Films For Action is a community-powered learning library
for people who want to change the world.
Film offers us a powerful tool to raise awareness of important issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.
Our website has cataloged over 3000 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online, sorted into 40 subjects related to changing the world.
At the local level, our city chapters are working to create alternative media channels that will inform, connect, and inspire action at a community level.
Our city chapters screen documentaries at independent theaters and other venues throughout the year. With many films we launch an accompanying educational or action-oriented campaign to address the issues presented by the films.
Our local city chapters offer several tools to connect and inform people through our website, including a calendar of local activist events, a directory of local activist groups, and a news section for members to contribute original or republished local news and perspectives.
All in all, through the screenings, action campaigns and the website, our city chapters aim to provide an information and resource network that will reduce our cities' dependence on corporate media, providing more meaningful and reliable ways to stay informed on the issues that matter.
Tim Hjersted - Project Director. Lawrence, KS.
Eli Dragen - Code Wizard. Lawrence, KS.
Andrew Butler - UK Editor. Bristol, United Kingdom.
Mason Umholtz - Art Direction / User Experience. Chicago, IL.
Matthew Toplikar - Editor. Albuquerque, NM.
and join our growing community of people who want to change the world!
28,000+ Site Members | 670,000+ Facebook Friends | 12,000 Twitter Friends
As a member of the website you can:
Add content to our digital social change library
(Using a link from sites like Youtube or Vimeo)
(Republished from another website or written by you)
(Articles with a "take action" focus)
Rate member submissions
We encourage rating content based on its shareability (how useful it is for raising awareness)
|5 stars if you'd shared it multiple times over time
4 stars if you'd definitely share it once
3 stars if you might not share it - limited use or certain friends only
2 stars if you wouldn't share it
1 star if it isn't right for the site and should be hidden
With the community's help, we'll select the best submissions
and share them across our networks (Facebook, Twitter etc).
Post links, images and notes to your friends on the site
Your posts will show up in the activity feed of everyone who is following you, on your profile page, in the 'everyone' feed on the homepage as well as our 'best' filter once you have earned 25 reputation.
You Earn Positive Reputation When:
- Our staff and other members rate your submitted content 3-5 stars (so only submit the very best and make the presentation nice).
- Members 'thumb up' your posts made to the community and friend feed (a smaller amount).
- You rate content on the site (a much smaller amount).
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"Films for Action is outstanding! Thanks so much for creating this incredible tool!" - Elisa Beck. Transitionpgh.org
"I love how different people from all over the world are coming here to watch amazing films, write and discuss. Greetings from Lithuania!" - Danny Crowe
I just discovered this terrific resource. Try it! - Jo Sippie-Gora
Films for Action has made me more informed and more effective in my activism. I don't think I could live without it. - Terry Knepp
Thanks for this website, I can't believe I only just found it. It's a great treasure!!! Kind regards from the Netherlands - Ellis
I have shared your website and films with many colleagues and college teacher organizations. You are to be commended for your dedication to so many causes and initiatives. You are a national resource for all of the right reasons. - Ned Eckhardt
"I have been following FFA for a while now and it has been the single best source for mind expanding information I can find. I often am working when I browse, so being able to listen (and occasionally watch) a film is an excellent way for me to keep expanding during my busy day. I am fairly entrenched in the new story (while still keeping one foot (and one eye) in the old corporate story) and I find that your content is always either topical or on the cutting edge of the various movements going on out there. It helps me keep in touch with what I know and learn about those causes and struggles of which I am yet not aware. I just made a small donation. Sorry it is not more. Keep up the good work." - Chris
"Hey I really appreciate your site! I put my new climate change documentary up yesterday and I am getting tons of views suddenly ("tons" by my standards at least). It's a wonderful website and it means so much for progressive filmmakers to have a way to present their work to the right audience. So thank you! And I'll make a little contribution too. Peace and solidarity." - Jake
"I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the content you provide, the access to reliable media sources that truly tell the real story, and for continuing to remind me and others that it is us who have the power to change the world for the better. Just a few minutes of looking at people's comments drives me too easily to anger and/or a stiff drink, and yet your replies are always informed, professional and inspiring. You guys have the patience of saints... just without all the dogma and martyrdom bullshit. So thank you! You are important. Keep it up. xx Peace and love and light and good stuff." - Ray Gunn Matthews
Can you explain the site with math?
If we tried to break down our theory of social change into an equation, it'd look something like this:
Lack of quality information = bad problems staying bad.
Access to diverse, accurate perspectives on the state of the world = informed people who can not only make bad things less bad, but make good things happen that hadn't been thought of yet.
So... let's see here (scribbles furiously in notebook)
Person + (new knowledge x awesome film medium) = new ways of thinking x taking action = new ways of living x hundreds of thousands of people = massive system-wide change. Yesss!
Films For Action's Stategic Motivation:
Today, the corporate consolidation of the mass media in our country stands as one of the greatest bottlenecks impeding the efforts we take to create solutions and build a more sustainable world.
Over the last 60 years, we've seen the consolidation of ownership create a media that is increasingly sensationalized, slanted for profit, censored, homogenized, and now finally, and most fatally - irrelevant - as the crisis within the news industry is now showing.
Yet despite the news industry's crisis of purpose and waning support from the public, the dominant news institutions of our day still have a tremendous influence over public policy and debate. They select the stories that get told and the ones that don't. They help shape the way we see the world and how we live in it. This would be fine if our media represented the full spectrum of voices, ideas, and perspectives that exist in society, but it doesn't.
Currently, six multi-national corporations dominate 90% of the media that we read, see, and hear. ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, CNN and most if not all of the channels on cable television are owned by parent companies: Disney, News Corporation, General Electric, Westinghouse, Time Warner and Viacom. These six multinationals also hold ownership shares in dozens of other media properties (creating financial relationships that often pose significant conflicts of interest. For example, NBC is owned by General Electric, which is a major defense contractor that profits millions from the United State's wars abroad).
With media this concentrated and this entrenched in their own interests, the idea that the media could still serve the public's interest and act as a watchdog for corporate and government abuse seems like a bad joke. People don't even act surprised anymore. If it wasn't for the Daily Show, examples of the mainstream media failing to do its job would have stopped being funny a long time ago.
But as the Indy Media saying goes, "Don't just complain about the media. Be the media." And that's exactly what Films For Action is all about.
By creating our own media communication channels and building upon and supporting the increasingly diverse network of independent news sources that are growing on the internet, we can break the bottleneck they have on the flow of information and cut right to the root of the problem.
With a robust, diverse, and independent media ecosystem, we'll be able to launch more ambitious campaigns and win them more effectively. We'll be able to organize our community's latent collective energies into a powerful movement for social, economic and environmental justice. And we'll finally see the tipping point where our energies spark a creative and widespread renaissance of sustainable innovation, new thinking, and new ways of life. At its essence, we'll be able to make real change happen for ourselves and for the earth.