Alternative economy screening and panel: Fixing the Future

Here’s the information via the WNC Coop Alliance email newsletter:

Asheville, NC joins cities and towns nationwide to host a screening of the documentary “Fixing the Future,” spurring action toward strengthening local economies.

On July 18 local cooperatives and alternative economy advocates will join dozens of other communities across the country as part of a one-night-only event to promote local, sustainable economies. Featuring a screening of the documentary “Fixing the Future,” the event will take place at Carmike 10 at 7:30pm and will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring:

· Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College
· Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist
· Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
· David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS

The July 18 event kicks off Asheville’s participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. Ownership Appalachia and the WNC Cooperative Alliance are two of more than 50 groups around the country participating in the campaign, usingFixing the Futureto 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.

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 to [name of city/town/community], where [provide some local stats on unemployment, local business #s, etc.].

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 Futureinspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart

Ownership Appalachia, LLC, is a worker-owned cooperative that fosters employee ownership and the development of cooperative enterprise in Southern Appalachia. We plan a broad approach. One focus is on incubating cooperatives in communities without access to traditional capital or employment for which we seek donor funding. We will also offer consulting and technical support for startup worker cooperatives and for worker-led conversions of existing businesses to cooperatives.

Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Its team of strategic communications professionals works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability.

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, NOWon PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart’s track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique visitors.

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’sSoundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru’sThey Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg’sWretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro’s To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Cardirected by Chris Paine.


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