Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) is an organization advocating for women and non-binary people of color in the documentary industry. We divert and direct opportunities to address the unique needs of our community and challenge the antiquated norms within our field. Our multifaceted, member-focused approach includes: deconstructing dominant film spaces, creating blueprints for professional sustainability, and nourishing creative brilliance.
Our members are made up of filmmakers — writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, etc. — with experience levels ranging from emerging makers to veterans in the field. Additionally, BGDM’s membership also consists of individuals who work as industry professionals, including funders, curators and programmers, lawyers, distributors, and more. As a collective, we pride ourselves on inclusivity and understanding the value of every person’s unique contribution. Our penchant for sharing knowledge, building networks, having intimate and transparent conversations, and exchanging crucial resources is what makes this community thrive.
Our collective went public in 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival, where we hosted a brunch with key allies (reps from Netflix, Conde Nast, Sundance programming team, Fork Films, and Creative Capital in attendance), and a private strategic planning session. Forty BGDM members attended the True/False Film Festival, and over 125 members attended the Tribeca Festival. Looking ahead, BGDM will organize presence at the Getting Real Conference in September, as well as the IDFA in November.
As we continue to build and create opportunities to engage with the public, please feel free to contact us here. We are especially interested in hearing about job postings, collaboration opportunities, and funding initiatives. Brown Girls Doc Mafia is a fiscally sponsored project who has been funded by The Ford Foundation, The Dobkin Family Foundation, and 21st Century Fox.