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 2500 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 chapter sub-sites 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.
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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
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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
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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 IndyMedia 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.
It all starts with an independent media.
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