Documentary Educational Resources

Documentary Educational Resources

108 Water St., Suite 5A
Watertown, MA 02742-4698
(617) 926-0491

Alice Apley
Executive Director

Year organization became a 501(c)(3): 1971
Year of first fiscal sponsorship: 1972
Number of sponsored projects: 40

Fiscal sponsorship fee:
$100 project initiation fee. Administrative fees are 5-8%

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aligned mission/values
  • Other: The project must have a media-related component. We do not sponsor narrative films.

Types of projects or services we sponsor:

  • Ethnographic and documentary films and media including short-form, long-form, interactive and new media projects
  • Film festivals, screenings and events related to the history and contemporary practice of documentary filmmaking
  • Educational programming related to documentary film

Services we offer projects:

  • Bill paying
  • Bookkeeping/accounting
  • Organizational development
  • Receiving property and stock donations
  • Other:Consulting on fundraising and grant writing, story development, and film festival, distribution and outreach strategies. We also convene rough cut screenings and feedback sessions.

Based on Fiscal Sponsorship: 6 Ways to Do It Right: Our model(s) of fiscal sponsorship are:

  • Model C, Preapproved Grant Relationship

Organization description:
DER is a non-profit media arts organization that serves an international community interested in ethnographic, cross-cultural and documentary film. Founded in 1968, DER has been serving filmmakers and educators through our Distribution and Filmmaker Services Programs for nearly 50 years.