Documentary Educational Resources

Through over 50 years of film curation, stewardship and distribution services, Documentary Educational Resources (DER) has developed into a one-of-a-kind resource documenting intangible culture, historical processes, and the lives and perspectives of underrepresented people. The collection offers a compendium of models for cultural documentation, from indigenous media production to diverse collaborations between community members, filmmakers and researchers. Established in 1968 by John Marshall and Timothy Asch, whose films were among the founding collection of the Smithsonian’s Human Studies Film Archive, DER now distributes nearly 1000 titles, reaching audiences in all 50 states and internationally.

DER also provides invaluable support to both up-and-coming and veteran filmmakers and film productions through our Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Our program enables them to access foundation funding and individual donations, as well as a variety of support services helping make their visions come true.

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