Four Films Get An Impact Kickstart

Four documentaries are getting an IMPACT KICKSTART from Working Films! Congratulations to the film teams selected for this inaugural round of in-kind impact campaign support: ALWAYS IN SEASON by Jacqueline Olive As the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present, Always in Season follows relatives of the perpetrators and victims seeking justice and reconciliation in the midst of racial profiling, police shootings, and heated national debate about the value of black lives. >> > >> > CRIP CAMP by Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham Down the road…

Shore Stories Launches In Coastal Communities

The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plans to open nearly all U.S. waters to offshore oil exploration, opening the floodgates to dirty and dangerous drilling that threatens coastal cultures and economies that rely on clean and healthy oceans. This is a clear example of politics over people, and it ignores widespread public opposition. In response, we’ve teamed up with Oceana, the Surfrider Foundation, and local and statewide organizations in coastal communities across the United States to tour Shore Stories, six short films that expose the devastation of past oil…

Request for Proposals: Films for Just Recovery

With generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, we are now funding the creation of new work to expand the canon of films available for grassroots groups and NGOs to enhance their programs, extend their reach, and move their missions forward. We are pleased to launch an inaugural Request for Proposals (RFP) for Working Films’ Docs in Action Fund.  We’re looking for documentaries that illuminate and demonstrate community-centered solutions in response to climate disasters. We will award at least two grants of up to $30,000 each…

Call for Films

We’re on the lookout for documentaries to incorporate into film-driven organizing campaigns! Working Films is seeking short documentaries to inform and mobilize residents from coast to coast to stop offshore drilling! Submit your film to be a part of Shore Stories.  We’re also looking for documentaries focused on the intersections of immigration, climate, and environmental justice for use within the StoryShift initiative. Read more and submit your film. We will consider shorts, excerpts from feature length films, and multi-platform film projects. Screening rights fees will be paid and we will provide free impact…

Docs In Action: Impact Kickstart

For a documentary film to make a difference, a solid strategy for audience engagement and strong partnerships are key. Filmmakers often lack time to do this work themselves or the expertise and the funds to pay for it. Emerging artists, creators of color, and other underrepresented artists can face the biggest hurdles, despite the potential of their projects. Working Films responds to this challenge with Impact Kickstart, a program offering in-kind strategy development to underrepresented documentary makers with feature films in progress that hold great promise to catalyze action to…

PIPELINE OPPONENTS SCREEN WATER WARRIORS ACROSS NC

We’re excited to partner with Appalachian Voices, Clean Water for North Carolina, and the NC Sierra Club to present a tour of Water Warriors throughout North Carolina. Water Warriors, a short documentary directed by Michael Premo, honors one native community’s struggle, against seemingly insurmountable odds, to protect their land, water, and way of life. When an energy company began searching for natural gas in 2013, these unlikely warriors united to drive the company out. Their efforts eventually contributed to the election of a new government and a conditional moratorium on…

Out of Reach tours Texas

Even before the Trump Administration took office, some 11 million undocumented immigrants were subject to a brutal detention and deportation machine. Since then, an even more drastic shift in rhetoric around immigration, a sharp rise in raids, the travel ban, and the rescindment of DACA indicate a harder stance and antagonism intended to push some of the country’s most vulnerable residents out. A new film called Out of Reach, part of the Epix America Divides series, follows actress America Ferrera as she travels to Texas in the final months of the…

Call for Media about the Racial Wealth Divide

United for a Fair Economy and Working Films are looking for short and feature length films that delve into the story of the rising income inequality, as told through the lens of Race. Media should touch on or complement the topics that United for a Fair Economy has focused on over the last 10 years, including financial exclusion, housing, healthcare, tax policy, lack of employment, voting rights, government austerity/cuts, foreclosure, disinvestment and others. We want to pique the interest of audiences, spur discussion, and generate action to address these critical…

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek – An Organizing Tool for Environmental Justice in the South

A few weeks ago, a group of activists and scholars of environmental justice met at The Franklinton Center at Bricks for the 17th annual North Carolina Environmental Justice Summit. The former slave plantation and early African American school in Whitakers, NC that has been repurposed as a training, retreat, and educational center for social justice, made for a profound setting for the opening night screening of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek by Leah Mahan. Fifty participants gathered to watch and discuss the painful but inspiring story…

Seeking Volunteers for Coal Ash Art Installation

Working Films is partnering with the Cucalorus Film Festival to put together an art installation entitled, Smoke and Water. We need people like you to participate in creating the installation. Could you volunteer a few hours of your time to help the artist paint? No artistic ability required, just a willingness to get your hands dirty with some bright paint. We need your help this Thursday November 6th through Tuesday November 11th. You can sign up for a block of time. See the specifics on time and location below and…