STORYTELLING FOR A FREE SOCIETY

We are the Documentary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to producing and distributing documentaries about the American experience.

AMERICA LOST

America Lost is a feature documentary that explores life in three “forgotten American cities”—Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California.

The film reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful conservative commentary. Ultimately, despite these grave challenges, the film offers a glimpse of hope for rebuilding America’s families and communities from the bottom up.

Our mission is to produce films that combine emotional personal stories with thoughtful social and political commentary. We have produced four films for PBS, Netflix, Amazon, and international television:

AGE OF CHAMPIONS

Age of Champions is the award-winning PBS documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics.

DIAMOND IN THE DUNES

Diamond in the Dunes tells the story of the arrival of baseball in China’s Xinjiang Province, which students hope will bridge the racial divide between Uighur Muslims and the ruling Han Chinese.

ROUGHING IT: MONGOLIA

Roughing It: Mongolia is a PBS adventure travel documentary that features encounters with nomadic reindeer herders, Mongolian throat singers, and a traditional Siberian shaman.

I’M CHRISTOPHER F. RUFO.

I’m the executive director of the Documentary Foundation, contributing editor at City Journal, and research fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty.

I’ve produced four documentaries for PBS, Netflix, Amazon, and theatrical distribution. My last documentary, Age of Champions, grossed $1.5 million and reached more than 3 million viewers around the world. As part of the distribution campaign, I spearheaded more than 3,000 community screenings with organizations including AARP, Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Council on Aging.

I graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, was a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow, and have appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN, and FOX News.

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