hope and heartbreak in
three forgotten American cities

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About Us

We are the Documentary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to producing and distributing character-driven social documentaries. We have produced three films for PBS and appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN, and FOX News.

What we do

Documentaries that make an impact

Our films

Our Philosophy

We believe in telling stories that explore
the triumphant spirit of the American people

Our mission is to produce documentaries that examine America’s most pressing social issues by fusing together emotional personal stories with commentary from the nation’s top thinkers and scholars.

With our upcoming film America Lost, our goal is to establish a new brand of “character-driven social documentary” and make a series of films over the next decade that leads the debate on civic reform.

We believe in films that inspire a free society

Our films

We’ve made three documentaries for distribution on PBS, Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix.
We’ve covered topics ranging from nomadic life in Mongolia to the amazing competitors of the Senior Olympics.

America Lost

Age of Champions

Diamond in the Dunes

Roughing It

Our Team

We’re Keith Ochwat and Christopher Rufo. We’ve been friends since high school.
In 2006, we had the crazy idea to make a documentary about Mongolian nomads—and we’ve been making films ever since.

We were both born and raised in Sacramento, California to immigrant families.
We’ve made films in Mongolia, China, Nigeria, Lebanon, Cyprus, France, and the United States.

Some of our accomplishments

 

 

We have appeared on Fox News, NPR, ABC, CBS, HLN, and CNN’s Sanjay Gupta MD:

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Welcome to the new Documentary Foundation website. We’re hard at work producing America Lost and will keep you posted on the progress…

 

Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. We’re always looking for new partners, collaborators, supporters, and clients.

Keith Ochwat
916 541 1667
[email protected]
Christopher Rufo
916 627 5480
[email protected]

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