Working Films hosted three events during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival at our virtual venue, THE MOVEMENT SPACE. These conversations examined power, collaboration, accountability, and the magic of film as a catalyst for radical imagination and action. Click below to watch them now!


A conversation about building collective power through creative collaboration. The Rise-Home Stories Project is a group of multimedia storytellers and housing and land justice advocates who are coming together to reimagine the past, present, and future of our communities by transforming the stories we tell about them. Feauring award-winning filmmaker and supervising producer of Rise-Home Stories, Paige Wood; development director of City Life / Vida Urbana, Mike Leyba; deputy director of Texas Housers, Christina Rosales; award-winning director and producer Angela Tucker; and writer Evan Narcisse, whose credits include the Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Learn more about the Rise-Home Stories Project and sign up for updates here.


Who decides what stories are needed and which films get funding? How do we ensure grassroots leaders and directly impacted people hold power in the process? Docs in Action partners, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, director and producer of COVER/AGE and Aminah Colbert, Survived + Punished CA organizer, talk with Working Films’ Gerry Leonard and Andy Myers in a discussion about ways that film-driven organizing campaigns can be informed and led by those with the most at stake in the issues at hand. Find out more about the Docs In Action program here.


A movement to highlight and address inequity and extractive practices in documentary filmmaking has ramped up in recent years. How do calls for accountability extend to funders? This conversation examines ways that grantmaking practices could evolve to prioritize ethical storytelling and influence broader change throughout the sector. Featuring: Chi-hui Yang, Ford Foundation; Shaady Salehi, Trust Based Philanthropy; F. Javier Torres-Campos, Surdna Foundation; Molly Murphy, Docs In Action Film Fund / Working Films; and Moderated by Natalie Bullock Brown, StoryShift Strategist / Working Films. Find out more about StoryShift here.

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