By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire November 12, 2013 at 10:46AM
"Give Up Tomorrow"
Here's What the Film is About: Paco Larrañaga is accused of the rape and murder of two sisters who died during a tropical storm in the Philippines. The nineteen year-old student had overwhelming evidence of his innocence, but for several years nothing could be done. The film was released after being in production for seven years.
Here's What the Outreach Accomplished: The campaign to free Paco has led to his extradition to a Spanish prison, where he is treated much better but still must sleep behind bars. In the years since his conviction, the death penalty has been abolished in the Philippines. The film, though, has led to greater awareness of anti-death penalty campaigns.
Some Organizations Worked With: From the jury's dossier, "Fair Trials International, Reprieve and Amnesty International use the film to lobby for Paco’s pardon. Commission Against the Death Penalty, The Innocence Project, and many anti death penalty NGOs use the film to campaign against the death penalty."
70 festivals in 35 countries (Premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2011)
175 screens over entire theatrical run
1,700,000+ television viewers in 9 territories
4,200+ DVDs sold
18 awards and prizes
90,000+ online trailer views
71,400+ visits to GiveUpTomorrow.com
55,000+ visits to FreePacoNow.com
6,600+ individuals on email list
6,300+ Facebook likes on "Give Up Tomorrow" and Free Paco Now pages
1,200+ Twitter followers on @GiveUpTomorrow and @FreePacoNow
Here's What the Film is About: Chicago gangbusters Ceasefire are the inspiring bunch behind Steve James's documentary. The film shows the organization take to the streets to curb gang violence in a city plagued with it.
Here's What the Outreach Accomplished: With an issue that often grabs headlines but doesn't inspire activism, the film has spurred a great amount of discussion on how we can make change in our own communities and what can be done to prevent violence and to help give opportunities to those that don't think they have them.
Some Organizations Worked With: CeaseFire, the governments of Philadelphia and Milwakuee; churches and other religious groups (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Quaker) in cities like Oakland, Houston, and Newark; Google's Chicago office; the American Bar Association; ACLU.
44 festivals in 15 countries (premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2011)
16,000+ viewers at community screenings
41,000+ theatrical audience members
2,900,000+ television viewers worldwide
20,000+ DVDs sold
14 awards and prizes
540,000 online trailer views
100,000+ unique visitors to website
1,500 individuals on email list
7,250+ Facebook likes
5,450+ Twitter followers
"The Invisible War"
Here's What the Film is About: Projecting out into a world that hardly acknowledged the issue at all, "The Invisible War" revealed that 1 in 4 women were being sexually assaulted during military service. The film reveals the lengths individual members and organizations within the armed forces would go to cover up any accusations.
Here's What the Outreach Accomplished: "The Invisible War" has made sexual assaults in the military a huge issue in the media and within the Pentagon. The attention brought to the issue by the film has spurred a huge amount of action that aims to create a long-term plan to stop the violence.
Some Organizations Worked With: Protect Our Defenders, Service Women's Action Network, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Equality Now, NYCLU, The Soldiers Project.
79 festivals in 22 countries (premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012)
1,400+ community screenings
110 city theatrical release
2,100,000+ television viewers
17,000+ DVD sales
739,000+ online trailer views
19 awards and prizes
282,000+ visits to InvisibleWarMovie.com
190,000+ visits to NotInvisible.com
39,000+ individuals on #NotInvisible email list
115,000+ signatures on MoveOn.org petition email list
36,000+ Facebook likes
8,000+ Twitter followers