While 2020 has been challenging–to say the least–it has also been a year of growth, solidarity, and reconnection with what’s truly important in life.
Moreover, it has been a year of extraordinary generosity: neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends, and strangers helping strangers to make it through these uncertain times.
We are extremely grateful to our community for its resilience. Over the past year, the fruits of our labor have been a lifeline for millions confined to their homes. And our industry’s passion and creativity have allowed us to continue making content, under even stricter protective measures than the law requires. We were built to problem-solve and innovate our way out of crises; it’s in our nature. We are thankful for the projects that have not only kept the lights on, but that have been such a solace to viewers.
In the meantime, the lighter volume of work has perhaps also been…a boon to our mental health? How many film and video professionals–with our 12-hour (+) workdays and endless fire drills–had time pre-pandemic to bake bread or garden? Or to deepen our relationships with family? There have been many restorative moments amidst the more difficult ones.
Our hearts go out to friends and colleagues who have been personally impacted by this pandemic. We are holding you close and sending our thoughts for better days ahead.
We also need to give a shout out to Oregon Film, the Portland Film Office, OMPA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE and many others who came together to not only develop protocols for shooting under COVID-19, but who have been a constant source of support for the community. Thank you for your inspiring dedication and tireless work, all while dealing with your own challenges.
And we are grateful, once again, to all of the talent who participated in our Meals for Monologues events in 2020, including actors as far away as Germany and Austria! With hunger levels exceeding those seen during the Great Depression, your efforts provided more than 12,000 meals through the Oregon Food Bank, at a time when the need could not be greater.
Here are the other non-profits and advocacy organizations we were proud to support in 2020. We like to give them a boost, in case anyone is looking to make year-end donations. There’s still time today to throw them a few bucks, if you’re in a position to do so!
- Access Fund (Land Conservation)
- American Civil Liberties Union (Civil Rights)
- Black Lives Matter (Eradicating White Supremacy)
- Emily’s List (Supporting Progressive Female Candidates)
- Empower the Children (Education & Training to Children in Kolkata)
- Fair Fight (Voting Rights & Election Reform)
- First Descents (Adventures for Children & Young Adults with Cancer)
- Goodwill Industries (Job Search, Career Skills & ESL)
- Greenpeace (Environmental Solutions)
- Kiva (Microloans to Low-Income Entrepreneurs around the Globe)
- MoveOn (Social Justice & Political Progress)
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Supporting the Fight for Racial Justice)
- Natural Resources Defense Council (Environmental Advocacy)
- PHAME (Fine & Performing Arts Academy for Adults with Disabilities)
- Rock the Vote (Building the Political Power of Young People)
- Southern Poverty Law Center (Fighting Hate/Extremism/Bigotry)
- Stone Soup (Meals & Vocational Training to the Homeless & At-Risk)
- The Innocence Project (Exonerating the Wrongly Convicted)
Thank you to everyone for standing together this year. We wish you happiness, good health and prosperity in 2021, and hope to see you in-person again soon!
Lana, Eryn, and the CIS Team