HOST A SCREENING
What does hosting a screening entail?
When you host a screening, you are organizing the event. You choose the date, time, venue, partners, team, and other details, then promote it within your community and coordinate the event the day of the screening.
We recommend putting a team together to help with planning, promotion, and support the day of the event. Local environmental or activist organizations make great partners and may be able to provide promotion and volunteers.
Where can I host a screening?
You can host at your local library, local university, independent movie theater, yoga or dance studio, café, comedy club, place of worship, or even in your own living room – really, any place that has room for people to sit and the audio visual equipment you need. You’ll need a projector, screen, laptop computer to play the digital file, and the cords to connect everything. If you have more than 25 attendees, use a microphone to welcome people, introduce the film, and answer questions at the end. If you’re in a theater or other large space, get another microphone to pass around to audience members for Q&A.
How do I get a screening license/copy?
Arrested (Again) is distributed by CFMDC, a not-for-profit organization that represents filmmakers around the world. Follow this link to view the listing on their website. The cost to rent the film is $60 and it’s delivered as an electronic file. You’ll need a computer (probably a laptop) and a projector or large screen TV for the screening.
Can I use this film as a fundraiser for an organization?
Please do! We love to support organizations that do great work.
How do I get people to come?
If there are people who care about the environment, nuclear proliferation, nonviolent civil disobedience, or resisting the Trump administration in your community, people will come to your screening as long as they know about it.
Make it an Event
The film is only 4-1/2 minute long, so the more value you can add to it - and the more you can make it into a community event - the better. Experts are a draw, as are panel discussions or training for nonviolent civil disobedience.
We recommend partnering with a local environmental, activism, or other community organization that can reach out to their mailing list and community on your behalf. Organizations will be more motivated to market the event if you allow them to "table" at it, ask a representative to be a speaker on the panel, and/or offer to turn the event into a fundraiser for them.
Other potential panelists who could reach out to their community for marketing the event include local environmental or nonviolent civil disobedience authors, activists, or non-commercial TV or radio personalities.
Submitting to Press
With a month or more lead-time before the event, we recommend submitting a news release to local newspapers, magazines, websites, prominent blogs, radio stations, and TV news channels. We can send you a copy of our press release with blank spaces for your specifics. If local media would like to use stills from the film, we can provide those as well.
Facebook invites make inviting your friends easy. Encourage them to help you spread the word, tweet it out, etc. Please note that you must RSVP “join” or “maybe” to the Facebook invitation yourself before you can invite others. We encourage you to tag us in status updates about the event. We’ll post the Facebook invite as well.
Can we get one of the filmmakers or film subject at our screening?
We’d love to be there to make a guest appearance and help with Q&A after the screening. Film subject Karen Topakian and director Dan Goldes are based in San Francisco, so for screenings outside the Bay Area, we ask that travel and hotel or home stay costs be covered. If travel isn’t an option, we may be able to organize a Skype chat.
For more information about hosting a screening, please contact us.
Karen is arrested protesting Citbank's involvement in the Dakota Access Pipeline, November 2016.