Acknowledgements & credits
The Doc Funders Network
This safety initiative has been brought to you by a wide group of independent documentary funders, who came together to address field-wide security issues and try to better serve the filmmakers we believe in.
That group is A&E, Bertha Foundation, Catapult Fund, Chicken & Egg, Chicago Media Project, Compton Foundation, Doc Society, Field of Vision, Filmmaker Fund, First Look, Fledgling Fund, Ford Foundation, Hartley Film Fund, HBO, IDA, Impact Partners, ITVS, Media Impact Funders, Perspective Fund, POV, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Wyncote Foundation.
The initiative has been supported by The Ford Foundation.
But we relied on the expertise of others..
Bring on the Experts
We were inspired by the seminal 2015 report, "Dangerous Documentaries - Reducing Risk When Telling Truth To Power" by the Center for Media & Social Impact at the American University in Washington D.C. which found that the risks of telling stories that powerful people or institutions don't want made public are not as well-established in the documentary film community as they are in the investigative journalism community. Prof Pat Aufderheide was the principal investigator of that report and was the first consultant to join this project.
The second expert to join our team, is security and journalism expert Professor Judith Matloff from the Columbia School of Journalism. Judith Matloff has pioneered safety training for media workers around the world. She has taught workshops in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the United States.
Big thanks for the input and field-experience of inspiring filmmakers: Marilyn Ness, Kirsten Johnson, Callum Macrae, Havana Marking, Liz Mermin, Orlando Von Eisendel, Matt Heinemann, Brenda Coughlin, Rob Lemkin, Thet Sambath, Lyric Cabral, Hollie Fifer, Laura Nix, Sabaah Folayan, Nanfu Wang, Victoria Solano and Marco Cartolano.
who stepped up to offer his support to independent filmmakers and Prash Naik who brings 23 years of experience as media lawyer at Channel 4 in the UK to the project.
And respects to the many brilliant organisations who have taken a lead in protecting journalists and finding solutions to new threats. We put this protocol together from taking the best work out there, predominantly from The Rory Peck Trust, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Videre, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, International Documentary Association, Center for Media and Social Impact, Committee to Protect Journalists, Columbia Journalism Review, Tactical Technology Collective, Channel 4 and the BBC. Links to their forms and check lists are also throughout. Thanks to all those organisations for their fine work.
Thanks also to Peter Dale, our long-time muse and mentor, who delivered his brilliant hypothetical documentary disaster scenario SHIT CREEK at the IDA Getting Real conference and again at Sheffield Doc Fest to launch this initiative.
And last but not least, our thinking has, in part, been inspired by acclaimed surgeon and best-selling author, Atul Gawande's book 'The Checklist Manifesto', an inspiring and persuasive account of the striking and effective improvements a humble checklist brings to getting things right.