Video Project

documentary films on critical issues: environment, equity, diversity, inclusion, education and current issues

San Francisco, CA   |  http://www.videoproject.org

Mission

Video Project’s mission is to provide the best documentary films available on critical social justice and global issues to schools and communities, to help advance awareness and encourage action on the most important social issues of our times. Our top issues include: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Education, Environmental Conservation, LGBTQ+, Political Science, Current Issues.

Ruling year info

2019

Co-Director of Acquisitions, Treasurer

Mr. Michael Kuehnert

Co-Director of Operations, Secretary

Mr Arlin Golden

Main address

145 9th St Ste 230

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

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EIN

83-3917931

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In this media landscape, where a handful of conglomerates profit from click-bait style reporting, our society is losing its ability to absorb, reflect, and act on the stories that are most vital to our future. Our mission at Video Project is to fill this gap by providing factual documentary films about the critical issues of our time, to Colleges, Universities, K-12 schools and other types of institutions. The topics addressed in our films include: BLACK LIVES, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, IMMIGRATION, LGBTQ & GENDER, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, LABOR RIGHTS, ALTERNATIVES IN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND WELLNESS, POLITICS, NUCLEAR ISSUES, PRISON REFORM, THE ARTS, and much more.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FREE K-12 film screenings, equity, diversity, inclusion

Support equity, diversity and inclusion in schools, and for Black girls, by providing FREE documentary film screenings and educational resources to K-12 schools, school districts and states.

Films:
PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
Starting At Zero: Reimagining Education In America
Black Boys
Rap Squad
Crossroad Stories
Petersburg Rising
On These Grounds
Teach Us All
The Road to Justice



Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
People of African descent
Academics
Activists
Indigenous peoples

Provide FREE screenings of the documentary film "Teach Us All" to Colleges and Universities in the United States.

Synopsis of Film:
Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced mobs of racially charged hatred and became cornerstones of the Civil Rights movement, Teach Us All examines how the present day United States education system fails to live up to that promise of desegregation as it slides back into a re-segregation of its modern schools.

The film weaves together interviews from two Little Rock Nine members, archival images, and news footage to ask: How far have we really come in 60 years and where do we go from here?"

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Children and youth
Adults
Academics

Provide free screenings in schools in the U.S. for environmental conservation education.

Synopsis of Film:
"In a world increasingly dominated by humans, three teams of determined conservationists go to extraordinary lengths to save three threatened species in the American heartland. Stunningly photographed in the Grand Canyon and on the American prairie, The Nature Makers follows biologists who’ve deployed helicopters, giant bulldozers and a host of human tools in order to defend nature.

In the 21st century, defending the wild often paradoxically requires technology and aggressive human intervention. The Nature Makers is a moving portrait of passionate people and the extraordinary creatures whose existence they fight for. The film is a story of how we found ourselves on the brink of losing so much of the natural world, yet it charts an optimistic, though unmistakably challenging, path forward. "

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults
Academics
Activists

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To continue our mission of providing engaging and relevant documentary films on the most critical issues facing society to schools and other organizations, to provide free resources to underserved school and communities, and to support the filmmakers by paying them royalties on sales.

To aid in the effort of providing free screenings and resources,, we are in search of impact funding for individual film outreach campaigns to provide free screenings and resources to underserved schools and communities who need it most, and for the issues that are most relevant to their populations. Currently, we are seeking funding to provide the film PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls In Schools for free to school systems at the state level, including many states across the country. Funds can be targeted to individual states or regions.

In providing these services, we also seek to continue to support documentary filmmakers, whose essential work helps us to better understand our evolving culture, as well as support and represent marginalized communities.

Finally, we also seek unrestricted funds to support both the continued growth and evolution of Video Project, and a living wage and benefits to its employees.

In the interest of providing the film PUSHOUT and other films available for free to K-12 schools, Colleges and Universities, we have contacted the Equity and Diversity offices in many states and are aware of their funding needs and desire to use the film. In many cases, the individual states will not promote the film unless it is made available for free. So through our relationships with these state representatives, we can get the films to the populations that need it most. And through our mailing list of 50,000, we are able to swiftly utilize donated funds to make a wide variety of films free to Colleges and Universities for screening and classroom use. Donors are welcome to browse our recent releases and chose the film or program they wish to support, subject to a short discussion with us.

By continuing to expand the reach of our films, Video Project is able to support filmmakers by providing them with much needed sales income and return on their investment, and also provide both marketing and fulfillment capabilities for their films.

Our contact database contains over 50,000 individuals at Colleges, Universities, K-12 schools, non-profits, corporations, government agencies and municipalities. Our marketing team creates customized content for both regular film sales and special events and free resources. And we engage in special outreach for each film, depending on the audience and the needs. We maintain regular contact with our customers in an effort to help educators and communities harness the power of documentary film to empower and inspire action around critical social and environmental justice issues. Video Project thoughtfully curates and provides impact-oriented distribution for up to 20 new film releases each year delivering valuable educational resources that create lasting impressions on future generations, encouraging them to become responsible and compassionate citizens.

We fulfill both DVD and digital streaming orders in house, while also partnering with various organizations and partners to help ensure maximum reach, offering a one-stop solution for filmmakers seeking to make meaningful change in the world.

In our normal course of business, we distribute hundreds of issue-based films to faculty members, media libraries, public libraries, K-12 schools and administrators. We have been in continuous business since 1983 and are a well-known and trusted documentary film distributor.

We continue to acquire and distribute 20 films per year and create and administer programs for free film screenings.

In 2021 we initiated impact campaigns for STARTING AT ZERO, about universal pre-school, to the departments's of education in 3 states. The result is targeted film screenings to the hundreds of stakeholders in each state.
In 2021, we initiated an impact campaign with a mid-Atlantic state for 50 screenings of films about equity, diversity and inclusion in education, with the intent of supporting underserved youth.
In 2019, we provided free screenings and speakers to 25 colleges and universities of the film Living In The Future’s Past, a climate change film produced and narrated by Jeff Bridges.
In 2018, we provided free screenings and live speaking events of the STRAWS documentary film to over 11,000 K-12 students in LA and Dallas. STRAWS documents the worldwide issues with plastic pollutions and provides alternatives and solutions.

Our film collection features programs for all ages from over 300 independent filmmakers, including Oscar and Emmy winners. Our films are regularly honored with top festival awards and with critical praise from major review publications. We will continue to provide the best media programming available on critical social and global issues to classrooms and communities to help advance awareness and encourage action on the most important concerns of our times.

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Video Project

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Michael Mitrani

Eddie Madril

San Francisco State University

Kevin White

Filmmakers Collaborative San Francisco

Kathy Douglas

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2020

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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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