RURAL CINEMA – ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FILM SERIES CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
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As rural areas across the US are increasingly devastated by the cascading crises of a global pandemic, stronger and more frequent climate-fueled disasters, and environmental racism – all compounded by the breakdown of civil discourse and community connections – face to face dialogue, whether in-person or virtual, is critical for civic engagement. 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 gather their community and move them 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 2022, 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 more sustainable approaches.
The program will support participants in holding live community film screenings that engage their communities and advance their environmental justice 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 trainings, technical assistance, film screening equipment, a $2,500 honorarium, and additional monetary support to hold film screenings in their community to support their goals throughout 2022.
Five community leaders and/or organizations will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications are due on Monday January 17th. The following are key elements of the program, which will begin in February 2022.