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One of the key goals of Tales from Planet Earth is to demonstrate the power of narrative to bring about change. While issues are important, issues don't move people - stories do! To that end, one of our guiding principles is to select films that emphasize compelling stories first and foremost. Another guiding principle is to offer audiences a chance to take action. When the lights come up after a flim, we want people to feel empowered to contribute to change.

So we have partnered with several community partners who work on the issues covered by many of the Tales films. Several of these partners hosted screenings of our festival films during 2008-2009. Then, during the 2009 festival, we offered these events that helped our partners use the films to their best advantage.

Centro Hispano
Worked around Sleep Dealer and The Sixth Section by Alex Rivera
Saturday, November 7, Play Circle and Union Theater

Centro Hispano, founded in 1983 and originally focused on language and cultural related needs for Latino adults, has over the years grown with Dane County's Latino community to offer a number of programs, especially several aimed at Latino youth in Dane County schools. At the same time, the agency’s cultural, educational and social service programs for adults have also grown. From the strong foundation Ilda Thomas-Contreras and others gave the agency, Centro Hispano has grown to have 17 paid staff. In 2006, Centro Hispano became the owner of an 18,000 square foot facility at 810 West Badger Road in the heart of Madison’s south side, from which it serves over 5000 individuals through its programs.

Web site: http://centrodane.wordpress.com/

Troy Gardens
Worked around What's On Your Plate? by Catherine Gund
Saturday, November 7, MMoCA

Troy Gardens was born of a community vision for a unique parcel of state-owned surplus land. The Friends of Troy Gardens (now Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2001 and today he;ps build community through a 5-acre community farm, community gardens and education programs, restoration of natural areas on the site, and over 30 units of mixed-income housing. Troy's mission is to nurture a meaningful relationship between people and the land, grow wholesome and organic food for local tables, regenerate urban natural areas, cultivate a diverse learning community, teach what they practice, and foster healthy communities and personal well-being.

UW-Madison student Anna Zeide developed an outreach campaign around the festival with Troy Gardens. Continue to follow their efforts on Twitter at Tales from Troy.

Web site: http://www.troygardens.org/

CHOW (Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin)
Worked around What's On Your Plate? by Catherine Gund
Saturday, November 7, MMoCA

CHOW (Cooking Healthy Options in Wisconsin) is a program of Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch, itself a partnership of the REAP Food Group and UW's Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems. CHOW (the name stressing that kids have choices when choosing what foods to eat) began in 2006 when chefs Tory Miller and Eva Ringstrom from L'Etoile Restaurant in Madison, WI, wanted to share their passion for preparing fresh, local foods with school children. Encouraged by enthusiastic response from teachers and students alike, the program, working with Madison's Sherman Middle School, has expanded to create a series of monthly, recipe-based lessons that are now a regular part of the 7th grade experience at Sherman, as well as a school garden and a program for 8th graders to help prepare breakfast at a winter farmer's market.

Web site: http://www.reapfoodgroup.org/farmtoschool/chef.shtml

First United Methodist Church
Worked around The Hunger Season by Beadie Finzi
Sunday, November 8, First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church, located just one block off Madison's Capitol Square and in the mid-section of Madison's isthmus, is geographically positioned to be of particular service and help to those in need in the Madison community. FUMC's Outreach Ministries seek to build and enhance trust relationships with its neighborhood and its diverse residents. FUMC works collaboratively with other metro agencies, including Madison Urban Ministry, Transitional Housing, Inc., and the Dane County Food Pantry Network. Their outreach work includes a Food Pantry, Community Holiday meals, staffing and hospitality at the Men's Drop-in Shelter, and other ongoing initiatives. Their goal is to expand coordinated resources to those underserved persons across the city. The more than 60 volunteers who work at FUMC's Food Pantry, established in 1984, serve 800 to 1,200 people per month, more than half of whom are age 18 or under.

Web site: http://www.wisconsinumc.org/madison-firstumc/

Four Lakes Wildlife Center
Worked around Wild New York by Adam Welz
Saturday, November 7, UW Cinematheque

The Four Lakes Wildlife Center is a program of Dane County Humane Society, founded in 2002 as a partnership between DCHS and a local wildlife rehabilitator. In its first summer alone, the fledgling wildlife program received over 200 patients. Today, through dedicated support and volunteers, it has expanded extensively and continues its mission to care for the ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife of south central Wisconsin and to promote education and awareness of the crucial role of wildlife in our community.

Web site: http://www.fourlakeswildlifecenter.org/

International Crane Foundation
Worked around Milking the Rhino by David E. Simpson
Saturday, November 7, UW Cinematheque

Founded in 1973, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) commits to a future where all crane species are secure - a future where people cooperate to protect and restore wild populations and their ecosystems. These efforts sustain the places where cranes live, to the benefit of countless other species. Today, ICF supports wildlife research, habitat restoration and preservation, education, and captive breeding efforts on multiple continents. ICF's programs stress the interdependence between wildlife and their habitats and the relationships that exist between wildlife, habitat and people in the belief that cranes can serve as a symbol inspiring people from many nations to trust each other and to work together to conserve these magnificent birds.

UW Madison student Debbie Seiler worked with ICF and one of its partners, Friends of Muraviovka Park (FOMP), to build outreach efforts around the festival.

Web site: http://www.savingcranes.org/

Worked around What's On Your Plate? by Catherine Gund
Saturday, November 7, MMoCA

The Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Coalition (MACSAC) works to create a sustainable, just, and locally based food system in Southern Wisconsin by promoting and supporting CSA farms, coordinating community and farmer education programs about the benefits of locally, sustainably grown foods, and operating the Partner Shares Program which raises funds to subsidize CSA memberships for households on a limited income. Each year hundreds of area households learn about CSA through MACSAC's annual events including the CSA Open House (March) the Bike the Barns (September), educational workshops and cooking demonstrations, and the distribution of its food book From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm Fresh Seasonal Produce.

Web site: http://www.macsac.org/

P.L.A.N. (Preparedness through Linking All Neighbors)
Worked around Cooked by Judith Helfand
Sunday, November 8, MMoCA

Since June 2007, Public Health Madison & Dane County has been partnering with Triangle Ministries and The Allied Wellness Center to implement P.L.A.N. (Preparedness through Linking All Neighbors) in the Triangle and Allied Drive neighborhoods. P.L.A.N. is based on the idea that a neighborhood’s "social capital" (including overall levels of trust, reciprocity, solidarity, and cooperation) plays a key role in determining how well a community is able to respond to any event that disrupts everyday life. P.L.A.N. utilizes a community health worker model; recruiting individuals that live in the neighborhood and have a vested interest in seeing their community thrive. Community health workers are trained to provide outreach and education within their communities. While the activities of P.L.A.N. center around preparedness, the overarching goals are to build and bridge social capital and address issues of health inequities.

Web site: http://www.publichealthmdc.com/emergency/

Worked around Cooked by Judith Helfand
Sunday, November 8, MMoCA

Porchlight strives to decrease the Dane County homeless population by providing shelter, housing, supportive services, and a sense of community in ways that empower residents and program participants to positively shape their lives. Porchlight was created in 2004 by the merger of two well-established and successful non-profit providers of emergency shelter and low-cost housing in Dane County: Community Housing & Services, Inc. (CHAS) and Transitional Housing, Inc. (THI). Porchlight is the largest supplier of low-cost housing in Dane County and is comprised of an emergency shelter for men, Safe Haven (housing and intensive services for men and women suffering from serious mental illnesses), 172 single room or efficiency units and 55 family units.

Web site: http://www.porchlightinc.org/