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Documentaries as Outreach Tool for Non-Profits

Documentaries are a growing part of the nonprofit world's message mix. This intense storytelling artform is applicable to local and internal storytelling as well as community or culture-wide distribution of a message. Working with documentary makers will be explored in upcoming articles on our website.

The International Documentary Association (IDA) presented DocuWeek (TM) August 18-24, 2006 at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California.

This annual film festival, DocuWeek™ Theatrical Documentary Showcase is a public theatrical exhibition of outstanding new works. DocuWeek™ helps to qualify feature and short documentaries for Academy Award® consideration. A complete list of screenings is available on the IDA website -

Several of the 2006 documentaries scheduled for showing included:


Director/Producer: Kristi Jacobson
Producers: Kristi Jacobson, Alicia Sams, Whitney Dow
Toots is a provocative, loving and unmistakably authentic portrait of legendary Manhattan saloonkeeper Toots Shor, a self-made, unapologetic and quintessentially American man. This film, directed by Shor's granddaughter, Kristi Jacobson, reveals as much about New York's golden era as it does about the man and his enduring legacy.


Directors/Producers: Nick Francis and Marc Francis
As westerners revel in designer lattes, impoverished Ethiopian coffee-growers suffer thebitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening exposé of the multi-billion-dollar coffee industry, Black Gold traces one man's fight for fair trade.


Director: Kirby Dick
Producer: Eddie Schmidt
This Film Is Not Yet Rated, from Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick, is an unprecedented investigation into the secret MPAA film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture.


Directors/Executive Producers: Henriette Mantel, Stephen Skrovan
Producer: Kevin O'Donnell
Over the past 40 years and without ever holding public office, Ralph Nader built a legislative record that is the rival of any contemporary president. With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over 40 on-camera interviews conducted over a two-year period, An Unreasonable Man traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of the past half-century.


Directors/Producers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
Executive Producers: Nancy Dubuc and Molly Thompson
A growing number of Evangelical Christians believe there is a revival underway whereby young Christians must take up the leadership of the religious right. Jesus Camp follows Levi, Rachael, Tory and a number of other young children to Pastor Becky Fisher's 'Kids on Fire' summer camp in Devil's Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as six years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soliders in 'God's Army.' The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America's political future.


Directors/Producers: Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan
So Much So Fast unfolds like a nonfiction novel. Stephen Heywood finds out he has the paralyzing neurological disorder ALS. His brother Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure. The woman who's falling in love with Stephen has a decision to make. So Much So Fast is a black-humored cliffhanger of romance, guerrilla science and the redefinition of time.