Film Good Do Good

In collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development , Film Good/Do Good™ is a new initiative of the New York Commission on National and Community Service’s Volunteer Generation Program.

Film Good/Do Good is a community giveback program launched April 2016, and is the first and only state government-organized community giveback program in the nation that is tailored specifically to the film and television industry.

This partnership between the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service encourages and formalizes opportunities for film and television productions to offer hands-on volunteer service to nonprofit organizations in communities in which they film, and amplifies the benefit productions bring to New York State beyond the economic footprint.

Part of New York State’s 2014-17 Volunteer Generation program which aims to address hunger, homelessness and other root causes of poverty.

Four partnerships between production volunteers and New York State nonprofits are currently being planned for the early months of 2018, including Showtime’s Billions, STX Entertainment/TriBeCa Production’s The Irishman, and NBC’s Deception and The Blacklist.

Between 2016-2017, 12 volunteer service partnerships have taken place between film and television crews and the nonprofit community throughout New York State:

June 2016, Marshall Productions, Buffalo:
Four volunteers from the film Marshall worked alongside YouthBuild, which is an alternative education program that offers individuals ages 16-24 training and practical experience for “in-demand” industry careers through community revitalization projects, while also earning a GED certificate. to build a landing of a new affordable home located at 667 Lasalle in Buffalo.

July 2016, Marvel/Netflix’s Iron Fist Productions, NYC:
Ten volunteers from the Iron Fist production crew catered a home-cooked meal for 50 participants at the New Alternatives for LGBT Homeless Youth Center, a nonprofit organization that works to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth. The meal was followed by a Life Skills Group Session that included participation by the production manager, caterer, and a representative from the Producer’s Guild.

August 2016, We the Animals Productions, Utica:
The producer and co-screenwriter of the independent film We the Animals volunteered to support the Head, Hand and Heart Program within Johnson Park Center, a faith-based nonprofit organization promoting positive change, revitalization, and community development in the heart of Cornhill, the poorest neighborhood in Utica. The two volunteers served a meal to 20 children during their afterschool program, and the co-screenwriter also led an interactive storytelling session in the Center’s backyard. The production also provided a snack prepared by their caterer.

September 2016, HBO’s Girls Productions, NYC:
Volunteers from the HBO Production Girls supported staff members of Safe Horizon, a NYC-based victim assistance organization that provides support, prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Nine set dressers and production crew members from Girls inventoried, sorted, packed, labeled, delivered, and unloaded a truck over two days. The production also supported Safe Horizon staff in “shopping” in their warehouse for donations of soft goods, furniture and other items for 3 separate Safe Horizon sites across NYC.

October 2016, Disney|ABC’s Quantico Productions, Staten Island:
Seven volunteers from the crew and cast of Quantico and one representative from Disney|ABC participated in the launch of Project Hospitality’s annual literacy program for K-4 children and their families. Project Hospitality is a Staten Island-based, interfaith effort, committed to serving the needs of hungry and homeless people. Quantico and Disney|ABC volunteers read to the children and participated in seasonal activities such as painting pumpkins and drawing. The production/studio donated a bag of new and/or lightly used books for each child. The production also catered a lunch for all participants.

October 2016, Marvel/Sony Spiderman Productions, NYC:
Three volunteers from the production of Spiderman: Homecoming (Marvel/Sony) supported the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center’s monthly celebration for seniors by assisting with dessert service and socializing with 100-120 participants. The Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center is a Manhattan-based nonprofit, multi-service organization that focuses primarily on the needs of children and low-income families, out-of-school and out-of-work youth, and aging New Yorkers including the isolated and homebound elderly.

December 2016, Producers Guild of America (PGA), NYC:
The PGA partnered with the Film Good/Do Good program and rallied their members to spread some holiday cheer by helping fellow New Yorkers in need. Shows including Law & Order: SVU, Sesame Street, The Americans, Billions, Marvel’s The Defenders, Bull, Madam Secretary, Elementary, and Orange is the New Black, along with PGA members throughout the state, put collection boxes on their soundstages and in their offices for cast and crew to deposit coats and new, unwrapped toys. The response to the outreach was highly successful; vans full of donated decorations were collected and distributed to New Yorkers in need throughout all regions of the state. More than a dozen PGA members also volunteered at the Javits Center on December 21st to help sort the items for transport.

February 2017, Blindspot Productions, NYC:
Four volunteers from the television series Blindspot (Warner Bros Television), including the Department Heads from Hair & Makeup, led a demonstration of tips to “present your best self” for meetings with case managers, employers, housing, legal representatives, etc. for 20 resident participants. The program was held at the Women’s Prison Association’s Hopper Home Transitional Shelter, a 38-bed homeless shelter in NYC’s East Village for women with or at risk for criminal justice involvement. The production also provided gift bags with hair and makeup items, and pizza for all participants.

February 2017, The Americans (FX) Productions, NYC:
Five volunteers from the television series The Americans (FX) supported Good Shepard Services, a nonprofit that surrounds at-risk NYC youth and their families with a web of supports that promote a safe passage to self-sufficiency. Production volunteers spent three hours supporting Good Shepard’s After-School Program at PS 32, the Samuel Mills Sprole School, in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn. Volunteers were divided across the full after-school program of 135 youth grades K-5 and supported Shepard staff with teambuilding (basketball relay race); a community circle (Uno Card tournament); art/literacy (African collar necklace making); and homework. The production also provided snacks for all participants.

August 2017, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Productions, NYC:
Construction crew members from the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel worked with low-income youth in a Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation summer program. Together, the crew members and youth built and stained garden planters that were installed at a local senior center.

December 2017, Power Productions, NYC:
Eighteen volunteers from the Starz series Power assisted the Xavier Mission with its weekly Sunday Welcome Table, which provides hot meals to community members on a day when most other soup kitchens in NYC are closed. Xavier Mission’s program also provides community members with assistance in obtaining government benefits, free chiropractic treatments, legal referrals, and voter registration. Production volunteers helped to set tables, welcome guests, and serve food and coffee to 1,300 guests.

December 2017, Producers Guild of America (PGA), NYC:
The PGA again partnered with the Film Good/Do Good program and rallied their members to spread some holiday cheer by helping fellow New Yorkers in need. In addition to donations collected at the Dec. 18 PGA holiday party, 11 productions including The Americans, Bull, Deception, The Good Cop, Madam Secretary, Pose, Untitled Ramy Youssef Project, Succession, Sesame Street, The Goldfinch, and If Beale Street Could Talk put collection boxes on their soundstages and in their offices for cast and crew to deposit coats and new, unwrapped toys. The response to the outreach was highly successful; vans full of donated coats and toys were collected and distributed to New Yorkers in need throughout all regions of the state. On Dec. 19, PGA East volunteers joined forces with members of the National Guard and New York State employee volunteers to sort the donations for distribution.

...More events to come so stay tuned!

Film Good Do Good