MacArthur Foundation Awards Working Films $900,000 to Launch Docs In Action

What will you do when the lights come up? One of our earliest taglines and our charge from day one is now ubiquitous in the field of documentary for change. And over the last eighteen years, we’ve remained committed to answering this question in ways that are meaningful for documentary film audiences and that serve the broader movements for social and environmental justice. We’ve changed a lot over the years. We’ve taken big risks, we’ve failed forward, and we’ve followed our hearts. We have been privileged to work with many…

WE’LL TAKE FIVE! Announcing New Board Members

We’re thrilled to announce five extraordinary new members who have joined the ranks of Working Films’ Board of Directors! CATY BORUM CHATOO Caty Borum Chattoo is Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI), an innovation lab and research center at American University that creates, showcases, and studies media designed for social change; and Executive in Residence at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. She is an award-winning communication strategist and documentary film/TV producer working at the intersection of social-change communication, research, documentary, and entertainment…

Working Films is Hiring!

Working Films is seeking passionate, well organized, smart and creative people to join our team this Summer. We are hiring a Campaign Coordinator and an Impact Producer. The deadlines to apply for these positions is July 7, 2017.  Campaign Coordinator Full Time Permanent Position Working with other campaign staff, as well as our network of national, state, and local allies, the Working Films Campaign Coordinator will ensure our campaigns meet the needs and advance the goals of our partner organizations, and ultimately make an impact. The ideal candidate will have a minimum…

Race Flicks – Story Leads to Action at Facing Race

7 documentaries selected to screen at Facing Race 2016 Race Forward has teamed up with Working Films to present Race Flicks, the film track of Facing Race: A National Conference being held in Atlanta, GA from November 10-12, 2016. This year’s Race Flicks program will focus on creating impact with film. And the selected films were choosen in large part because of the way they have been or could be used strategically by activists, organizers, and nonprofits to advance their work for racial justice. Dozens of filmmakers applied for the…

YOU ARE HERE New York – A film and mapping tour

The good news: fracking was banned in New York State! The reality: more than 137 natural gas pipelines, compressor stations, frack waste, and storage facilities are proposed, under construction or in operation there. The Sane Energy Project had been keeping tabs on it all. The YOU ARE HERE map let’s residents see the gas and oil network across the state, zoom in on each facility, and find out who’s organizing to stop it. They’ve also recently teamed up with the FracTracker Alliance to begin uploading personal stories about residents’ experiences while living…

CALL FOR MEDIA: JUST TRANSITION & RESISTING INFRASTRUCTURE

Working Films is seeking documentary media for two upcoming initiatives. Read about each below and submit your film(s) or multi-media projects by the deadlines listed to be considered: Just Transition Media Project: Just Transition is the long term work of eliminating fossil fuel dependence and building sustainable communities in which economic and social systems are transformed to be equitable and humane. We are seeking documentary media projects that illustrate the principles of just transition and/or that highlight community based efforts that put these principles into action. We are particularly interested…

The Just Transition Media Project

Working Films is seeking submissions for a new film and organizing initiative that will showcase stories of just transition and climate resilience. Individuals and community-based organizations across the United States are working to build sustainable local economies, eliminate dependence on dirty energy, and create resilient communities in the face of climate change and economic inequality. Powerful stories are needed to amplify successes within the just transition and climate resilience movements, demonstrate a clear vision for a sustainable future, and unite people from various backgrounds and geographies to learn from each…

1 OF 200

Meet Adam. He’s an organizer with SOCM, a grassroots group that empowers Tennesseans to fight for environmental, economic and social justice. He’s one of more than 200 advocates Working Films has supported this year through our film campaigns in target states. As 2015 comes to a close we’re asking you to donate so we can support even more activists next year. Adam works in Kingston, the site of the largest coal ash spill in history. Earlier this year the same company responsible for the catastrophe wanted to expand the storage…

Fracking Stories

Fracking Stories is new compilation of six short documentaries that expose the public health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing, and the ways that communities are coming together to protect their land and water. The series will launch in North Carolina, which lifted a moratorium on fracking last year. Events will take place across the state from mid-May to mid-June in Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville, Pembroke, Raleigh, Reidsville, Salisbury, Wadesboro, Wilmington, Pittsboro, and Winston Salem. A full schedule is listed below. The NC screening tour is co-presented by The Blue Ridge Environmental…

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…