BLACK LIVES MATTER Filmmaker Resources


DCTV stands with Black Lives Matter and all who have put their voices and bodies on the line to denounce racism. We support you, and we join you.

As a filmmaking organization, we want to ensure the protection of protesters and bolster BIPOC filmmakers to tell their own stories. We must also chart a new path forward in accountability and equity in the documentary industry. Here are a few resources that we will keep updating:

Filming Protests and Police

  1. General
    1. Know Your Rights: Protesters’ Rights, ACLU
    2. Resources for Photographers and Beyond on Anti-Racism, Doc-Society, Field of Vision, Sundance Institute
    3. Non-Black photographers need to step aside and let Black people tell their own stories. It's the most helpful thing they can do. Insider
    4. Filming a Protest? 6 Tips to Capture, No Film School and Meerkat Media
    5. How to Protect Protestors in Your Photos and Video, OneZero
    6. 23 Guidelines for Journalists to Safely Cover Protests, Poynter
    7. Best Practices for Journalists Reporting on Police Killings of Black and Brown People, Race Forward
    8. Racial Equity Tools Glossary
    9. Riot Medicine
    10. How to Safely and Ethically Film Police Misconduct, Teen Vogue
    11. How to Film the Police in the U.S., WITNESS
    12. Caught on Camera: Police Violence in the U.S., WITNESS
  2. COVID-19 Considerations
    1. Filming in the Time of Corona, Authority Collective
    2. Sanitization Protocol for Direct Action During COVID-19, QueerCare
    3. How to Protest Safely During a Pandemic, VICE
  3. Collecting and Archiving Media Content
    1. Documenting the Now
    2. Mukurtu
    3. Traditional Knowledge
    4. Profiling the Police, WITNESS and El Grito de Sunset Park
    5. Activist’s Guide to Archiving Video, WITNESS
  4. Digital Privacy Concerns
    1. New iOS Shortcut Blurs Faces and Wipes Metadata For Protest Images, Hyperallergic
    2. What Is EXIF Data, and How Can I Remove It From My Photos? and Image Scrubber, The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
    3. How to Protest Without Sacrificing your Digital Privacy, VICE
  5. Filming With Your Phone
    1. A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Video on Your Phone, The New York Times
    2. Shooting Video with an iPhone, WISTIA
  6. Legal Resources for Filmmakers
    1. Cardozo Law Indie Film Clinic
    2. Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, CSMI
    3. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  7. Psychological Effects of Sharing Videos of Police Brutality
    1. How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice, New Republic
    2. Videos of Police Brutality are Everywhere. What Does Watching Them Do to Us?, Vox
  8. Software
    1. Free/Discounted Software Info, DCTV
    2. Jitsi Meet
    3. The Best Apps for Safer Protesting, Lifehacker
    4. May First
    5. Open Camera

Donate and Take Action
Black Visions Collective, Brooklyn Bail Fund, Campaign Zero, Communities United for Police Reform, COVID Bail Out NYC, Equality for Flatbush, George Floyd Memorial Fund, The Liberty Fund, National Lawyers Guild, Reclaim the Block, Resources for Accountability and Actions for Black Lives, Unicorn Riot

BIPOC-Led Film Organizations
A-Doc, African American Women in Cinema, Array Now, BDC-Black Documentary Collective, Black Film Space, Black TV & Film Collective, BlackStar Film Festival, Black Women Directors, Black Women Film Network, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, (BGDM Members available for Production Summer 2020!), Firelight Media, Ghetto Film School, The JTC List/Women of Color Unite, Luminal Theater, Made in Her Image, New Negress Film Society, Nia Tero, Youth FX, Third Horizon, Third World Newsreel

DCTV Youth Media's BLM Playlist
Check out these amazing films students created throughout the years on identity, prejudice, incarceration, gentrification and expression. We have so much to learn from them. Watch here.

Documentaries To See
13th | Ava Duvernay, 2016
16 Shots | Richard Rowley, 2019
Black Panthers | Agnès Varda, 1968
Black and Blue | Hugh King, Lamar Williams, 1987
Copwatch | Camilla Hall, 2017
Crime + Punishment | Stephen Maing, 2018
Do Not Resist | Craig Atkinson, 2016
Happy Birthday, Marsha! | Tourmaline, Sasha Wortzel, 2018
I Am Not Your Negro | Raoul Peck, 2016
King in the Wilderness | Peter Kunhardt, 2018
LA 92 | T. J. Martin, Daniel Lindsay, 2017
Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 | John Ridley, 2017
Let the Fire Burn | Jason Osder, 2013
Slavery by Another Name | Sam Pollard, 2012
Strong Island | Yance Ford, 2017
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution | Stanley Nelson, 2015
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 | Göran Olsson, 2011
The Force | Peter Nicks, 2017
Time: The Khalifa Broward Story | Jenner Furst, 2017
What Happened, Miss Simone? | Liz Garbus, 2015
Whose Streets? | Sabaah Folayan, 2017

Articles To Read
The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic by Carrie Lozano, Documentary Magazine, 4/20/20

Filmmakers of Color and the Coronavirus Pandemic by Zara Meerza, Documentary Magazine, 6/8/20

The Imperative to Hire Black and POC Filmmakers within the Documentary Community: A Conversation with Brown Girls Doc Mafia Founder Iyabo Boyd by Denae Peters, Filmmaker Magazine, 6/12/20

A Reckoning by Sonya Childress in Medium, 6/15/20

The Documentary Future: A Call for Accountability by Sonya Childress and Natalie Bullock Brown, Documentary Magazine, 7/20/20

Op-Ed: Why we need Black filmmakers to tell the story of 2020 by Stanley Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 7/12/20

HBO’s Tiger Woods Series by Two White Directors Is a Flashpoint for ‘Decolonizing’ Docs by Tambay Obenson, IndieWire, 7/22/20

Anything to add? Let us know!
Last updated at 1:22pm on 7/22/20.