Picture Motion Monthly Reel: July 2017

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t’s the end of July, a month where we celebrate America’s independence and progress with friends and family.

But this month, our administration continued their efforts to move our country backwards, directly affecting millions of Americans.  From pushing health care reform to strip Americans of affordable access, to the proposed ban on transgender people in the military, these actions are disheartening, maddening and unacceptable.

While our government continues to engage in acts of discrimination, communities and individuals prove that unity, empathy and loud action can overcome these challenges. The new health care plan was shot down and the internet came out in full force against Trump’s military ban. We the people understand that we are stronger together, as different as we are.  If anything has come out of the past few weeks, it’s that we at PicMo are even more motivated and inspired to continue our work to connect people through film. Exposure to and connection with people who are different than us builds empathy, and is actually what enables us to makes our country so great. Let’s keep at it.

P.S. Send us your #TransRightsAreHumanRights messages on social media so we can retweet or repost you! We’re all in this together.


Working on a screening series for an AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER has been such an enriching and unique experience for our team.  At a recent screening in Portland, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced her commitment to getting a carbon-pricing bill passed in next year’s short session. If this cap and invest bill is passed in 2018, it will have profound effect on the Trump administration’s attempt to ignore and trivialize climate change.  The film’s partners, including The Sierra Club, The Climate Reality Project, and Renew Oregon, have done incredible work  engaging political leaders about the issues facing our environment and Picture Motion is so proud of AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL’s role in that effort. AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL is released in New York City and Los Angeles TODAY and nationwide August 4th. Buy One Ticket, Get One Ticket Free! To take advantage of this offer, go here to reserve your tickets. Search for showings where you live and enter promo code SIERRACLUBBOGO at checkout (limited quantity available; expires 8/31/17 or when quantities run out).


BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY screened at the Texas Theatre in Dallas this week. After watching the documentary, audience members participated in a lively discussion panel with members of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, The Afiya Center, Texas Equal Access Fund and Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center. The panelists discussed how the film touched them personally, and how it displayed the struggles in their work. As BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY examines the war on women’s healthcare and rights, spanning from abortion to reproductive rights and maternal health, the subject matter may feel very heavy at times. But by coordinating panel screenings following the documentary, Picture Motion hoped to give audiences members a sense of hope and security as experts working in the field shared how they were directly addressing the issues at hand. Thanks for the great screening, y’all! Sign up to your your own screening of BIRTHRIGHT: A WAR STORY and buy tickets for upcoming  theatrical releases in LA, Portland, and more here!


National Geographic broke broadcast barriers on July 9th with a two-hour global television event called EARTH LIVE. The world’s greatest wildlife cinematographers shared live footage from 15 countries across six continents, letting viewers experience the adventure of a lifetime as they traveled the world and witnessed how species responded to the powerful forces of nature in order to survive. Hosted by Jane Lynch and Phil Keoghan, EARTH LIVE used cutting-edge technology to showcase a number of wildlife firsts. Banding together in the name of nature and wildlife conservation, 12 leading NGO partnered together for the EARTH LIVE broadcast, including the The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, Rainforest Action Network, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Animal Protection, Parley for the Oceans, National Audubon Society, WILD Foundation, Worldwatch Institute, EcoAgriculture Partners, Humane Society of the U.S., and Oceana. Driving audience engagement and education, the partners helped promote the broadcast on their respective social media platforms. Learn more about our inspiring partners and the breathtaking EARTH LIVE wildlife here.


FROM THE ASHES is a compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal.” On Thursday July 13th, 70 people filled NC State’s Duke Energy Hall to watch this documentary. The screening was hosted by Sierra Club Beyond Coal Organizer Jillian Riley and Deborah Graham,  the NC Sierra Club Chapter, and NC State’s Climate Reality Project with the goal of educating their community about coal and building local power to support those people who are most impacted by coal pollution. Audience members asked questions ranging from technical questions about coal ash waste management, to accountability of the state and national level politicians, to what’s next. People in NC have been living on bottled water for over 800 days and this screening was one step in the fight to get the coal companies to cover the costs of cleaning up the coal ash waste that is polluting the water. More than 250 screenings of FROM THE ASHES have been organized nationwide. To keep the momentum going and to continue having vital community conversations, we are inviting anyone to sign up to host a screening. Learn more about FROM THE ASHES and sign up to host an event today.

  • 1.8 million viewers watched the trailer for CITY OF GHOSTS on Facebook
  • 5,716 supporters liked WHOSE STREETS? on Facebook
  • 32 nationwide screenings confirmed for BLOOD ROAD

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