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Jon Fitzgerald Jon Fitzgerald conscious filmmaker. change advocate. action inspirer.

Jon Fitzgerald is a filmmaker, film festival director, and author. Through CineCause, he connects socially relevant films to related causes. [www.cinecause.com]

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Movies, documentaries, and media in general are the biggest tools we can use to influence change. Films educate people about what’s going on in the world. They invite all of us to get involved and make a difference.

We’re on the cusp of something great here. People are becoming more and more aware of film’s influence. A lot of people are really excited by the idea of connecting films to social causes. Take Brian Wendel, for example. He was in commercial real estate but wanted to make a difference in the world by educating people about nutrition. What did he do? He made a movie that’s having a huge impact.

A good film can captivate an audience, but what happens when the film is over? The issues raised in the film To Kill a Mockingbird may prompt a major discussion in a high school class, but then bell rings and students go on with their day. A film may have an emotional impact, but that doesn’t always translate into action.

After watching an inspiring film, audiences are often motivated to do something to help. After all, most people get satisfaction from making a difference, whether by donating a dollar or donating some time. Unfortunately, they’re frequently left not knowing what to do to help, so they continue on with their lives and the film’s impact fades.

Through my crazy, nonlinear journey of filmmaking, I’ve come to the conclusion that socially relevant films need a platform. I’ve taken my passion to the next level and developed a portal that helps the power of film affect change in the world. Now I work to combine the energy and inspiration of the cinema with a call to action, giving people different ways to participate and get involved. We’re building a community for positive change. Together we can make a difference.

– Jon Fitzgerald

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