HOST A VIRTUAL CINEMA SCREENING
“Virtual cinema screenings” have become the new norm for distributing films in the COVID era, given that most movie theaters are closed indefinitely for in-person screenings. This situation and the resulting online video technology make it very accessible for people to digitally stream movies in their homes - and expands the potential for films about social issues and partnering grassroots organizations to reach wider audiences and have greater impact.
Turning Tide Films is seeking partner organizations and independent theaters to host virtual cinema screenings of POWER STRUGGLE, which can be both a fundraising and educational outreach opportunity for your group. Net proceeds will be split 50/50 between your group and Turning Tide Films.
It’s incredibly easy and there are no upfront costs. All you would have to do is promote the virtual screening to your membership through your email newsletters, email blasts, social media postings and on your own website.
We will supply you with the promotional text, graphic images and a unique URL for a custom webpage highlighting that the screening is hosted by and will benefit your group or independent theater.
The virtual cinema screening will be hosted on the video platform Vimeo OTT VHX.TV, which provides a state-of-the-art, HD digital viewing platform, as well as handles the credit card processing.
Here's how it works:
Email us your contact information, and start dates of your exhibition period (which can be for a set time period or open-ended). We suggest initially promoting the virtual screening as a limited time event (say for 2 weeks, or one month), then extending the period for another couple of weeks or a month near the end of the first period.
Please contact us at least two weeks in advance of your exhibition start date, and preferably 3 to 4 weeks in advance, to allow for you to have as much time as possible to promote your virtual screening, and record an optional post-screening Q & A video.
We will email you promotional text, graphic images and a unique URL for a custom webpage highlighting that the screening is hosted by and will benefit your group or independent theater.
To see an example of a custom webpage with a unique URL to promote a virtual screening for a community group, click here.
To see an example of a custom webpage with a unique URL to promote a virtual screening for an independent theater, click here.
The virtual cinema screening is hosted by Vimeo OTT VHX.TV, one of the leading online video platforms, which many independent film distributors use for virtual cinema screenings in association with local independent cinemas. Vimeo OTT provides a state-of-the-art, industry-standard HD digital viewing platform and handles the credit card processing.
With a $12 customer ticket fee (the same price as charged at independent cinemas), after platform hosting fees and other administrative costs, the net proceeds are $10 per ticket, which would be evenly split between your group and Turning Tide Films. For example, if 200 screening tickets were sold, then $1,000 would be generated for your group.
Consider the option of pre-recording a post-screening video discussion panel that you host with panelists of your choice or Q & A with members of your organization that you conduct in advance on Zoom. This video file would be posted to YouTube or Vimeo in advance of your first screening date. This link would be included on the same page as the POWER STRUGGLE virtual screening, so that viewers could watch this following the film. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please let us know and we can share information about how to set this up. Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer is also available to participate in virtual Q & As.
In order for your virtual screening to be a successful fundraiser and educational outreach opportunity for your organization, you will need to promote it as widely as possible to your members through your email newsletters, email blasts, social media postings and on your own website.
Free full-length previews of POWER STRUGGLE are available for organizations or theaters interested in hosting a virtual screening.
For bookings or more information, contact filmmaker Robbie Leppzer:
WATCH: Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer explains to Libbe HaLevy, host of the weekly podcast NUCLEAR HOTSEAT, how local anti-nuclear and environmental groups can co-host virtual screenings of POWER STUGGLE to benefit their group. (3 minutes)
PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AND THEATERS
Support our co-hosting partners by watching POWER STRUGGLE through their links.
• Downing Film Center - Newburgh, NY (February 26 - March 11)
• DC Environmental Film Festival – Washington, DC (March 18 - 28)
• Images Cinema – Williamstown, MA (March 19 - April 2)
• Nuclear Energy Information Service – Chicago, IL (April)
• Vermont International Film Festival – Burlington, VT (April 16 - 22)
• Monadnock International Film Festival – Keene, NH (April 22 - 24)
Other co-hosting groups will be added as our tour grows.