A scene from disaster flick "The Day After Tomorrow" shows the statue of liberty covered by ice and snow.

Climate Change: Making Doomsday Films Work for the Greater Good

October 2, 2015  |  Film

Arguably, the media’s sometimes-fantastical, sometimes-accurate doomsday obsession both works toward and works against the sense of urgency needed to inspire us to take action. At AndACTION we believe it’s the conversations around these issues that matter. How people take up topics like climate change in their daily lives – especially in conversations around popular culture…

Sparks in Entertainment: 9.26.2015

September 26, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming, issue-oriented film and television storylines, please follow our Twitter account and stay tuned as we build our databases, websites and newsletters Time Warner CEO opens Parkinson’s treatment center Former Time Warner CEO Jerry Levin announced Friday that he and his wife will open a center for people with Parkinson’s. The mission of the…

The AndACTION Fall TV Preview

September 22, 2015  |  Television

ABC – NEW Blood and Oil Premieres September 27 Look for: Climate Change, Energy Policy, Fracking, Economic Security This new drama is centered on a family who follows the oil industry to the Bakken formation in North Dakota – the capital of the shale-related oil boom. Quantico Premieres September 29 Look for: Privacy issues; LGBT, Muslim and…

Sparks in Entertainment: Saturday Morning Coffee Edition 9.19.2015

September 19, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming, issue-oriented film and television storylines, please follow our Twitter account and stay tuned as we build our databases, website, and newsletter. Golden Girls & Progressive Causes We loved this article discussing all the social issues raised on The Golden Girls thirty years ago. The piece, published in Medium, breaks down how the show took on…

How to Work with LGBT Media Portrayals, 2015 Version

September 15, 2015  |  Activism

glaad recently announced its monitoring and intervention work on LGBT representation on film and TV is largely finished since so many strides have been made. Mission accomplished, in other words. Many things are better for lesbians and gays in America in 2015. Marriage equality (Kim Davis sideshow aside) is now the law of the land. Both…

Sparks in Entertainment: Saturday Morning Coffee Edition 9.12.2015

September 12, 2015  |  Monthly Media Roundup

For upcoming issue-oriented TV & film storylines, please follow us on Twitter (and stay tuned while we build our databases and newsletters). Without further ado here are some of the buzzier things we’ve found interesting: Taylor Swift Music Video for Wildlife Conservation Taylor Swift released her latest music video for her song, “Wildest Dreams,” last…

Dora the Explorer

It Takes More Than Dora: TV/Film Needs A Spark To Power Change

September 1, 2015  |  Television

For us, conversations jump-started by nonprofits are those sparks. Whether hosted in a round table or online via social media, conversations about the storylines and the issues are what take the gasoline of film and TV and truly ignite change. New research suggests this is the case, too. Kids today arguably have access to more diverse…

Guns in Films & Teen Angst: Using Fiction to Fight Reality

August 26, 2015  |  Activism

Read the story, here. McCrow’s artwork is fascinating. He uses machine guns, rifles and ammunition to create elegant and thought-provoking modern art. He takes instruments of death and makes them into objects of beauty and conversation. What is really interesting to me, however, is the following passage from the article above: But as far as…

Michael Key and Jordan Peel

Key & Peele: Sketch Comedy for Social Change

August 12, 2015  |  Television

The goal of AndACTION is to connect cause organizations with socially relevant entertainment storylines that get people excited about current issues. Funny stories can be especially powerful as the work of Key and Peele demonstrates. This duo uses comedy to address difficult social issues with sometimes bizarre characters as messengers of change. Keegan-Michael Key and…

‘Every Single Word’ and Everyone for Media Literacy

August 3, 2015  |  Activism

It’s easier to get people to care about something that is. Cancer? Yes, nearly all of us have seen the effects of this in someone we love. Pollution? Sure, think of all the photos of poor dolphins, fish, turtles and other sea life trapped in plastic. Environmental and health issues come with visual stuff we…