We almost made it to the end of 2020! Let’s close out this year with some celebrations and donations.
Congratulations to the My Beautiful Stutter filmmakers and the PicMo impact producers for receiving the . The inspiring film following five kids who stutter on their journey to self-acceptance and breaking barriers will be available to watch on Discovery+ when the in the new year!
This holiday season we made donations to these organizations and we invite you to as well. Every $1 matters.
‘Tis the season for cheesy holiday romcoms. But it’s also the time for personal reflections and acting charitably on your values. Help spread the word on a range of films from different perspectives, specifically from underrepresented filmmakers and/or non-English speaking storytellers by tagging us on or , and we will repost to our followers.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!
is a new documentary that captures the intimate ways that lives are affected by the prison-industrial complex, through the story of FoxandRob Rich and their decades-long journey towards freedom. Our impact campaign is grounded in partnership development, where we are working with grassroots organizations, coalitions, and communities of justice-involved people to amplify their work and their stories alongside the film’s virtual release on Amazon Prime. In order to make the film more accessible to audiences and communities, Amazon placed the film before the paywall and made it available for free on YouTube over Thanksgiving weekend. If you’d like to learn more about the film and its role within organizations advocating for criminal justice reform, watch with film participants FoxandRob Rich and Raj Jayadev of Participatory Defense.
is a documentary following a prolific 17-year-old climate activist, with Aspergers, as she ignites the largest youth-led movement. We teamed up with Hulu this past month to organize virtual screenings with partners across neurodiverse and youth-led climate justice communities, engaging students, educators, and parents around special screenings of the film in our virtual screening room. In addition to raising awareness around the Hulu release, these screenings have been empowering audiences to think about the climate crisis, as well as the lives of young adults who are neurodiverse — just like Greta. We've been encouraging communities to be creative and put their ideas in motion on social media at ! Sharing stories of greatness - like convincing your family to go green or voicing your opinion in front of a group of people. No action is too small!
Ahead of this year’s 2020 election, artist Smriti Keshari produced , a film and music installation that takes audiences through 1,460 days of headlines from the New York Times featuring Donald Trump. It sought to provide an emotionally engaging opportunity for Americans of all political inclinations to question the role that the media has played in shaping our new reality.
One week before the election, the #HEADLINESAREFRONTLINES tour became a mobile art exhibition of Disintegration exposing 500K+ people, which toured 16 U.S. cities, including seven battleground counties. We produced the installation on trucks, equipped with 20-foot large-scale screens, and then deployed the film installation to the streets of Scranton, Flint, Detroit, Charlotte, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Madison, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Nashville, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York.
Meet Ellis Watamanuk! Ellis (he/him/his) is our VP of Impact Strategy based in Brooklyn, NY, and oversees our team of strategists as they form meaningful partnerships, develop impact roadmaps for our films, and execute digital/social media campaigns.
His passions: I am trying to devote as much thought and energy towards the health of our planet as I can. The climate crisis is the biggest challenge of the modern era, and the way it intersects with other issues like racial justice, migration, and capitalism is undeniable. I have such respect for the youth-led movements that are leading the charge and need to hold myself more accountable for sustainable behaviors in my daily life.
What he is working on right now: I am so honored to be working on some of my favorite documentaries of the year - TIME and A Thousand Cuts. Both of these campaigns have let me connect with experts and organizations that I admire; you can watch TIME on Amazon Prime now, and tune in to A Thousand Cuts on PBS Frontline in January.
His favorite recent film: Not a movie, but in lockdown I am now obsessed with tiny home/apartment videos on YouTube. As a New Yorker, it's so fun to get inspiration from what other people are doing in a limited space. Highly recommend the YouTube Channel Never Too Small.
His favorite recipe: I am the world's worst vegan chef and probably very nutrient-deprived, so I have started juicing more. For better or for worse, I never actually use recipes but chuck in whatever I have in the fridge. Big fan of - carrot, ginger, garlic, celery, apple, and lemon. Never fails!