Rural Cinema is a training institute and community engagement program aimed at supporting rural leaders across the United States in using films as a resource in their work. The program supports participants in holding live community events (in-person or virtual) that engage their communities and advance their goals over the course of one year. This year’s program has a special focus on serving individuals and organizations working for environmental justice and protection in areas directly impacted by polluting industries, climate disasters, and/or transitioning from being economically fueled by natural resource extraction to adopting other more sustainable approaches.

Whether through virtual screenings, drive-ins, or — once the pandemic has passed — face-to-face gatherings, these events will create spaces for residents to come together, discuss issues affecting their communities, learn and be inspired by the visual content and one another’s experiences, and generate solutions that address their needs and priorities.

This year, we are working with five organizations in communities that are directly affected by polluting industries or are transitioning from being economically fueled by fossil fuels to adopting other more sustainable approaches. We are excited to announce that the 2021 Rural Cinema cohort will include: The Center Pole (The Crow Indian Reservation, MT), the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (Cooper County, MO), Mountain Watershed Association (Melcroft, PA), Partnership for Southern Equity (Fort Valley, GA), and the Rural Utah Project (Grand County, UT). Learn more here.