What is Lights. Camera. Help.? Lights. Camera. Help. is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. We do this through our education program (Learn with LCH), the Reel Change Film Frenzy and an annual film festival.
The Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival: Watch the video below or learn more here.
Reel Change Film Frenzy: The goal of the Reel Change Film Frenzy is to connect nonprofits in need of films with filmmakers who want to challenge themselves to create a great film in just 48 short hours.
- 10 nonprofits are matched with 10 filmmaking teams (currently serving Austin and Houston).
- The organization and the filmmaking team meet to decide on a concept.
- A week later the filmmaking team produces a film for thier assigned organization in 48 hours or less.
- The films are screened at the end of the competition. We award a judges prize and a people's choice prize to the winning teams.
Learn with LCH: Lights. Camera. Help. can educate your nonprofit on how to start using video as part of your communications strategy.
- Full-day workshops that teach you how to make films or work with a production company.
- Online training is avaialbe for organizations not in Central Texas.
- We've instructed over 350 organizations. Is yours next?
The Co-founders and Board of Directors
I am Co-founder and Executive Director for Lights. Camera. Help. In this role, I'm responsible conceptualizing the organization’s vision and working to see it through. I focus on communication, collaboration, nonprofits, video, social media and the bleeding edge technology behind these things. I learn, I teach, I share and I work to make the world, or at least a small part of it, a better place.@AaronMSB
I am Co-founder and current Board President of Lights. Camera. Help. I am also the Lead Programmer for Community Impact Newspaper’s impactnews.com focusing on hyperlocal news coverage. My current causes include promoting open source software, creative commons and computer security. I also serve on the board for the Austin Time Exchange Network, Single Parent Resource Network and EFF-Austin. I attended Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, majoring in Dramatic Writing and serve as webmaster for the Cine Las Americas film festival. @drapetomaniac
David J. Neff
I am Founder of Lights. Camera. Help. and current Vice-president of the Board. I would say that I am an author, teacher, speaker, blogger, network weaver, and social media scientist. For over 11 years I have been helping people and nonprofits focus on doing good all across the world. I did this through 9 years at the American Cancer Society as the Director of Web, Film and Interactive Strategy. While there I started their film and documentary department. I also shot a full length documentary and owned and operated a film production company here in Austin, TX. @daveiam
Andrea is Secretary on the LCH Board of Directors. She is the principal of As Such Communications, a communication and event strategy, design and execution firm, and co-founded PR Soup, a collaborative blog site where she and her colleagues serve up PR and marketing advice for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners. Andrea also dedicates time to Freelance Austin as the Co-Chair/Website Coordinator and just ended a 3-year run as Co-Chair of the Wonder Ball for Austin-based NPO Wonders & Worries. @andreaschulle
Austin native Dan Graham serves as CEO of BuildASign.com, a three-time ABJ Fast 50 award winning and two-time INC5000 company. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the School of Law at UT Austin. In March 2005, he co-founded BuildASign.com and bootstrapped the company to great success. Since then, BuildASign.com has grown to operations in four countries with 170+ employees and $30Million in revenue, having taken zero funding. Dan also serves the Austin community in a variety of capacities including the Board of Directors of Austin Pro Bono; as a member of the Cities of Service Steering Committee for the City of Austin; incoming 2012 Board of Directors Vice Chair of Small Business for Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; Chair for UT's Innovation & Science Enterprise Advisory Board; Incubation Station Mentor; Executive Chair of the UT Law Non-Practicing Alumni Advisory Council; City of Austin Sign Review Board Member; and as a mentor at Tech Ranch Austin, St. Michael's Academy and UT’s 1 Semester Startup.
I am the Board Education Chair for Lights. Camera. Help. In this roll I lead the education program and provide oversight and strategy for the organization as a whole. I am Co-owner and a Producer at Pitch Productions and also in charge of Customer Success at uStudio, Inc. where I assist customers in distributing their video content where ever their audience is. My deep understanding of digital distribution opportunities allows others to focus on making great content while leaving the rest to me.
I am the Event Coordinator for the Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival. I manage planning, logistics, sponsorships, and most anything else related to the Film Festival Awards Party. I am socially driven and happiest building relationships, solving problems, and methodizing chaos. During the day you can find me at IT Freedom where I do Marketing and Business Development.
L. Taylor Nixon
I am the Community Development Coordinator of Lights. Camera. Help. I am a friend more and before anything else. I take this mentality with me in all roles from professional to personal. I strive to make others’ lives better, easier. I push for innovation, creation; I do my best to share, motivate and listen. As a growing professional and life-long student of communication and business development, I connect with others to move the world and its best ideas forward bit by bit. And without friends, life would be pretty dull.
Jackie got her start working in and volunteering for nonprofits much longer than she will ever admit. She first caught the nonprofit bug when providing afterschool programs to under-served children, and climbed the ladder that led her to serve as Executive Director of a local nonprofit in Austin. Her professional experience in both programs and development provide LCH with a strategist focused on growth, and her budding interest in the power of cause-driven messaging through films feeds her desire to continuously learn how to be a more effective nonprofit advocate. Jackie’s days are dedicated to continuing her community-focused career, and her spare time is spent practicing mixes martial arts, promoting mental health advocacy, and being a “behind-the scenes” LCH devotee.
PJ began volunteering for LCH with web content management in 2011 and now facilitating communications of our mission. He began a career in web marketing in 1998 as a musician believing that technology and innovation is best left in the hands of creative people, not within the realm of business. In addition to being an award winning strategist, he is also the creator of musicbenefit.us, an innovative fund raising tool connecting non-profits to new communities via music. In his spare time he enjoys independent film, dancing crazy to music, and spending time with his family.
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Lights. Camera. Help.
PO Box 270069
Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512) 524-7227