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What does it mean to be a community organizer in this day and age?
This question, at once rhetorical, practical, revolutionary, and inspirational is the starting point of a gripping documentary film by four Atlanta filmmakers on a mission to both provide answers and stomp out apathy. Organizing is the New Cool brings viewers to the front lines of activism in communities that have been systemically dismissed, destabilized, and damn near dispirited. It is there, at the vanguard of the movement to fight injustice and promote community self-reliance and self-determination that we are introduced to a passionate contingent of organizers, community activists, freedom fighters and artists who are determined to positively impact their communities- on their own terms and with their own stylish flair. Organizing is the New Cool is no mere assemblage of profiles though. Instead, it is decidedly more than that. It is a repository of the wealth of knowledge and stories amassed by the filmmakers who are themselves dedicated community activists. It is a compelling examination of the social, economic, and cultural issues which impact marginalized communities and spur the film’s subjects into action. It is a manifesto for change, a visual guidebook for the up-and-coming change agents, and an urgent call to action.
This film will redefine the meaning of “Must See”.
About the Film
(See the trailer below for a sneak peek of this riveting film)
Organizing is the New Cool is the product of collective brainstorming sessions initiated by the filmmakers to determine what, if anything, they could do to encourage greater activism among people in their Atlanta community and beyond. Dismayed that more people were not choosing to get active, they ultimately surmised that many potential organizers either did not know the path to activism or were intimidated by retrograde misconceptions about what an activist looks and acts like and how they are perceived by their peers. The film stands as a multimedia renunciation of out molded stereotypes about activists. It showcases how a new cadre of activists reinvent collective organizing and animate an admirably authentic and unabashedly hip leadership style which attracts followers and provokes reconsideration. What’s more, in showing us the varied “Cools” which define its featured activists- and refuting the notion that there is a single prototype for activists- the film will help viewers to conceptualize their own unique activist self and arm them with a foundation of knowledge about how to get active and grow change within their community.
Organizing is the New Cool bridges the gap between the youth and the elders and eliminates the invisible borders between the freedom fighter and the ordinary citizen. The film inspires viewers to take a crucial stance and play an integral role in the revitalization of a moribund humanity
Centered on the FTP Movement and its collective mobilization to provide Food, Clothing, Shelter and Justice for All, Organizing is the New Cool will canvass many faces of activism that are making an impact today. Utilizing interviews and unscripted footage of people in need and activists familiar and unheard of, the film will provide a multilayered depiction of this new brand of activism encouraged by the filmmakers. The aim is for the film to educate, inspire, and equip viewers to be the change they want to see in the world.
Here is a trailer:
Currently, the film is at the beginning of the final stage of production.
The Seed of Change
Organizing is the New Cool will be a consciousness-raising film that is poised to inspire a new generation of activism, but first the filmmakers need to bring their conception to reality. To do this, they need to hire editors and post-production staff to complete the film. They also need to retain a talented marketing, promotions, and distribution team to get the word out about the film and obtain the broadest possible viewership. Part and parcel of these promotional efforts will be costs of production and marketing, festival submission fees and travel expenses for the filmmakers. This is why Organizing is the New Cool needs your investment now.
From the initial conception of this film to this very day, the filmmakers have overcome tremendous obstacles to bring it to the point of near completion. They are real working warriors with meaningful personal commitments and trials and tribulations which could have at any time derailed their progress. [Need personal stories about things overcome]. Moreover, these obstacles have been compounded collectively, as they have exhausted personal resources and time to champion the effort to compile to footage for Organizing is the New Cool. Lastly, as activists themselves, they have been on the front lines, feeding the homeless, educating those unaware of injustice, and moving the fight for change forward.
Without your investment in this film, it may never be finalized or shown to audiences of potential activists who need to see this film. We cannot let this great North Star of community change remain repressed.
Why you should give?
“Our people are out here dying… and we need a movement; And if there are folks out there that’s
building the type of movement that’s bringing about change, then we need to support them.”
-Karen Marie Mason
You should give right now because no matter who you are, you cannot ignore the urgent need to improve our communities that makes itself more apparent every day. All too few people have taken the initiative to DO SOMETHING about what is going on, and those who do are even more infrequently aided with the tools to raise awareness and support for what they are doing. Support courageous art and activism by making a donation to this Seed of change. Make an investment in a film that promises to educate and inspire a new generation of activists. Help these dedicated filmmakers to bring their dream to reality, so that through their Seed of change, fruitful trees of positivity can flourish throughout all of our communities.
You should also give because the filmmakers have compiled an awesome suite of rewards to encourage your giving. Check them out to the right!
We thank you in advance for your generosity and support. Tell a friend to tell a friend and stay tuned to this page for more updates on our progress!
Here are more photos from the forthcoming film and of the filmmakers!
Have questions about the film? Please email us at email@example.com. The filmmakers for Organizing is the New Cool are a super extra talented team of visionaries. C.Flux.Sing (Craig Flux Singleton)
Hailing from Laurelton Queens New York, Craig Joseph ‘the flux’ Singleton was inspired to draw by his brother at the age of 4. After writing on house walls and etching on the living room tables earned him some of the greatest whippings of all time, Flux found paper most suitable for his visual expression. So… after years of copying, creating, copying and creating, he finally coughed up what some may consider a style. Somewhere in between comic art and abstract realism. A few things got jumbled, an explosion happened and WHALAH. Decades later, you bare witness to a multi-talented individual who prefers to just wing it. From Graphic Design, Illustrator, an Mcee or Videography, these tools have been an outlet of self therapy and genuine curiosity. Now, it may be hard to put faith in a person like that but the work speaks for itself. New opportunities are a humbling experience for a person who doesn’t know but what that pressure does for the heart… is a chance to prove how powerful it is. FANGGGGGGGGGGGG!!
Contact Info: Phone: 843-475-1430 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: cfluxsing.com, cfluxsing.wordpress.com Sheree Swann
Sheree R. Swann, a Bridgeport, CT native, graduated from Southern Connecticut State University. While attending Southern as a Corporate Communications major, she explored the field of Video Production. It was then, when Sheree decided to take a photography class to complement her studies. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science, she went on to work at a local television station in New Haven, CT.
On a journey to pursue some of her many other interests, Sheree enrolled in a few photography classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She’s produced art shows, photographed events, portraits, album covers and her work can be found in regional as well as online publications. In 2008, she journeyed down to Atlanta, Georgia and enrolled at The Art Institute. She has since completed her studies as a Commercial Photography student and is currently freelancing as a photographer and videographer.
Recent group exhibitions include: 420, City of Ink Gallery, Atlanta, Commemorating the Lives of Gil Scot-Heron and Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, City of Ink Gallery, Atlanta, Skin & Ink, City of Ink Gallery, Atlanta, Tribute to Troy Davis, House of Blended Ink Studio and Gallery, Atlanta, CAIN, Colony Square, and Freestyle at WonderRoot in Atlanta . Her recent solo exhibition includes The Royal Affair, City of Ink Gallery, Atlanta. In April 201l, Sheree started a documentary called “Organizing is the New Cool” with members of the FTP Movement, a Grassroots organization that raise political awareness and inspires people to take active roles in community building. Later on that year, she joined forces with Salem Psalms, LLC, a marketing, project management and music production recording studio, to provide photo and video content for projects such as the Art, Beats + Lyrics 2 Go mix tape (October 2011), as well as for hip hop artist, Sha Stimuli’s Rent Tape series (October 2012).
She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Continuing her freelance work, she is in the post-production phase of the documentary. Kalonji Jama Changa
A community activist, lecturer, journalist and filmmaker, voted one of Departure Magazine’s Leaders of the New School and one of The Street Legends 2006 Hip Hop Activists of the Year.
Under Kalonji’s direction as Founder/National Chief Coordinator of the FTP Movement, programs such as Feed The People, Siafu Youth Corps, MOBB(Mothers of Black and Brown Babies) and the FTP Artists Collective, have matured and developed.
In addition to his effective organizing and electrifying microphone skill, Kalonji is also a talented writer whose work has appeared in San Francisco Bay View, The Source, Frontline Magazine and The Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates. Kalonji is also author of the bestselling book, How to Build a People’s Army.
In 2012, Kalonji has been nominated three times by different entities for “Community Activist of the Year”.
Vaunghn Saber, founder of (The Scorpio Collection: Digital Media Group) is a producer/director/videographer/video editor who has worked with several individuals and organizations in the Metro Atlanta area. Vaunghn Saber is well known for his involvement with the recording group, “The Liuns Den” as a music producer and from his videography works on the “Crew Love” DVD series with founder Dr. Taj Anwar-Jackson. He is also noted for his recent work with Amond Jackson (Salem Psalms Library) on the “Beatz & Lyrics 2 Go Documentary” which covered many of the mobile studio recording sessions during the A3C Music Festival held in Atlanta, GA. His most recent collaborative effort with the people’s activist and author of the book “How to Build A People’s Army” Kalonji Changa (FTP Movement), artist/illustrator Craig “Flux” Singleton (Binkis Recs) and photographer/videographer/editor Sheree Swann (Lens of Life Photography) for the upcoming documentary “Organizing Is The New Cool” focuses on bringing awareness to the general public, young and old, that this is something that people are faced with each and every day around the world. The people need to be enlightened that this is not something that happens by accident. Police are violating the rights of people and are getting away with absolute murder. This project is aimed at exposing the corrupt system that is supposed to protect and serve as well as inform the people of their rights and how to protect themselves when placed in a situation regarding an encounter with the police. It is also a means to educate the people on how they can build a strong community base by coming together as a collective and working together to develop solutions to many of the problems and issues that exist within their own communities without having to involve law enforcement who many of them don’t trust or are afraid of.
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