Use these films as tools to convene a Civil Dialog on gun violence – and all currently polarized topics
In the past decade, the field of documentary film has grown enormously in its dedication to envisioning films that will be used as ongoing, relevant tools to assist people and groups interested in the topic. By engaging and bringing together diverse community partners interested in a civil dialog on a given topic, films can serve as ongoing conveners to encourage critical thinking on these issues. This creates a huge shift in the industry – one that, as a media activist, I love. All three films have taken on active engagement lives of their own and we’ve been privileged to observe first hand the response they receive and retain from highly diverse audiences.
The ACHIEVABLE GOAL of this project – set through authentic engagement with thousands of Americans is to reframe discussion of gun violence to a radically logical public health focus on prevention. This fresh and far less polarizing framework broadens discussion and invites us all into solution-based civil dialog. And, any movement towards healing the divide on this seemingly “unsolvable” problem – automatically creates a fresh space for organic, inclusive engagement on other critical issues confronting the United States and the planet.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I go about hosting a screening and a Civil Dialog?
This is an extremely rewarding endeavor – and easy to accomplish. You begin by inviting people to view together any of the films in the GGG series. The goal is to expand opportunities to come together – and to counter the ways in which we are divided around this problem. Clearly – we need a new way to talk about this currently divisive topic. No on wants to see more gun deaths and injuries in their communities.
The films are TOOLS to elicit critical thinking on this topic. They are non-partisen and non-polarized, intentionally produced to appeal to gun owners as much as non- gun owners. They are designed to hold civil conversations at the center of this dilemma – not at the polarized ends of the current, divisive framework of “Gun Rights vs Gun Control.”
We strongly recommend using a framework of public health prevention for discussion. This framework looks at the problem as any other epidemic and broadens the dialog in search of prevention possibilities at every plausible point. It looks at all the ways gun violence plays out in the United States: Suicide, Homicide, Domestic Violence; Accidental and Mass Shootings. This is not simply a “crime problem” although that is how we currently talk about it. The films’ real stories from people affected and of people trying to do something about gun violence in the United States are chosen because they do inspire conversation at the heart of the issue.
What kind of help is available to me to get started?
New Moon Productions offers FREE consultations on what type of venue might work best with your group or audience – and suggestions for language in promotions and public relations engagements that invites civil dialog. Feel free to contact New Moon Productions for a brief consultation on your particular event. Because we’ve worked with people in so many different settings, we can probably help get you going in a direction that will open new possibilities for you. Afterwards, you’ll need to report back to share your newly discovered knowledge with the rest of us – and so it goes!
How do I choose the right film for my purposes?
Dear Rita – Classrooms from Middle School through University; Restorative Justice Programs; General Audiences
The Promise of America – Classrooms from High Schools through University; Leadership Training; Women’s Studies & African-American History Programming; Peace Studies
Changing the Conversation: America’s Gun Violence Epidemic – Public Health, Domestic Violence & Suicide Prevention Programming; Civic & Community Groups; Conferences, University Programming; Faith Community; Film nights. This film is intentionally divided into three separate segments- each of which fit well into diverse specific programming involving urban, small town/rural and political perspectives.
Where can I get ideas about how my group can get active in this issue?