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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 community-powered, digital 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 a healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Although we started out hosting community film screenings in the beginning and did so for many years, our digital library eventually became our primary focus. 

Today, with the help of our members (who can add content directly to our site), we've curated over 5,000 of the best documentaries, short films, and videos that can be watched for free online plus several dozen pay-per-view documentaries, sorted into 34 subjects related to changing the world.

And, since there's still so much to learn about that isn't featured in a film, we've also curated 4,000 articles.

To dive in, click the Explore button to sort content by most viewedtop-rated, or newest first, as well as filter content by languagecountry, content type, and 34 topics such as foodsustainabilityeconomicssolutions or big ideas.

 

“Independent media is dangerous because it allows people to speak for themselves. And when you hear someone speaking from their own experience - whether it's a Palestinian child or an Israeli grandmother or an uncle in Afghanistan or a refugee in the Calais refugee camp - it changes you. It breaks the sound barrier. It challenges the stereotypes and the caricatures that fuel the hate groups. You may not agree with what you hear - I mean, how often do we even agree with our family members? - but you begin to understand where they're coming from. That understanding is the beginning of peace. I really do think that the media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth. Instead, all too often, it is wielded as a weapon of war. We have to take the media back.” - Amy Goodman, Place to B at COP21