In collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, the New York State Commission on National and Community Service launched Film Good/Do Good in April 2016. Film Good/Do Good 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.
Between 2016-2018, 17 volunteer service partnerships have taken place between film and television crews and the nonprofit community throughout New York State:
- April 2016, Pig Newton Productions, NYC:
For Film Good/Do Good’s inaugural project, Pig Newton Productions donated six racks of clothing, shoes and accessories to Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries in Hell’s Kitchen. Three volunteers from production costume department worked with six community volunteers to sort wardrobe, and later styled clients in appropriate clothing from Rauschenbusch’s Winter Wardrobe Closet to fit needs (e.g., outfit for interview, etc.).
- 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.
- January 2018, Deception Productions, NYC:
On Wednesday, January 24th, 17 youth from Cypress Hills training in SafeServe Food Preparation and Professional Development met at the Deception set. The producer set up a discussion with Peter Marshark (owner, Marshark Craft) and Pamela (craft services team leader). Peter and Pam focused on their day-to-day operations, hygiene, and the lifestyle of working in the entertainment/food industry. The discussion was followed by a tour of the craft services truck and the set, led by the producer. Chef Udolpho (Henry's Catering) provided lunch and told the youth the story of his career, focusing on the best parts of his day--serving his food. Each discussion session featured 20-30 minutes of questions and answers from the youth, and Peter invited the youth & Lowell Herschberger from Cypress Hills to reach out to him regarding internships.
- January 2018, The Irishman Productions, NYC:
Five members of the Irishman's Locations Team volunteered on Sunday, January 28th from 8:30 to 11:00 am, helping to set up and distribute clothing from the All Saints Clothing Room at Xavier Mission. The team outfitted 62 people in need (95% of which were men) with shoes, socks, undergarments, pants, shirts, and coats.
- March 2018, The Good Cop Productions, NYC:
Ten alumni from Bronx Community College were provided with a career and skills development discussion on-set at Silvercup North (located in the South Bronx) with various departments from the Good Cop productions, including grip and electrical, construction, set decoration, and location. Individuals from each department discussed how young people pursuing their certifications (in similar fields) may pursue careers in production and shared their own career paths, what they do day-to-day, the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in production, and Q&As.
- March-April 2018, The Goldfinch Productions, NYC:
The Construction and Art departments of the feature film, The Goldfinch, designed and constructed in their shop, a portable stage for the Women’s Prison Association’s Hopper Home Facility. Hopper Home Transitional Shelter is a 38-bed homeless shelter for women with or at risk for criminal justice involvement. The stage has been installed in the Hopper Home for the arts-based intervention program (Blackbird), which utilizes the power of creative arts as a conduit to care for women at any stage of their work with the Women’s Prison Association.