Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bullfrog Films for Activists

Here is a press release from Bullfrog Films about a great project; check it out:

Bullfrog Films Launches Groundbreaking Community Screenings Site
December 2011

Bullfrog Films, the nation’s leading distributor of films about environmental and related social justice issues, is excited to announce a groundbreaking initiative that brings documentary film to the heart of local and national activism.

Bullfrog Communities (http://www.bullfrogcommunities.com) empowers local organizers and activists by providing screening tools, an online publicity platform and licenses to organize free or for-profit screenings of award-winning new documentaries. Bullfrog Communities also enables organizers and viewers to participate in online campaigns relating to the documentary to further enact change.

"Film is uniquely capable of bringing an audience simultaneously up to speed on any given issue, and organizers can take advantage of that moment to open up an informed discussion of critical social issues in their community and, importantly, to take concerted action," said John Hoskyns-Abrahall, president of Bullfrog Films, founder of Bullfrog Communities.

One of the unusual features of Bullfrog Communities is that the screening license allows organizers to charge admission and to keep the proceeds from the screenings. So, in addition to the shared educational experience that only film can provide, a community screening can be an inexpensive, ready-made and attractive fundraiser for local groups.

Each film’s website provides a screening and discussion guide that details how to put on a successful screening; a list of suggested questions for the Q&A following the film; and a handout with links to resources and suggestions for further action.

The website features an expanding group of online communities built around different issues such as food, water, energy & climate change, civil liberties, and economic justice. Each issue area features a growing number of films plus a news feed and an ongoing discussion of the issue and of screenings nationwide. In this way the lessons learned from successful screenings in one community can be transferred to another.

Go to http://www.bullfrogcommunities.com to sign up and start the discussion going on the most pressing issue in your community! JOIN Bullfrog Communities to be alerted when new films are released for community screenings.


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