Founded in 1985 by Alan Govenar to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures, Documentary Arts, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas and New York City.

Alan Govenar is a writer, folklorist, photographer, and filmmaker. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the author of some thirty books, including Stoney Knows How: Life as a Sideshow Tattoo Artist, Beyond Skin (with Ed Hardy), Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound, Stompin' at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller, Extraordinary Ordinary People, Everyday Music, Untold Glory, and The Blues Come to Texas: Paul Oliver and Mack McCormick's Unfinished Book. His children's book Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter won First Place in the New York Book Festival, a Boston Globe-Hornbook Honor; and an Orbis Pictus Honor from the National Council of Teachers of English.

Govenar's film, Stoney Knows How, based on his book by the same title about Old School tattoo artist Leonard St. Clair, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and was selected as an Outstanding Film of the Year by the London Film Festival. Govenar has also produced and directed numerous films in association with NOVA, La Sept/ARTE, and PBS. Most of his films are distributed by First Run Features.

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