Participate.net is a new community social action website, developed in part by our own Micki Krimmel. Participate.net is now up and running, and it's well-worth checking out. A project of Participant Productions, the social-action film company, Participate.net showcases activist projects directly related to current Participant releases, including the new George Clooney-directed Good Night, and Good Luck. Beyond its specific projects, Participate.net brings together an active community to address major social issues.
The Participate community includes actors, filmmakers, issue experts, moviegoers, and activists from all over the world. They write blogs, share ideas, sign petitions, recruit new members, organize discussion groups, and take direct action. They are Participants in improving their lives, homes, schools, communities, and the world.
Good Night, and Good Luck, which is getting terrific reviews, dramatizes the story of journalist Edward R. Murrow's on-running confrontation with Senator Joe McCarthy. The Participate.net tie-in with the film is the Report It Now project, a citizen-journalism effort. Unlike most other citizen journalism projects (like OhMyNews), Report It Now focuses on video and audio stories, and the highest-rated stories may be rebroadcast on PBS or XMRadio.
When Micki has a chance to catch her breath, we'll have her give an inside perspective on getting Participate.net going -- and just how you can get involved.
"North Country" is directed by Niki Caro, the writer and director of the wonderful "Whale Rider." I'm really looking forward to seeing what she's come up with next.
I saw Goodnight, And Good Luck this summer and endorse it fully. The film is shot in starck black and white, and it captures the fast, intense pace of the 1950s newsroom. Only trouble is that it made me want to smoke a pack of Pall Malls...
Also coming up from Participant is "Syriana," (http://www.participantproductions.com/films/Coming+Soon/68/Syriana) a political thriller which takes a hard look at the oil industry. I haven't seen it yet, but I can't wait.