The Pop Culture Pivot

August 25, 2016  |  AndACTION in Action

On Morning Joe, Donald Trump asked a national security expert about U.S. nuclear weapons policy. “If we have them, why can’t we use them,” Trump mused. Groups working on non-proliferation and world peace jumped into high gear. They lit up the Twittersphere, and sent notices to talk show bookers about experts available to explain the…

Look For: New Movies and TV This Weekend

July 29, 2016  |  Weekly Roundup

Movies Friday, July 29: Bad Moms starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Finally, a comedy for and about moms! Getting great reviews too! Friday, July 29: Jason Bourne starring Matt Damon as the amnesiac assassin. A movie about surveillance and terrorism is almost art imitating life. TV Sundays, 10PM HBO:…

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…

Happy Fourth of July!

July 1, 2016  |  Film

Life A favorite of AndACTION is WGN’s Underground, the excellent series about a group of escaped slaves who choose a life of freedom, at the risk of certain danger or death. WGN is running a marathon on Saturday, July 2. Liberty In collaboration with London’s Donmar Warehouse, Public Theater in Lower Manhattan will feature the play titled “Privacy” with…

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…

“The Good Wife” Is Leaving Us for Good This Time

May 6, 2016

Though the series opens on a discouragingly familiar scene – a loyal wife standing next to her disgraced politician husband, whose cheating and corruption have just been blown wide open in the press – the show quickly segues into a more interesting storyline: one of a woman in mid-life, faced with crisis, starting over. Alicia,…

Must See TV – Liver Edition

April 29, 2016  |  Television

From GLI’s introduction, “Changing the culture of liver health, the conversation around liver disease, and the consideration paid to liver patients is a central pillar of the Global Liver Institute. Diverse depictions in media will help people value the children, veterans, seniors, and neighbors at risk for or living with one of the more than 100+…