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#OscarsSoWhite is a reality. But it won't be for long. Every Single Word is hosting a live Oscar watch party to raise money for low income folks to gain access to jobs in the film industry. Can't make it to the live show? Make a remote donation here!
Every Single Word's inaugural live event will be held at The Bowery Ballroom on February 28th, 2016. This Oscar viewing party will feature real-time commentary from a panel of comedians, writers, and pop culture experts. 100% of the evening's profits will be donated to the "Made in NY" P.A. Training Program that provides low-income New Yorkers the opportunity to establish careers in the film industry.
In response to the second consecutive year of all white acting nominees and a growing awareness of the systemic diversity problem in the film industry, Every Single Word: The Oscars is entertainment as protest. For the price of one 2D movie ticket you can watch the Oscars while benefiting a program that brings the least heard populations into the film industry.
Guests: Franchesca Ramsey (MTV's Decoded; Creator of "Shit White Girls Say to Black Girls"), Danielle Henderson (creator of Feminist Ryan Gosling), Sean Rameswaram (WNYC Host), Crissle West (co-host of The Read; Drunk History), Naomi Ekperigin (writer for Broad City & Difficult People), and Bowen Yang (Broad City). The event will be hosted by Dylan Marron (Welcome to Night Vale; creator of Every Single Word).
The “Made in NY” PA Training Program is a collaboration between BWI and the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. Their mission is to give unemployed and low-income New Yorkers the chance to work on New York sets and build careers in this dynamic field. Since the program’s launch in February 2006, BWI has trained over 500 New Yorkers and placed highly-qualified PAs on more than 2,000 productions. Graduates have moved into advanced positions including Assistant Production Office Coordinator, Camera Assistant, Assistant Locations Manager, Grip, Field Producer, Set Decorator, Technical Operator and Unit PAs in sound, wardrobe and more.
Every Single Word is a video series created by Dylan Marron that edits down popular films to only the dialogue spoken by people of color. Tumblr named it the #1 tumblr of 2015 and it was recently nominated for a Shorty Award for Tumblr Blog of The Year. Dylan and Every Single word have been profiled in - among others - The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, NPR, and CBC. The project has attracted the attention and support of Junot Diaz, Kerry Washington, Aziz Ansari, Chirlane McCray and more. Dylan has lectured about the importance of representation in film and media literacy at the Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, The Potomac School, Rutgers University, Yale University, NerdCon, and Friends Seminary.