Harvest of Pride might not ever find itself on movie theater screens across the country, but that’s not the point.
Our goal is to make sure these powerful visual stories are shared in small communities throughout Oregon and the United States. We believe that grassroots change will happen in living rooms, church halls, community centers, college campuses, nonprofit events, conferences, and workshops. Whether there are three people or three hundred, Harvest of Pride can be shown free-of-charge as long as you have a good Internet connection. Although, we wouldn’t object to any donations you’re moved to give after watching the films!
Showing the films is simple. Just keep in mind that if you sell tickets or use the films as a fundraiser, we’d love to be included in the event! We’ve provided a few helpful ideas about how to organize a screening event around the films. Please drop us a line if you decide to make Harvest of Pride a part of your community event or classroom discussion.
Hosting a public event
We can help you publicize your event through our networks and include it on our Web site, so please reach out to us for assistance. Depending on the scale of your event, you may also want to use social networks, create posters/flyers, partner with organizations, and contact local media. This outreach will not only boost attendance, but will help raise awareness and deepen community relationships. We’ve included a few tools for download to help you to publicize your event:
- Harvest of Pride Tips for Screening Guide [PDF]
- Harvest of Pride Flyer [PDF]
- Harvest of Pride Logo [JPG]
Host a discussion after the films
So the movie is over and you’re sitting in a room full of people. What’s next?
Be sure to hold an organized discussion that creates a safe and comfortable space for everyone to engage on the topics. Always have a list of questions prepared that relate to the movie. Watching the movie on your own beforehand or finding a summary online can give you some ideas.
Here are some sample questions:
- What stereotypes did you have prior to viewing the film?
- After watching this movie, how do you feel about them? Has your opinion changed?
- What can we do about this issue in our specific community? What resources do we have?
Also, consider how you want your discussions to be structured. Do you want to have everyone sitting in a big circle and let people voice their opinions without a moderator? Or maybe your audience should break into smaller groups and then share with everyone else later. Just prepare to adopt the best format for what you’re trying to accomplish and for the size of your event.