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Gasland Part II Screens Saturday at Power Shift

October 19th, 2013 by Andy Myers

Gasland Part II, Saturday 11:30 am, room 407
Q&A with grassroots coordinator and film subject/local organizer

Last night, Gasland Part II director Josh Fox told the Power Shift crowd, “There can be no democracy until we have freedom from fossil fuels.” The audience couldn’t agree more.

The film will be screened as part of the Reel Power film series today at 11:30am in room 407 with a Q&A with Gasland’s grassroots coordinator Lee Ziesche and former Pittsburgh City Councilperson and Gasland Part II and The Sky is Pink subject, Doug Shields.



In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

Gasland Part II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on HBO, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

From the beginning, Gasland‘s been more than just a movement to protect our environment and health. This is a movement about protecting our democracy and right to decide the future of our country. Join us today to make sure decisions are made by the people and not the fossil fuel industries. Watch the film, discuss the issues and sign up to bring the film to your campus or community.

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Reel Power: Films Fueling the Energy Revolution

October 18th, 2013 by Kristin Henry

Reel Power brings you stories from the frontline of our energy future that will get your community talking and taking action. From a woman in Kentucky fighting for her homeplace against the ravages of mountaintop removal, to a Gulf Coast community banding together to save their land and culture – Reel Power films capture the voices of individuals and the strength of communities standing up for a just and sustainable future.

Reel Power films will be featured during Power Shift. Bidder 70 and Gasland Part II will screen on Saturday at 11:30 am. On Sunday at 10:15 am we’ll show sneak peeks of Citizen Koch and Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek. Each screening will have the filmmaker or leading organizer to facilitate a discussion on the film and issues afterwards. You can also find us at the organizational fair.

Power Shift Screening Schedule
Saturday at 11:30am
Bidder 70 (room 406)
Gasland Part II (room 407)

Sunday at 10:15am
Citizen Koch (room 406)
Come Hell or High Water (room 407)



Get Involved with Reel Power!
Take a bit of Power Shift back to your campus, community, or place of worship by hosting a screening of one or more of these powerful films to engage and activate your audience! Go to to choose a film, or films, and sign up to host a screening.

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Update from the Road: Gasland 2 in TX, coming to NC

October 4th, 2013 by Kristin Henry

To jumpstart our efforts to support state-based work to address climate change, we’ve partnered with filmmaker Josh Fox, state level organizations, and local grassroots groups to host special screenings of Gasland 2 in Texas and North Carolina – two battlegrounds in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) debate.

Image from @gaslandmovie on Twitter with tweet reading: Dear @barackobama & @governorperry we're from Fort Worth #NotFromGasland

Image from @gaslandmovie on Twitter with tweet reading: Dear @barackobama & @governorperry we’re from Fort Worth #NotFromGasland

The tour started in Texas, where the film filled theaters in San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth. Fox moderated Q&A sessions that spotlighted subjects of the film and groups that have been organizing against fracking. “Many of the areas that face increasing drought are the same areas where fracking operations continue to use millions of gallons of water. Texas, the nation’s third-largest agricultural producer and one of the states growing in population most rapidly, cannot continue to sustain such disastrous water losses,” said Alyssa Burgin, director of the Texas Drought Project and co-host of the recent Texas screenings.

On Monday, October 7th the tour stops in North Carolina where it is co-hosted by Reel Power and Clean Water for NC, a science based environmental justice advocacy group, with the aim to grow the anti-fracking movement in NC at this critical time. There is currently a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state that will last until 2015 while regulations are being developed.

“Public awareness about fracking—its impacts on water, air, land, and vulnerable communities—is growing fast in North Carolina,” says Hope Taylor, exec. director of Clean Water for NC, “thanks to the power of the first Gasland movie and the research and outreach of many grassroots groups. We are learning so much from the experience of communities in Pennsylvania who were promised years of prosperity and are now experiencing the “bust”, as well as water contamination and community disruption, and from folks in Texas around drilling and compressor stations where poisoned air is causing grave health concerns ignored by regulators, or in Colorado, where recent flooding has broken pipelines, and inundated well pads and condensate tanks.”

The public is invited to attend this free event, which will take place at 7:00 PM on October 7 at Durham’s Carolina Theatre at 309 W Morgan St. To reserve a free ticket, please visit



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Reel Power Screens at Power Shift

October 1st, 2013 by Kristin Henry

Reel Power is excited to announce that our films will be part of the 2013 Power Shift conference.


Power Shift is the world’s largest youth gathering and training for climate change solutions. This year more than ten thousand youth leaders from every walk of life — college students, young environmental justice leaders, DREAMers, young people of faith, young workers — will come together to learn from one another, to build and launch strategic campaigns in their own communities.

Reel Power films will be featured during Saturday and Sunday of the conference and the Reel Power filmmakers, featured subjects and key organizers will participate in post-screening Q&As. We will be screening Bidder 70, Gasland Part II, Come Hell or High Water, and Working Films’ Reel Economy film Citizen Koch. Together these films paint the bigger picture of climate change, highlight grassroots leadership and community power, as well as give audiences new avenues to explore the influence of money in politics. Here’s the program:

Saturday, October 19th, 11:30 AM
Bidder 70 (room 406)
Gasland Part II (room 407)

Sunday October 20th, 10:15 AM
Citizen Koch (sneak peek) (room 406)
Come Hell or High Water (sneak peek) (room 407)

Make sure you come out to Pittsburgh and join over 10,000 youth leaders from across the country as we take a stand for the planet - Register for Power Shift today!

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Working Films’ Reel Power and Josh Fox Bring “Gasland 2” to Texas and North Carolina

September 25th, 2013 by Kristin Henry

Director Josh Fox is headed on a Southern Grassroots Tour with Gasland 2, the recent follow-up to his 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary Gasland. We are psyched to announce that as part of our Reel Power efforts we have teamed up with grassroots groups in Texas and North Carolina to co-host 4 stops on the tour.

Gasland 2 features real people – ordinary Americans – whose lives have been upended by the dirty and dangerous process of fracking.” Fox said. “That’s why I’m working with environmental leaders and advocates across the country to protect our health, water, climate and landscapes and to prevent state and federal governments from allowing a path to destruction. We need to educate ourselves and our elected leaders and ban this toxic practice and move vigorously toward renewable energy.”

The film was recently broadcast on HBO and folks are keenly anticipating the release of the DVD for wide-spread community and educational screenings. “The timing and profile of the film will really help us shine the spotlight on the urgent efforts and actions by groups working on the ground,” stated Kristin Henry, who is leading the Reel Power efforts with Working Films.

Here are the details for the Texas and North Carolina Gasland 2 screenings!

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San Antonio, TX

Northwest 14 Santikos Theatre
7600 I-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78230
6:30 PM
Co-hosted by The Texas Drought Project, together with Clean Water Action Texas, Earthworks’ Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project, Solar San Antonio and Working Films’ Reel Power. Followed by Q&A with Josh Fox and organizations.

Reserve Tickets Here:


Dallas, TX

Historic Texas Theatre
231 W Jefferson Blvd  Dallas, TX 75208
7:30 PM (doors 7:00 PM)
Co-hosted by The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Working Films’ Reel Power, and The Texas Theatre. Followed by Q&A with Josh Fox and organizations.

Reserve Tickets Here:

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Fort Worth, TX

Ridglea Theatre
6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
7:00 PM (doors 6:00 PM)
Co-hosted by Working Films’ Reel Power, Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project; Texas Drought Project; North Central Texas Communities Alliance; FWCANDO. With special appearances by Gasland subjects Deborah Rogers, Calvin Tillman and Steven Lipsky. Followed by Q&A with Josh Fox and organizations.

Durham, NC
7:00 PM (doors 6:00 PM)
Carolina Theater, Fletcher Hall
309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701
Co-hosted by Clean Water for NC and Working Films’ Reel Power. Followed by Q&A with Josh Fox and organizations.

Reserve tickets here:


For more information about Gasland 2 and the dangers of fracking, please visit
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Announcing ScreeningHQ and New Day Films Partnership

September 24th, 2013 by Kristin Henry

We’re excited to announce ScreeningHQ - a new platform powered by Working Films that gives you access to award winning and groundbreaking documentaries to screen in your community, on campus, and in targeted showings to influence change. ScreeningHQ includes tools and resources to pull in audiences and move them to act. Use the site to organize your screening events, get viewers involved, highlight your efforts, and build your base of support. Sign up, today!


As a way to broaden the selection of high quality story-driven documentaries available on ScreeningHQ, we’ve partnered with New Day Films. The New Day Films collection uncovers and exposes some of the most pressing issues facing our nation and the world and offers leaders and advocates powerful resources for communicating and catalyzing change. “Having a one-stop shop will make it so much easier for community groups to access the film and supporting materials for a rocking good screening and discussion,” says New Day filmmaker Greta Schiller, whose film No Dinosaurs in Heaven is one of 18 inaugural films in the collection. “I am thrilled to be a part of Working Films’ ScreeningHQ because it places my film on creationism and the science classroom within a body of work that looks at education issues,” Schiller says. ScreeningHQ offers one place to order the film, set up your screening, access flyers, posters and guides, and get the word out.

Find films, host a screening, make an impact!

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The Campaign Premiers on Public Television

August 22nd, 2013 by Andy Myers



The new documentary, The Campaign will air in a wave of broadcasts across public television on Sunday August 25th. Immediately following each broadcast, The Campaign team will host an online Google Hangout to connect with viewers in each city with local organizations in their region, including: The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Our Family Coalition, PFLAG, and ACLU Northern California.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Christie Herring, The Campaign takes a heartbreaking and inspiring look at California’s No-on-8 Campaign to defend same-sex marriage, which unfolded in 2008.  The film was included in our Reel Equality campaign to help fight NC’s bigoted Amendment One, which added a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

During the fight over Amendment One, the film was still in production and so we only had a trailer to work from.  Now the film is finished, and we’re excited to see the full impact it will make.  With the recent changes on the fronts of both Proposition 8 and DOMA, a cross-country broadcast wave for a film on marriage equality is timely for public television viewers. According to filmmaker Christie Herring, “We are thrilled to wrap our public television broadcasts with Google Hangouts across the country. Although we cannot be in each city at the same time, we can connect with viewers no matter where they are. We are also honored to work with local community partners in each of these states. Civic engagement, equality, and family are at the heart of The Campaign and at the heart of the daily work of these local organizations.”

Make sure to catch The Campaign on Sunday August 25th on public television. Click here for more information on screenings and don’t forget to continue the conversations on Google Hangout.


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Announcing the Aging in Maine Engagement Summit

August 13th, 2013 by workingfilms

The following blog is from the Camden Film Festival website.

The Camden International Film Festival  is proud to announce its first annual Engagement Summit, a unique program developed in partnership with Working Films that will connect documentary filmmakers with Maine-based nonprofit leaders to develop community-based social action campaigns tied to documentary film screenings. The inaugural Engagement Summit will focus on the theme of aging and tie to a one year thematic program called Aging in Maine, which will kick off with Golden Shorts, a free outdoor screening of documentary shorts in partnership with the Camden Public Library at the Camden Amphitheatre on August 22 at 8:00 pm.

The Aging in Maine program will continue during the Camden International Film Festival (September 26-29) with a curated series of documentary features and shorts that will help spark a public, inter-generational dialogue around the challenges and opportunities of Maine’s aging demographics. One highlighted film will be THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch, which chronicles White’s family responding to his mother’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s.

During the festival, approximately 15 nonprofit leaders and healthcare professionals from across the state will converge in Camden for a daylong strategic summit meeting on Saturday, September 28. This event will be an opportunity for participating organizations in the field of aging to explore how their work can be supported and enhanced through the use of powerful documentary films focused on the experiences of older adults, their loved ones and caretakers. The summit agenda will be designed and facilitated by Working Films, an organization that specializes in connecting storytelling with community engagement and action. Working Films’ involvement in Aging in Maine is part of their broader Reel Aging initiative, which positions compelling documentary media into the work of leading organizations serving the needs and advancing the rights of older adults across the country.

Following the festival and summit meeting, CIFF and Working Films will collaborate to screen these films in 8-10 communities across the state, allowing participating organizations to implement strategies developed at the summit and use the screenings to further their goals and inform the public of resources available to them within the aging network. This screening tour is made possible by support from the Fledgling Fund and Camden National Bank.

The Aging in Maine program is being conducted in partnership with the University of Maine Center on Aging, the Portland Press Herald and The Conversation Project, with support from the Fledgling Fund, Camden National Bank, en Bay Healthcare Foundation and The Bingham Program.P

“We are thrilled to be presenting the inaugural Engagement Summit at this year’s Camden International Film Festival. This unique program will help us harness the power that nonfiction storytelling has as a conversation starter and a community builder,” said Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of CIFF. “Aging is an issue that affects each and everyone of us personally, and we believe that this program will be a great addition to the conversations that are already occurring throughout Maine.”

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Reel Power in TX and NC

July 24th, 2013 by Kristin Henry

ReelPower-banner-shadowOur core Reel Power effort in 2012 was a series of targeted grassroots screening events where this year we are going deeper with two of the Reel Power Film Festival hosts to do more interconnected work.

We are working with statewide climate coalitions to use Reel Power film collections, starting in Texas. Our lead partner is the Texas Drought Project (TDP), which works to bring together experts in farming, ranching, climatology and environmental science across the state to present forums and work with communities in key regions most affected by drought to develop and pursue specific solutions. We are working with TDP to convene stakeholders this Summer when we will plan tactics for using Reel Power to launch a statewide campaign. The focus will be on generating awareness and action in key Texas regions that are feeling the effects of climate change and dirty energy practices.

Target audiences include students, academics, farmers and ranchers and those communities most affected by the ravages of climate change. TDP’s participation builds on their involvement in the 2012 Reel Power Film Festival. This, along with 2013 efforts, will offer a case study and “how to” resource for using media to bolster organizing efforts to curb climate change. We intend to use this as a model that we can replicate in other states.

In North Carolina, we’re planning a strategy meeting this Fall featuring Reel Engagement films with our goal to support and assist with further building and mobilizing the Moral Monday movement and to advance the work of NC organizations working for economic, environmental and social justice. Moral Monday is a series of ongoing, nonviolent protests at the North Carolina General Assembly that have been happening every Monday since April 29 (not including Memorial Day) led by the NC NAACP with a coalition of allied groups participating. The protests are meant to demonstrate a push back against an extreme agenda that includes cuts to education, social programs and
unemployment benefits; a rush to frack; rejecting Medicaid expansion; new restrictions on voting and labor rights; among other policies. Select Reel Power films will be highlighted to offer participants a way to keep the momentum of Moral Monday going after the legislative session ends and to build a broader base. Our statewide partners include Clean Water for North Carolina who hosted the Reel Power Film Festival last year.

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Citizen Koch in North Carolina

July 3rd, 2013 by Andy Myers

citizen kochWhat do North Carolina and Wisconsin have in common? On the surface of it, perhaps not much: one has subzero winter temperatures and the other sweltering summers with off the charts humidity. But more and more people are seeing parallels between the tar heel and badger states, particularly the power of unregulated big money in politics. As more and more North Carolinians come to the state capitol every week protesting cuts to unemployment insurance, tax cuts for the state’s wealthiest citizens, loosening of environmental regulations, and threats to voting rights, we see a need for greater discussion about the ways in which big corporate money has been a factor in these policies being pushed. That’s why Working Films partnered with Democracy NC and United for a Fair Economy to host two screenings in North Carolina last week of Citizen Koch, a story about money, citizenship, and democracy that looks closely at the influence large donors –  in particular the Koch Brothers – had in the election and recall of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin. As Jake Geller-Goad, Field Organizer for Democracy NC, said “We may have Art Pope (conservative campaign financier and now budget director for NC Gov McCrory) instead of Koch, but there are a lot of similarities between that movement and what’s going on [in NC] with Moral Mondays. And there is a lot to learn from those who have gone through this process before.”

On June 25th, we screened Citizen Koch in Greenville, NC to a packed church of community members and organizers. The audience heckled some of the subjects on the screen with angry shouts. The crowd erupted in laughter at the almost absurd level of similarity between the two states; including statements from politicians in Wisconsin that are now playing like a broken record in NC.
After the film, there was a robust dialogue focused on how attendees can get involved locally and in Raleigh, which is where citizens from across the state are gathering each Monday. We discussed long term strategies to limit the influence money is having in NC and the current work of organizations and groups audience members are involved in. It was a great opportunity for cross pollination and networking amongst diverse organizations. Organizers and members of groups like the NAACP, AFL-CIO, Democracy NC and others were able to share ideas, inspire each other to step up their work, and lay ground for future collaboration.

The second screening was in Durham, NC last Sunday, June 30th. Citizen Koch played to a full house at the 115 seat Full Frame Theater – so full that we had to turn some folks away because we just couldn’t fit anymore. The crowd responded with cheers and jeers and gave it a resounding ovation as the credits rolled.

We’re always looking for that moment after a screening when we can facilitate the move from a personal experience and reaction to the film, to channeling the audience’s emotions into action. This screening provided one of those. As the film concluded, a woman in the front row described feeling overwhelmed and saddened at the power that the enormously wealthy have to drown out the voices of regular people in our democracy. Bob Hall of Democracy NC honored her frustration, and immediately jumped in with an answer, “That’s why we have Moral Mondays. Join us!” Moral Mondays are demanding that representatives and senators to work in the interests of all North Carolinians, not simply the wealthy few. There was a shift at this point. 9184706263_e7473907d1_oThe audience was energized, letting out some audible “whoops” and “yeahs!” Bob and other audience members shared more about the Moral Monday mobilizations for those that were unfamiliar. We did a quick audience poll to find out who had been or was planning to go the following day and more than two thirds of the group said Yes. (Our co-director, Anna Lee ran into a few of them the next day on the porch of the General Assembly). Wrapping up, representatives of the NC Justice Center shared information about their work for tax justice and to address money in politics and asked the audience to sign a petition. At least a third of the audience signed.

At both screenings, NC audiences learned about Public Television’s decision to pull funding for and broadcast of Citizen Koch. This was news for many in the group. They were incensed at the censorship and ready to take action in support of the film. Just last week, Working Families started an online petition calling on PBS to air Citizen Koch.

The power of films like Citizen Koch to anger, inspire, and motivate people to actually DO SOMETHING is core to our mission. These two showings are a kick off to more work we have planned in our home state. We can’t wait to see impact.

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