What Empowerment Arts does with funding:

  • Produce narrative films to tell the untold stories of minority group issues.
  • Ensure the film reaches a mass audience as a successful independent film.
  • Create educational content to accompany the film.
  • Facilitate presentations of the film for local schools for free.

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Why is Empowerment Arts a Non-Profit Organization?

There are numerous reasons that the founders decided to setup the organization this way:
1.  The organization does more than just produce films.  The directors and staff will arrange special showings for the films in schools, and include educational seminars, lectures, and presentations on the film’s topics.  Educational guides for different school age levels will be made for educators.  Lessons, detailed information on the film’s topics, and related sciences and cultural facts to learn will be presented in these guides.
2.  Revenue generated from the film will go into the production of the next project after costs are paid, making Empowerment Arts partially self-sustaining.  Continued financial support for the arts and education reflect the salient goals of the non-profit.
3.  Empowerment Arts employees include individuals involved with the project’s themes, (such as LGBT, Latino, Colombians, etc. in the current film project) as opposed to a typical film studio which will only hire its own studio employees.
4.  Films are documentary, or docu-drama narrative of real stories, and involve some of the true-life people involved with the story.
5.  Due to the ubiquitous growth of media piracy in the last decade, society has created a new reality in which creative content is effectively worthless.  In reaction to this, film production companies are going with safer and safer bets in blockbuster films, and taking less risks on edgy, or risky independent films.  Little or no funding goes to true independent films from Hollywood studios.  So, to get these films produced in the current state of the economy and the film industry, Empowerment Arts needs to be a non-profit to overcome the existing financial hurdles.

What makes Empowerment Arts special and different from other non-profits?

We focus on current issues, diversity, cross-cultural interactions, minority groups, and compelling true stories to reach a wide audience through an entertainment medium.  From this we are sustainable by being mostly self-sustaining through a profitable end-product.  We will have a product to show for future promotion and fundraising.  Also, the group is led by professional filmmakers, so success in the medium of film and video are more guaranteed.  We also hope to always employ those involved with the real story, and those who are otherized in the topic of the project.

Why is the organization setup to make narrative films?  Why not just make educational videos or documentaries?

Our founder is a filmmaker who truly believes in the power of the film narrative.  When films are created to make an impact on society,  it becomes a means of communicating ideas to the masses through entertainment.  When dealing with issues involving minorities, it is crucial to gain the support of the majority to further understanding, acceptance, civil rights, and coexistence.  Most people who watch documentaries, or educational programs on specific topics, watch them because they are already interested in the topic and want to learn more.  With narrative films, a greater majority of the general public tune in for the enjoyment of a story’s entertainment; they learn in tandem.  For this reason, we believe that the entertainment medium of narrative films is the best way to have these stories reach out to not only the minorities that need the voice of support, but also to a majority that can lend support, and who has a greater learning gap to fill.
Another reason is the option of anonymity, and protection for those involved in the true story.  For example, one reason we chose not to do a straightforward documentary for A Paper Tiger Burns, is because the inspirations for the story could face repercussions at their work, or with their families for simply telling the truth.  We deal with current controversies, and misunderstandings surrounding marginalized minorities; a narrative that is in reality, part-documentary, allows for the most artistic, and legally protective means to portray the truth of a story.

Why would you expect people to give money to this organization?

Proponents of the topics want to see the projects get made, or see the finished project.  They become supporters, donating money to Empowerment Arts to do something they cannot do alone.  Please donate!