The event kicks off Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail’s participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. RelyLocal is one of over 60 groups across the country who has participated in the campaign, using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.
“This screening is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about ways we can strengthen our economy, and get people involved and support more local businesses” said Nancy Bradley, Community Builder for RelyLocal.
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse. These issues are particularly relevant as more local brick and mortar businesses are closing their doors.
The event will feature guest speakers like John Kreighbaum, President & CEO of Carolina Premier Bank and Michael Alvarez, Mayor of Indian Trail. 75-100 attendees are expected to attend.
RelyLocal is a nationally-recognized grassroots marketing campaign supporting local businesses in Matthews, Mint Hill and Indian Trail. It is a locals-only community campaign set out to educate people on the importance of supporting local businesses in their community; driven by local people with a mission and purpose to rebuild our local economy.
ABOUT FIXING THE FUTURE
In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions. www.fixingthefuture.org
ABOUT ACTIVE VOICE
Active Voice uses stories to spark change. We believe that tackling social problems requires people to connect, and that film has a unique power to bring people together to find solutions. Every day Active Voice helps filmmakers, funders and communities work together to start the conversations and relationships that lead to lasting, measurable change. Since our inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability. www.activevoice.net
ABOUT JUMPSTART PRODUCTIONS
JumpStart Productions is a NY-based company with projects in the US, Europe and Africa. JumpStart creates media that is aligned with solutions-oriented journalism. Its projects have been awarded three national Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Edward Murrow Award for Best International Documentary, and three Gracie Awards for excellence in portrayal of women. 100 million people have seen our public-media television series, NOW on PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart’s track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique visitors. www.jumpstartglobalmedia.org
Area23a is a bicoastal, independently owned “event” based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialists Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, night clubs, casinos, libraries, museums and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a distributes award-winning films such as Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag’s Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru’s They Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg’s Wretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro’s To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine. www.area23a.com