Watch a film. Get inspired. Make a difference.
Film changes lives. ACTNow inspires film-goers to become educated and respond immediately to certain films and social issues in a positive and proactive way, inviting social and environmental change. Post-film, when you're feeling inspired, participate in hands-on opportunities to become more educated and be a vehicle of change—sign petitions, volunteer, make a donation, and find out ways that YOU can make a difference.
A Wolf's Place | MISSION: WOLF, Wolf Sanctuary in Colorado
Wolves are a keystone species in our global ecosystem, but beyond their role in a healthy and balanced environment, they reflect our own wild nature. Fairy tales of old have immortalized the demonic aggression of wolves from Little Red Riding Hood losing her grandmother, to the Three Little Pigs losing their homes. Even "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" emphasized the predatory and dangerous nature of the lone wolf. In more recent history, America's own Teddy Roosevelt declared wolves a "scourge" and "threat to national security" when he placed a bounty on their heads.
With this in mind, we ask that you watch A Wolf's Place; that you get inspired to discover your own wild nature; and then make a difference by taking action in one of three ways:
3. Support a national campaign through the Center For Biological Diversity:
Today’s media is filled with stories of America’s struggling education system—but this is a story about one school that is doing it right. Teen Press chronicles one semester of the Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press Program and features interviews—with celebrities and unknown heroes alike—throughout the United States. Our mission with this film is to change the way we view education in America. Here's how you can help.
The Hunting Ground
The Hunting Ground is an unflinching exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families - but never on the institutions themselves. If you want to help us change this, here are three ways to start
1. Make the Pact: I am aware that sexual assault can happen to anyone at any time.I believe we can end sexual assault through education.I will always be sure of genuine consent before any sexual activity.I will take action if I see a situation that could lead to sexual assault.I commit to learning more and promoting the PACT.
3. Join the Movement: Become an activist for change in your community
An open-pit mining boom in northern British Columbia has downstream Alaskans worried over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar tourism and fishing industries-- in particular, the endangerment of salmon watersheds. These fears are heightened when a catastrophic tailings dam fails at nearby Mt. Polley Mine. Here a few ways to take direct action and help this cause:
Featuring climbing legend Alex Honnold, Sufferfest 2 follows a humorous, scorching, 700-mile bike ride through the canyonlands of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, stopping off to bag desert towers along the way. In three short weeks, Honnold and filmmaker Cedar Wright did what normally takes years - and lived to laugh about it.
Chau, Beyond the Lines (Nominated, 88th Academy Awards for Best Documentary)
From 1961 to 1971, the United States sprayed 20 million gallons of herbicides onto the dense jungles of Vietnam in order to rid the Northern Vietnamese Army of food and cover. Among these herbicides, the most widely used was Agent Orange. Although originally said to be harmless to humans, the chemical has been associated with serious health issues. The Red Cross estimates that 3 million Vietnamese have been affected by dioxin, including at least 150,00 children born with serious birth defects. Chau, Beyond the Lines tells the story of one such young man, Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for children disabled by Agent Orange, struggles with his dream to one day become a professional artist. To support the subjects of the film, please visit these resources:
1. Support a peace camp for orphans affected by Agent Orange (the place the originally inspired the film)
Unbranded follow Ben Masters, a young Texas horseman, as he gathers three of his best friends, adopts and trains sixteen (out of our country’s 50,000) wild mustangs, and sets off on an epic, 3,000 mile adventure from the Mexican to the Canadian border through some of the American West’s wildest terrain, all in an effort to prove the worth of these horses that are systematically rounded up and held in government holding facilities. What ensues is a soaring tale of self-discovery, runaway horses, nearly-broken friendships, resilience, and adventure in its truest sense of the word, all shining a bright light on the complex plight of our country’s wild horses. Here are some ways you can support wild horses:
Racing Extinction - 2015 ACTNow Recipient
Racing Extinction follow a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high-tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, Racing Extinction reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world - imagine images of blue whales swimming atop the Empire State Building or Mt. Crested Butte for that matter.
The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It
The World Is As Big Or As Small As You Make It explores an innovative program where North Philly kids, ages 12-15, use their phones and iPads to forge friendships with peers around the world. For children who have never left their neighborhood streets, these exchanges prove to be both touching and surprising. Below are links to support the program and other projects in North Philly!
We're proud to have PACT as the 2015 ACTNow sponsor.
PACT'S Pact: Many people don't think about how their clothes are made. But, just as food doesn't come from a grocery store, clothes don't come from a department store. In fact, your clothing and food often start out in the same place: a farmer's field. PACT goes to great lengths to make sure our entire supply chain, from the growing and harvesting of the organic cotton to the final sewing and all the processes in between, are as clean and responsible as possible. We are pretty proud of how we make our stuff so you can not only feel good in your PACT clothes but feel good about where they came from too.
2013 ACTNow RECIPIENT - BLOOD BROTHER and the nonprofit LIGHT
The average person does not place love above his own security. Rocky Braat is not your average person. Rocky has devoted his life to working at an orphanage in Chennai, India. The children have been abandoned by their families and society. But despite all the pain that this world has shown them, they have learned to love.
Rocky received Crested Butte Film Festival's $500 ACTNow Award that went directly to the operations of his orphanage and to these amazing children in Chennai.