Fundraising and Professional Writing for Documentary Films

About Joanna Rabiger

Joanna, head shot

Joanna Rabiger is a leading specialist (carving out her niche since 2004) in writing funding proposals for documentary films, including story development and treatments. She works closely with directors, producers and production companies. Her background is in book editing (Oxford University Press) and independent documentary film editing/ associate producing. She was a reader/editor for David Redmon’s book VIDEO ETHNOGRAPHY: THEORY, METHODS, AND ETHICS (Routledge, 2019). Directors/producers with whom she works or has worked include: Hazel Gurland-Pooler (STORMING CAESARS PALACE); Leandro Fabrizi Rios, Neyda Martinez and Carol Colmenares (BARTOLO); Rita Baghdadi (SIRENS); Yi Chen (FIRST VOTE); Chelsea Hernandez (BUILDING THE AMERICAN DREAM); Iliana Sosa WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND; Treva Wurmfeld (CONSCIENCE POINT); Sam Feder & Amy Scholder (DISCLOSURE); Sarah Colt & Josh Gleason (THE DISRUPTED); Vanessa Carr & Josh Gleason (NOMADS); Yael Bridge (SOCIALISM: AN AMERICAN STORY); Vivian Vázquez Irizarry & Gretchen Hildebran (DECADE OF FIRE); Kim Hopkins & Margareta Svabo of Labor of Love Films (VOICES OF THE SEA, A BUNCH OF AMATEURS); Lagueria Davis (BLACK BARBIE); Jason Osder (AMERICA SELLS ITSELF); Tim Tsai (SEADRIFT); Justin Schein (LEFT ON PURPOSE); David Redmon & Ashley Sabin (GIRL MODEL & many others); Lysa Heslov (SERVED LIKE A GIRL); She has also worked with P J Raval (CALL ME GANDA), Hemal Trivedi (AMONG THE BELIEVERS), Michael Collins & Marty Syjuco (GIVE UP TOMORROW), Mat Hames (WHAT WAS OURS), Matt Tyrnauer (CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY), Laura Paglin (UNSEEN), and Erika Cohn (BELLY OF THE BEAST & THE JUDGE).

Joanna was a successful (great feedback!) specialist guest in a Q&A workshop led by producer Su Kim at the 2021 UnionDocs Summer Documentary Lab with a cohort of 8 documentary filmmakers reporting to Union Doc’s Grace Remington.

Joanna Rabiger lives in Austin, Texas and originally hails from London, UK. She is a fluent French speaker and has worked on several French language films.