NCG, working in partnership with The San Francisco Foundation and Cal Humanities, is pleased to launch a new Documentary Film Series this year. The newly minted film series will provide members with an opportunity to experience some of the most celebrated documentaries to come out of the Bay Area, and at the same time learn about how to use film as an alternative and powerful medium for promoting their missions.
Documentary films have long been used to communicate important messages and to deeply engage their viewers on a wide range of topics. These films can be incredibly influential on audiences and often provoke immediate responses—and direct action—on the behalf of significant issues. So when the subject matter is addressing a social issue, documentaries can demonstrate how a relatively small amount of funding can make a large impact and help advocates reach a broader audience.
NCG's Documentary Series will showcase the work of our region's filmmakers as well as demonstrate how this genre extends into so many different sectors—child welfare, education, disaster relief, healthcare, the environment—and in doing so delivers a whole host of stories directly and effectively.
Each screening in the series will include a conversation with the film's director(s) and wine-and-popcorn receptions to allow attendees to talk through a variety of topics, including discussions of how the issues addressed can "live" beyond the viewing.
The screenings are free and open to all NCG members.