Shifting Stories, Making Change

StoryShift is part resource network, part production hub, and part skill-share system for artist-organizers working to amplify narratives around climate justice with intention and integrity. StoryShift is a collaborative initiative that aims to resource and support individual leaders, media-makers, artists, and community-based organizations who are building powerful alternatives to structural racism, oppression, and inequity in the face of climate change. StoryShift  is based on the belief that powerful community-centered stories can seed solutions for justice and sustainability, and bring people from various backgrounds and geographies together to learn from each other while increasing…

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…

Work with Us: Operations and Finance Assistant

Operations and Finance Assistant Working Films is seeking a highly motivated and detail oriented part-time Operations and Finance Assistant to join our team in Wilmington, North Carolina. This position will support Working Films’ administrative and operational activities. Working Films was one of the first institutions using documentary film to raise public consciousness and make an impact. Eighteen years later, we are engaging communities nationwide in efforts to advance social justice and environmental protection.  The Operations and Finance Assistant will support Working Films mission and programs by providing critical administrative support.…

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. To respond to this challenge, Working Films is offering in-kind strategy development to underrepresented documentary makers with feature films in progress that hold great promise to catalyze action to address critical issues…

Call for Media to Stop Offshore Drilling

Working Films is looking for short documentaries to inform and mobilize residents from coast to coast to stop offshore drilling! And no, you’re not having Déjà vu. The original compilation of shorts, Shore Stories, helped support the resistance to opening the East Coast to drilling in 2016. And now we’re back at it again as the Trump Administration looks to expand offshore drilling to new areas including the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. Communities across the country are standing up against these plans, and we’re looking for powerful short films…

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…