Inspire Action

Act Up!

Act Up! is a clearinghouse of resources made available for those wishing to take a deeper dive into ideas, issues, and other interests INSPIRED by watching Encircle Films documentaries and/or participating in the audience panel discussions following film screenings. Click on the movie headings below – they are linked to individual resource pages.

Looking to get involved, be proactive, take action locally or cast a wider net? Take a look at the listings linked to resources below. If there are additional resources you would like to recommend, please do so at


2022 / 2023

Meltdown in Dixie (Resource Link Here!)

September 21, 2022

Emily Harrold

In the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, South Carolina between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. The film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century and the lingering racial oppression which these symbols help maintain.

Storm Lake (Resource Link Here!)

November 2, 2022

Jerry Risius and Beth Levison

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times – even as the paper hangs on by a thread. Twice a week, they work as civic watchdogs to protect their hometown and the legacy of credible journalism, at large – come hell or pandemic.