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LocalShops1 to Host Fixing the Future

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For Immediate Release: July 12, 2012
Contact: Ester Venouziou, 727.637.5586 or

What: Screening of Fixing the Future, a documentary to help jumpstart the economy. Hosted by LocalShops1 and sponsored by USF St. Petersburg College of Business
When: 7:30 pm Wednesday July 18
Where: Muvico Baywalk, St. Petersburg
Why: To ignite action toward strengthening the local economy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  -- LocalShops1 in St. Petersburg joins cities and towns nationwide to host the documentary Fixing the Future, which spurs action toward strengthening the local economies. The screening is sponsored by USF St. Petersburg College of Business.

In the Tampa Bay region, as well as throughout the country,  the economy has taken a big toll on small businesses.  LocalShops1 has been working over the past four years to tackle these challenges, and on July 18, 2012, it will join dozens of other communities across the country as part of a one-night-only event to jumpstart local, sustainable economies. Featuring a screening of the documentary Fixing the Future, the event will take place at Muvico BayWalk in St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm,  and will be followed by an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring:

•    Bill McKibben: Author, environmentalist, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College  
•    Majora Carter: Peabody Award winning broadcaster & Urban Revitalization Strategist
•    Mike Brady: CEO, Greyston Bakery & social entrepreneur
•    David Brancaccio: Host, NOW on PBS

With the generous sponsorship from USF St. Petersburg College of Business, LocalShops1 is able to provide free tickets to the screening.  Local organizations, business associations and residents interested in attending are encouraged to contact LocalShops1 for information. They may contact Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1  founder, at or 727-637-5586.

"The support of USFSP is an incredible boost,” Venouziou said. "We are lucky to have such a progressive and innovative learning institution right here in St. Petersburg, and we are excited to work with them to help make this documentary accessible to a wider audience.”

The event kicks off the Tampa Bay region’s participation in Fixing the Future Across America, a national campaign led by JumpStart Productions, Area23a and the media strategy organization Active Voice. LocalShops1 is one of more than 50 groups around the country participating in the campaign, using Fixing the Future to encourage American communities to create resilient, local economies through innovative approaches to job creation. Fixing the Future Across America also links together a national network of business groups and community-based organizations working to improve their local economies.

"This screening gives us a unique opportunity to raise awareness about ways we can strengthen our economy and get everyone in the community involved,” said Venouziou.  "Since launching  in 2008 we have been overwhelmed with the community support  for LocalShops1 and the Buy Local movement. We have found that by working together, we all win, and this documentary is a prime example of that. We want this event to generate more awareness and support for small businesses and to bring even more collaborations between local organizations.”

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse. These issues are particularly relevant to the Tampa Bay region, where the unemployment  rate, at 8.5 percent, is still almost half a point higher than the national average.

After the movie the discussion will be continued next door at the Ale & the Witch neighborhood bar.

Advance tickets may be purchased through LocalShops1 (Find the Calendar under the "Events” tab on the left). For free tickets, please contact Ester Venouziou at or 727.637.5586.

LocalShops1 is Tampa Bay’s most active advocate for locally owned, independent businesses. The grassroots movement was founded in 2008 and also offers networking meetings, store promotions, educational workshops and community events. Memberships are available to businesses, artists, shoppers and non-profits. LocalShops1 is the Tampa Bay regional network for BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.

In Fixing the Future, host David Brancaccio (of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by an economic collapse. Fixing the Future was produced by JumpStart Productions.

Active Voice uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops. Its team of strategic communications professionals works with mediamakers, funders, advocates and thought leaders to put a human face on the issues of our times. Since its inception in 2001, Active Voice has built a diverse portfolio of story-based campaigns focusing on issues including immigration, criminal justice, healthcare and sustainability.  

JumpStart Productions is a NY-based company with projects in the US, Europe and Africa. JumpStart creates media that is aligned with solutions-oriented journalism. Its projects have been awarded three national Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Edward Murrow Award for Best International Documentary, and three Gracie Awards for excellence in portrayal of women. 100 million people have seen our public-media television series, NOW on PBS. In digital media, Jumpstart’s track record includes the creation of a social media campaign that attracted 22 million unique visitors.

Area23a is a bicoastal, independently owned "event” based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by distribution specialists Richard Abramowitz and Ocule Films founder, Kirt Eftekhar. The company focuses on event-driven films, providing value-added distribution through alternative ways to reach audiences across the country, releasing films in convention and community centers, night clubs, casinos, libraries, museums and college campuses, in addition to traditional venues like theaters, cinematheques and festivals. Area23a distributes award-winning films such as Dan Sturman and Bill Guttentag’s Soundtrack for a Revolution, Michael Paul Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, Alex Rotaru’s They Came to Play, Gerardine Wurzburg’s Wretches and Jabberers, Gayle Ferraro’s To Catch a Dollar, Adrian Grenier’s Teenage Paprazzo as well as the upcoming Revenge of the Electric Car directed by Chris Paine.