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Linda Buzzell founded the International Documentary Association (IDA) in 1982. She brought together a small group of like-minded film professionals with a mission to expand the impact, scope, and reach of the documentary genre. Over the years, IDA's flagship programs – Docu-Day, Fiscal Sponsorship, and IDA Documentary Awards – have expanded their scope and breadth but have remained true to the IDA's mission to move documentaries into the limelight and connect audiences with non-fiction films that enrich and deepen our culture.
Today, IDA is a dynamic presence in the documentary world, supporting films in all stages of production and assisting filmmakers through the crucial phases of distribution, outreach, and engagement. Each year, IDA awards millions of dollars in production and development grants to independent documentarians to help projects get funded, finished, and viewed by a wider community of filmmakers and film-lovers. Their extensive educational programming, workshops, and networking opportunities for filmmakers are all designed to advance the vital and important work of documentary storytellers and foster a more connected and informed world.
In 2021, IDA served as a fiscal sponsor for the creation of a documentary film about American activist and non-violence movement leader Reverend James Lawson Jr. Through a combination of Reverend Lawson Jr.'s own words and interviews with family members and other activists, the film will explore the work and legacy of the man Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to as "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world."
Project - Reverend James Lawson Jr. Documentary Film