Jared Milrad, Founder and President
A Show For A Change, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A SHOW FOR A CHANGE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY 2019 AWARD WINNERS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT FILMS
Long Beach, CA - March 20, 2019 – A Show For A Change today announced several winners for its monthly global film festival, celebrating social impact films from around the world. The awarded films include projects from around the world and were created by numerous up-and-coming filmmakers.
“As we prepare to launch our new streaming platform for social good, movikarma, we’re proud to recognize these powerful films that advance the social causes of our time,” said Jared Milrad, founder and president of A Show For A Change. “From China to India to Liberia, our film festival continues to spread a global message of positivity and hope. I’m thrilled that our festival is elevating the voices of brave filmmakers addressing timely social causes, including environmental protection, mental health, and women’s rights.”
This month’s winners include:
ANACRONTE. Directed by Raúl Koler and Emiliano Sette. Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers. Causes: Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Wellness.
REFLECT: A RAY OF HOPE. Directed by Duncan Martin and Duncan McKellar. In the border towns of Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, two artists stage an audacious art event that aims to demonstrate the power of people working together, using something that we all share wherever we live in the world: the sun. Causes: Immigrants and Refugee Rights. Watch the trailer here.
SHATTER THE SILENCE. Directed by Cheryl Allison. Politicians such as former TX Senator and Women's Rights Activist Wendy Davis, Ministers, Teachers, Students, Social Workers, Artists and more in Dallas, TX speak out about the #metoo movement, patriarchy, sexual harassment in the church, rape culture, community action and the initiatives taking place to help bring forth change. Cause: Women’s Rights. Watch the trailer here.
TASTE OF HOME. Directed by Timothy Huang. The complexities of a young man's identity are explored through his relationship with his aging grandmother and brought to life through his passion for cooking. Causes: Diversity and Inclusion, Civil Rights.
KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK. Directed by Arom Choi. Hana lives in a small box-like room and interacts with the world only by listening through the thin walls that separate her from her neighbors. She is consumed by thoughts of death, only to be confronted by an unexpected death. This is a film for people who are fiercely fighting with their inner selves, isolation, and the weight of life. Cause: Mental Health. Watch the trailer here.
LITTLE LANTERN. Directed by Katelyn Kolb. A short coming of age story about a contemplative 11-year-old girl who is forced to grapple with her impending womanhood while at a religious summer camp. Cause: Women’s Rights. Watch the trailer here.
Social Impact Awards:
MADE IN CHINA: REFORMING CHINA’S SUPPLY CHAIN. Directed by Gabriel Diamond. For years, China has valued aggressive growth at the cost of environmental protection. Ma Jun emerged as a bold and singular voice, willing to stand up to powerful political and economic interests. His groundbreaking use of data and transparency holds industry accountable and makes clear the costs of toxic pollution. Cause: Environmental Protection.
STREET WORKERS UNITE! Directed by Gabriel Diamond. India's street vendors and rickshaw drivers are among the country's most vulnerable citizens. For years they’ve lived and worked without legal protections and without access to financial services, and have been subject to harassment by the police, the mafia, and others. NIDAN is working to change all that by organizing them to stand up for their own rights and stop "feeding milk to the snake." Cause: Economic Justice.
THE TYRANNY OF DISTANCE. Directed by Gabriel Diamond. Fifteen years of civil war in Liberia has resulted in one of the world’s worst doctor shortages and cut off the country’s rural poor from basic healthcare. Community health workers trained and equipped by the non-profit Last Mile Health are working to deliver lifesaving health services to the 1.2 million Liberians living in the most remote reaches of the country. Cause: Health & Wellness.
“Winning the "A Show For A Change" cinematography award means so much to myself and our team because of the immense amount of work and commitment that went into this project,” said Katelyn Kolb, director of Little Lantern. “This production both on the screen and off shows the true value of women and fights for a better understanding of the female perspective.”
“The project gave us the opportunity to not only challenge Donald Trump's corrosive rhetoric but also to work with wonderfully warm people from both sides of the USA Mexico border,” said co-creator David Martin. “To witness them standing in line over one kilometer, under the watchful eye of US Border Patrol, shining a mirrored light for peace, tolerance and unity using a sun that we all share, has left an indelible mark on us and it was a privilege to be there. It is fantastic that this award may enable Reflect to be seen by a wider audience."
"As the director of Shatter the Silence, I am beyond thrilled that the film was selected to receive the Storytelling Award,” said director Cheryl Allison. “To me that is the greatest honor as my goal for the film was to authentically share the powerful stories of the many women and men in the community of Dallas, TX. who are speaking out about sexual harassment, assault and the Me Too Movement in the community of Dallas, TX. Through their powerful stories, grassroots change and statewide initiatives, a light is being shed on this important subject. The film is the story of one community's empowerment to address this too-often taboo subject. It is my hope it will become the story for all communities."
Founded by Jared Milrad - a filmmaker, advocate, and entrepreneur who has worked for President Barack Obama and advocated for numerous social causes - A Show For A Change Film Festival raises up our planet's most compelling stories and inspiring voices. The film festival’s goal is to build a world filled with greater empathy and shared prosperity.
A Show For A Change invites filmmakers who share a passion for changing the world through the power of storytelling to submit to our monthly film festival. We seek diverse, engaging stories that address societal, environmental, and cultural issues. To apply for our next film festival, filmmakers can submit their projects by February 27, 2019 using this link: https://filmfreeway.com/ashowforachange
About A Show For A Change Film Festival
With 170+ global submissions, A Show For A Change has awarded some of the most creative, groundbreaking, and inspiring stories highlighting social issues since launching its monthly festival in December 2017. The company’s mission is to celebrate socially impactful films through the art of storytelling and advocate for enduring social change. It embraces films that challenge the status quo and stand up for urgent causes like human rights, animal rights, and the environment.
Learn more about our current projects and monthly global film festival at ashowforachange.com