Picture Motion Monthly Reel: August 2017

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We can’t believe it either but… it’s the end of August. Summer is almost over and it has flown by! While this season has been full of ups and downs, we’ve consistently been inspired by the positivity and creativity within the media, nonprofit, and tech world. It’s undeniable that film’s potential to make impact and spread awareness is more important than ever. The rapid reach of the VICE documentary on Charlottesville proved just that. We do not know what societal or political challenges lie ahead in the future, but by working together and embracing our differences, we’re better prepared to fight back.

This fall, let’s continue to strengthen our relationships and lift each other up. Have an upcoming project or campaign that you’d like to share with Team PicMo? Send us a tweet – we got you.


For the past 100 years, America’s public high schools have remained virtually unchanged — yet the world around us has transformed dramatically. XQ Institute (XQ) works to inspire communities to rethink high school and ensure that all young people graduate prepared to succeed in college, career, and life. On September 8th, some of the biggest names in entertainment will join students, parents, educators, and more for a must-see, live television event – EIF Presents: XQ SUPER SCHOOL LIVE at 8/7c on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. More here!

Picture Motion invites you to join hundreds of schools and host a viewing party during this one-night-only special event! These parties are meant to support and celebrate American public high schools, to spread the word about the ways in which schools are thriving, and share what we can all do to help support future students. The future of education affects us all. It’s time to rethink high school – join us and sign up today!


As our nation continues to face an unavoidable and painful racial divide, media is a powerful outlet for activism and conversation. WHOSE STREETS?, a powerful documentary about the Ferguson uprising, has emerged as a formidable force to demonstrate the harsh reality of police militarization and the inspiring resilience of activists in the movement. Picture Motion is proud to work with WHOSE STREETS? to organize screenings and panels nationwide with numerous organizations committed to fighting racism and inequality.

Following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville – but completely unrelated in timing – the film screened in Berkeley, CA with Copwatch where a passionate panelist shared, “To experience the movie, and then to see the hate and violence on the TV over the weekend, was a bit disheartening. It just made clear the injustice that continues to happen in Ferguson, and all over. To see the militarized response to an African American crowd in Ferguson, and then see the lack of police presence to a KKK rally was infuriating. We have a long way to go, but we will not be stopped from fighting for equality, and against police brutality.” WHOSE STREET? is in theaters now – watch this important film and get inspired.


Inspired by the brave Syrian journalists of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, Picture Motion has developed a partnership between CITY OF GHOSTS and The Oslo Freedom Forum to create a digital Tumblr series dedicated to highlighting the incredible work of journalists from all corners of the globe. With astonishing, deeply personal access, CITY OF GHOSTS is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against ISIS, one of the greatest evils in the world today. This partnership was a natural fit as The Oslo Freedom Forum‘s annual conference provides an important platform for human rights advocates, artists, tech entrepreneurs, and world leaders to collaborate and brainstorm ways to expand freedom and unleash human potential across the globe. Explore the series now and catch CITY OF GHOSTS in theaters now!


There is ONE MORE DAY to vote for our proposed panels for SXSW this year. Support our amazing friends and partners, and help us bring impact to Austin! Voting ends Friday, August 25, 11:59 PM CT.

  • In the Social Impact track, we are proposing The New Activism of TV and Film Storylines with speakers from Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Color of Change, and See Saw Films. panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/78034.

  • In the Brands & Marketing track, we are proposing Brands + Films = Impact with speakers from PicMo, Dicks Sporting Goods, Wayfarer, and more. panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/79562.

  • In the Film & TV Industry track, we are proposing Film + Storytelling in a Politically-Charged Era with speakers from PicMo, CITY OF GHOSTS, National Geographic, and more. panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/79540

  • Pay tribute to a loved one lost to suicide with THE S WORD’s Wall of Remembrance
  • Sign up and host a screening of BLOOD STRIPE
  • Support THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES’ #CleanJobs4Vets Campaign

  • 13,208 followers supported AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL on Twitter
  • 257 coal plants are in process of closing thanks to the Sierra Club’s clean energy campaign, “Beyond Coal”
  • 52 screenings have been confirmed nationwide for BLOOD ROAD

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Did The Eclipse Just Inspire Someone To Make Your Next Favorite Film?

(Alexandra Pearson, Picture Motion)

Social Impact Marketer Picture Motion: The Secret Weapon Behind Some Of The Best Known Films

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Making Your First 360 Video? Here are 10 Important Things to Keep in Mind.

(Matt Warren, Film Independent)

You Can Handle The Truth: Why Political Documentaries Are Storming The Screens

(Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian)

How Streaming Giants Are Spending Money for TV Push

(Natalie Jarvey, Hollywood Reporter)

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