Films For Action: We Share Breaking Knowledge

By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org
Aug 14, 2014
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A lot of media organizations focus on breaking news. We're focused on breaking knowledge.
 
What is breaking knowledge you ask? It may be cutting edge or it may be ancient. It may be a video or article published yesterday or something from 20 years ago. Either way, it's knowledge that everyone needs to know. It's those essential perspectives that could create a massive sea change in our cultural awareness, and inspire the more beautiful world that our hearts know is possible. Most of all - breaking knowledge is the idea whose time has come. 
 
The media has an incredible power to convey breaking news stories to millions of people when it's important enough. We want to use this power of the media to awaken millions to the potential of powerful ideas. 
 
As an example of the kind of breaking knowledge we're talking about, below are 10 of our all-time favorite documentaries. These films are bursting with the big meta-memes of our time - the kind of information and perspective that could truly transform the world if it was to become common knowledge.

 

The Corporation
145 min · The Corporation is today's dominant institution, creating great wealth but also great harm. This 26 award-winning documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts and future of the modern business corporation and the increasing role...
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...
Occupy Love
85 min · Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet. Humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with...
War Made Easy
2 min · War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Narrated by actor and activist...
Schooling the World
66 min · If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.
Dirt! The Movie
2 min · DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
The Myth of the Liberal Media: The Propaganda Model of News
5 min · Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky demolish one of the central tenets of our political culture, the idea of the "liberal media." Instead, utilizing a systematic model based on massive empirical research, they reveal the manner in which the...
Class Dismissed: A Paper Tiger Documentary
27 min · Class Dismissed provides a critical look at how U.S. history is taught in high school, at the myths that reduce the complexity of history into simple soundbites, and the information that never seems to make it onto the textbook pages...
In Transition 2.0: A Story of Resilience & Hope in Extraordinary Times
66 min · This film is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. There are stories of communities printing their own money, growing food...
Money & Life
86 min · Money & Life is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?  
Freedom Ahead: Democracy Does Not Offer Freedom, Nature Does
60 min · Never before in history have so many people relied on so few for the basic essentials of life.
Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview
65 min · Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out. Weaving together insights and findings...


Of course, these films only scratch the surface. Over the years, we've cataloged over 500 quality documentaries, indexed into 40 subjects and sortable by most viewed, top rated and recently added.

When you don't have time to watch a full documentary, we've also cataloged thousands of shorter films and videos to absorb a little knowledge in those smaller spaces throughout the day. 

And despite our overall focus on films, we also republish quite a lot of articles. Because sometimes nothing beats some good old-fashioned words on a screen.

This website is basically a clearing house for the knowledge, perspectives and ideas that can change the world. It's a tool-box we can use to raise awareness, create discussion and inspire action.

In the last year, with your help and tens of thousands of others, we've started to reach millions of people each month. And we're just getting started.

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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.

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