Announcing the Line up for the Good Pitch UK

The Good Pitch is returning to the UK on September 7th and 8th. It is hosted by Amnesty International at their East London auditorium and is held in association with One World Media. Eight extraordinary projects have been selected to pitch on September 8th with the following filmmakers: Antony Butts (After the Apocalypse), Lesley Katon (A Very Dangerous Man), Dan Edelstyn (How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire), Hannan Majid & Richard York (Mass e Bhat), Rosa Rogers (Casablanca Calling), Mat Whitecross (Moving to Mars), Morgan Matthews (Seventeen) and Jerry Rothwell…

Cucalorus Film Festival: Putting Progress to Work

The Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC announces that they are accepting submissions for the Works-in-Progress program in the annual film festival. The Works-in-Progress Category offers filmmakers at all stages of production an opportunity to showcase their films in a workshop-style setting. Films focused on social issues and justice are especially encouraged to apply. The workshop is intended to foster dialogue between filmmakers and target audiences, thereby providing critical feedback for final editing decisions. This will be an invaluable opportunity for those hoping to eventually screen their finished film in…

Fledgling Fund / Chicken & Egg Go the Extra Mile

Working Films will guide a select group of grantees from the Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures as they create and refine audience engagement plans for their non-fiction media and film projects. Linking the documentaries to organizations committed to progressive social change will be a key component of the residency. We would like to welcome the following filmmakers and their projects to this residency. Ali Codina Monica and David Beth Davenport Rose and Nangabire Charlotte Glynn Rachel Is Mai Iskander Garbage Dreams Olivia Klaus Sin by Silence Alexandra Lescaze…

New Faces Gets a Face-lift

Thanks to generous support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, Working Films is revising and expanding New Faces: Latinos in North Carolina, a multi-media curriculum.  This resource for educators models a popular education approach to learning, incorporating independent film clips into lesson plans aimed at 8th-12th grade students, with the goal of combating stereotypes and misinformation about Latinos in North Carolina. The curriculum’s design is also informed by an overarching goal of economic justice for all North Carolinians.  The curriculum was originally released in 2007, and implemented in a broader…

Tips for Creating a Screening Guide

We’re often asked by filmmakers, “What makes a good screening guide?” If you want to help hosts organize an intentional event with your film, a screening guide can be great tool for ensuring the planning process runs smoothly and easily. Of course you will want to offer a synopsis of the film, brief character biographies, and some background on the issues so screening hosts can have that information on hand. Here are some tips that will help your guide be an invaluable resource. Include the step-by-step process of planning and…

No Impact Man Goes Beyond the Individual

Before a film launches, we often times host a strategy meeting, or summit, to pull together a group of organizations that will set the direction for the film’s campaign and point us to the upcoming opportunities where the film can help build the movement. A couple weeks ago  we hosted a strategy summit for No Impact Man – a highly anticipated book and documentary film about Colin Beavan’s family’s year long experiment in sustainability. We met with leading organizations such as 1Sky, 350, Alliance for Climate Protection, Business Alliance for…

Cinereach Seeking Young Filmmakers for $5,000 Fellowship

Cinereach, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and producing artful films that depict underrepresented perspectives, cross cultural boundaries, and promote dialogue, is currently seeking applicants for its annual Reach Film Fellowship. The prestigious six-month program supports young filmmakers with grants, resources, and industry mentors who help guide their short films through all stages of production. The application deadline is July 15, 2009. Applications and guidelines can be found at http://www.reachfilmfellowship.com. Four winning applicants will be awarded $5,000 and be mentored by an established filmmaker. Fellows also receive production support from sponsors,…

Good Fortune at SILVERDOCS

We are excited that our former Ithaca Park Scholar, Jeremy Levine, is heading to SILVERDOCS this week for the World Premiere of a film that he has been working tirelessly on with his filmmaking partner Landon Van Soest. Good Fortune explores how massive, international efforts to alleviate poverty in Africa may be undermining the very communities they aim to benefit. Through intimate portraits of two Kenyans battling to save their homes from large-scale development organizations, the film presents a unique opportunity to experience foreign aid through the people it is…

Announcing the First Annual Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures Grantee Residency for Grantees Only- August 2009

You can’t just want your film to be a powerful tool for creating social change. YOU HAVE TO ENSURE IT! Working Films is accepting applications for the first annual Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures Grantee Residency to be held in the beautiful Hudson Valley at the LifeBridge Sanctuary Retreat Center, August 12-15, 2009. Eight filmmakers will be selected to participate in this interactive retreat focused on the nuts & bolts of audience and community engagement campaigning for non-fiction films. This residency is for Chicken & Egg and Fledgling…

Media That Matters Film Festival – 12 shorts making a difference!

Arts Engine presents Media That Matters: More than a Festival on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. This year’s festival includes a spectacular line up of 12 jury selected short films (each 12 minutes or less) on issues of social and environmental concern. Exiled in America won Working Films’ Changemaker Award, a prize we bestow annually. This moving piece explores immigration issues in the United States related to detention and deportation from the point of view of five siblings struggling to live…