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Documentary Film Fund

nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization 


1165 Owensville Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

The Documentary Film Fund (DFF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Heritage Film Project (HFP), a documentary film production entity incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia by Eduardo Montes-Bradley and Soledad Liendo in 2008.


Since 2008 HTP has produced more than 40 films, including Rita Dove: American Poet and Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Fiddlers, Alice: At Home with Alice Parker, and Daniel Chester French: American Sculptor.


Initially, Heritage Film Project partnered with existing non-profit fiscal sponsors. In 2022, we established the Documentary Film Fund to capitalize on the potential of philanthropic support to avoid the administrative costs of working with fiscal sponsors.


The Italian Factor and The Art of Joy Brown are our first films funded entirely by philanthropic contributions to Documentary Film Fund. We also support director Gabriel Klinger and his fundraising efforts to complete Dreyana Grooms.


Please, consider your tax-deductible contribution using the option below. Thank you!

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La famiglia Piccirilly

The Italian Factor

We are presently supporting the efforts of the Heritage Film Project to produce a one-hour documentary film about the contributions of Italian artisans and sculptors to the American Renaicense. The film focuses primordially on the accomplishments of the Piccirilli, a family of talented.

Tuscan sculptors. The Piccirilli carved hundreds of public monuments, including the seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Expected release: October 2024


Joy Brown's World

Joy Brown's World explores the life and works of Joy Brown. The film takes us from Kent, Connecticut, to Shanghai and Okinawa, revealing previously unrecorded aspects of the traditional anagama wood-firing technic and the cast of monumental bronze works.

Expected release: October 2024


Joy Brown Bronze Sculptures
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Dreyana Grooms

Dreyana Grooms

The Documentary Film Fund is proud to sponsor Dreyana Grooms, a docu-realistic narrative drama based on a young woman's true story. Co-written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Gabe Klinger, the Chicago-set feature looks at how a violent event turned Dreyana's teen life -- and the lives of those close to her -- upside down. A selection of the Rotterdam CineMart and a BWP Foundation Grant recipient, Dreyana Grooms will advance into pre-production in Late Summer and Early Fall 2023. The team seeks tax-deductible contributions to cover basic operating costs and help with development activities such as casting and location scouting.


Expected Release Date: Spring 2024

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