konsonant/ Sounding Together Initiative (STi) Fellowship Winners

Earlier this year, we posted an opportunity for the konsonant/ Sounding Together Initiative (STi) Fellowship. The fellowship gives free music licenses to independent filmmakers working on socially conscious films. The recipients were announced last month and we are excited to hear that two of the winning filmmakers found out about this opportunity from Working Films! Check out the video below to see the selected film projects. The 2011 konsonant Fellowship Winners 1st Prize: Singers in the Band by David Goodman 2nd Prize: Unlikely Friends by Leslie Neale 3rd Prize: La Toma…

Reel Power: Strength in Numbers

“Being part of this collaboration is saying we can work together to affect a larger issue; to affect change.” – Peter Bull, filmmaker of Dirty Business As Judith Helfand states in the video, “There’s no silver bullet that is going to fix climate change.” If that was true, An Inconvenient Truth would have stopped climate change. We need many compelling stories from lots of different places to convey a comprehensive picture of the problem and solutions we can pursue. Reel Power films weave together the narratives of the different communities…

6 Award-Winning Directors selected for San Francisco Good Pitch

The Good Pitch San Francisco starts off with an intensive two-day campaign development workshop led by Working Films for the selected filmmakers September 24-25. A day-long event on September 27 will bring together the filmmakers with NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, brands and other stakeholders to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these allies, good for the films and good for the world. Below are descriptions of the six selected projects and their award-winning directors: American Village (Dir. Mary Posatko, Emily Topper) 1972: a father of thirteen is murdered…

Stories of Reel Change

Who better to speak about Reel Change than someone who’s already gone through it? I checked in with a few of the alumni from our first Managing Social Issue Film Campaigns workshop to find out what they gained from the training. Here’s what they had to say: When I attended the 3-day Reel Change workshop last November, in New York City, I expected an intensive crash course in conceptualizing and executing a successful outreach campaign for my documentary, DAMELO TODO. Luckily, I got that and more. I met smart and…

Inspired by Education Organizers at the CPER Convening

Recently, I spent two days at the Communities for Public Education Reform (CPER) convening, an amazing gathering of grassroots education organizers and the foundations that support their work. I went to support the Reel Education filmmakers and others who were leading a panel discussion, “Moving Hearts and Minds: Connecting Filmmaking and Organizing.” Because of their experience at the Reel Education convening in February, Ly Nguyen of CPER and Roberta Furger of PICO CA, organized the session. They pulled together a great team that included filmmakers, Roland Legiardi Laura of To…

The “Pink Sheep” of the family

Growing up as a queer teenager in the South was very confusing and isolating. Often, I heard my parents refer to out of the ordinary members of our family as “black sheep.” A part of me always sided with the black sheep because a majority of the time I felt misunderstood. Fast forward 10 years later to present day when I am confident and proud of my identity. So much, in fact, that I started getting involved in LGBTQ activism and organized a night of film devoted to others who…

Mozilla Connects Filmmakers with Technologists

At the Good Pitch NY last month, Brett Gaylor briefly discussed how the Mozilla Foundation is working to connect filmmakers and technologists. I followed up with him to see what that meant and he pointed me to the Web Made Movies project. According to the website, Web Made Movies is Mozilla’s open video lab where they’re “bringing filmmakers and hackers together to explore how modern browser technology can reshape moving images on the web”. So what does this mean? It basically looks like a mash-up of many different online tools…

Cinereach Summer Grant Submissions Still Open

Cinereach is accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for its Summer 2011 Grant Cycle. The not-for-profit film foundation and production company supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including research and development, production and post-production. There are two grant cycles per year (Summer and Winter). Within each cycle between five and fifteen projects are selected to receive support. The LOI submission…

Closing out Story Leads to Action with Monica & David

Monica & David by Alexandra Codina May 19th 7:30pm At 92Y Tribeca (New York, NY) Closing out the 2010-2011 season, Monica & David is the love story of two adults with Down syndrome, and the family who strives to support their needs. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, Monica and David want what every adult wants—an independent life. Winner of the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, and an audience favorite at festivals around the world. Directed and produced by Monica’s cousin, first-time filmmaker,…