Films For Action Is Ready to Hit the Tipping Point in 2012

By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org
Dec 5, 2011
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Films For Action Is Ready to Hit the Tipping Point in 2012

It's been five years since the Films For Action project began in Lawrence, Kansas. It started with one simple idea: we can't depend on the mainstream media to inform us, so let's become the media ourselves by hosting documentaries on issues that the corporate media ignores. Over the years we've hosted over 30 film screenings, launched a website that has attracted over 380,000 visits to date, launched a handful of campaigns, helped pass a Peak Oil Resolution with our Lawrence City Commission, and made our 200+ documentary collection available to everyone in Lawrence who would like to use our films.

In November 2010, after a year in development and over a thousand hours of work from 3 of our dedicated staff, we launched our new website, which has shifted the focus from a simple single-city project to one that is national and international in scope. Our new site enables any city to create their own chapter anywhere in the world, and we now have 9 chapters from San Francisco to Kaitaia, New Zealand in the early stages of development. Our site's mission has expanded to provide free and easy-to-use website infrastructure that give cities a central destination to stay informed, organize and connect with others. These features are complimented by our global content, which now includes a resource library of over 950 online films covering every issue that is central tocreating a more just and sustainable world.

Now, heading into 2012, we're ready to kick things into the next gear and we need your help. We need to raise $20,000 to fund the next phase of this initiative. The funds will go towards:

*Our long term strategic plan to inspire and build a decentralized, independent mass media network run by the people 

*Significantly expanding our website with new features and content

*Producing and distributing original city chapter materials and resources

*Paying 1 full time and 1 part-time staff for a year

*Launching dozens of new city chapters and providing on-going consultation and support

*Strategic website promotion
*Many new film screenings

*Web hosting costs

*Video equipment for short films covering the local activist community

*A 500% increase in website traffic

You can make a debit or credit card donation securely through our website by clicking here.

You can also mail donations payable to:

Films For Action
702 N 5th St
Lawrence, KS
66044

With a small contribution of just $10 - $20, you will be able to secure this Lawrence project's continued growth and development into the foreseeable future.

Thank you!

 

To read an overview of our strategic long-term plan, check out:

https://www.filmsforaction.org/Articles/The_Root_Problem_is_the_Root_Solution/

 ~the Films For Action team

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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations. The Pay-Per-View films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patron subscribers, we partner with filmmakers to provide access to a growing number of films that are unavailable for free. With just 28 highly-curated films at the moment, it's basically a mini "Netflix for world changers," but its main function is to support the library as a whole, which is 99% free and always will be.

Want to become a patron? Subscribe here. You can cancel or pause your subscription at any time.

If you'd like to know more, want to help out, or you're a filmmaker or distributor looking to collaborate, drop us a line via our contact page. 

You're also welcome and encouraged to submit videos directly to our library. Just click +Add Video at the top of the site and paste the video URL to get started. We share our favorite submissions with our fans on social media and feature them more prominently on the site.

Cheers,  
Tim Hjersted
Co-Founder & Director
Lawrence, KS