In Cooked, filmmaker Judith Helfand sets out on a quest to see if America’s disaster preparedness industry could be used to tackle what might be the deadliest man-made disaster of all – extreme poverty. The film is in post-production, but the funding from Sundance DFP will go towards Declare Home, a mobile phone-based social media app aimed at helping grassroots organizers communicate and collaborate easily to build every-day resilience in their communities.
The Declare Home app was first prototyped in 2013 at Tribeca Hacks Chicago, which Kartemquin co-hosted with the Tribeca Film Institute.
In response to the news, Judith Helfand wrote:
"Thank you Sundance Documentary Fund for the support you continue to show to COOKED, from storytelling to movement building -- you are there. Thank you.
This grant, which could not come at a better time, is for development and prototyping of DECLARE HOME - a mobile social media app for grassroots organizers “racing to address extreme disaster in slow motion".
The core idea is that the best community building is based and built on established, trustworthy, necessary relationships and networks of organizers who are united by a shared vision for restoring resilience, power, economic and physical health to their neighborhoods, block by block, resident by resident, before the next extreme weather disaster.
Looking forward to next steps and deep collaboration."
We hope to bring you Cooked and Declare Home in 2015.
You can see Judith and other Tribeca Hacks Chicago participants and organizers discussing their projects in this video below:
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