Why Documentary Film?

by Matthew Eppinette, Director of Programs on December 22, 2016

Telling stories through film has a profound and immediate effect on audiences, changing the way they think in a positive way. Our films, all produced on modest budgets, have each yielded an enormous impact. We’ve shown our films all over the world, and we’ve translated them into French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. All are available to watch online.

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Breeders: A Subclass of Women? has been screened at the European Parliament in Brussels three times, as well as in Paris, France, positively affecting surrogacy legislation in European countries.

Jennifer was recently in Madrid, Spain, to show our first documentary short film, Maggie’s Story, the account of a ten-time egg “donor” now battling Stage IV cancer.

sviff-2This month, our award-winning film Eggsploitation (Best Documentary, California Independent Film Festival) was shown as part of the Silicon Valley International Film Festival, which was held on the campuses of Google, Dell, SalesForce, and other high tech companies.

Our newest film, Compassion and Choice: DENIED, which grapples with the Physician Assisted Suicide debate, has already been viewed by more than 50,000 people. This film’s modest budget of $2,500 is making a huge impact. We have made this film free to view to anyone, anywhere in the world on Facebook and YouTube.

Our low budget, high impact films have screened at Yale Law, Harvard Law, Columbia Law, Dartmouth, Stanford, University of California—Berkeley, University of Virginia, Notre Dame, and many other college campuses.

Eggsploitation has also been shown on Capitol Hill, an event that was sponsored by The National Organization for Women.

Many of our films are endorsed by leading U.S. Feminists such as Patricia Ireland, Judy Norsigian, and Sonia Pressman Fuentes, co-founder of NOW.

In short, we make documentary films because they work. They clearly communicate the issues, the concerns that drive them, and the problems that need to be addressed. And, as you can see, they make a real difference to our shared human future.

As we come to the end of 2016, will you help us start 2017 on solid financial footing so that we are well positioned to continue our documentary film and other work? Please consider making a gift of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or whatever you are able. Thank you in advance!

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit educational organization. All gifts are tax-deductible.

 

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