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From the Firehouse

Reel Engagement:
Managing Social Issue Film Campaigns

Our innovative 4 day, hands-on workshop, sponsored and co-hosted by The Fledgling Fund, kicks off in New York City this week! We received over 70 competitive applications, 20 were accepted. Outside presenters include Gillian Caldwell, Monifa Bandele, Made in LA's Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo, Peter Broderick, with Working Films staff and Diana Barrett and Emily Verellen of The Fledgling Fund.

Host a Screening of Reel Power

Reel Power: Films Fueling the Energy Revolution launches its monthly community film series about our worlds' energy problems and potential solutions this month with the national broadcast of Deep Down on November 23rd. Sign up to host a screening or house party.

The Dirty Business of Coal

Dirty Business filmmaker Peter Bull was recently interviewed on Alternet. Peter talks with journalist Joshua Frank about what drew him to make the investigative report and about some of his findings.

Dirty Business is now available for house parties and community screenings. Book one today!

We're Going to India!

Last month Robert went to Italy to participate as an expert trainer at European Social Documentary (ESoDoc), a training initiative offered by ZeLIG School for Documentary and supported by the European Union's MEDIA Program. In early December, Kristin Henry, Working Films' senior social media strategist will participate in ESoDoc INDIA, a new training initiative for Indian and European documentary filmmakers. ESoDoc INDIA aims to develop documentary projects that have potential for audiovisual markets, that successfully respond to the market needs of the broadcast industries in both regions, and also - especially - to respond to the communication needs of the NGO sector worldwide.

New Faces: Bringing Sanity to Conversations About Immigration

We may not be holding a rally like Jon Stewart did, but we do hope that our newly revised curriculum New Faces: Latinos in North Carolina will bring more sanity to conversations about culture, identity, immigration and globalization in classrooms and communities across North Carolina. With laws like the one passed this spring in Arizona and politicians running ads saying things like ďThis is Alabama; we speak English. If you want to live here, learn it,Ē itís certain that anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States isnít diminishing. There is clearly a lot of education that we need to do.

POV's 'This is My Family' Project Seeking Video Submissions!

Earlier this year, Working Films organized a strategy summit for POV's Adoption Stories Series, featuring the films Off & Running, In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee and Wo Ai Ni Mommy. We had many discussions about how we define family. For most of us, the classic family photo with matching sweaters and look-alike smiles doesn't quite capture our family. Maybe your family is your group of friends, or your extended family. You could be an adoptee, an adoptive parent, part of a single-parent family, an LGBTQ parent or child or a member of a foster family. POV wants to hear real stories about your family from you. Send in your videos and you might win an iPad or an iTouch!

A FEAST at Sheffield Doc Fest

Last week, Working Films enjoyed a banquet of good stuff at the Sheffield Doc-Fest, hosting a highly interactive Story Leads to Action on Friday afternoon, and participating in a lively panel discussion on Saturday. Read Robert's blog for more details.


Story Leads to Action:
The Fence

November 11th @ 7:30pm at 92Y Tribeca. A film by Rory Kennedy.

Find out more.

Distribution U:
A One-Day Crash Course

presented by Peter Broderick & Scott Kirsner

As a friend of Working Films, you'll receive a discounted rate. Discounts are also available for teams. Click below to register.

Saturday, November 13th in NYC
Saturday, November 20th in LA

Cucalorus Film Festival
Wilmington, NC
November 11-14th

A New Kind of Listening
Nov. 13th at 10:45am

The Fence
Nov. 13th at 1:15 PM

Rooftop Films Seeks Submissions

Rooftop Films is accepting submissions for their 2011 summer series.

Earlybird Deadline: December 5, 2010

Cinereach announces Summer Cycle Grant Recipients

Cinereach recently announced over $250,000 in grants to 11 feature-length fiction and nonfiction films to comprise its summer 2010 cycle. We congratulate all recipients!

Strategy Summit
Up In Smoke

With Channel 4 BRITDOC, our London office organized an excellent first conversation with some brilliant NGOs about audience and community engagement plans for Adam Wakeling's new documentary, Up in Smoke.