SoapBox Productions and Organizing is a film and social activism non-profit that specializes in multimedia curation of creative projects centered around entertainment, education, and structural social change. We coalesce cinematic excellence with grassroots organizing efforts by developing, documenting, and promoting racial, economic, and social justice initiatives with community collaborators. Through art and action, SoapBox utilizes media to power and sustain social movements for a more equitable and creative world.
Chicago Drill and Activism
What started as a DePaul University graduate-level sociology thesis is now a SoapBox's multi-media, cross-platform project. The original study seeks to understand the creation, meaning, perspectives and potential connections between drill rap music and the resurgence of grassroots activism since the early 2010s. Chicago "DNA" features in-depth interviews with drill rappers, other independent artists, and organizers and activists. It situates its findings into a broader theoretical framework and empirical history of systemic inequality and resistance.
As technology and entertainment push the digital age forward, the need for inclusive communities of compassion, humanity, and justice continues to build. Our destinies are connected to each other. With that, we must remember that creative integrity and radical change are essential to our progress as a society. Check out some of our recent projects, events, and endeavors below.