By Indiewire | Indiewire September 2, 2004 at 2:0AM
New Website Aims to Inspire Political Action and Promote Issue-oriented Films
by Brian Brooks
Viewers of issue-oriented films hoping to persuade friends to see a doc or feature, and perhaps recruit them to their viewpoint, now have a new web site in their arsenal. FilmstoSeeBeforeYouVote.org, which launches today, is designed to help the politically stratified to organize through film. The unprecedented success of "Fahrenheit 9/11" as well as other films including "Control Room," "The Corporation," and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism," inspired the site's founder Peter Broderick, former president of Next Wave Films, to create the site. It aims to be a central source for new political documentary and narrative films, both well-known and lesser-known, to promote them as "tools" and to catalyze action before the November 2nd general election.
The website is divided into sections devoted to information about films currently in theaters, as well as information about features and docs on DVD. Additionally, the site provides a resource for organization with a section called "What You Can Do," including information on organizing house parties, which have been a popular tool for political groups such as MoveOn.org. The liberal advocacy organization recently helped sponsor nationwide house parties for Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed," helping the film to eventually sell more than 100,000 DVDs online prior to its recent theatrical release.
"These films provide a great way to bring friends and neighbors together to have an impact," said Broderick in a statement. "The website expands upon the model of centrally coordinated house parties by promoting ad hoc, grassroots screening parties that anyone can organize. We provide visitors with step-by-step instructions for arranging events where films can be discussed and political activities planned."
In addition to new films, the website also spotlights a roster of classic politically-oriented movies, including well-known titles such as "Born on the Fourth of July," "Bulworth," "Wag the Dog," "The War Room," and "Bowling for Columbine." Also, the site features films in "limited release," such as "Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America," which explores the work of the environmental crusader. Broderick also told indieWIRE yesterday that the site will add new titles in the near future.
"There's never been a time when so many [issue] films have been in theaters and on TV," Broderick told iW yesterday. "It's pretty clear people are interested to see these films, and indie filmmakers have a chance [to utilize] that interest [and] are able to team up with groups such as MoveOn or the ACLU to organize house parties and get their films [out there]."
[ For more information, please visit: http://www.filmstoseebeforeyouvote.org. ]