Posts with Category: Film

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January 20, 2017  |  Film Festivals

Last year’s Sundance was noteworthy for several reasons: streaming services Netflix and Amazon were the highest purchasers, cementing their place among traditional studios; Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation became the biggest sale of Sundance history; and sleeper film Manchester by the Sea is now poised for Oscar success. This year, Sundance is going in…

The Revolution Is Not Yet Televised

January 18, 2017  |  Activism

On January 3, 2017, the 115th Congress was sworn in. While fourteen women won seats, 14 women also exited, leaving the total number of women in Congress at 104. This means that while women comprise more than 50 percent of the American population, they make up less than 20 percent of Congress’s 535 members. On…

Donald Trump and His Death Eaters

December 9, 2016  |  Monthly Media Roundup

After nearly every US presidential election, we watched as soon-to-be presidents announced their nominations for Cabinet positions with relatively little fanfare. The media dutifully covered the biographies of these typical career bureaucrats and broadcast the minority party’s polite dissent, if there even was any. Enter 2016, the year of the most expensive and dramatic Rose…

Keeping the Spotlight on Domestic Violence Awareness

October 27, 2016

October is a season of fall colors, football, pumpkin spice, and two major campaigns highlighting women’s health and safety. While breast cancer awareness swathes the country in pink, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which in recent years has been  super inconvenient for some major sports leagues and athletes. Much like former Baltimore…

What’s Age Got To Do With It? Less and Less.

October 7, 2016

One thing in life is certain: Everyone gets older until the day they die. We’ve talked about how Hollywood treats aging before, but since the entertainment industry continues to judge women as if they’re not allowed to get old, we decided to take another look. Ageism appears to be the last -ism to fall. Older…

Experiencing Is Believing

July 16, 2016  |  Film

  “I saw it with my own two eyes” — or its close cousin, the cliché “seeing is believing” — are two powerful statements that drive people’s beliefs. But what happens when an issue is hard for people to see with their own two eyes? This is a communication challenge faced by issues from nuclear…

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin

It Matters What’s in the Movies!

June 9, 2016

Another movie, another great example of how film affects perception around an issue, and ultimately, sparks change. “Washington Post” pop culture reporter Stephanie Merry writes about disabled activists reacting against the new movie “Me Before You.” SPOILER ALERT. She talks about the end of the movie where the disabled character kills himself because he cannot…

Team AndACTION on Main Street! Creator Kristen Grimm and Project Director Chris Dzialo

Movies on a Mission at Mountainfilm 2016

June 2, 2016  |  Film Festivals

The AndACTION team was there to catch as many films as possible. We found that this year’s documentaries tackle a wide range of pressing issues, from prison reform and police brutality, to renewable energy and veterans’ mental health. Here are a few of our favorite films from the festival that challenge audiences to advocate for…

Summer and the Silver Screen

May 25, 2016

Even if a film seems only tangentially related to your issue or cause, there often are a plethora of ways to capitalize on the hype and start a conversation. For example, Ocean Conservancy plugged into the chatter about “Sharknado 2” during the film’s 2014 release by posting a series of clever and unexpected tweets about…

Cannes You Dig It?!

May 19, 2016  |  Film Festivals

With a few days still to go before the Palme d’Or grand prize is awarded, the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival has already sparked conversations about representation of women behind the camera, the refugee crisis, the future of virtual reality, and, of course, celebrities in attendance and what they’re wearing. And that’s just what’s happening…