Let Ambulante connect new audiences to your nonprofit thru public documentary screenings all year

submission by cdavila

About Your Application

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


Generate dialogue, cultural exchange and revitalize public spaces through a mobile, curated documentary series, which travels directly into communities to offer it 100% for free.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Ambulante's annual community tour has been so successful there is a demand from our nonprofit partners for our projection and curatorial expertise. With this grant two of our most experienced staff members can be compensated during off-season to: field partnership requests and organize support at the scale we can successfully deliver, including;operation and use of our outdoor projection system, leveraging our industry contacts to secure films and negotiate lower screening fees, cross promotion.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


The past two editions of our community driven, month long documentary tour has proven our experiment of intervening public spaces with documentary storytelling is a signficant and unique way to capture the interest of a general public who were not actively seeking, or expecting to be interested in the vast number of social justice, music culture and creative issues and genres documentaries offer. At all of our outdoor events passersby stumbled upon us and sat down and became involved in the subject at hand by asking a question, giving us their email. This kind of informal access point is crucial for nonprofits to significantly expand awareness outside their already dedicated base. By including people who are left out of the conversation the conversations are elevated and civic participation in the subject is exponentially increased. Our events connect people to share one communal experience, people from very different classes, age and orientations. Since we work with over 40 partners our scalability is where our full potential can be unleashed.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Our evaluations will come directly from our community partners. We solicit feedback from audiences and filmmakers and have developed a specific form for our partners asking them to candidly rate our communication and production skills. It is a comprehensive page long inquiry on "What worked well, what did not work and how we may improve for next collaboration". Feedback from audiences, filmmakers and partners is gathered and talked about on a scheduled day long staff retreat wrap day so that we can also share overheard comments not documented. The benefit of Ambulante's amorphous quality is that the feedback informs our perpetual iteration. Each time we do another screening we have the opportunity of learning from hundreds of distinct locations and when we go back to the same communities we have the feedback that is specific to that neighborhood. Our goal would be to have an overall positive evaluation of the contribution we bring and how we fulfill our deliverables.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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