We knew this movement was brewing over five years ago when we first created Manifesto! and shot our pilot episode.
The movement, discussed recently by Doc-maker extraordinaire Karen Everett, is a movement of solution-oriented documentary storytelling. Sound familiar? Indeed. Focusing on solution based stories with a healthy dose of optimism rather than overwhelming disaster-porn despair is not completely new, as we’ve mentioned and spent a significant amount of time fighting for. But Karen says there is a ‘zeitgeist’ a ‘discernable shift’ happening now. She mentioned Manifesto! on her regular Doc Mastermind conference call as an example. And if you watch what’s being programmed at festivals and listen to the announcement Oprah made at Sundance, you’ll see this trend is real.
This makes us wonder how much impact one project can have on an industry. People do tend to have similar ideas at the same time; but this can’t explain a zeitgeist… However, it did make us consider recent events.
A friend of ours was pitching Manifesto! to a programming executive at a large cable network recently. Guess what she told him? She loved the project… blah blah… she’d love to put in the air… but it’s not a fit for the network right now. We’ve heard that before, not a big deal.
What came next was what was interesting. She told him people knew about Manifesto! around town. She went on to tell him that she didn’t think it would be wise to take a project like ours on a network like hers. She thought the network would not do the project justice. Sounds familiar again; the project is too ‘worthy’ (a word used by multiple executives) for their network.
But who cares, that’s old news. The new news was what we already knew, but hadn’t heard any executive say. Executives know about the project. It’s something that lives on beyond the pitch, the trailer, or the proposal they receive. It has a life, if only in their hearts and minds. Did I just say ‘hearts and minds’ in the same sentence as ‘TV executives?’ I did. It’s true, there are good apples out there. Whale Wars is a good example of the vision of these good apples (as well as the hard work of the activists who pushed it onto the airwaves) and this doc trend we’re discussing.
This leads us to announce what we’ve been planning for some time. Having been involved early in this movement, we’re starting an alliance for these filmmakers who wish to tell progressive stories and get them on the air.
The Make TV Alliance (MakeTV). This is a new alliance of filmmakers, TV & film executives, and non-profit changemakers based in Los Angeles. Manifesto! Advocacy Network members will attend as well. Stay tuned here, we’ll announce our first meeting very, very soon!! Drop us a line at infoatmanifestotvdotcom if you want to help organize or speak. And subscribe to the newsletter for updates!]]>
The web team is a little behind, but it should go up later this week. We’ll update everyone via the newsletter when it goes live!
And if you haven’t seen the photos from our shoot last month, check them out here.]]>
And they were finally successful.
At hacking the Manifesto Project blog!
So sorry if you visited and received a warning. The site is definitely clean and ready to roll.
Back to your regularly scheduled programming.]]>
We’re moving along with finding our subjects, but our shoots have been pushed into May due to schedule conflicts with another project.
We’re still looking for some youth based stories, so If you have any friends or family members under the age of 18 who are out there making change, let us know!
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We’ve gotten the green light to shoot a series of several episodes of the show.
That’s where you come in. We need your stories for our show!
That’s right. Uncle Scott needs you. Your country needs you. Manifesto needs YOU.
Declare Your Manifesto to the World. Who we’re looking for:
- Passionate people with a concrete goal to change something, a ‘Manifesto’
- Personal stories and ‘Big Picture’ stories are equally good
- There are no limits on the “type” of subject or story (Those involved with a very current issue are a plus but not necessary).
See some examples of our past subjects here. Learn more about the show in our network promo video.
We are mainly looking for people from Southern California, but are open to submissions from major cities where we can send out a field crew to shoot your story.
HOW TO SUBMIT
1. Email your story to:
submissions (at) manifestotv.com
2. Signup for the Email Newsletter.
Fill in the form on this page (on the right) to stay updated on the show.
3. We will email you a followup questionnaire to fill out.
Fill it out and email back to us.
That’s it. We’ll be contacting those selected for interviews by February 14th!
Someone with integrity and the Manifesto spirit.
So we put together a list and we’re going out to them in the next few weeks. We’ll let you know when someone is confirmed!
It’s funny that we’re back to people making this suggestion as the show has always meant to reveal the actions of the disenfranchised and the unheard. A voice for everyday people. But the way television is right now, a star will only help us tell those stories.
And of course, Scott and Amber will still be involved and make regular appearances on the show!!]]>
Also because we think that the subjects we pick on the show say a lot about what we believe and don’t believe in, with the disclaimer that there is room for EVERYONE on our show. That’s right. It’s how we designed it and we remain true to our standard.
But there’s a discussion we’ve been involved with for some time which has plagued to threaten free speech for the past couple of years – the potential loss of net neutrality at the hands of megacorporations like AT&T and Comcast among others.
Well, a week ago, Obama made a commitment to enforce net neutrality. And a new bill called ‘The Internet Freedom Preservation Act’ was introduced in congress. This is very good news.
Please weigh in on the discussion here: http://www.savetheinternet.com/ website and sign the petition letting your representatives know how you feel about net neutrality.
Show news and an announcement about our next party coming shortly!]]>
Venice. August 13th. Be there!
See unreleased footage from the documentary, meet the crew and cast, social justice advocates, documentarians, artists, and luminaries of all kinds!
Details and Flyer on the Facebook Page.
We look forward to seeing you there!
2. Scientists agree that we may have 50-100 years (or less) of liveable conditions on this planet.
3. Living more simply, buying locally produced items whenever possible and recycling are very important.
The funding of technologies which solve important environmental problems (like Inentec’s Plasma systems) are essential over the next couple of years.
4. As individuals, we must become more conscious of the [tag]role of the human diet in global warming[/tag]. The UN’s report last year showed livestock production as the greatest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
Greater than all vehicle related emissions combined, worldwide.
5. We may not be able to stop global warming. But, we might be able to slow it. And like all activism, it feels damn good to know that you fought the fight.
An [tag]Earth Day Manifesto [/tag]
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