Change Comes Knocking wins Best Documentary at Appalachian Film Festival!

Change Comes Knocking has won the award for Best Documentary at the Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington West Virginia!  Here is a link to their website to see the other winners.  Mountaintop Removal, another film sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund won second place!  Congrats to them.

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Southern Docs Screening Series

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Change Comes Knocking to screen at UNC School of Government April 15

Change Comes Knocking will screen at the UNC School of Goverment, Knapp-Sanders Building, Room 2603 on April 15, 2008 at 4pm. The film will be followed by a Question and Answer with the film’s producer Rebecca Cerese.  For directions and parking information click here:

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Change Comes Knocking – Official Selection Appalachian Film Festival

Change Comes Knocking has been chosen to screen as part of Appalachian Film Festival in Huntington, West Virginia at the historic Keith Albee Theater.  The film will screen on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm.  You can find out more information at:

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Change Comes Knocking to Screen May 1 as part of Southern Docs Screening Series

Coming off the exciting premiere screening of Change Comes Knockingat UNC-CH, we are excited to announce another screening on May 1, 2008 at the Durham Arts Council. The film begins at 7pm, and will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s Producer, Rebecca Cerese and local Durham icon and community activist Ann Atwater.  Additional panelists to possibly be announced later. This screening is part of of Southern Documentary Fund’s Southern Docs Screening Series. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door the day of the show. For more information on this series go to .

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Producer Rebecca Cerese on WUNC State of Things

The Producer of Change Comes Knocking, Rebecca Cerese was on WUNC radio’s State of Things, on Friday, March 21, 2008, at 12pm to promote the upcoming screening of her new documentary.  The screening will take place on March 25, 2008, 7pm at the Student Union Auditorium as part of UNC-CH’s poverty awareness week and will be followed by a discussion with the audience and distinguished panelists, including Billy Barnes, the director of the Fund’s office of Public Information, Rebecca Cerese, the film’s producer, Rubye Gattis, community leader and activist, and UNC History Profissor Jim Leloudis, who is currently completing a new book on the NC Fund with his Duke Univeristy colleague Dr. Bob Korstad. 

You can listen to an archive copy of the show at:
You can find out more about Poverty Awareness Week here: 

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Upcoming Screenings of Change Comes Knocking – The Story of the NC Fund

Video Dialog Inc, the award winning, Durham based production company will premiere their new documentary, Change Comes Knocking – The Story of the North Carolina Fund, as part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Poverty Awareness Week. The screening will be on March 25, 2008 at the Union Auditorium on the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus at 7pm, and will be followed by a discussion with the audience and distinguished panelists, including Billy Barnes (photographer and NC Fund participant), Rebecca Cerese (filmmaker), Rubye Gattis (community activist and NC Fund participant) and Professor Jim Leloudis (UNC History Department). This event is being sponsored by the UNC -CH Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, Video Dialog Inc., Campus Y HOPE group and other student organizations.

The documentary will also be screening as part of the Southern Documentary Fund’s Screening Series on May 1, 2008 at the Durham Arts Council at 7pm.  This screening will also be followed by a community discussion facilitated by a panel which will include filmmakers, Rebecca Cerese and Dr. Steven Channing and community activist and Durham legend Ann Atwater.  More panelists to be announced.

For more information you can contact the Producer, Rebecca Cerese at or by phone at (919) 824-0811. 

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Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund is a documentary about one of the first, and most innovative, initiatives in the “War on Poverty” during the 1960s. With the creation of the North Carolina Fund, Governor Terry Sanford along with George Esser and the rest of the Fund’s staff and board provided an example of what could be done within communities if they were given the resources to experiment and to look for local economic development opportunities. Unfortunately, we could not even begin to tell the full story of the North Carolina Fund in a 60 minute documentary, so we have created this website to offer additional resources and information. Please explore the pages above and the resource links to find out more, and let the story of the Fund empower you to take a stand against poverty!

Sanford Announces
“It is not enough to have here the most powerful nation in the world and then admit we are powerless to find ways to give our young people training and job opportunities. In North Carolina we want to go into a few communities and say to the leaders of school and government and welfare and health and charity, let’s see if together in a few neighborhoods near here we can’t break the cycle of poverty and give these children a better chance.” – Terry Sanford, 9/30/63, announcing the creation of the North Carolina Fund

Change Comes Knocking presents an snapshot of the creation of the Fund, one of the first bi-racial organizations in the South, in the midst of the turbulent sixties. The history of the North Carolina Fund encompasses 5 years of innovative and experimental actions, which also proved to be quite controversial. DurhamThe NC Fund encouraged communities around the state to create local agencies called Community action Programs (CAPS), whose agendas would have to include input from low income people. The Fund gave a voice to people who had been disenfranchised, and in turn empowered them to make substantial changes in their lives and communities. The empowerment of local poor people was one of the greatest goals of the NC Fund but what they hadn’t foreseen that it would threaten the establishment, and people who were comfortable with the status quo.

This documentary features a multitude of beautiful archival photographs and moving pictures taken in North Carolina throughout the 1960s. Billy Barnes, who was the Fund’s Director of Public Information took thousands of photographs which tell the story of the North Carolina Fund, and the communities it reached out to and helped. Photos from his amazing collection are featured in the film, and can be found at the UNC Photographic Collection. story of the North Carolina Fund is as rich and diverse as the people that shared in its creation.

For more information you can contact the Producer, Rebecca Cerese at or by phone at (919) 824-0811.  Screening Information Coming Soon!

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