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…

We Are Seeing This! The Emmys Deliver on Diversity

September 23, 2016  |  Television

It wasn’t too long ago that we were writing about #OscarsSoWhite, a hashtag created by Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com April Reign after not a single actor or actress of color was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 – and then it happened again in 2016. So the fact that nearly 25 percent of acting nominations…

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…