Patreon Update: A Big Thank You! + New Rewards & More

By Films For Action /
Aug 8, 2018
Patreon Update: A Big Thank You! + New Rewards & More

Hello fellow travelers, explorers, pioneers and visionaries!

First I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has thrown their support behind us in the first few months since we launched our Patreon campaign!

I can't say how much it means to me and our team to have your support. It really is making a huge difference. Already, our monthly Patreon income is roughly double what we've been making recently from ads, and this is giving us a vital lifeline to continue growing and developing the project.

We're hoping by the end of the year we can reach our first major milestone, ensuring Films For Action remains healthy and strong for years to come.



New Rewards

$5 Visionary supporters can now watch 2 amazing films from our pay-per-view library for free!

$10 Vanguard supporters (and higher) can now watch as well as download a digital copy of these 2 films.

Within Reach: Journey to Find Sustainable Community
87 min · Within Reach explores one couple's pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars, and traditional houses to 'bike-pack' 6500 miles around the USA seeking sustainable community. Rather than...
The Economics of Happiness
65 min · Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction...

Major thanks to the filmmakers for partnering with us to make this possible!

Going forward, we hope to add new films to these reward tiers every so often as a continuing thank you for your support.



Revamped Homepage Incoming

We're currently working on a redesign of the homepage and we're excited to have that live on the site later this week! 

Goals for the redesign include:  

Making the homepage a place you want to visit more often

Instead of bringing in most of our traffic through specific links posted on social media, we want to encourage more direct traffic to the homepage, similar to how people go to simply to see what there is to discover.

Surface buried gems      

There's a ton of really great content on the site, but the best stuff has inevitably become buried as our library has grown in size. Part of my work going forward will be making sure the best of the best gets surfaced on the homepage, which will make it easier for new people to dive in as well as for long-time supporters to discover great content they may have missed.

Clear calls to action

As a community-powered website, roughly half of the 8,000 highly rated videos and articles on the site have been added by our members. That said, many people often email us about adding something, not realizing yet that they can add content to the site directly. We want to make this more clear for folks and really encourage more member submissions, because the quality and depth of our library is only possible with lots of people contributing.



That's all for now!

With gratitude, 

Tim Hjersted
Films For Action Director and Co-Founder

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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.

Tim Hjersted
Co-Founder & Director
Lawrence, KS