Economics

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:00 pm

Lawndale Christian Health Center
3750 W. Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL
A free screening for the community of the Unity Dinners project, a short documentary film made by Kartemquin in collaboration with Free Spirit Media, Enlace Chicago and Firehouse Community Arts Center. The Unity Dinners project saw 15 leaders and community members from Little Village and North Lawndale will sit down to dinner over a series of months as a way to break down the barriers around segregation in Chicago between the black and Latino communities. These community members vary in age, from 17 to 70 years of age, as well as education levels, and language. They enjoy a dinner prepared in a healthy way by one of the participants which reflects that participants culture. During the event the community members are engaged in presentations and conversations that seek to promote a healthy lifestyle and that creates opportunities for people to build strong relationships by examining the cultural differences and community similarities. The goal of the dinners is to develop and sustain long term relationships across neighborhoods, promote healthy habits and lifestyles, and create an example for other communities to replicate. Find out more. Zak Piper was the lead producer of the project, which included teens from Free Spirit Media as part of the production team.

Raising Bertie and Cooked Get MacArthur Foundation Documentary Grants

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded grants to nine new documentaries, including two being made at Kartemquin: Judith Helfand's Cooked and new project Raising Bertie, by Margaret Byrne. Awarded $120,000 for production, Raising Bertie is about an alternative high school in rural North Carolina with a focus on digital technology, and the challenges of preparing rural youth living in poverty to participate in the 21st Century economy. It will be director/producer Margaret Byrne's first project with Kartemquin and her feature documentary debut, after credits on Rada Film Group's American Promise and Slaying Goliath.
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Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:00 pm

Kavarna Coffeehouse
143 N. Broadway
Green Bay, WI
Join AIGA Wisconsin at Kavarna Coffeehouse on Thursday, March 28th for a Hamilton poster viewing party and special screening of Typeface, a film centered on this rural museum and print shop. You can also peruse a multitude of cool items that will be available for sale to help raise funds for the Hamilton Museum. Jim Moran, the Museum Director, will also be there to give an update on the Hamilton's progress. Click here to donate to their cause! $20 / all attendees PLEASE NOTE: This is a fundraising event. 100% of your registration fee will directly support the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. Additional donations will be accepted at the event. Please email Amanda Campbell at NE@wisconsin.aiga.org with any questions.

Judith Helfand's Cooked receives MacArthur Funding

We are delighted to announce some very good news for our in-progress documentary Cooked. The film has received a post-production grant of $120,000 from the MacArthur Foundation. The funds will allow the Cooked team of Producer/Director Judith Helfand, Co-Producer Fenell Doremus and Editor David E. Simpson to keep the editing room stoked, fired up and literally cooking - as their rough-cut gets fine and their fine-cut gets done.
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 4:45 pm

The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA
As Goes Janesville screens at the Atlanta Film Festival, with director Brad Lichtenstein attending. Get tickets.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 2:00 pm

United for a Fair Economy and Working Films present "From Story to Action", a webinar featuring the documentaries As Goes Janesville and We're Not Broke. Join the webinar on Tuesday, February 26th at 1pm ET to discover how to effectively integrate film into economic fairness campaigns. Questions addressed will include: "How do social issue documentary films do more than just raise awareness? How can you leverage the story in a documentary film to advance your efforts? How can you effectively rally local audiences around your cause once the lights come up?" As Goes Janesville director Brad Lichtenstein will be discussing the film's "BizLab" initiative to bring business and labor together and the BizVizz mobile app. Also participating are: -Andy Myers (Campaign Coordinator, Working Films): Best Strategies for using film. -Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce (Directors/Producers): Case Study of how We’re Not Broke has been used in advancing economic justice. Register here.

25 University Screenings of The Interrupters this week

Over the next week, The Interrupters, working in collaboration with React To Film, will screen at 25 universities from coast to coast – from Princeton to Berkeley. React To Film, an educational program in high schools and universities that features social issue documentaries, is featuring The Interrupters as part of their College Action Network series. React To Film’s co-founder, Dennis Paul commented, “No better film has ever been made on the subject of violence in America than The Interrupters. There are so many opportunities that we have collectively -- as parents, brothers, sisters, friends, politicians, educators, and citizens -- to interrupt this chain for our children's sake.”
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Monday, February 4, 2013 10:00 pm

Tonight at 10pm, PBS Independent Lens re-broadcasts As Goes Janesville, the award-winning "political thriller" (New York Times) documentary by Brad Lichtenstein that examines one Wisconsin town divided by class and ideological differences on how to recover from the closure of its primary employer, a General Motors plant.
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