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Film: TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.
Campaign: The TransMilitary campaign seeks to build awareness and advocacy to enable transgender service members to serve openly in every branch of the military. The campaign works with large LGBTQ and human rights organizations and allies to support legal and public programming through film-centered screenings, trainings and events.
Film: Many know Bhutan as the last Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom and the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as its primary yardstick for progress. Drawn by the allure of this enigmatic kingdom, four veteran athletes attempt an unprecedented human-powered, border-to-border crossing of Bhutan, hoping to experience Bhutan’s policy of “GNH” first hand. When the demands of the grueling 42-day, 485-mile journey push the team beyond their breaking point, they must confront the challenge inherent in walking what Buddhist’s call the Middle Path – embracing the benefits of our fast-paced modern life while still honoring the ancient traditions and values that make Bhutan so unique.
Campaign: The Crossing Bhutan campaign is designed to promote community and educational screening events spread happiness, delight and inspiration to slow down and apply Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Index to our own lives!
LOVE & BANANAS: An Elephant Story
Film: Elephant rescues in Thailand are rare, unpredictable and often life threatening. After waiting 2.5 years, actor/director Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by world renowned Asian elephant conservationist and TIME Magazine’s Hero of Asia, Lek Chailert, embark on a daring mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue Noi Na, a 70-year old partially blind trekking elephant and bring her to freedom.
Campaign: The Love & Bananas campaign is designed to bring awareness towards the plight of Asian Elephants and raise funds to support Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park. Partnering with Abramarama, the campaign leverages theatrical screenings (over 80) to build theatrical audience and engage community members and organizations to host screenings, including a one-month U.S. tour for director Ashley Bell and Elephant Nature Park founder, Lek Chailert.
Film: Filmed over three years in China and the U.S., MAINELAND is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Part of the enormous wave of “parachute students” from China enrolling in U.S. private schools, bubbly, fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry come seeking a Western-style education, escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. As Stella and Harry’s fuzzy visions of the American dream slowly gain more clarity, they ruminate on their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.
Campaign: The Maineland outreach campaign is designed to bring the film to private schools and universities with large populations of international students. Third Stage also proudly represents director Miao Wang for speaking events.
Film: Grace, a short documentary, captures the journey of a 36-year-old suburban mom and breast cancer survivor who decides to reclaim her body by covering her mastectomy scars with an elaborate tattoo. Directed by a recent breast cancer survivor, Grace is a frank, honest, and often funny exploration of a seldom-discussed side of the survivor’s experience—the battle that begins when everyone else thinks the war is already won.
Campaign: The Grace outreach campaign is designed to bring the film to cancer wellness centers, major cancer medical centers and develop use for Grand Rounds. Third Stage also proudly represents director Rachel Pikelny for speaking events.
ROLL RED ROLL
Film: A whistle-blowing blogger uncovers disturbing social media evidence documenting the gang rape of a teenageÂ girl. The story of a football town divided, ROLL RED ROLL is a true crime thriller examining sexual assault inÂ small town America.
Campaign: ROLL RED ROLL provides an opportunity for all of us to see ourselves. As parents, teens, educators, coaches and bystanders we participate in this culture and can transform it. Through the film and its social impact campaign, we want to engage audiences directly and experientially. We strive to humanize the current national conversation that challenges rape culture while creating direct pathways to action on a personal and institutional level.
The impact campaign will utilize a blend of our tech and social media savvy, youth engagement, holistic approaches to healing and justice, and a commitment to finding common ground, to engage diverse audiences.
Film: 62 DAYS is a documentary film aboutÂ Marlise MuÃ±oz, a brain-dead pregnant woman whose family was forced to keep her on life support against her wishes. Â This film shows the human story behind the headlines, and shines a light on a controversial law.
Campaign: The 62 Days campaign seeks to bring awareness to states in which there are (or lack) laws in which a woman’s medical directive is voided in the event of pregnancy. The campaign works with several NGO’s including the National Association for Pregnant Women, the ACLU as well as experts to create large scale screening events in major cities.
DRIVING WITH SELVI
Film: Selvi, like so many girls living within Indiaâ€™s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to liveâ€¦ and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.
Campaign: The Driving with Selvi impact campaign is centered around using Selvi’s story to inspire young Indian women in realizing they can overcome their current situations to seek a level of independence and self-esteem they may never have envisioned for themselves. Partnering with NGO’s on the ground, the campaign is designed to bring the film across regions of India via a bus tour and in-school screenings.