SoapBox Action Works (SAW) consults, document, amplifies, and partners with grassroots organizations and other non-profits to tell their stories of their campaigns and people through a cinematic lens. SoapBox consistently explores possibilities with different groups that share our ideals and vision locally, regionally, and globally. Watch, listen, read, and interact with our featured multimedia projects' pages and our rapid-response videos below.
Fitness Against Fascism
Fundraiser Activation Series
Fitness Against Fascism (FAF) is a workout event series and fundraiser curated by and benefiting SoapBox Productions and Organizing. It pairs an anti-oppressive, liberatory-minded high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout and trauma-informed yoga session with a community conversation about real holistic health, the impact of structural -isms in our everyday lives, and how to challenge them all while getting a well-rounded workout! FAF decolonizes the notion that fitness is apolitical as the event curates a space for sweat and solidarity in order to breakdown systems and institutions of oppression that affect every industry, including (and especially) the allied healthcare continuum. We can talk about nutrition, fitness, and self care all day but if we are not centering holistic environmental, social, political, cultural, and economic factors into our analysis, we are not only doing ourselves a disservice but harming others. With a radical social justice mandate, SoapBox’s unapologetic event series resists, reimagines, and rebuilds a more equitable world in fitness and beyond in an intentional and participatory manner. Let’s do the work, in every sense.
True/False Film Festival:
MARCH 1-4, 2018
David and Caullen of SoapBox were honored to be a part of the True/False Film Festival Education Team this year, co-leading a four-day creative workshop for Camp True/False along with the wonderfully talented Pearl Quick. Camp True/False is a media literacy program for 75 select high school students from all across the country (40 local, 35 out-of-town). The students meet five times leading up to the Fest then attend the Fest together. In the pre-Fest meetings, students learn about the history of documentary, documentary ethics, how to critically read documentary film, discuss relevant issues, and share research. A the Fest, the students experience a weekend of exciting films, music, art, conversations, and workshops with a diverse crew of exceptional guests and local hosts.
In this four-day journey, we worked with the students on telling their authentic narratives through interpersonal relationship-building and poetry, culminating in a two or three-voice poem at the end of the weekend. Contact us for curriculum and lesson plan overview.
We broke up the creative lesson into four sessions with three overarching frameworks:
- Authenticity and Telling Your Truth
- Art in Activism in a Push for Social Change
- Interpersonal Relationship Building is Movement Building
- DAY 1: Welcome and Introduce Creative Project
- Pearl, David, and Caullen introduced the creative project by performing a three-voice poem of their own then debriefed by discussing the logistics of the weekend, working frameworks, and encouraging students to connect, be creative, and get outside of their comfort zones.
- DAY 2: Two-Voice Poem and Meisner Technique
- Pearl, with her background in spoken word and power writing, talks students through the importance of telling their own story. Caullen uses the repetition acting exercise, congruent with the Meisner technique, to allow students to CONNECT with each other in a more organic level.
- DAY 3: Poetry Mechanics and Structure
- David leads students through a brief history of poetry before students prep for their pieces.
- DAY 4: Students Present Work
- Run like an open mic, students performed their amazing and diverse pieces to Camp True/False. We were so very inspired with the students' attention, passion, and creativity.
On the second day of the festival, David and Caullen led the session "Social Media Literacy and Activism" during DIY (Do It Yourself) Day, which hosted hundreds of high school students from the area. Speaking truth to power comes in many forms. In the age of social media and technological advances, how do we harness our creative skills to foster a community of discussion, education, excitement, and, most importantly, action? This workshop taught students how to utilize everyday digital tools, traditional branding techniques, as well as a radical imagination to create and proliferate creative authentic narratives capable of change.
Out of the Box:
A SoapBox Celebration & Showcase
A SoapBox Celebration & Showcase
FEBRUARY 24, 2018
Held on February 24, 2018, Out of the Box was a night of art, film, live performances, radical thought, and connection amongst Chicago's hard-working filmmakers, creatives, activists, and social entrepreneurs. This event exhibited SoapBox’s past and recent projects as well as raised funds to continue our work and develop our infrastructure.
In the wake of the closures of independent journalism outlets and public schools, defunding of social services, and the perpetuation of false narratives that are consistently harming the most marginalized, we are reminded of the importance of sustaining this work in our beloved city. Out of the Box was not just about us. Over the years, we have collaborated and fostered relationships with many individuals and organizations in the Chicago film, journalism, music, and activist scenes. The event hosted several affiliates, who shared their work in their various forms and brought awareness to their campaigns. Together, we fostered a community of discussion, education, excitement, and, most importantly, action. At the intersection of social justice, creativity, and technology, Out of the Box channeled a radical imagination in using creative narratives to speak truth to power—a framework that is more crucial than ever.
Featuring Performers: Kuumba Lynx, Jacob Victorine, Rio Mutasim, Michael the Jung, and TWEAK'G
Partnering Organizations: Culture, For the People Artists Collective, TRAP House Chicago, American Friends Service Committee - Chicago, and #NoCopAcademy