“Meaningful Movies” are neighborhood film and discussion events, organized around the principles of social justice issues and advocacy. Film screenings are always followed by some form of discussion or audience engagement, where education and opportunities for involvement or advocacy are made available.
All Meaningful Movies events are free and open to the public, but rely on donations from attendees to remain sustainable. All donations collected from community attendees are used solely to cover operational expenses for that group, including space rental, film purchases & screening rights, equipment maintenance, snacks, and other event-related costs. The events are “owned” by the community.
Meaningful Movie events
There are meaningful movies groups located throughout the Puget Sound region, in Bellevue, Edmonds, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lopez Island, Poulsbo, Queen Anne, Renton, Suquamish, Tacoma, Woodinville, and the following neighborhoods in Seattle: Ballard, Beacon Hill, Greenwood, Mt Baker, Wallingford, Wedgwood, West Seattle. Find a meaningful movie near you:
- Meaningful Movies locations: http://meaningfulmovies.org/events/locations/
- Meaningful Movies event calendar: https://meaningfulmovies.org/events/
The events typically consist of topical documentary films, occasionally coupled with related short films, and often accompanied by speakers, filmmakers, and representatives of organizations with specific knowledge to share on the evening’s topic.
Film coupled with meaningful conversation is a subtle, yet powerful way of recognizing similarities, rebuilding a storytelling tradition, fostering a vital community dialog and allowing true democracy to unfold. The community benefits from one another’s knowledge and experience in an environment that fosters a strong undercurrent of community building. We can make positive, meaningful change in the world. It comes about simply by connecting one person to one person at a time. We quickly discover that we are far more similar in our core beliefs than we are different.
About Meaningful Movies Project (MMP)
The Meaningful Movies Project is a non-profit organization that helps groups educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and conversation to build positive and meaningful community. The MMP network is a collective of autonomous neighborhood and community groups that have agreed to work together and support one another.
- We advocate for public discussion and critical debate in an environment where everyone is free to speak openly without fear.
- We empower citizens to gather, educate, inspire, connect, and commit to effective, non-violent solutions in building a more peaceful and just world.
- We support building meaningful & resilient community.
- We encourage and assist communities and organizations in their efforts to become more aware of and critically analyze local, domestic and international social justice issues.
- We support independent film. To be truly sustainable, we need to view our efforts holistically. This necessarily includes the efforts of the independent film industry we depend upon (and who depend upon us), and view them as true partners in this effort. Permission is secured for all copyrighted materials including every feature film screened.
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