Working Films use documentaries to advance solutions to climate change, dirty energy, economic inequality, and racial injustice. We position the right media at the right moment to support grassroots organizing and coalition building.

State by State

Shorts

Visual and Interactive Art

Training and Support

State by State

As states have increasingly become the battlegrounds where environmental regulations and policies play out, Working Films is using documentaries to strengthen community engagement at the state and local level. We work in places where there is tipping point potential for policy and regulatory change; where there is a need and opportunity to reach beyond “the choir”; and where there are opportunities to set precedents and offer models for use in other states and at the national level. In the last two years, we’ve partnered with more than two hundred organizations to develop and launch media organizing campaigns and targeted events in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Shorts

Short documentaries offer more time “when the lights come up” for organizations to engage audiences around pressing issues and move them to act. Three of our most recent projects, Fracking Stories, Coal Ash Stories, and Shore Stories are collections of short films curated in collaboration with issue experts. We are putting these compilations to work in target states dealing with the threat of fossil fuel drilling and pollution from dirty industries.

Visual and Interactive Art

Visual art and multi-media installations are a fresh way to bring together diverse constituencies, who don’t often intersect, are not currently involved with an advocacy or organizing effort, and who might not normally attend a typical “activist” meeting. From Smoke and Water to Water Warriors, we’re pairing visual art with short film to reach new audiences and giving communities new ways to participate in both the creation and use of media.

Training and Support

Working Films resources nonprofits and grassroots groups with powerful stories. We offer training, technical assistance and logistical support to help organizations and grassroots groups find and use documentary media. We facilitate the development and ongoing communication of coalitions of organizations who are working together to use documentary films to make a difference.

We partner with foundations’ to train their grantees using documentaries that make a difference.

We also offer consultation and strategy development to filmmakers to position their films to make an impact.

STATE BY STATE IMPACT

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