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Help us ensure stories lead to ACTION!

If you believe that “story leads to action” please support Working Films' unique approach to using documentary films as tools for change. With your help we will:

  • Train hundreds of social justice and environmental organizers and nonprofits on how to make the best use of documentary films to advance their critical work

  • Bring Reel Power and Reel Economy films to key states around the country, where films like American Winter, Gasland 2, Inequality for All and Bidder 70 will educate audiences and inspire them to get involved in state level and national fights for economic and environmental justice.

  • Support the Moral Monday movement in our home state of North Carolina, using documentary films from our Reel Engagement cohorts  to educate citizens on important issues like fracking, economic inequality, education budget cuts and threats to reproductive rights and justice.

Please donate today and consider making a recurring monthly donation to sustain our efforts throughout the year.

Robert West Reel Engagement Fund

If you would like to make your donation in honor of Robert West, Working Films’ co-founder and longtime executive director who passed away in June 2013 please donate directly here to the Robert West Reel Engagement Fund.  Like Robert, the work supported by the Fund will be nimble, creative and responsive to the needs and opportunities for social change. 

What is Reel Engagement?
Since 2009, Working Films has been bringing together multiple filmmakers addressing the same theme or issue from different points of view. Imagine eight, very specific, personal yet universal stories that explore an issue from 360 degrees. Imagine these stories being screened in diverse venues, online and off, and used in targeted campaigns individually and collectively over several years. Imagine the potential for impact. We have, and we call it Reel Engagement.

Whether it’s Reel Power in Texas advancing climate justice initiatives in drought-stricken areas, or Reel Economy in North Carolina where films are being deployed to educate and mobilize progressive coalitions working to address the destructive power of unregulated money in politics, Reel Engagement uses collections of award-winning media to address critical issues of our time, such as climate change (Reel Power), education (Reel Education), the economy (Reel Economy), and a growing aging population (Reel Aging).

We know that nonprofits and activists need multiple, dynamic stories to animate their work and motivate target audiences to take action at local, state and national levels. The Reel Engagement initiative meets this need.

Funds contributed to the Robert West Reel Engagement Fund will be used to honor Robert’s legacy and vision, and to support a critical phase of campaign development across the Reel Engagement film cohorts (Reel Power, Reel Education, Reel Aging and Reel Economy). This will include:

  • Strategy convenings, where filmmakers are brought together with issue-based coalitions focused on developing state-wide campaigns
  • An online hub for Reel Engagement media and activism at ScreeningHQ.org; and
  • Screening/licensing fees to ensure that all grassroots groups and organizations have access to the award-winning films and that filmmakers are fairly compensated.

We remain inspired by the tremendous care, concern and support expressed by so many in the past year.  We look forward to continuing to develop innovative strategies that assure stories lead to action. By doing this work, we will honor the vision and legacy of Robert West. 

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