Our friends over at Picture Motion have complied 13 moments of impact in 2013. Last year, the company that's dedicated to building social action campaigns through specialized social media, grassroots screenings and partnership development (learn more about Picture Motion from our chat with them on TFI LIVE) worked with 15 films ranging from the crossover hit Fruitvale Station to the Robert Reich doc Inequality for All and have compiled some of their favorite moments.
Below are two TFI-supported projects they worked on.
The Nation Took Aim at the Black Male Achievement Gap in Education
After opening in 33 theaters with support from 120 partnering organizations, American Promise (a Tribeca All Access® alum) established itself as a leader in the national movement to close the achievement gap in education. This campaign created resources to help teachers and faculty empower black boys and young men of color in their educational career. Throughout 2013, the film was screened at 116 community events in 60 cities. Following a community screening at a private school in Brooklyn, one teacher said: “It raised questions for us about ways we are aware and supportive of black boys and other children from under-represented groups in our community.”
Additionally, we launched 8 Promise Clubs nationwide, which serve as a support group and safe place for parents to discuss and strategize how to best support the academic achievement and social and emotional development of their sons. In 2014 we’re focusing on the expansion of these clubs as well as working with our partners on making Black Male Achievement Week a nationally recognized event!
God Loves Uganda Inspired Dialogue Around Religion and Homophobia Nationwide
God Loves Uganda (TAA and Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund-supported) inspired global discussions around extreme missionary practices and the spread of homophobia abroad through their screening tour. Working with the United Unitarians, Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Metropolitan Community Church, United Church of Christ and the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, God Loves Uganda screened at churches and for communities of faith—as well as seminary and theology schools—across the country. Working with the international LGBT rights activist group All Out, we raised awareness around the dissemination of U.S.-based church funds towards homophobia in Africa through their no hate in the collection plate initiative. Working with Upworthy and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the film’s trailer reached millions of viewers online.
God Loves Uganda also made short list for an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary, and continues to open in theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
[Photo (Left-Right): American Promise subjects Idris Brewster and Seun Summers]