WHAT IS THE MODEL?
Screenings for The Seventh Art Stand combine a film screening with a discussion (panels, guest speakers, and Q&A’s with filmmakers have all been done), in order to offer extra context and a potential for community engagement. Venues are encouraged to program films that speak to their diverse audiences and communities. Sample programming might look something like:
Northwest Film Forum previously held a screening of el mar la mar, which is an experimental film that weaves together stories from the US/Mexico border, had a post-screening discussion with immigrant rights organizer Maru Mora Villalpando, and Luis Torres, an immigrant who crossed the U.S. border as a teen. Paired with bilingual English-Spanish voter registration.
Arab American National Museum near Detroit, Michigan is programming Time for Ilhan which is about the first Muslim, Somali-American lawmaker, and are pairing it with a discussion with a panel discussion about challenges of running for office and what the Muslim Ban is now. Paired with voter registration.
WHAT FILMS DO I CHOOSE?
While venues are absolutely free to program however they like, we have attempted to ease the process by putting together a list of recommended films: http://bit.ly/seventhart2018
We are especially suggesting Time for Ilhan, due to its timeliness and connection with voting and elections.
All venues screen and program films in the same way they would for an average screening. If you need additional assistance, please reach out.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
HOSTING A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE?
Every community has voter registration groups who are keen to register new voters at events! Read this simple step-by-step guide to hosting voter registration drives.
Options for voter registration might include:
Finding volunteers within your organization who would be willing to register voters, through sites like Vote.org (Online), When We All Vote (Online), TurboVote (Online), HeadCount.org (Online).
Enlisting the help of local groups to register voters, such as voting rights groups like League of Women Voters (National, w/ local chapters), Spread the Vote (South), or Voto Latino (Latino voters).
Connecting with local chapters of Indivisible for guidance of voting registration or soliciting volunteers.
Please reach out to Vivian Hua [email protected] if you need additional partner suggestions for your area, or if you have any questions about the Seventh Art Stand. After you confirm participation, we will be in touch with more info and updates.
NOTE: You are free to host voter registration drives even if you are a nonprofit, as voting rights organizations are generally nonpartisan. Voting is everyone’s right! Nonetheless, please note that every state has different voter registration policies. You can learn about yours at Rock the Vote.
SEND ALL SCREENING DETAILS TO VIVIAN HUA at [email protected]