1. Is this an opportunity to make a film? Is a film going to be made?
No. Rural Cinema is a program designed to train organizers on how to use screenings of existing films in their work. Selected applicants will learn how to host screening events (in-person, drive-ins, virtually, etc.) from finding the right film, to how to hold an engaging discussion with audiences, to taking action after a screening, etc.
2. If I’m selected for Rural Cinema, when will the program take place?
The four virtual 2-hour training sessions will begin in March, and continue through the spring. Each selected community will then host film events through the remainder of 2022.
3. I’ve never used film in my work before, can I still apply?
Yes. We welcome applications from those who are new to the idea of using film as a tool in their work. We just ask that you tell us why you are excited about using film and what you hope to learn. We’d also like you to share ideas you have for films you might like to screen, but it is ok if these are simply early brainstorms. We’re just interested in learning about your vision for what a screening series could look like in your community.
4. I’m a statewide, regional, or national organizer, can I still apply?
Yes. You can apply, but you must apply for work that will take place in one rural community or small town. You are, of course, welcome to apply your learnings from this project wherever you are organizing. But for our purposes we want you to host several screening events targeted for one community. Also, it is important to note that the application includes a question about your relationships to the community in which you are working. We are looking for participants whose lived experience informs the work they are doing and that are deeply accountable to the communities in which they are working.
5. I am not with an organization, can I still apply?
Yes. Rural Cinema is open to individuals as well as organizations.
6. I work alone, is it a requirement to have two individuals lead our work on this project?
Yes. In order to be eligible, you must commit to assigning two individuals (including yourself) to lead your participation in Rural Cinema.
7. The second person who will work on Rural Cinema with me is not on staff, but is a volunteer with our organization. Is this ok?
Yes. Since Rural Cinema is not exclusively for organizations, additional representatives can be any leader in your community including volunteers.
8. Do y’all have a preselected library of films we are supposed to use?
We don’t have a preselected library of films. The chosen films are up to each individual/organization since you know what could make the most impact in your community. Working Films can help suggest films and will be covering this more in detail in the trainings.
9. If I already have speakers, or a projector, or a screen – or anything that I use to screen films, will I still receive the full equipment package?
Yes! Our partnership with Epic Outdoor Cinema allows everyone to receive all of the equipment in this system.
10. I have more questions! What can I do?
We’ve got a webinar coming up to answer questions from anyone interested in applying! The webinar will take place on Thursday December 2nd at 2pm ET. Register for it here! If you can’t attend, we will be recording it and will embed it on this page.