Screening Directly Affected: Here's What You Need to Know

An updated short film that you can screen

As part of our IndieGoGo campaign, we're raising the funds we'll need to update our film about Tar Sands pipelines with stories from across Canada!

The new film will include comparisons between Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline proposal in BC and Alberta, as well as TransCanada's Energy East application that crosses Canada from Hardisty, AB to Saint John, NB.

That means our goal is to make a film about two pipelines, to tell a national story about the corrosion of people's rights, Canada's environment and our economy brought on by a sunset industry on it's last legs.

Documentary activism: creating conversation in your community

The benefits of bringing people together around a film are numerous. One of the perks in our crowdfunding campaign is the book Screening Truth to Power by Cinema Politica. In it, Svelte Turnin and Ezra Winton reference John Walk's statement in one Cinema Politica talk:

"Documentary is a conversation, a conversation in a moment of time with a confluence of people interacting, filmmakers interacting with real people, coming to certain ideas and conclusions and experiences, events, whatever it might be. A film has to stop, it has to end, but the conversation has to continue."

That's what all screenings should aim to be: not really for screening, but for creating a space in which conversation can take place, information exchanged between members of the community, and for where mobilization towards positive action can happen. 

Turnin and Winton go on, "Each film is then in the hands of interpretative communities — audiences who process the information, respond emotionally and act upon what they have seen and heard on the screen and at the screening. This live wire of inspiration and activation is a kind of interpretation of the artwork, and is articulated through social relations that, when compounded, can have a real, tangible and positive effect."

We want to put the film in the hands of the community, so that the community can decide what to do with it. We need people like you, people who believe in this kind of community engagement, to screen the film where you live and create a real impact in Canada!

How you can be a screening host

We're using the organizing platform NationBuilder to help you organize screenings. NationBuilder  is simple to use—all it takes is ten minutes to list a screening on our site, share it to invite others, and then we'll be in contact with a screening kit that includes printable artwork, social media assets and some directions.

Once you sign up, we'll send you a digital download of the film when it's finished on September 22, 2015 that you can screen on your laptop or device connected to a TV or Projector. 

You can screen the film to anyone: your family, friends, community, students or co-workers to create offline conversations and bering people together. Here's some ideas about screenings:

  • Create a screening at your church or youth group
  • Sit down your family for a movie night (and include other great films about oil and the environment — we'll give you some recommendations in our screening kit)
  • Host a conversation about a local issue concerning pipelines, democracy, or climate justice with your club or organization
  • Have your co-workers come to a lunch-hour screening
  • Bring the film to a senior's home where a grandparent lives

Buying a 7-Day Launch Screening License

For those who want to organize a screening of greater than 50 people, we're asking that you purchase the $100 level perk on our IndieGoGo campaign. This perk gives you the film to screen the film 7-days before others receive it, and the Screening Kit with everything you need to make your event successful.

Because we need funds to finish the film, this money will directly be used for just that: allowing us to afford the finishing services that all films need before they go out to the public. 

From screenings we've done in the past, we know how valuable hosting these spaces are to the public. We're confident that you can raise enough money by donation to cover the licensing cost of $100 and other related costs from your screening (like the venue, equipment rental, prints and advertising, if applicable).

We understand that not everybody will want to buy a screening license: if you can't, the digital copy of the film is available at the $25 level on our IndieGoGo campaign, but you won't receive it until a little later, on September 29, 2015. Also, we're requesting that you don't screen this film to audiences of greater than 50 people unless you donate or purchase the $100-level perk on our IndieGoGo campaign.

Think of the licensing fee as an artist's fee: it helps us to continue to do the storytelling that's important to us, and valuable for others. We'd be ever so grateful if you mention to your screening audience about our donations page, too!