News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2009 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron Bramley aaron@lightscamerahelp.org http://twitter.com/AaronMSB (917) 678-4590 David J. Neff (512) 789-5672 Lights. Camera. Help. set for premiere: First film festival for nonprofits announces selections, event locations AUSTIN, Texas – Lights. Camera. Help., the first film festival for nonprofit and cause-driven organizations, has announced its selections of the top films and videos to be screened Friday, July 31, at Southwest Key East Austin Community Center, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at Calhoun Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. The three-day festival, culminating in a Wrap Party, Sunday, Aug. 2, when the winners will be announced, is intended to bring attention to the films-for-a-cause genre by showcasing the best PSAs, shorts and feature-length films that nonprofits use to help them spread the word about their cause. Lights. Camera. Help. selected 20 films from more than 140 submissions to show at the three-day festival. The 20 finalists are now in the running for a “judge’s prize,” the winner of which will receive all the proceeds and donations from the event. “In addition to giving money to a worthy cause, we created Lights. Camera. Help. because we want to help nonprofits and cause-driven organizations gain visibility through film and video,” said Aaron Bramley, co-founder of the festival. “It’s a phenomenal way to tell your story, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.” Unlike most film festivals that charge $50 or even $100 to submit a film, Lights. Camera. Help. accepted submissions at no cost, making it more accessible than other festivals where documentaries, or other similar genres, might be shown. All 19 finalists will be screened at the festival, and were submitted by both national and local nonprofit organizations. They include well-known groups like the Lance Armstrong Foundation United Way and Urban League. But film submissions were also selected from smaller organizations like Art from the Streets, an Austin nonprofit which provides resources for homeless artists and platforms for showing and selling their work, and We Are Family, a nonprofit from Charleston, S.C. that provides support for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth. David Neff, co-founder of the festival, says “the range of videos was surprising” and he expects the films to shock, inspire and motivate viewers. Here is a schedule listing the films and nonprofits selected and the night’s they will be screened: Showing Friday, July 31st Aid to Artisans – Aid to Artisans Survivors of Dating Abuse – Break the Cycle Manifesto – Lance Armstrong Foundation Family Portraits – Jewish Family Services of Seattle Give 5 – United Way Capital Area Reality, Mobility, Independence – Wheelchair Foundation Think Pink Lemonade Stand – Women Playing for T.I.M.E. Think B4YouSpeak – Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Fowl Play – Mercy for Animals Mills to Manhattan – Best Friends Animal Society In A Place Like This – Mobile Film School Showing Saturday, August 1 Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars – Texas Cities for Clean Air Coalition Red Ink – We Are Family Foundation Perfect Match – Michigan Humane Society Time Bomb – charity: water Impacting the Future – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Tale of Two Brothers – Los Angeles Urban League Thoughts in a Hijab – Reel Grrls The Perfect Parent PSAs – AdoptUSKids Art From The Streets – Art From The Streets The Friday night screening will be held at the Southwest Key East Austin Community Center. The Saturday night screening will be at Calhoun Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. Both begin at 7 p.m. The Wrap Party will be held at The New Movement Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. For more information about the festival and admissions, visit the Website www.lightscamerahelp.org or e-mail co-founder Aaron Bramley at aaron@lightscamerahelp.org.