How to Host a Successful Screening
Based on our experience with a large number of screenings of "The Response" in the past year, a successful event that stimulates lots of audience participation and discussion can be achieved by following a few simple steps:
Audience: "The Response" is attracts large audiences when screened at law schools, colleges, libraries, and conferences on topics related to the subject matter of the film.
Publicity: Depending on your venue and audience, you will probably find that some of the following will have email lists and web bulletin boards that will enable you to reach a wide audience of interested participants: law schools, advocacy groups (Amnesty International branches, ACLU branches, Human Rights First branches), . . . .
Panelists: Having one, two, or even more panelists can help attract participants, and can set the stage for high quality discussion with the audience. Potential panelists include: civilian lawyers, military lawyers (JAGs), public officials, and even members of the film production team and cast! For information about participation by members of "The Response" team, please email Associate Producer Joe Scarry at jtscarry at yahoo.com with information about your planned event, as listed on our Permissions page.
Discussion: Our best events happen when we open the floor up to lots of questions, and discussion with and among the audience. Plan to get the audience involved in the conversation!
Learn more: You'll find that you're audience will want to learn more and continue the discussion. A good source of additional information is "The Response" website. And be prepared for requests from your attendees for a follow-up event about the important issues raised by "The Response"!
Ready to try it yourself? Get "The Response" on DVD and use these helpful resources for hosting "The Response" screenings and panels.