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The Power of Protest will explore how social movements and acts of resistance have shaped America's past and are essential to preserving our nation's future. By tracing the roots of the American traditions of protest and civil disobedience, the documentary will show how a new generation of activists are leading the charge for social, environmental and racial justice.
Where would the 14th Amendment be ensuring equality for all without the abolitionists? Or the #MeToo Movement without Seneca Falls? Would we have had workers' rights without the Labor Movement? It is often said past is prologue. The Power of Protest will explore this tradition in its current incarnation.
IPF is hoping to kickstart production on The Power of Protest, a feature-length documentary that will chronicle how contemporary resistance movements carry on the tradition of earlier social movements that ultimately changed the course of America.
With the current surge in protest and resistance movements, we feel the time is right to explore the role of activism in our past and how it has changed in today's environment of instant communication. The Power of Protest will tell the stories of modern-day social movements, how they inherited the traditions of protest and civil disobedience - laid out in the Declaration of Independence, theorized by Henry David Thoreau, pioneered by abolitionists, and legitimated by the non-violent protests of the Civil Rights movement - and how these traditions are being adapted and applied today.
Good question. Several high-profile foundations have promised to provide the majority of funding for The Power of Protest - that is, if we can show them that there's a community of people out there that want to engage with this project.
That's where you come in.
We need to raise a minimum of $55,000, which will go towards research, development and filming in order to obtain the full funding. Your support for this feature documentary is crucial in that you will enable us to tell the stories behind events currently unfolding - history being shaped by ordinary citizens - not as traditionally written by those in power.
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The Power of Protest will hear from current leaders in protest movements, activists who will put their stories in context - highlighting their causes and struggles to put non-violent social movements on the map. And there will be excerpts from one of the last in-depth interviews that historian Howard Zinn gave to the media before his death, in which he encourages us to put ordinary citizens at the center of our history and to acknowledge that change is possible. Zinn advocates a "bottom-up" view of the past – i.e., seeing events through the eyes of oppressed and marginalized groups and their struggle to create real change. It is this approach that we're taking as well.
The United States has entered a new period of political engagement and citizens across the country are asking essential questions about the nature of our democratic system – and their role within it:
• Do mass protests have any impact on political leaders and are they an effective way to influence electoral politics?
• When is civil disobedience acceptable?
• And is there anything we can learn from past social movements about the tactics and strategies to achieve lasting social change?
We'll touch on past protest movements from Colonial-era rebellion and 19th century abolitionists on up through the Labor and Civil Rights Movements of the 20th century. In doing so, we will link America's protest tradition to the movements of today, from the struggle for justice embodied by Black Lives Matter in Charlottesville, and the Women's March that was founded in response to Trump's election to the civil disobedience of groups like Gays Against Guns and the rallies to save Obamcare. It is these activists on the ground – not congressmen, corporate lobbyists, the courts or even the president – who are the drivers of U.S. history. And by portraying the battles they're engaged in, the filmmakers will show that the lessons of history are alive and well in today's world - and serve as a powerful call to action for new generations of activists fighting for a more perfect union.
The Independent Production Fund (IPF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that's been producing highly acclaimed documentary and informational programs since 1987. IPF's productions have appeared nationally on the commercial networks, on PBS, HBO and other major cable outlets. Our documentaries have been seen by viewers worldwide and have won media's most prestigious honors, including Emmys, Peabody Awards and the Dupont Journalism Award.
YOUR GIFT IS TAX-DEDUCTIBLE
IPF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) established in 1987. All grants toward the production of The Power of Protest are deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. IPF will send out a standard letter affirming your tax deductible status at the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign.
IPF greatly appreciates your support and the value our Kickstarter backers bring to The Power of Protest. We pledge to continually engage with our community and will keep you updated on all facets of the film, from the moment you give through completion and distribution. With your financial assistance, you're helping give voice to vital social movements past and present that is pointing the way toward America's future. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
If the funding goal is not met, then it's doubtful the foundations who've pledged to provide the bulk of the financing will step up. If so, IPF will continue to endeavor to find the necessary money needed to bring The Power of Protest to life. But with your help and given our track record for producing award-winning documentaries, there's nothing stopping us from making a feature-length documentary next year that makes a large impact on the public consciousness - and potentially before the midterm elections.
We believe we have the team to put this project together, given our experience in this arena. Our last feature, Beyond Borders, an international coproduction that aired on PBS nationwide last year, explored the deeply moving stories of undocumented Mexican-Americans and the U.S. policy decisions that triggered the rise of undocumented immigration.
IPF has realistic goals for making this film, including a sensible budget and timeline that we believe will give The Power of Protest the greatest chance at success. In the end, it's you, the people, finding common cause, who have the power. Help us make history.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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