Documentary Gifts That Will Make an Impact

The holidays are coming up fast and if you’re still desperately trying to figure out what to give picky family members, it’s time to think outside of the box – and inside the movie theater.

This season, give gifts that will please the movie-lover in your life and make an impact in the lives of others. Pick a present from the film campaigns below and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular one at your holiday party:

1. The Holiday Card that Matters

This season, stand with Food Chains and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to give this card to Publix, Wendy’s and Kroger. Signing the card will help to ask for one simple thing for farmworkers from these gigantic companies: JUSTICE.

The Food Chains campaign will make sure this gift is hand-delivered to Publix, Wendy’s and Krogers headquarters in January. The more names that sign it, the stronger the message that these companies must treat farmworkers with dignity and respect will be.

By sharing this with your friends and family, you’ll be spreading the word about what farmworkers need the most. Talk about creating some holiday cheer!

Want to do more for farmworkers? You can donate to help the Coalition of Immokalee Workers pay fair salaries to farmworker educators, and watch Food Chains on iTunes.

2. The Movie to Inspire Women Entrepreneurship

Say thank you to a woman who has inspired you this holiday season by giving them a digital copy of A Small Section of the World.

This aspirational film is available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Google Play, Sony PlayStation, Time Warner Cable, Vudu, Xbox Video and VHX worldwide. There’s nothing stopping you from enjoying this heart-felt story of a group of women who sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world.

Gift Tip: Buy your favorite woman a bag of illy coffee as well. Sip some while enjoying this film to make the story jump off the screen!

3. The Gift to Warm the Heart and Soul

Right now, 1.6 million young people in America are homeless and without access to the basic items that can make a huge difference. In Chicago alone, the number of kids experiencing homelessness hit a crisis level of over 22,000 within Chicago Public Schools.

Earlier this year, The Homestretch campaign team asked schools and shelters in Chicago, “If you were to ask for one item that people could give your youth to immediately help them, what would it be?”

Their answers inspired a pledge drive to provide backpacks, hygiene kits, transportation cards, and cell phone cards. These items can mean the difference between the success and failure of students who are homeless across the city.

Donate now and watch your money go directly to the gifts homeless children really need this winter.  Haven’t seen The Homestretch? Watch it on VOD today.

4. The Ultimate Gift for Doc Lovers

Wait a minute – you can give unlimited documentaries to your special someone for only $6.99/month? Can a present get better than that?!

This winter, sign up for the SundanceNow Doc Club and give the membership to your favorite film buff. They’ll receive access to an extensive library of award-winning docs – complete with curated selections from awesome people like Thom Powers and Ira Glass, plus a selection of membership benefits.

Know other documentaries offering awesomely impactful gifts for this holiday season? Email us at


By Rebecca Stern, Campaign Operations Manager @beckys11

Rebecca supports the development and implementation of film impact campaigns at Picture Motion. For the last two years she served as Campaign Coordinator for the film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, working directly with the award-winning filmmaking team, Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. In this role, Rebecca organized large-scale national screening events, developed key campaign partnerships, managed social media and coordinated internal operations for the campaign. Prior to Escape Fire, Rebecca oversaw on-campus marketing for the films Sing Your Song, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, and Living for 32 at UC Berkeley. She has also consulted for various musicians and filmmakers on how to heighten their social media presence and coordinate effective engagement strategies.