Filmanthropy Night at the Avon Theatre
The Avon Theatre, Northern Trust and Foundation Source hosted an educational evening for philanthropists and filmmakers, titled appropriately “Filmanthropy.” Filmanthropy is the use of cinematography — typically but not exclusively the documentary movie — to raise awareness and money for a charity or cause. It can be thought of as a new tool for social change, philanthropy with a movie camera. Unlike other socially conscious documentaries, the projects in this genre are typically initiated and funded by people outside the film industry or who made their money outside the industry.
Bill Baker longtime President and CEO of New York’s WNET/Channel 13 and Fairfield County resident was the moderator for a very interesting talk by well-known documentary maker, Karen Goodman and Joni Kimberlin, who is currently working on her second film. Both women spoke about their experiences attaining funding for their films and screened a compilation of their works.