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Documentary on N.C. giving makes festival

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Melinda McKee

Melinda McKee

Melinda McKee

RALEIGH, N.C. — The documentary “North Carolina Giving: Philanthropy Across Cultures & Communities” was selected for inclusion in the 2011 Council on Foundations’ Film and Video Festival, held April 9-12 in Philadelphia.

Featuring an introduction from Bill Friday and narration by Ambassador James Joseph, this documentary travels across the state of North Carolina, uncovering stories of “ordinary people changing lives in extraordinary ways.”

The Council on Foundations’ annual film festival promotes the support of creative, high-quality productions that expand the boundaries of the use of media for social good.

NCGives commissioned the documentary to recognize and celebrate the diverse giving practices found throughout the state.

“These stories of giving are representative of how North Carolinians are generous in their support of each other, through both the good times and the bad,” says Donna Chavis, executive director of NCGives. “This honor from the council is a strong affirmation of the importance of our message of diverse and inclusive giving, and of the quality of the work that brought these stories to light.”

The giving stories were documented in many different North Carolina communities, including Cherokee, Asheville, Waynesville, Kernersville, Charlotte, Pittsboro, Durham, Raleigh, Greenville, Hollister and Wilmington.

The documentary, crafted through an 18-month process of traveling throughout the state, was produced by the Emmy-award winning production company Minnow Media, based in Carrboro, N.C.

During the film festival, Chavis spoke on a panel about the use of targeted media to make powerful points for social good.

A trailer, behind-the-scenes photos and more information about the documentary are available online. More on the Foundation’s Film and Video Festival is available on the council’s website.


Melinda McKee is public relations and communications director for NCGives.

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