standwithmemovie.com (Pre-order here)
On February 1st, Instagramers all around the world celebrated National Freedom Day and the release of the documentary #standwithme. People from Hong Kong, Vienna, Sydney, NYC, San Francisco and more all met in large family-friendly Instameet – where people tweeted and instagrammed photos – in celebration of our right to freedom.
February 1st was coined “National Freedom Day” in 1865 when Lincoln signed the resolution to abolish slavery in the United States. And while most Americans think of it as the day we put slavery behind us – this simply isn’t so.
Not long ago 10 year old Bay-Area girl Vivienne Harr realized that slavery is still very much a reality. A new documentary #standwithme outlines Vivienne’s awakening to the truths of modern slavery and the lemonade stand she set up to free enslaved children.
Emmy Award-winning Stillmotion has teamed up with Vivienne to bring this film straight to communities across the US. Leveraging the use of social media, Stillmotion is making a direct connection with their audiences. By taking an untraditional route to get the film in front of as many people as possible, they hope to foster a community that will inspire change.
“Most people don't know that this egregious problem still exists, and the first step toward making a difference is raising awareness. That's what this film is really about.” says Co-Director Patrick Moreau. “Feb 1st is the day we come together and show what is possible when a group of people stand together for something that matters. Stillmotion is collaborating with passionate people all over the world to bring this issue to the forefront, premiering the film to the world is a further celebration of that commitment.”
To view the trailer or purchase tickets for any of the screenings in 30 cities across the United States go to standwithmemovie.com. To celebrate National Freedom Day, the filmmakers are offering #standwithme for pre-sale at a reduced price using Vivienne's "Pay what's in your heart" model. For one week beginning on February 1st, you may pre-order the film and any amount above $8 will be donated to the organizations helping to free children from slavery.
#standwithme will be available to own for $11.99 on April 15th.
Host Instagramers and Filmmakers:
@Moneal @Jayzombie @Colincabalka @makeastandlemonaid
Filmmakers: Randy Panado, Nerinna Valera
New York City
Street Team: Jennifer Roh
@vdubl @nashker @edwardkb
Filmmaker: Chris Chang
@ampt @pketron @nitti80
Filmmaker: Anthony Hadley
@normster @tristancobrien @alenpalander
Filmmaker: Maxwell Monty
Filmmakers: John Eleazar, Photographer: Santiago Boceta
Street Team: Peter Hainzl, Veronika Schauer