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Hollywood Re-Acts to the Frack Attacks

March 17, 2016

Proponents of fracking believe that the hazardous extraction process is a wonderful contribution to the economy and energy independence – as long as they don’t have to live near it, drink tainted water, or be subjected to polluted air and other health threats. Unfortunately, many residents of LA cannot escape the impacts of fracking. So…

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From ‘The Revenant’ to the Strong Voices of Indigenous Peoples

February 25, 2016

I applaud Leo for serving as an ally by using his spotlight to elevate an important cause. I’d also like to use his words as an opportunity to focus on the important communications work and activism of indigenous peoples themselves — centering their perspective, standing up for their lands, their rights, and protecting the environment…

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AndACTION at frank

February 24, 2016  |  Activism

At  frank, project director Chris Dzialo will be giving a talk about the intersection of entertainment media and causes, and how stories can be used to inspire social change. This year frank is presenting Changeville, a film, music and virtual reality festival around stories that inspire. Among the films being shown will be 3 ½ Minutes, 10…

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2016 Sundance Films Headed to a Theater Near You (and Streaming too!)

February 1, 2016  |  Film Festivals

Topics represented include racism, opportunity access, alcoholism and drug abuse, cancer, LGBT rights, feminism, freedom of speech, and dozens of others. Many of these films have already been acquired to screen at your favorite local theater, as well as streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. That means you’ll get a chance to experience them for…

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Making a Murderer: True Crime Storytelling Meets the Criminal Justice System

January 26, 2016  |  Television

“Law and Order’s” famous “DUN-DUN” intro takes me back to the countless marathons I’ve binged on throughout the years. The opening voiceover that kicks off every episode is even more unforgettable and, admittedly, I can recite it word by word: “In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate yet equally important…

Netflix and Chill: Our Binge List

January 22, 2016  |  Television

We know there’s lots you have been waiting to see so here’s a list of some of our favorites and a new docuseries from Chelsea Handler that drops tomorrow. (NO SPOILERS: next week we’ll have our recap and thoughts on Making A Murderer.) Jessica Jones In Marvel’s latest series, the titular character is a private…

And the Social Issue Goes To…

January 15, 2016  |  Film

At the Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday night, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Lorenzo Soria reminded everyone to, “use our influence to shine a spotlight on violence, injustice, intolerance.” Now that the 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced, social issue themes are in that spotlight. Here are a few from the nominees. It’s not…

Social Issues at the Golden Globes

January 12, 2016  |  Film

Last night we live-tweeted the Golden Globes highlighting some of our favorite storylines and projects. Here’s  some of our favorite moments from the night that hit big on social causes. America Ferrera and Eva Longoria poked at Hollywood’s racism problem in a classy and hysterical bit. Both are tenacious activists who work with important social…

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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…

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‘Ms. Sloane’ Takes On Gun Control—But Will It Have the Power to Change Policy?

December 14, 2015  |  Film

Big name stars and producers have spoken out publicly again and again, but apart from some deftly orchestrated subliminal messages (see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), movies haven’t really taken a stance. That’s what makes “Ms. Sloane” so surprising. It’s still in pre-production, but in September Variety announced that EuropaCorp had acquired worldwide distribution…