Real Girls, Reel Change Workshop

We just wrapped up  Day 1 of the Real Girls, Reel Change, a collaborative workshop between Working Films, The Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures. The first day has been high energy and really productive. Each filmmaker was asked  to share what impact they want their film to have. There were some great ideas that came from the discussion and we were able to narrow down some broad concepts to concrete and realistic goals. From there, we explored the targeted audiences of each film and different ways to plug the films into those groups. The…

Updates and Opportunities from Including Samuel

Some exciting things have been happening with the Including Samuel campaign this month – Disability Awareness Month – from broadcast dates to cutting-edge articles, research, curriculum, essays and more on inclusion. There are two NEW Including Samuel Screening Toolkits, one for adults and one for teens (right). The Toolkits provide all the information you need to host your own Including Samuel screening event. Toolkits contain discussion questions, actions for inclusion, a suggested agenda and much more! The Teen toolkit features a letter from Isaiah, Samuel’s older brother. It’s as easy…

Chicken & Egg's take on Real Girls, Reel Change: Day 1

Reposted from Chicken & Egg Picture’s Blog By Natalie Difford Wednesday 10/21/2009 The first day of REAL GIRLS REEL CHANGE has been long but already Working Films is helping the Chicken & Egg/Fledgling Fund filmmakers recognize how to think, talk about and strategize for their films. REAL GIRLS REEL CHANGE is an innovative three-day workshop that will nurture the work of non-profit organizations, filmmakers, and funders that are focused on supporting the physical, emotional, and social well being of girls and young women. Today we have been identifying what “impact”…

Special Screening of A New Kind of Listening

The powerful documentary film, A New Kind of Listening will play one night only—Thursday, October 15, at 7:30 pm at the Carolina Theatre’s historic Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC, located at 309 W. Morgan St., Durham 27701. The event is free and open to the public and the theater is wheelchair accessible. A New Kind of Listening follows Chris Mueller-Medlicott, a young man with cerebral palsy who was mislabeled profoundly mentally retarded because he could not speak. Chris breaks through into stunning self-expression in this moving and inspiring film.…

Join the Garbage Dreams' Tour

Launching nation-wide on October 15th, the Garbage Dreams‘ Tour is a community-based screening campaign aimed at demonstrating the true value of trash and the cost of throwing out the expertise of the Zaballeen, Egypt’s “garbage people,” who recycle 80% of everything they collect. Get involved by hosting a screening with the community screening package! “Garbage Dreams is a moving story of young men searching for ways to eke out a living for their families and facing tough choices as they try to do the right thing for the planet. Mai Iskander…

Huffington Post Hosts No Impact Week

Will you go No Impact for a week? Come on, it’s only a week. Huffington Post has partnered with the No Impact Project to bring No Impact Week to their readers on October 18th. This summer, Working Films hosted a strategy summit for No Impact Man in preparation for Colin’s highly anticipated book, award winning blog, and companion documentary about his family’s year long experiment in sustainability. The summit brought together the creative energies of the No Impact Project with leading environmental organizations such as 350.org, 1Sky, Alliance for Climate…

Freeheld to Show at 92YTribeca

Chicken & Egg Pictures and Working Films along with our special guest presenter The Fledgling Fund invite you to join us at Story Leads To Action – a monthly series at the 92YTribeca Screening Room. On Thursday, October 15th at 7:30 pm we’re kicking-off the 2009-2010 series with a celebratory screening of the Academy Award-winning Freeheld, directed by Cynthia Wade. This evening will celebrate how and why power of short film and a rigorous community engagement campaign can make a difference. Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to…

Burma VJ Wins Matter Documentary Award

I was invited to be on the jury for the Matter Documentary Award at the Branchage Jersey International Film Festival this past weekend. (That’s the Jersey that is a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy, France – not New Jersey in the U.S.) The Matter Award goes to the “best socially conscious” documentary film in the fest. It includes £2000 to the filmmaker, plus £1,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. The nominees were quite extraordinary, including Burma VJ, The End of the Line, Only When I…

Film Fellowship Opportunity in NC

Fundraising for documentary films is never easy. One source filmmakers often overlook are local and statewide funders and arts councils in particular. For our colleagues in North Carolina, here’s a great opportunity. The North Carolina Arts Council offers grants of $10,000 to NC film/video artists through its fellowship program to support the creative development of North Carolina artists and to generate the creation of new work. If you receive a fellowship you may use the grant to: Set aside time to work Pursue projects that further artistic development and support…

Recent Research on Impacts of Documentary Film, with Working Films as Case Study

Matthew Nisbet discusses the growing influence of documentary film and the various approaches of audience engagement campaigns in his post Recent Research on Impacts of Documentary Film on ScienceBlogs. He offers a preview into the forthcoming issue of a special issue of the journal Mass Communication & Society that he co-edited with American University colleague Patricia Aufderheide. One of the three films discussed includes Working Films’ very own Blue Vinyl audience engagement campaign, where Nisbet and Aufderheide writes: A very different approach was used by Judith Helfand and Dan Gold…