The Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) is a nationwide group of seasoned documentary producers advocating on behalf of producers and the health and welfare of the documentary industry. Documentary producers sit at the nexus of financing, creativity, production and distribution. The DPA promotes a better understanding and acknowledgement of the documentary producers’ unique position. Our work fosters sustainability and inclusivity in documentary filmmaking by sharing knowledge, collaborating internally and with key stakeholders, in order to establish best practices within the field. The DPA was founded in 2016.
While audiences are experiencing a 'golden age' of documentary with more film choices than ever, the independent producers who work tirelessly to make these films possible are facing grave financial instability. The current financial model is unsustainable, often requiring independent producers to take on debt, defer payment, get a second job, lean on a safety net, or work for nothing. This is coupled with a general lack of understanding or acknowledgement of the documentary producer role, even within our own industry. We risk burning people out — and keeping people out — without new awareness, recognition, and financial models for the people who play this crucial role and the value they bring to the filmmaking process.