With the explosion of social impact filmmaking and the proliferation of video streaming platforms, audiences need a filter to guide them to quality content. Curating Official Selections with Articles, Videos and Podcasts, Cause Cinema will be that trusted resource, connecting audiences with entertaining and engaging movies. Each of the film pages will include links to platforms where audiences can see the films, as well as more background on the projects and their related causes. We believe in the power of film to inspire change, and recognize that audiences often need more direct access to the causes shared in these projects, in order to take action or get involved. Cause Cinema will provide you with that pathway to action. Together, we can make a difference.
Cause Cinema Founder Jon Fitzgerald has twenty five years of experience in the independent film, internet and film festival communities, a rare leader with a unique combination of skills. As a filmmaker with Cause Pictures, he has produced a number of award winning documentaries; and as a consultant, he has guided many independent film projects through the maze of festivals and hybrid distribution models.
As a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival (1995), he led the event the next two seasons before being named the Festival Director for the prestigious AFI Film Festival in 1997. After running AFI Fest for three years (1997-1999), he created a consulting business, guiding the launch of numerous film festivals (Bahamas, Lone Star, Orlando), directing many (Santa Barbara, Topanga Abu Dhabi, South Bay, Naples), and consulting to dozens more.
In 2012, he authored his first book, Filmmaking for Change: Make Films that Transform the World.. The 2nd Edition was released in October of 2017. For more info on the book, click here: In 2019, he authored his second book, Habits of Heroes: 100 Movies That Will Change Your Life. For more info on the book, click here:
And in 2019, Jon founded iGEMS.tv, as a guide to engaging movies and series. iGEMS added a Pro division in 2020, to provide resources and a directory to assist independent filmmakers with festivals and distribution.