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Case Studies

Stand on the shoulders of others - be inspired and empowered.

We have drawn extensively from over 20 impact case studies as featured below. Do feel free to work your way through the whole list or just select the 'featured' case studies to get the most out of each chapter. Of course we also recommend that you watch as many of the full films as possible. All case studies were correct at the time of writing.

We are also always looking to include great new examples. Please email us suggestions.

The ‘Blackfish Effect’ as reported in Business Insider link (2014)

and The Hollywood Reporter and Take Part

Blackfish (2013)
Further resources

A media impact reporting with Edelman/Strategy One

Budrus (2009)
Nonviolent resistance unites in Palestine
Directed by Julia Bacha, produced by Ronit Avni, Rula Salameh and Just Vision
Unearthed (2014)
Investigating fracking in the United States
Directed by Jolynn Minnaar

Article in Documentary which lays out some of the facts figures and strategy behind this box office phenomena

2016 Obama’s America (2012)
Trying to prevent Obama’s re-election
Directed by John Sullivan and Dinesh D’Souza
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Al Gore warns climate change is real
Directed by Davis Guggenheim

Harmony Institute - Social Media Research Report

Bully (2011)
Bullying crisis in US schools
Directed by Lee Hirsch

POV national campaign to complement CPB's ongoing initiative 'American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen'. American Graduate Films Campaign Case Study

American Graduate Films Campaign: Brooklyn Castle & American Promise (2013/2014)
Remedies to the dropout crisis in American high schools

Working Films video

Deep Down (2010)
A story from the heart of coal country (US)
Directed by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Harmony Institute - Entertainment Evaluation Report

(DIS)connected (2008)
Our reliance on social media
Directed by Melody Gilbert
Escape Fire (2012)
Impact Report produced by Third Plateau
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke
Escape Fire (2012)
Case Study produced by Fledgling Fund
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke

Working Films video

Everything’s Cool (2007)
Science and popular belief in global warming
Directed by Judith Helfand

Norman Lear Centre presentation at TEDxPhoenix by Johanna Blakley 

Food Inc (2008)
Is the food capitalism produces actually good for us?
Directed by Robert Kenner
Lioness (2008)
Female combat veterans in US
Directed by Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers
Made in L.A. (2007)
Latina immigrants struggle working in L.A.'s garment factories
Directed by Almudena Carracedo

Working Films video

No Impact Man (2009)
Minimising our personal environmental impact
Directed by Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
Out in the Silence (2009)
Addressing small-town homophobia in the US
Directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
Sin by Silence (2009)
Domestic violence (US)
Directed by Olivia Klaus
Sita Kimya (I Won’t Be Silent) (2010)
Sex and gender-based violence in Kenya
The Ghosts in Our Machine (2013)
The overlooked animals crucial to our industries
Directed by Liz Marshall
Trembling Before G-d (2001)
Gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews reconciling their sexuality with their faith
Directed by Sandi DuBowski

Harmony Institute - Entertainment Evaluation Report

Waiting for Superman (2010)
America’s public school system
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
Where Soldiers Come From (2011)
Following the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school
Directed by Heather Courtney
Who is Dayani Cristal? (2014)
The dangers of the migrant trail in Central America
Directed by Marc Silver


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