Are you looking to maximize the impact of your film campaign? We've compiled this list of engagement specialists working in the field who are willing to help.
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|Active Voice tackles social issues through the creative use of film. Since their inception in 2001, Active Voice has influenced local, regional and national dialogue on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and education. As a team of 10 communications professionals, they offer full scale campaign development working with media at all stages-- from rough cuts through DVD and online distribution--to heighten impact and increase understanding of the cause or issue addressed. All of Active Voice's campaigns include built-in evaluation, with services ranging from basic strategy development to fundraising support to full campaign implementation (national partnerships, material creation, shorter clips for target audiences, high-profile events, grassroots promotion, etc.) that lead to sustained impact. Additionally, the Active Voice Lab for Story & Strategy offers high level consulting to producers and foundations, as well as big picture field analysis.|
|Azure Media produces high profile transmedia projects on air, online and on the go and media-fueled social impact campaigns in communities, schools and capitols. Specialties:|
Social action and impact campaign design for measurable social change initiatives (polling; audience and issue ID; alliances among media, government, NGOs, and corporations; public education; educational and community outreach; public affairs; online community-building; calls-to-action; and evaluation)
These TransImpact campaigns move public and influencer audiences from awareness to understanding to engagement to action around a media project and issue, seeding measurable behavioral, social and policy change. Azure Media was founded in 2007 by Anne Zeiser, an award-winning journalist (PBS, CBS News), social advocate (government) and media strategist (film and corporate marketing executive).
|Big Picture Instruction Design|
|Big Picture Instructional Design increases the reach and impact of issue-driven films, television projects, and documentaries by creating custom-designed campaigns and collateral materials that always put the film at the forefront.|
BPID is a team of former classroom teachers and non-profit administrators who specialize in media literacy, and film education and outreach. They target educational stakeholders - non-profits, district administrators, teachers, students, and community educators - to increase impressions and raise awareness about feature films, television programs, and documentaries in the educational space in a meaningful and substantive way. We take the experience of watching and turn it into learning, and then, into action.
|Borderline Media is a multiplatform communications and engagement consulting firm that provides fundraising, strategic design, partnership development, and public and digital engagement services for media campaigns and platforms. We help content producers maximize their media to inspire civic participation, social action and impact. They offer a free 30 minute consultation for filmmakers.|
|Bryce has seven years' progressive experience engaging diverse communities through all forms of media. Online, on-air, and in-person he has led initiatives to convene and connect people around issues that matter.|
|Fifty & Fifty|
|Fifty & Fifty was founded in 2009 to provide top-shelf web and technology solutions for the world's leading humanitarian causes, and do it at such a level for which there are no substitutes. Fifty works solely with nonprofits--people and missions that are socially and ethically defensible. Everything is founded on the premise of partnership.|
|Film Presence is a boutique marketing and outreach company co-founded by Sara Kiener and Merrill Sterritt. Film Presence combines event-based theatrical screenings with strong outreach partnerships to boost box office sales and maximize the word of mouth leading up to a theatrical engagement. Outreach projects previously managed by Film Presence include Frederick Wiseman's "La Danse," Nicole Opper's "Off and Running," and Andrew Jacob's "Four Seasons Lodge."|
|Film Sprout is a boutique distribution and outreach firm that helps filmmakers broaden the audience and impact of their documentary films through public screening events. As part of this mission, Film Sprout also assists filmmakers in developing strategic communication with audiences and stakeholders and in planning engagement initiatives that translate the viewer experience into on-the-ground action.|
|Firelight Media Community Action Division|
|Firelight's Community Action Division meets the needs of producers, organizers, audiences and philanthropists by connecting high-quality films with concrete and innovative ways for audiences to become inspired, educated, and mobilized into action. The Community Action Division primarily services producers by conceiving and implementing well-structured, multi-platform community engagement efforts around a range of social issues. A team of documentary and new media specialists will be on hand to assist projects at various stages of development. |
For a fee, Independent Producers seeking outreach specialists can retain Firelight's Community Action Division to advise on or implement full-scale multi-platform engagement campaigns. The Division will capitalize on Firelight's proven community engagement strengths - employing innovative promotional strategies to bring non-traditional audiences to public television, working closely with community based organizations that serve people of color, and providing exciting opportunities for engagement both online and offline.
|Heidi Nel and Karen Scott at Fitzgibbon Media|
|Heidi Nel, SVP of Digital, works with filmmakers, non-profits and coalitions to build social action campaigns that leverage digital media and marketing communications to engage supporters, impact policy initiatives and create cultural change. She's held senior positions at a Washington based public affairs firm, Dewey Square Group, and in the entertainment capitol where she worked in marketing at Lionsgate Entertainment.|
Karen Scott, VP, Artist Action, specializes in harnessing the power of the music and entertainment community to create awareness and inspire action for causes and organizations. She's managed music and entertainment relations for Amensty International and began her career in music management and at the legendary talent agency International Creative Management (ICM).
|Lina Srivastava is a strategist who combines activism, technology, culture, art, and storytelling for social transformation, bringing new narrative forms and distribution techniques to human rights and global development initiatives. She is the founder of a social innovation strategy group in New York City.|
Lina has provided project design consultation to a group of social impact organizations, including UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF, MobileActive, Apne Aap, Shine Global, BYkids, and Donor Direct Action.
An attorney by training from New York University School of Law, Lina has been involved in campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, and Who Is Dayani Cristal?, which recently premiered opening night at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the currently strategist for VODO, 3Generations, and Lakou Mizik.
The creator of the Transmedia Activism framework, which guides the development of media, art, and technology projects from story to social action, she is currently one of a handful of people in the world creating narrative-based social change initiatives with NGOs, global institutions, and independent media creators, combining both field experience with skills in documentary engagement and transmedia design.
Lina provides workshops, consultations, keynote addresses, panel discussions, and speeches on the rise of storytelling, narrative platforms, and social innovation as tools for social change, including at Yale Law School, Lincoln Center, MIT Media Lab, TEDx, and the Tribeca Film Festival.
|Materre Media Consulting/Creatively Speaking|
|Materre Media Consulting is a New York-based strategic marketing, distribution and management consultancy firm, helmed by Michelle Materre. Materre's professional background spans more than 25 years experience as film producer, writer, arts administrator, distribution/marketing specialist, film programmer and college professor. She is currently a Professor of Media Studies at The New School where she was recently awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award; she is an independent media consultant, advising filmmakers and organizations on fundraising, distribution, outreach, marketing, and exhibition.|
|MocaMedia works with filmmakers to clarify and achieve their engagement objectives, extend the life of their films, and reach an international audience through festivals, community screenings, partnerships, and social media. Partners Angela Alston and Gwen Alston work with filmmakers short or long term, depending on goals and budgets. They've supported festival launches, theatrical runs, and planned and implemented years-long engagement campaigns. Best way to start: a free 15-minute phone consultation.|
|Monifa Bandele is an impact producer with nearly a decade of experience developing education curriculum, resource guides, social/trans media projects, and community engagement campaigns for films like Hip Hop - Beyond Beats and Rhymes, Banished, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Soul Food Junkies and the Emmy Award winning documentary Freedom Riders. She has worked as a community outreach consultant for both Working Films and Firelight Media engaging more than 100 educational institution and partner organizations like Center for American Progress, NAACP, Boys and Girls Club of America, Columbia University, University of Wisconsin, and Spelman College --- ultimately reaching tens of thousands of audience participants.|
During the day, Monifa is a senior campaign director for MomsRising.org. Started in May 2006, MomsRising.org is an organization with more than 1.2 million members, 1,000 contributing bloggers, and more than a hundred aligned national organizations, working together to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to help ensure all children can thrive. With a social media reach of more than 3.5 million readers, Forbes.com has named MomsRising.org's website one of the "Top 100 Websites For Women" for four years in a row.
|Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, media strategist, and catalyst for social change who believes storytelling and technology can create safer communities for women and girls. Nancy is the director of the documentaries "The Line" and "xoxosms" (forthcoming broadcast on POV July 18, 2013) Nancy is the Founder of The Line Campaign, a transmedia non-profit dedicated to empowering young leaders to end sexual violence. She is also a creator of Circle of 6, a White House award-winning iOS and Android app created to fight violence against women, now used in 26 countries. An early adopter of cutting edge media tools for women's safety and dynamic storytelling, Nancy is a sought-after speaker and consultant working with film festivals, college students, military populations, independent filmmakers, and international organizations.|
|New Arts Axis|
|New Arts Axis is a new media consultancy facilitating creative innovation and impact for art, culture and human rights. They partner with artists who want their work to have deeper and more lasting impact in communities. They work with NGOs who want to collaborate more closely with artists to connect with audiences in more meaningful ways. New Arts Axis helps artists connect with organizations that truly want to collaborate. Their expertise includes web/digital story development and multiplatform project strategies, emerging technology, creative innovation labs, community engagement programs including live events and artist residencies, interactive partnership development, braintrusts and impact reporting. It's a diverse menu that works because they are a globally-distributed network of artists and thinkers and makers who can come together depending on the needs and budget of the project. Thier tags are Art, Technology, Culture, Collaboration and Social Impact. Everything we do falls in some combination of those buckets. They dig into projects from two months to two years - every Agreement is customizable to the needs and capacity of the project.|
|Neyda Luz Martínez|
|Neyda Luz Martínez is a producer and independent cultural consultant with over 15 years of experience. She started her career at The Lakeside Group, producer of the Chicago International Art Expo at Navy Pier, where she assisted in various aspects of production and promotion, served as assistant to the president and managed international cultural exchange programs. Since then she has held key positions and managed departments or initiatives at The Public Theater and El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the PBS series POV. She has also worked in the philanthropic, private and commercial business sectors for The Vidal Partnership, Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, Fundación Cuba Avant‐Garde, and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, among others.|
|Olivia Klaus / Quiet Little Place|
|Changing the world starts with a story. A good story, well told, can change lives, change laws and can change the world. Whether it is a documentary, online initiative, or community outreach campaign - Quiet Little Place is a team that is passionate about telling compelling and socially conscious stories that motivate action on the issues that shape our lives.|
|A national consulting firm founded in 1992, Outreach Extensions develops and implements solution-based media outreach campaigns that extend the impact of documentaries beyond television into local communities.|
|Picture Motion specializes in using social media, grassroots screenings and partnership development to create social action campaigns around documentary and narrative films in order to drive social change. They work with films that have the potential for powerful and socially driven outreach campaigns that can make a measurable impact. Their work includes social action campaign development, partnership development, social media and community engagement, and grassroots distribution.|
|Pride Collaborative helps to deepen relationships with customers, communities and audiences by connecting the dots between storytelling, content creation, digital media, and live experiences. They recently co-created the cross-media educational component for the PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name, developed a digital curricula for the NPR radio show State of the Re:Union, and is managing community outreach for AFFRM films. They also launched StoriesLead, a catalyst for great storytelling and the create daily, which matches talented content creators and media makers with career-advancing opportunities.|
|ProSocial is a strategy consulting and campaign management firm in the business of high-impact social change. They build innovative, multiplatform public engagement campaigns in the pursuit of sustainable social impact on a wide variety of issues, such as health, education, the environment and human rights. Based in Los Angeles, their team's close relationship with entertainment media brings momentum and attention to social causes.|
ProSocial has a successful history of architecting strategy and building social campaigns for clients across sectors, including media, corporate, and mission-driven organizations.
|I produce strategic media, advocacy and social action campaigns for films, non-profits and media groups. This includes managing partners, overseeing community outreach and engagement and measuring impact. I have extensive background in the non-profit and policy sectors as a community organizer, political campaign director and outreach director.|
|Six Foot Chipmunk|
|Over the last six years, Six Foot Chipmunk has develop campaigns and raised millions of dollars for over 20 feature-length documentary films, which have been seen on CNN, PBS, HBO, Planet Green, Showtime, and OWN.|
Stephanie Bleyer, founder of Six Foot Chipmunk, helps artists create strategic plans, raise funds, and reach and mobilize new audiences for social issue films. Her career in activism has taken many forms and started early. As a teenage journalist Stephanie received the National Ernest Hemingway Writing Award for uncovering her city's bogus recycling program. Since then, she has studied organic farming in Italy, bicycled across Cuba on a grant to study sustainable energy, and created a documentary for Oxygen about her social action bicycle trip from Seattle to Washington D.C. She has produced a 30-city bus tour for the Eat Well Guide and the opening of Mercy Corps' Action Center to End World Hunger. She has managed displacement camps in Sri Lanka and worked with street boys in Nairobi. In addition to her work with filmmakers, Stephanie is a consultant for the Creative Capital Foundation. Stephanie holds an MPA from NYU Wagner.
|Take Culture LLC|
|Take Culture LLC is a multimedia content marketing company focused on creating and marketing film and media content through platforms that are engaging, entertaining - and get our clients the most results. Our role in your success is to generate awareness, and we take it seriously. Our award-winning expertise is a rich mix of public relations, marketing communications, media relations, strategic planning, web, film, video content development, social media, writing and editing collateral materials, and event management. This diverse background and experience informs the work we do for you and is what makes us different. Want to know how we can make your content work best for you? Get in touch with us!|
|Third Stage Consulting|
|Third Stage Consulting provides strategic planning, project management and implementation to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector through partnerships with documentary filmmakers. Building on the filmmaker's vision, Third Stage Consulting develops impactful and strategic calls to action--operationalized through targeted and measurable goals and objectives. |
Third Stage Consulting is dedicated to building on the inspiration and urgency that documentary film brings to social justice concerns. Creative programming wrapped around a story, inspires those in the trenches grappling with ways to bring public awareness and empathy to those concerns. Through these efforts, Third Stage Consulting ensures that social justice documentaries create impact far beyond festivals, public audience engagement and broadcasts activity.
|Angela Tucker is a writer, director and producer. Her directorial work includes (A)SEXUAL, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction available on iTunes and VOD this summer and BLACK FOLK DON'T ... a satirical, documentary web series in its second season featured in Time Magazine's "10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life." She is a Co-Producer on THE NEW BLACK, a feature length documentary currently in production about the complicated histories of the African American and LGBT civil rights movements. She was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she produced several award winning documentaries including PUSHING THE ELEPHANT (PBS' Independent Lens) about a Congolese mother and daughter separated over 12 years. An expert outreach campaign manager, Tucker knows how to increase and leverage audience engagement and impact of a project, her efforts leading to screenings on Capitol Hill and in closed door Senate meetings. She manages social media campaigns for project of all sizes and regularly speaks at universities about everything from concept development to execution, distribution, and audience engagement.|
|Recognizing the power of stories to inspire and transform, Working Films cultivates partnerships between nonfiction media-makers, nonprofit organizations, educators and advocates to advance social justice and support community-based change. We train documentary makers in audience engagement and work with NGOs to use story-driven films and media to enhance their programs and move their missions forward. Our film campaigns have helped to change toxic marketplaces, influenced equitable public policies, supported more inclusive communities, and inspired principled individual actions.|
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Last updated: 1/3/2014