Posts with Category: AndACTION in Action

Flashback Friday: Deadpool and Advocacy in Unexpected Places

November 16, 2017  |  AndACTION in Action

A superhero film breaking box office records doesn’t sound, well, out of the box. What makes this “smart-aleck” superhero who exacts revenge on his enemies unique, however, is the fact that he’s also fighting cancer. In fact, the action begins when Ajax, the antagonist, offers Deadpool an experimental treatment for a cure. While Hollywood has…

Netflix Gives New Life to TV Shows (And Why Nonprofits Should Care…)

October 26, 2017  |  Monthly Media Roundup

The West Wing, an NBC political drama that ended in 2006, remains a Netflix staple with a serious fanbase. The West Wing Weekly, a podcast started by the show’s lead Joshua Malina, analyzes each episode, often adding political commentary or inviting guests (in this week’s episode, former Secretary of Education John King) to draw parallels…

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February 8, 2017

AndACTION’s Intro to Using Pop Culture for Social Change webinar explains why pop culture is such an important strategic communications tool and how we can help nonprofits use film and TV to advance their work. Please watch the video, then get in touch with us at to get started!

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…

Unmaking a Murderer: Proving the Power of Pop Culture

November 15, 2016

We’re talking of course about Making a Murderer. The Netflix mega-hit captured the country’s attention earlier this year, and had a direct impact on two attorneys who succeeded in getting the conviction of one of the series’ subjects overturned. Just yesterday, a federal judge ordered the release of Brendan Dassey. His attorneys – Steve Drizin…

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…

A black woman bandages a man's back injuries from being whipped.

Shifting the Perspective on the Story of Slavery

April 7, 2016  |  Television

American slavery has been depicted in film and on TV nearly as long as the medium has been in existence. Starting in 1915 with D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” through to 1977 with television’s “Roots” and as recent as 2013 with the Academy Award winning Best Picture “12 Years A Slave,” audiences are very…

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Cocktails for Change

December 16, 2015  |  AndACTION in Action

We brought together changemakers, cause leaders and some of Hollywood’s most creative minds to continue the conversation on using entertainment to inspire social change. Palihouse West Hollywood provided an appropriately festive venue for the evening. The event was co-hosted by Keli Lee, managing director of international content and talent for ABC Entertainment Group; Chad Boettcher, head of…

Show, Don’t Tell: Welcome to AndACTION

July 20, 2015  |  AndACTION in Action

But the first rule of filmmaking is “show, don’t tell.” So rather than answer “what is And…ACTION?” by reciting our elevator pitch, we thought we’d show you via a few examples from our database: Issues: Gun Violence, Inner-City Violence Title: Chi-Raq Format: Theatrical/Amazon Timeline: Premieres in theaters 12/2015 and on Amazon 1/2016 Description: Spike Lee’s…