RURAL CINEMA – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
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As the southern and eastern U.S. reels from a record breaking hurricane season and rural communities across the West have been devastated by wildfires – it’s clear, the impacts of climate change are not some distant possibility. It is unfolding before us now. The coming year will be a time when organizers, particularly those in rural areas and small towns with fewer resources, will need to exercise everything in their toolbox to move people to action. With this in mind, we are excited to announce the next round of Rural Cinema.
Rural Cinema is a training institute and community engagement program aimed at supporting leaders from rural areas and small towns across the United States in using films as a resource in their work for environmental justice and protection. In 2021, we will be selecting individuals and organizations in five locations that are directly affected by polluting industries or climate disasters, as well as areas transitioning from being economically fueled by extractive energy industries to adopting other more sustainable approaches.
The program will support participants in holding live community film events that engage their communities and advance their goals over the course of one year. These events will create spaces for residents to come together (in-person or virtually), 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. Each individual or organization selected to participate will receive virtual training, technical assistance, a $2,500 honorarium, and additional monetary support ($4,000-$5,000) to hold film screenings in their community to support their goals throughout 2021.
Five community leaders and/or organizations will be selected through a competitive application process. The following are key elements of the program, which will begin in April 2021.