Brunch with Kweku Mandela and Orlando Jones
OpenNest is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, having produced an event in 2017 with Al Gore, Malia Obama, and Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, to raise awareness for Standing Rock. Standing with these incredible allies, we mobilized the larger movement and helped the Sioux Tribe build momentum and gain media attention.
This year, OpenNest returned to the snow capped mountains of Park City, Utah to introduce Equitas Entertainment -- a new company with a mission to produce compelling narrative projects that provide opportunities for the under represented in the film industry, while closing the gender pay gap. Equitas is built around amplifying social themes in the stories they tell with broader movement campaigns and on the ground action. So, what better place to connect with industry leaders to discuss some of the most important issues of our time, including women’s equality, social justice, and prison reform?
We capped days of incredible films and conversation with an #ImpactBrunch hosted by Holly Levow (Philanthropist, Founder of Equitas Entertainment) Orlando Jones (Entertainer/Activist) and Kweku Mandela (Producer, Grandson of Nelson Mandela), along with a highly curated group of powerful visionaries, sharing ideas about how to effectively use storytelling and technology to bring about fundamental social change.
A deep commitment to bringing social change is why Equitas Entertainment has stepped up to help launch #Pltfrm -- designed to use content to build, organize, and mobilize audiences around social justice issues. Whether you are promoting a film, a campaign, or you’re an organization working towards progressive change, #Pltfrm is a tool for all change makers, to identify and grow your audience, create an ongoing conversation with them, and move that audience to higher levels of action.
The guest list included leaders from ACLU, Anderimage, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, CNN Freedom Project, Custom Reality Service, Guggenheim Partners, Future of Women, Lyft, March on Washington Film Festival, Participant Media, Picture Motion, Planned Parenthood, Raben Impact and The Rise Fund. Haru Kishi, our favorite executive chef from Summit, cooked up a feast...some nodded it was the best meal they ate all Sundance.
Now we want to hear from you! What are your top priorities in 2018? What causes are you rallying around? What are the biggest problems you are trying to solve? How can we help?
Big thanks to Cyrus Moussavi for capturing all of these incredible photos.
Words by Katie Kilbride