What we're about


"A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction or maintaining a historical record. "(source: wikipedia.org)

Austin Documentary Fans consist of a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds who love documentaries. They are thinkers who care about the world around them. Some might be producers and filmmakers. Others are information junkies who just want to be informed about the things that affect humanity from politics, the environment, history, agriculture, artist, people, medicine, and more.

ADF (also known as "Reel Doc Fans") is devoted to supporting our film community in Austin and beyond. In fact, one of our goals is to highlight members' work in our monthly newsletter. (ADF Newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/ef8f2b228b0f/interactive-home-cinema-tonight-at-9pm-2645057)))

We strive at adapting our mission to the needs of our members. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have moved our Meet-Ups online. We are currently working on a website and would like to make our future website accessible to the sight-impaired.

See two online "newszines" (https://issuu.com/reel-fantastico/docs/adf-newsletter-july) we produced that are now in our historical archives.

Docs we watch:

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ADF'ers especially like films that are thought-provoking, about culture (i.e Faubourg Tremé), art /Music(i.e Ai WeiWei the Provocative Chinese Artist, Hands On a Hardbody, Sound City), that affects us all as a society (i.e Chasing Ice), historical, moving, inspiring, thought-provoking, intriguing (Ping Pong, a film about 80+-year-olds' competing in world competition) ...social topics of interest (i.e. Girl Rising, A Place At The Table).

ADF members occasionally lean heavily on issues about agriculture/ nature – our water, food the planet. Social / Political (Yellow Fever) Agriculture/Nature (i.e. More Than Honey). Feel free to check out our previous events. Film suggestions are encouraged, we ask that you stay within our guidelines.


By volunteering, you have an invested interest in our group. Your efforts help us to function as a dynamic organized group. Volunteering also allows us to take on so many exciting projects that we otherwise would have to pass up without your support. We need help in the following areas:

• Greeters for events

• Newsletter

• Online meetings

• Event planning

• Website articles

• Interviewing documentary filmmakers

• Brainstorming ideas

Thank you for your interest in Austin Documentary Fans

Our schedule


Upcoming events (2)

BlackStar Film Festival 2020 Panel

Online event

BlackStar Film Festival 2020 Panel Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 4 PM – 5 PM EDT Hosted by BlackStar Film Festival This dialogue crystalizes the present transformative moment and features the dynamic perspectives and voices of an all femme-under-30 panel made up of fellows from the NeXt Doc Collective. In this panel, participants will discuss what it means to be a young documentary filmmaker of color right now, their praxis, and visions for a bold, new, radically inclusive, documentary landscape. Nothing about us, without us, is for us! Panelists: Brit Hensel, cai thomas, Courtney Staton, Lan Nguyen Moderator: Darian Henry This panel is free and open to the public. It will stream live on August 20th with closed captioning from BlackStar Film Festival's web page as well as BlackStar’s YouTube and Facebook Live channels. https://www.facebook.com/events/1013076759123380

Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital

Online event

"Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital" An ADF Home Cinema interactive event About the film: Founded as a hospital for the poor, Charity Hospital began in 1736 as just a small cottage built on the goodwill of a dying French merchant. Operated by nuns of The Daughters of Charity and serving the city of New Orleans for close to 300 years, it gradually transformed into an enormous public institution - into Big Charity - and a longstanding symbol of compassion, a seemingly eternal place of safety and a beacon of hope in the community. Today the towering art deco building, closed abruptly after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, stands empty, and the community continues to suffer the devastating consequences of its absence. This documentary film includes never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews to tell the story of Charity Hospital, from its roots to its controversial closing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. http://www.bigcharityfilm.com Here is how this works You watch the film at home. We will have a special day set aside to discuss it. This event will be updated if the directors decide to join us. The film can be rented here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpvcTFROm6o&feature=youtu.be We will email the details for the Zoom meeting closer to the event date.

Past events (429)

A Plastic Ocean Documentary Q+A

Online event

Photos (812)