Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. We strive to engage our audiences in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.

Mission & Beliefs

Artists have long been at the forefront of social innovation. Wandering Reel believes in the power of film art to effect positive change, to bring people together through shared cultural experiences and to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema. By exposing people with films that are artful in their meaning and compassionate and conscious in their approach, the boundaries that divide people can be slowly stripped away, cultures can be enriched and peace grown across the globe. Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival creates a forum to show films and to share in conversation and the experience of a living, artistic and compassionate community. We hope to inspire new storytellers to share their visions while exhibiting film art from all different eras and cultures around the globe.

Who We Serve

Wandering Reel serves anyone with a hunger for inventive, resonant cinema. We are particularly interested in curating our films to communities that want to participate in a deeper dialogue about the power of film to effect positive change in the world. We seek community driven venues to host our film programs and the lively audiences that will attend, engage and fuel our filmmakers to continue to create impactful movies.

We screen at theaters, community centers, art centers, libraries, churches, museums, galleries, schools, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, cafes, breweries and anywhere an audience can comfortably gather to watch and discuss our films.

We offer both community screenings that are open to the public at large as well as private screenings at schools, prisons and other private and public institutions or organizations.

What We Provide

Each year, beginning in early October, we provide several different, themed Short Film Programs specifically designed to engage different types of audiences and interests, all of which encompass the greater mission of the Wandering Reel, to inform and inspire and bring people together through the shared experience of cinema. The programs are geared toward small communities hungry to engage in larger world issues and universal human stories. Host venues are welcome to choose one program for a single night event or all of our programs for a weekend long screening series (or something in between, depending on what works best for the host). We generally reserve weekends during our tour for venues/communities that wish to showcase all of our programs in a festive gathering of film-going, art, discussion and community engagement.

What Makes Wandering Reel Unique

Few film festivals deliver award winning, though-provoking short cinema directly to small towns and rural communities. What's more, our curator leads a discussion after each screening to engage the audience and deepen their understanding of the films and the filmmaker’s intent and connect the ideas, images and themes of the films to the striving, real life communities in which we're visiting. In some instances, the filmmakers themselves will be available to attend screenings and lead these discussions. Live, projected Skype conversations with filmmakers from abroad may also be available for certain screenings.

Programming For Schools

In addition to community screenings, we program specifically for high schools, middle schools, after school programs and film centers that teach cinema. Our curator & programming committee create a custom program specifically designed to serve students attending middle school, high school, community college and universities alike. We can present films during regular school hours/class times or as a pre-arranged special screening time as desired by the school administrator or professor. Screenings will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the students and our curator. When possible, program administrators or professors are encouraged to invite students of all subjects to attend screenings, as the content of the films tend to appeal to a wide range of majors and student interests.

Further inquiries about our programming for schools can be directed to our curator, Michael Harrington at michael@wanderingreel.org.

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