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Thriving Communities Films
Through our films, we tell stories about people implementing solutions to make communities stronger. Topics of our films cover youth empowerment, housing, racial equity, and more essential matters. We hope to inspire people everywhere to be instrumental in building beloved community!
Spirit Farm: A Soil-to-Soul Awakening in Vanderwagen, New Mexico — Trailer
Step into the transformative world of Spirit Farm, where each heartbeat of the Earth resonates with larger global awakenings. Located in Vanderwagen, New Mexico, Spirit Farm is more than a place—it's a living conversation between humanity and the Earth. This trailer offers a glimpse into how the farm's profound connection to nature serves as a mirror to the world, from intricate soil patterns to pressing concerns about future generations. But this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for our feature film that delves even deeper into this soul-nourishing journey.
Nourishing Soil, People, and Community: The Organic Farm School, Clinton, Washington -- Trailer
Step into a world where agriculture is not just about growing food, but about nurturing life—from the soil to the people who walk on it. The Organic Farm School offers a fresh lens on regenerative agriculture, emphasizing its vital role in reconnecting communities to their food sources. This trailer prepares you for a captivating journey into a sustainable future, where the act of farming becomes a symbiotic relationship with the Earth, benefiting not only our food supply but also our collective well-being. Get ready to be inspired by a way of life that shows us how human existence can be harmonious with the natural world.
From Forgotten Triangle to Thriving Community: The Rid-All Green Partnership, Cleveland, Ohio – Trailer
In 2010, Cleveland, Ohio's 'Forgotten Triangle' was nothing more than a notorious, illegal dumping ground. Today, it's transformed into a vibrant hub for urban farming, community wellness, and a newfound sense of local pride. This isn't just a story about soil and seeds; it's a story about people reclaiming their neighborhood and restoring its dignity. Watch the trailer for a sneak peek into the full-feature film that delves deep into how urban agriculture and a resilient community spirit have turned this once-forgotten corner of the city into a place its residents are proud to call home.
Fueling Fresh Starts: The Fountain Fund Film
Thriving Communities embarked on a journey of discovery and learning with the Fountain Fund. The Fountain Fund is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, VA that provides low-interest micro-loans and financial coaching to formerly incarcerated individuals, helping them overcome the economic obstacles that often arise after incarceration. This film showcases the organization's inspiring work and its impact on the lives of those it serves. The Fountain Fund has already extended over 350 low-interest microloans, totaling more than $1.5 million, and has helped 86% of its client partners establish or improve their credit scores as of the date of this posting. Furthermore, 92% of client partners have reported significant improvements in their lives facilitated by the Fountain Fund, such as securing transportation, employment, housing, or paying off court debt. This film highlights the Fountain Fund's unique approach and how it is making a real difference in the lives of formerly incarcerated people, promoting economic opportunity and reducing the likelihood of incarceration. VIDEOGRAPHY AND EDITING // Ross Monagle April 19, 2023
Trailer: Fueling Fresh Starts: The Fountain Fund
There are five million formerly incarcerated people living in the United States. People who have been incarcerated at some point in their lives face often-permanent barriers to securing transportation, housing, employment, and capital for building their own businesses. When individuals are released from jail or prison, they are further burdened by court-ordered debt. Most are ineligible for traditional bank loans and lines of credit or are subject to prohibitively high-interest rates. These combined hurdles limit the economic opportunity of formerly incarcerated people and prevent them from reaching their potential. As a result, some return to criminal behavior, increasing the likelihood of re-incarceration and damaging the stability of their families and communities.
Carillon Community - Richmond, VA
Carillon Community, Richmond VA — This documentary reveals how an integrated community began in the late 1960s and exists today in spite of the challenges of racial inequity, redlining, and segregation. This is a film for any community seeking opportunities to grow in an equitable and fair manner. This is a story of another way a community came together despite their challenges and remains so today.