Hello Cool World is excited to be working on the media relations for Occupy Love, an inspiring new documentary from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light). Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”.
Occupy Love is being self-distributed by a talented team led by Velcrow and producers Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie. Their crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which successfully raised $80,000 through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter!
The global response to the film has been amazing with over 200 grassroots screenings being self-organized by individuals and organizations in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The largest community screening so far took place in Porto Allegre, Brazil on April 11th attracting a whopping 1,500 attendees!
We worked on outreach and DVD production for Scared Sacred. As with our work with The Corporation, and The Take, we've been inspired by how films with a social message, can find audiences and inspire those audiences to action. All these films are available on our webstore, and all our profits go to our campaigns, and now also to the distribution platform for social cause media we are developing. Check out our proposal to CFC's IdeaBOOST program, and please BOOST us, our dream is to better help films like Occupy Love engage with audiences, and to encourage audiences to organize actions as well as screenings.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes along with interviews from leading visionaries including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
The Occupy Love US theatrical tour starts Friday, May 3, 2013 in New York City, with screenings and special events to follow in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle.
Coming to Canadian theatres starting June 2013! Check out more screenings and opportunities to get involved after the page break...
My name is Maria Martin and I am a new intern at Hello Cool World headquarters. Similar to my predecessor, Linh Tra, I, too, am a Nursing student at Vancouver Community College. I am in my fourth year and currently doing my public health clinical rotation. I am doing a project for HCW about health promotion as part of my clinical so stay tuned and curious.
Hello Cool World team will be at the Community Health Associates Meeting on March 12-14. We are invited to the conference to display our work with First Nations on health promotions so come by our table to chat, check out our portfolio, or be part of our live broadcast. We will be at the helm of the social media component, tweeting and blogging live. Follow us on Twitter (#CDC2013, #FNHealth) Facebook, or on our site.
We are also doing interviews so this is an opportunity to plug your work or projects and meet the Hello Cool World team. Anyone attending feel free to come by our table to learn more about whom we are, what we do, and what Hello Cool World can do for you or your organizations. Let’s connect and stay cool. MM
Check out more about Hello Cool World Media projects here.
More about what we are up to at the conference below the break!
KENSINGTON & HELLO COOL WORLD - STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN HYBRID DISTRIBUTION
I recently had the privilege of meeting with the talented folks over at Kensington Communications that created RAW OPIUM: PAIN PLEASURE PROFITS, one of the documentary projects Hello Cool World has been involved with over the past year.
I was eager to sit down with producer Robert Lang and Kensington’s social media lead Amanda Connon-Unda to get a full update.
Kensington first approached Hello Cool World (HCW) last fall looking for strategy advice on self-distributing their film. In May, we worked with Kensington to host the world premiere of RAW OPIUM at DOXA and to strategize grassroots outreach across North America.
Join the Hello Cool World outreach team at the Ridge Theatre tonight (Wed, April 27) from 7pm-9pm for a special 65_RedRoses screening. We'll be there with our cameras taking photos paparazzi-style, interviewing guests for our blog and promoting the #4Eva Movement For Organ Donation.