STORY LEADS TO ACTION at 92Y Tribeca
Story Leads to Action, hosted by Chicken & Egg Pictures (C&E) in partnership with Working Films, is a monthly-series that brings together social issue documentaries with on-the-ground advocates to develop partnerships and allied efforts. These first conversations at the 92Y Tribeca have led to long-term, multi-year partnerships that have catalyzed significant and measurable change.
We bring Chicken & Egg-funded filmmakers together with strategic cohorts of NY-based activists, educators and community organizers to field-test, "design" and brainstorm on-the-spot community/audience engagement strategies for films in the series.
Following each screening, filmmaker Judith Helfand will lead a lively, engaged, interactive discussion with the directors, guest educators/activists and, most importantly, the audience – focused on how to balance the needs of these character-driven films with the needs of local, regional and global advocacy campaigns. Together we "test" engagement strategy ideas tied to local efforts in New York City. You can be part of a work-in-progress engagement strategy tied to the issues you care about the most.
Check out the information on our past panelists!
Story Leads to Action
2011-2012 Season Line-Up
OCT 27th: SEMPER FI: ALWAYS FAITHFUL
The story of a retired Marine’s fight for justice on behalf of U.S. soldiers and their families exposed to toxic drinking water while stationed at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. Filmmakers Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon in attendance with members of Environmental Working Group, Blue Green Alliance and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.
NOV 17th: Report back from REEL FOOD residency
hosted by Working Films, the Fledgling Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures.
From weekday dinners to holiday feasts, food brings people together. We gather around the table to enjoy a meal, often telling stories about our lives. It’s not often, though, that we discuss the food on our plates -- how what we eat and the methods we use to produce it affect people and the planet. Reel Food is a unique convening that brings together nonfiction media-makers telling powerful stories about food and agriculture with non-profit organizations and foundations working for healthy, just and sustainable communities.Various participating filmmakers will be presenting their projects from the residency.
DEC 15th: in honor of Human Rights Day: CALL ME KUCHU, work-in-progress screening
Call Me Kuchu tells the story – at once tragic and hopeful – of a tight-knit community of gay and transgender Ugandans in a country where homosexuality is a crime punishable by life imprisonment. At a time when an “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” (also known as the "Kill the Gays Bill") tabled in Parliament promises even harsher penalties, and religious leaders orchestrate ferocious anti-gay marches, Uganda’s “kuchus” find themselves fighting for justice and freedom on the frontlines of Africa’s gay rights movement. American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and California pastor Rick Warren have a history of supporting anti-gay sentiment in Uganda, only after a period of silence and a refusal to take sides in the matter, did Warren publicly denounce the bill. Filmmakers Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall in attendance with faith-based activists, social media gurus and LGBT organizers.
FEB 16th: Oscar special – watch an Academy Award-nominated film in the lead-up to the Oscars!
Find out about how social issue filmmakers are using the attention of an Oscar nomination to spearhead their audience engagement campaign. We’ll invite one of the doc short or long form nominees after the nominations are announced in January.
MAR 15th: A work-in-progress screening of A QUIET INQUISITION in honor of Women’s History Month.
A doctor must choose between breaking the law or breaking everything she stands for. This is the reality of living in one of the six countries in the world where the termination of any pregnancy, even if in response to a result of rape, incest, or to save the woman’s life is illegal and actively prosecuted. A chilling reminder of the exact restrictions many US politicians and Tea Party members want to put in place here. Filmmakers Holen Kahn and Alessandra Zeka in attendance with local and international pro-choice activists
APR 19th: In celebration of Earth Day: A rough-cut screening of
CHESHIRE, OHIO: A QUESTION OF POWER, directed by Eve Morgenstern, follows the story of a gun toting 83-year old woman who refuses to sell her house to the power plant next door. But despite her refusal, the plant has moved ahead with their 20 million dollar deal to buy out most of Cheshire and bulldoze all the homes. What happened in this Ohio River town overrun by one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the world? A story of money, power, corporate dominance of American life and the increasingly difficult choices we face surrounding the environment, Cheshire, Ohio makes us think twice about home. After the 60 minute rough cut screening, the discussion will focus on story, structure and the most strategic audiences.
May 17th: STORY OF BROKE – part of the STORY OF STUFF PROJECT
The Story of Stuff Project was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content. Members of the STORY OF BROKE team will be in attendance with green economy activists.
All evenings start at 7pm. Filmmakers in attendance. Discount passes are available.
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street (on the corner of Canal and Hudson), NY, NY
- Chicken & Egg Pictures Goes to Washington! - Jun 14
- Next Thursday, STORY LEADS TO ACTION Presents, THE STORY OF BROKE - May 09
- Story Leads to Action: Cheshire Ohio: A Question of Power, Post-Screening Wrap-Up - Apr 29
- TONIGHT! Story Leads to Action presents CHESHIRE OHIO: A QUESTION OF POWER - Apr 19
- Next Thursday! Story Leads to Action presents CHESHIRE OHIO: A QUESTION OF POWER - Apr 12