Fig media is proud to announce the acceptance of two of our non-profit short films into the International Social Change Film Festival this fall. Alex, Engineer from Erie Neighborhood House and We Can’t Wait by The Shriver Center on Poverty Law have been accepted to the program and will tour Chicago, New York and LA.
The International Social Change Film Festival's (or "ChangeFest") is a transformative experience that occupies the intersection of storytelling, fun and activism. ChangeFest showcases stories-via film, art, music, spoken word, and more-from all over the world to educate and inspire the international community on some of the global wrongs occurring each and every day while also pairing that experience with opportunities to get involved with organizations committed to righting the wrongs highlighted.
Come see our short films at the festival!
Save the dates for September 27 - 29th at the DuSable Museum
Ticket information and program TBD, will share that here once we have it.
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WE CAN'T WAIT
In our film, We Can’t Wait, we focus on the urgency of the Shriver mission in our time while inspiring others to join the cause. We explore why "We can't wait to create a more just and equitable society," through interviews and storytelling. The Shriver Center's focus on social justice and systemic change are highlighted by four individual stories. This organization is a group that can and will change systems in our nation, create equality and together helps end poverty through advocacy work that empowers communities. This group of lawyers and community members are on the front lines of the work every day and will inspire you to see poverty and equality as a solvable problem.
WE CAN’T WAIT TEAM
Producer: Megan Taylor, James Gustin, Michele Gustin
Director + Filmmaker + Editor: Melissa Fox
Venu Gupta, VP of Development
John Bowman, Executive Director
Ambar Mentor Truppa, Director of Communications
Michelle Nicolete, Marketing Director
Harleen Singh, Corporate & Events Manager
Kym Abrams Design, Event Design and Website
SHRIVER CENTER LINKS
ALEX ROMAN. ENGINEER
Meet Alex. He's the youngest engineer at his company, doing important work in the filtration industry. Alex got his start at the Stem Programs at Erie House in Chicago's Ukranian Village. He is the perfect example of why programming for youth in our city is important for community success while outlining why having diverse voices in fields like engineering are so important for our society. Learn about Alex and how Erie House is filling this important need for immigrant families in Chicago.
ALEX ROMAN, ENGINEER TEAM
Executive Producers: James Gustin, Michele Gustin
Writer, Director, Editor: Melissa Fox
Executive Director, Kirstin Chernowsky
VP of Communications; Brian Paff
Associate Director of Marketing; Riza Falk
ERIE HOUSE LINKS
"I am so proud of the non-profit work we do at fig media, it is where I have dedicated my career. We Can't Wait and Alex, Engineer is a shining example of the everyday people, organizations and stories that create positive change in our city.
As woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and was witness to the challenges that our communities face, I decided that my talents would be best served in our city. You won’t find my films on Netflix (yet) but you will find them being used to lobby for change in our capital, in board meetings to raise money, at events to raise awareness and in communities to celebrate the hard work that goes into creating real change.
It is an honor to be included in the festival and I could not have done it without my dedicated team and mentors at fig media to support me and our amazing clients who put their faith in us to tell their stories and share their mission."
Our current roster for 2019 Non-Profit films only has a few slots left, we are currently booking projects for 2020. If you are interested in a collaboration or commissioning a film with our team click through to the form below and let’s chat!