNN FIlms

N'Jeri Eaton

Senior Manager of Programming Acquisitions, NPR

Jigar Mehta

Deputy Managing Director, Doha Debates

Marie E. Nelson

Vice President, News & Public Affairs, PBS

Rachel Raney

Director of Independent Productions, UNC-TV

Ricardo Sandoval-Palos

Pulbic  Editor, PBS

Steve Sapienza

Senior Strategist, Collaborative News Partnerships, Pulitzer Center

Trevor Timm

Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

Sky Sitney

Co-creator & co-director, Double Exposure

Paul Sturtz

Co-Director, True/False Film Fest

Katie Townsend

Litigation Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Nina Weinstein

Director of Development, MSNBC Originals

James Wheaton

President and Legal Director, Environmental Law Foundation & Senior Counsel and Founder, First Amendment Project


Filmmaker Advisory Committee

The Enterprise Documentary Fund was established with significant input from documentary filmmakers. The Filmmaker Advisory Committee was convened to ensure that the interests and perspectives of filmmakers continue to be represented in the activities of the fund. Its members do not participate in the grantee selection process in any way, nor do they participate in Advisory Committee meetings. Filmmaker advisors remain eligible to apply to all IDA funds. 


Heather Courtney

(Where Soldiers Come From, Letters from the Other Side)

Michael Premo

(Co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline)

Hilke Schellmann

(Outlawed in Pakistan, Student Debt and Fecal Medicine onVICE)


2018 Enterprise Production Fund Reviewers


Sam Black, Andres Caballero, Lauren Capps, Tom Casciato, Andres Cediel, Giovanna Chesler, S. Leo Chiang, Angelica Das, Erica Deiparine Sugars, Steve Fisher, Jon Funabiki, Rick Goldsmith, Shayla Harris, Cassandra Herrman, Ken Jacobson, Tom Jennings, Niema Jordan, Carlos Sandoval, Andréa Schmidt, Sky Sitney, Emily Taguchi, Rahdi Taylor, Kevin Wong