SOURCE: National Cooperative Business Association
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jul 11, 2012) - In Washington, D.C. on July 18, 2012, a local network of grassroots organizations, individuals and a national trade association for cooperatives will join cities and towns across the country to host a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, spurring action toward strengthening local economies.
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse.
Coop DC, the DC Time Bank, Emergence Community Arts Collective, Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) and the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) are co-hosting a local showing of the documentary at 7:30 p.m. on July 18 at:
AMC Loews Georgetown 14
3111 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
The screening will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring:
- Bill McKibben: author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
- Majora Carter: Peabody award-winning broadcaster & urban revitalization strategist
- Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
- David Brancaccio: host, NOW on PBS
Representatives of worker and housing cooperatives, Time Bank, DC Coops, GEO, community organizations and NCBA will be on hand to lead discussion of the film and discuss their activities. Tickets are available online and at the box office.
The event kicks off the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. Coop DC, the DC Time Bank, Emergence Community Arts Collective, Grassroots Economic Organizing and NCBA are among the more than 50 groups around the country participating in the campaign. Through this screening, these organizations are using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.
Cooperatives, time banks (a form of bartering) and community banks are ways that people are coming together to "fix" the current economy. A cooperative is a member-owned and controlled business that operates for the mutual benefit of its members. More than 29,000 cooperatives operate in every sector of the economy and in congressional district; Americans hold over 350 million co-op memberships. US cooperatives generate 2 million jobs and make a substantial contribution to the US economy with annual sales of $652 billion and possessing assets of $3 trillion. Learn more about co-ops at www.ncba.coop, and see a list of cooperatives in the DC area at http://coopdc.org.
The DC Time Bank is an exchange system that allows people to help each other while receiving credits for their service. Time banking is a way to value the favors we do for others and the helps to weave community. Learn more at www.dctimebank.org.
To learn more about the organizations hosting this screening, visit their websites:
DC Time Bank: www.dctimebank.org
Emergence Community Arts Collective: www.ecacollective.org/index.html
Grassroots Economic Organizing: www.geo.coop
National Cooperative Business Association: www.ncba.coop
ABOUT FIXING THE FUTURE
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio's Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions. www.fixingthefuture.org
ABOUT ACTIVE VOICE
Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Its team of strategic communications professionals works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability. www.activevoice.net
ABOUT JUMPSTART PRODUCTIONS
JumpStart Productions is a NY-based company with projects in the US, Europe and Africa. JumpStart creates media that is aligned with solutions-oriented journalism. Its projects have been awarded three national Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Edward Murrow Award for Best International Documentary, and three Gracie Awards for excellence in portrayal of women. 100 million people have seen our public-media television series, NOW on PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart's track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique visitors. www.jumpstartglobalmedia.org
Area23a is a bicoastal, independently owned "event" based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialists Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, night clubs, casinos, libraries, museums and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a distributes award-winning films such as Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag's Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson's Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru's They Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg's Wretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro's To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier's Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine. www.area23a.com