Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact

by p.h. balanced films
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Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact
Reel Women Real Change: Stories, Advocacy, Impact

Dear supporter of Reel Women Real Change, 

Two years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the brakes on our next international sessions of Reel Women Real Change (RWRC). We pivoted and, with your support, helped several organizations and individuals who share our belief that "stories power change and stories change power." Now, as we've seen the success of online programming and hybrid engagements that mix in-person meetings with learning done online, we see an exciting opportunity for our RWRC workshops and mentorship.

As we plan this transition, we seek support in online curriculum development with a focus on adult learners. If you know someone with this experience who would be interested in supporting a program that serves women changemakers who want to use storytelling, including film, to impact their community and promote a more fair, just, and equitable world, please let us know:

We look forward to sharing updates with you in the months ahead!



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Greetings supporters of women storytellers and advocates,

We hope this message finds you healthy and hopeful as we move into a holiday season. As you may recall, we'd paused our operations at the onset of the global pandemic and turned to providing microgrants to other organizations and individual artists who shared our focus on social justice and supporting women.

As the world continues to adapt and we see a hybrid of in-person and online opportunities become a "new norm," we are determining a best fit for our Reel Women Real Change workshops in 2022. We look forward to sharing more with you in our next update!

With gratitude,

Piper & the team at p.h. balanced films

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Dear friend,

Thanks to you, the microgrants we began in September 2020 continue to support other women-focused individuals and organizations still incurring operating expenses in this challenging economy. We highlight here our most recent recipient: ShoutMouse Press. 

You can learn more about their inspiring work in our video conversation with founder Kathy Crutcher and development and communications manager Izzy Rode. As a fellow DC-based nonprofit organization, ShoutMouse's focus on stories and amplifying underheard voices was a perfect fit for our microgrant program. 

As we determine next steps for our own operations, we are no longer accepting applications for microgrants and will share our final selections in our next update. Supporting these projects has been a real joy to our team - and you made that possible.  

With gratitude,

Piper and the p.h. balanced films team

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As we shared in our September 2020 update, the onset of the health pandemic meant hitting pause on any in-person workshops. As we regrouped, we decided to use funds we would have spent to support other women-focused individuals and organizations who were still operating in this challenging economy.

Only 14 days into January, 2021 includes reasons to celebrate and reasons to mourn. Collectively, we have cause for hope and cause for grave concern. We hope this quarterly update brings more hope, more encouragement, and more inspiration. Supporting these projects has been a real joy to our team - and you made that possible. 

Please take a moment to learn more about these women changemakers and what they are doing to make their corner of the world a better place:

Watch a portion of our conversation with one of our first microgrant recipients, Another Kind of Girl Collective. AKGC is a media arts collective for and by young women living in displaced, migrant, or transitory communities around the world to connect and co-create multimedia artworks. AKGC, like phbf, knows the power of workshops to learn, train, collaborate, and mentor. Working with grassroots leaders and local organizations in communities around the world, AKGC hosts introductory documentary video, audio, photography and writing workshop series specific to the needs, values and culture of each community. Learn more:

We knew we wanted to support Mecca Russel when we saw this video, so wanted you to see it, too. The video was part of her application for our $1,325 microgrant, which Mecca received on October 31, 2020 - the 20th anniversary of the UN Resolution 1325, for Women, Peace, and Security. Hear some of Mecca's work:

We were delighted to select Dykes With Drills as our November 2020 microgrant recipient. Dykes With Drills is out to empower womxn with the tools to build. By hosting skill building workshops, retreats, volunteer events and meet-ups, they cultivate opportunities for individuals to connect with each other and to use tools. Hear more from Julie Peri, founder and director and learn about their work:

Black Girls Dive Foundation, co-founded by Dr. Nevada Winrow, is among the most holisitic programs we've ever seen. From science to self-esteem, geodiversity to lighting a photo shoot far below the ocean's surface, they cover it all! I had a delightful conversation with Dr. Winrow about their work. Listen to a snippet and learn more about their program:

For a short while longer, we will continue accepting applications for our $1,325 microgrants. If you know an individual or organization who may qualify, please forward this message:

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Dear supporter of women changemakers,

Like many organizations around the world, the plans we had for p.h. balanced films in 2020 were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the onset of the pandemic in the United States in late March, we paused to regroup and determine the next best steps. In the interim, and in the aftermath of countless murders of Black people and other violence against people of color, global protests that moved the conversation about race that has been underway since the founding of our country to the forefront of our collective minds. The country is now grappling with two crises - COVID-19 and systemic racism - and questions of inequity, intolerance, discrimination, marginalization, and bigotry.

We want to be part of the solution. As one of our donors, you are the first to know how we plan to do that.

As has been the case since our founding, we are a 100% volunteer-run organization. We do not and have never paid salaries; all of our funding goes to our programming, including our Reel Women Real Change (RWRC) efforts. To date, our RWRC workshops have all required travel, international and domestic. Now, particularly as the number of virtual workshops increases, we do not think it is responsible to travel or host any in-person gatherings.

Without travel, we have financial assets that are going unused at a time when there are organizations and individuals with different operation models who are struggling. These organizations could promptly turn those financial assets into a positive impact - and an impact that is consistent with the goals our donors originally gave to support p.h. balanced films.

With that in mind, we are heartened to share that we have decided to shift to a microgrant model in 2020 through at least several months into 2021.

In the months ahead, we want to support organizations and individuals who are doing the type of work p.h. balanced films supports - namely, women changemakers who are using storytelling, including film, to advocate for change in their communities. There are myriad important causes in every corner of every community around the world.

We encourage the organizations and individuals involved in those causes to apply for a $1,325 microgrant: 

$1,325 is inspired by the UN Resolution for Women, Peace, and Security - all of which this world needs more of right now. The 20th Anniversary of the Resolution is October 31, 2020.

On that day, we will award the first of several $1325 grants. We will continue to award at least one grant per month over the months ahead. Recognizing the administrative burden that grants can be, we intentionally kept this application concise. We will share information about our grantees with you in the months ahead so that you can learn more about their work and what you, in supporting us, are now, by extension, supporting.

In this unprecedented time, none of us know what our collective future holds.

What we do know is that we want to continue to support other women changemakers and, for now, our funds are the best way to do so.

At the end of 2020, we will reassess where we are in the world and as an organization.

For today, we welcome your help in spreading the word about our microgrants. We will announce this publicly soon and look forward to sharing more about the important efforts we are able to support in the months ahead!

Please stay healthy, safe, and hopeful,

Piper and the team of p.h. balanced films


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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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