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Dinner Date set! Sunday July 13 - are you on the guest list yet?

By Katherine Dodds On June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

JULY 13! WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO DINE AND DISCUSS DOING AWAY WITH CORPORATE HARM?

We have THREE tickets left for a very special Vancouver 'perk' on offer for The Corporation Film's #OffTheCouch Campaign! The dinner will be on Sunday evening, July 13, at 6:30. The next TWO people to claim this, will get the tickets for half price as our Community Producer Mukund Menda has subsidized them. 

Vancouverites! Give now and reserve your place at the table for our exclusive secret supper & private jazz concert with Joel Bakan & Rebecca Jenkins (only 3 of 10 spots remaining!)

With a gift to our campaign at the $1,000 level, you can take your place as one of ten guests (and half the spots are already snapped up!) at a dinner party in my very cool Chinatown studio, which includes a private jazz concert by The Corporation author Joel Bakan and his partner, the singer and actress Rebecca Jenkins. You'll be served cocktails (or mocktails) during the concert, followed by a free-range feast that is tailored for your preferences (cooked by me), and will get to chat with Joel over dinner about his new book, a sequel to The Corporation. Please consider giving to our campaign in this way, and share this invite with others who might love to be part of a unique evening.

The illustration above was created by our designer extraordinaire Terry Sunderland, who also brought you The Corporation logo and all our cool campaign graphics. If you contribute at the Secret Supper level, we will also make YOU into an avatar for our activist 'crowd' in future posters and on the website. : ) PLUS you will get signed copies of Joel's books, a print version of the poster, and a DVD of the new cut of the film with your name in the credits as community supporter! 

Of course contributions to the campaign at any level are also gratefully received. Even a small donation to the campaign means one more supporter, and we are just as excited about gaining supporters as we are reaching our monetary goal! Contribute Now.

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Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of Good Company Communications and HelloCoolWorld.com. Trained in renegade advertising & branding through her work with Adbusters in the '90s, Kat's early induction into the possibilities of the web-world was inspired by the term hypertext, which she immediately found comforting. She is dedicated to cause-related communication and to the development and use of tools that promote democratic processes.

Dreaming of the Difference The Corporation Film can Make...

By Katherine Dodds On May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Corporations are not the architects of my dreams. Corporate globalization is not my religion, though it be worshipped all around me. Profit over every other earthly concern is not my way of doing business. ~Kat Dodds

Get your tickets for May 26 Vancouver Screening + Panel + Party! RSVP on Facebook 

In these dark days of climate change, it sometimes feels like a waking nightmare with facebook feeds flashing before my eyes: Youtube visions of factories burning; tales of terminator seeds; the drones of PR as the call to war; waters rising; unceded territories the scene of corporate crimes, citizens rights eroding through government spying; and even oil spilling on the streets of LA — The plundering of our planet does seem apocalyptic.

There is a devil, and it is in the coporate institutions very DNA.

And the devil's advocates say only they can solve the crises they create.

We need to change the entire game.

The Corporation film, and audiences response to it, has given an albeit secular soul to my work. Working with this head & heart felt film alongside the people who made it, has spanned much more than the past decade. I formed Hello Cool World at the turn of this century so that we'd be ready to build the grassroots campaign to launch the film. Which is why we at HCW are a small, collaborative grassroots motley crew of do-gooders. 

And now, we need to do gooder, again. 

Which is my dream now: To re-launch the film through our activist and educators communities to re-awaken our collective spirit of resistance and rebuild our faith in each other to solve our problems as citizens, as friends, as communities, to reclaim the soul of democracy, which is solidarity.

Who's coming along on this ride?

XO kat

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Get your tickets for May 26 Vancouver Screening + Panel + Party! RSVP on Facebook 

Fans - give us feedback to fuel the revolution: Survey 

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Celebrate National Canadian Film Day!

By Katherine Dodds On April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

It's National Canadian Film Day!

We of course have many fantastic Canadian films available on our webstore - but as distributors we would be remiss in not tooting the horn of our two major titles:

The Corporation & 65_RedRoses.

THE CORPORATION ~ In preparation for our upcoming Off The Couch campaign - do our survey for Fans of The Corporation, and Save the date for the upcoming Vancouver screening on May 26.

65_REDROSES ~ On the heels of Organ Donation Week and the beginning of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month - we are offered deep discounted specials for bulk orders of 65_RedRoses. (only in Canada) Spread our #4Eva Campaign by sharing this remarkable Canadian film with everyone you know!

BIG congratulations are also due to filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji (director of 65_RedRoses and Blood Relative) who is going receive a well-deserved award from Women in Film Vancouver tomorrow night.

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Ten Years Ago...

By Katherine Dodds On January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ten years ago, on January 16, 2004 was a busy day for us all. That evening, The Corporation launched in Canadian theatres, was screening at Sundance, and was ALSO playing at the World Social Forum in Mumbai.

Ten years later, we are reflecting back on the film, the launches and how exciting it was to connect with so many amazing people across the world. Most importantly we're looking forward to what we can do to create a legacy for the film's message, and the work that still needs to be done. Because frankly, we've never needed to fight back against corporate omnipresence more than we do now. We're not done yet! 

Our plan is to spend the next year celebrating The Corporation's successes, while engaging with even more people to reduce corporate harm, to connect the causes we care about, and to take action for people over profits. 

Please support us! Buy from our online store or donate to our anniversary campaign.

Tonight in Vancouver we are having as small think tank gathering to brainstorm how we can mark this 10th year. We'll be updating this blog with ideas and content from this event. 

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Film Festival Season! Distribution & Campaign Stories...

By Katherine Dodds On September 18, 2012 | 2 Comments

BE PART OF THE STORY. SO THE STORIES GET TOLD.

Once upon a time, when we were working with Velcrow Ripper to launch Scared Sacred  (The first film of his trilogy which is being completed by the new release of  Occupy Love), the tag line 'Be part of the story, so the stories get told' emerged in our mass email template for Hello Cool World - it's still there for those of you that are on any of our 'lists'. It proved to be prophetic, as the entire marketing world has not only cottoned on to 'story telling' as the hot new buzzword (oh but it's actually ancient) for all the cool young campaigns.

But it's true, story has a power that moves people more than moralizing or rational arguments alone. But when a story well told, with emotional appeal, is backed up with both compelling facts and a call to action - it's heart, mind, and world changing. And of course this is what the best of documentaries do with the added audio visual vocabulary to bring to the proverbial table.

Which is why we've taken a documentary storytelling (and discovery) approach to all our projects, even the ad campaigns! 


I INTERRUPT THIS BLOG TO SHAMELESSLY PROMOTE FOUR FINE FILMS COMING TO VIFF!

(Listed here in screening order.) I've already got my tickets to the following films, made by fine filmmakers who are friends and colleagues. If you are in Vancouver get your tickets now! 

1. The Last White Knight • Dir. Paul Saltzman (Prom Night in Mississippi) • Premieres Sept 29, 8:45pm Empire Granville 4

2. Occupy Love • Dir. Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) • Premieres Oct 4, 9pm Empire Granville 1

3. Shadows of Liberty • Dir. Jean-Philippe Tremblay • Premieres Oct 5, 3:20 p, Empire Granville 5

4. Blood Relative• Dir. Nimisha Mukerji (65_RedRoses) • Premieres Oct 6, 6:45pm Empire Granville 2  


Our ongoing work on The Corporation has been a calling card, but that project is by no means over for me. I am still balancing my desire to truly have an impact on the corporate form itself, and to build a movement out of the consistently growing numbers of supporters who contact us. As happens at this time every year I have had a lot of filmmakers who are also fans of The Corporation inquiring about working with us. 

This blog began as a letter to one of these filmmakers, and as it turned into a manifesto of sorts I decided to blog-i-fy it for all to read. This season, this contemplation is being tempered with the need to create a real live business plan for growth as part of the VanCity Women Entrepreneurs program I was accepted into. Currently, I am getting support to work on this growth plan and will be give the opportunity to pitch it to potential lenders and investors.

As happens every time more filmmakers want us to take on their projects I do a lot of soul searching about what exactly we did for films before, and what I can realistically do for them. I've been backward engineering the successes and challenges fo the work with The Corporation...

The Corporation has been a project now for me, for over a decade. I was involved with The Corporation before it was even in production, and my role was far more than that of someone brought in after the fact. My roles were as producer and creative director of the website, and Creative director for the branding (we created the signature logo) plus "Director of Corporate Communication" - an ironic title reflective of my role not as a publicist but as the producer/director of the entire grassroots outreach.

All efforts were centred around having the website as our communications hub and tool. With Mark Achbar's help I raised 100K for the website and leveraged 100K more from distribtuors in four countries, who collectively spent a million in advertising all directing traffic to our website, which continues to have a significant amount of traffic ten years later. In essence, a campaign needs to be produced and directed, and the resources required, as well as the timeline are much the same as making a film! 

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