Producer Salvatore Alaimo attended the annual Media that Matters Conference for documentary filmmakers presented by the Center for Social Media at American University, in Washington, DC, February 14-15, 2013. The documentary trailer was shown in the session on Fair Use, as an example of how Fair Use law can be applied when using content in a film. The conference was a great networking opportunity for Alaimo who also attended the following sessions:
- The Hottest News and Latest Tools in Impact
- How to Change, Grow and Survive: Sustaining the Documentary Vision Over Generations
- The Long View: Strategizing Impact and Measuring Success in Multiplatform Projects
Producer Salvatore Alaimo has been working diligently to license content that will complement the footage that has been shot. Alaimo has licensed music from artists Mike Killeen, Peter Kaukonen and Ziggy Marley. He also has recently secured footage from NBC Universal Archives, ABC News VideoSource, UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the George (H.W.) Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This footage will be used in the segments on the history of philanthropy, social activism and poverty.
The direct mail campaign for What is Philanthropy? concluded on January 4, 2013 and netted over $5,000 thanks to the generous contributions of individuals.
Additional, generous contributions were recently received from the following organizations:
- Grand Valley State University
- Fremont Area Community Foundation
- Frey Foundation
Thanks to these contributions the production of the documentary continues to move forward to completion.
The documentary’s trailer was shown at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 16, 2012. Producer Salvatore Alaimo also showed other clips from the film and answered questions from the audience which featured a diverse mix of nonprofit practitioners, academics and foundation representatives.
Executive Producer Salvatore Alaimo and cameraman Aaron Bannasch recently shot a discussion with Robert Lupton, author of the provocative book Toxic Charity, before his presentation at the Guiding Light Mission’s annual banquet, in Grand Rapids, MI. Lupton courageously questions efforts to help people as described in this description of the book, “Churches and charitable organizations, though good-intentioned, have missed the mark when it comes to serving the poor, creating a toxic form of charity. Lupton says that a better system would be to treat the poor as business partners, empowering them to start businesses, build houses, plan communities, etc.” He is also the Founder and President of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, GA.
The documentary recently received two more kind endorsements from schools. Michael O’Neil, Chair of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco, had these kind words to say:
“At the University of San Francisco, my colleagues and I have been engaged for nearly 30 years in studying and teaching about philanthropy. On the basis of this experience I can say that your project is most needed and welcomed.”
Mandy Mulloy, Philanthropy Instructor from Kentucky Country Day School, offered her kind support for the documentary:
“On behalf of Kentucky Country Day School, an independent college preparatory school for grades Pre-K-12, we would like to give our support to the documentary project of Salvatore Alaimo, What is Philanthropy? This film is needed to enhance the current philanthropic education process and possibly inspire and create new programs.”
Thanks to Stefanie Zelkind, Director of the Jewish Teen Funders Network, the documentary was recently featured on the Jewish Funders Network web site. What is Philanthropy? was also recently featured in Ramapo College Magazine, the magazine of the educational institution where Executive Producer Salvatore Alaimo earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1988 (man, he’s getting old!).