Two important philanthropies, both created by prominent members of the American Jewish community, joined forces in Atlanta last week to boost the use of documentary film to educate and inspire new audiences.
The initiative brings together the Atlanta-based Arthur Blank Family Foundation, chaired by the cofounder of The Home Depot, and Participant Media, a major Hollywood producer and Academy Award winner started by Jeff Skoll. He was also the first president of eBay Inc.
The innovative project was introduced by Kenny Blank, Arthur Blank’s son and a Blank foundation board member, who is the executive director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Inspired by the ideas of Blank and Skoll, the initiative will encourage and train a select group of nonprofit organizations to use documentary films to encourage grass roots political and social action.