Ready to host your own Reportero Premiere Party? It's easy — red carpet not required! Here's a guide to getting started.
Set a date and place -- Invite as many people as you like to your home, school, community center or any location to watch Reportero on your television or laptop. Reportero will have its national broadcast premiere on Monday, January 7th at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Host your party the night of the premiere or during the first two weeks that the film is streaming online. http://video.pbs.org.
Invite your guests -- Use the Punchbowl invite template for an easy way to invite friends and family. Sign into Punchbowl for free and choose the Movie/TV theme to create your Premiere Party invitation-- www.punchbowl.com
Test your A/V equipment and check your local listings -- Make sure your TV or computer connection works before the big bash. And check to make sure that Reportero is airing at the right time on your PBS station by entering your zip code on POV's TV Schedule Page.
Talk about the film -- Encourage your guests to share their insights and reactions. You can also give your guests a bit of context about the film (head over to the Film Description to read more about the film, and see what the filmmaker has to say).
One way to get a discussion going is to pose a general question such as:
- If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would you ask and what would you ask him or her?
- What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?
- Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?
Or try a film-specific discussion question:
- What did you learn from the film about the meaning of the phrase "free press" and the role of journalists in a democracy?
- René Blanco laments, "When we publish a political story on our front page, it doesn't sell as well as a narco story. If it were up to the newspaper vendors, the paper would be dripping in blood." What do you think drives the apparent demand for "blood"? If you owned a news outlet, how would you balance the desire to do in-depth political reporting with the need to sell your product?
- Sergio Haro says that narco-trafficking causes violence, but he also observes that "the root is inequality." What is the connection between poverty and drug trafficking? Do you think that the eradication of poverty would also end the drug trade as it exists in Mexico today? Why or why not?
Take pictures-- Take pictures of your party and upload them to POV's Premiere Party Flickr group
Tweet, Blog, Facebook-- We want to know who joined in, what you thought of the film and what you talked about. Blog about your party and send us a link, Tweet @POVengage to tell POV what you discussed, or Fan POV on Facebook and leave us a comment.
Take Action-- Find out more about the issues and learn how you can take action.
Tell us about your Premiere Party for a chance to receive a POV Prize Pack-- Visit the Reportero Premiere Party Entry Page two weeks after the Thursday night premiere (the contest ends at 5 p.m. ET two weeks after the national broadcast premiere) to tell POV about your experience and to enter the giveaway.Make sure to leave us your email address, and you may be selected to receive a POV Party Pack!
There will be two Party Pack winners for each POV broadcast for a total of 26 winners. All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will include all of the gifts plus a Sony a77 DSLR camera and lens (Retail value: $1,999). The Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 29, 2013.