Friday, February 19, 2021

Participant Media tries to show how film media can support activism on social justice, climate change

Fort Lauderdale, 2017, at sea level

Fastcompany has a nice article about Participant Media, and how independent film can contribute to activism.  While Participant is well known for working on documentaries with independent studios, it has sometimes worked with larger Hollywood efforts, such as “Judas and the Black Messiah”, which starred at 2021 Sundance and which opened in theaters and HBOMax for Black History Month.

The article shows several videos on the topic, based on the film “Last Call at the Oasis” (2011, Jessoca Yu), reviewed here in May 2012 (see label). 

The bullet points are . (1) Become a hub for activists (2)Give people tools to act locally (especially relevant with an issue like climate change) (3) Provide incentive for action (4) create content around the original content (which was my technique 20 years ago with gays in the military) (5) let the film’s message take on its own life. .

In the video below, Participant Media executive Holly Gordon is interviewed by Joel Stein. Participant Media

 Participant Media explains its status as a B-corporation.  David Hogg is doing that with his new pillow company (we need a short film about "Good Pillow" soon).

Here is Participant Media’s Take Action link.  

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