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

Reem Akkad
Senior Producer, The Washington Post Original Video

Nathalie Applewhite
Managing Director, Pulitzer Center

Monika Bauerlein
CEO, Mother Jones 

Margaret Drain
former head of national programming WGBH

N'Jeri Eaton
Senior Manager of Programming Acquisitions, NPR

Jon Funabiki
Professor of Journalism, SFSU & ED, Renaissance Journalism and Storytelling Center

Rachel Raney
Director of Independent Productions, UNC-TV

Elspeth Revere
CEO, Ravenswood Consulting Group

Carlos Sandoval

Paul Sturtz
Co-Director, True/False Film Fest

Trevor Timm
Executive Director, Freedom of the Press Foundation

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