Host A Screening of The Whole Gritty City In a Community Venue

Since its release we’ve seen how the film’s emotionally-engaging exploration of several issues can prompt discussion and action. The film can affirm the experiences of young people of color, disrupt stereotypes, and highlight the valuable role of mentors, and of music and the arts in strengthening community ties.

With the non-profit organization Active Voice, we've created a discussion and action guide that can help you plan an event around the film, from the nuts and bolts of how to access the film and promote your screening, to tools for finding partners and resources, and planning panels and discussions. You can download the guide here

We’ve partnered with, a web platform that sells community screening licenses to individuals, organizations, and universities. If you would like to purchase a DVD to own, with a license to screen the film for no admission charge, you can contact Filmakers Library at

Please Note: If you are interested in hosting a screening of The Whole Gritty City at your local theater, please visit our The Whole Gritty City Theater Screening page for more information and pricing.

The process is simple – click this link and you’ll be taken to a purchasing page where you can select the appropriate license based on your screening needs. If you are partnering with a K-12 school, public library, youth organization or HBCU, be sure to select the educational option. Take a look at the Getting Started – Setting Up Your Screening Guide for more info or contact us at if you have any questions.

Here are some resources to help you promote your screening:    

1. Getting Started – Setting Up Your Screening Guide – This guide will walk you through the process of selecting and purchasing the correct license for your non-theatrical screening. 

2. If you want to sell tickets, accept donations, or create a free RSVP list to your event, submit an Event Page Request Form.

3. An Introduction to Promoting Your Screening (link to doc – intro to promoting your screening community) – Start by reading this guide, which will walk you through how to best reach out to your friends, family, and organizations via email, social media, and  traditional outreach. 

4. To help you along the way, we’ve created a few templates for your use:


5. As your event’s campaign moves forward, be sure to update current and potential attendees with new information about your event and the film using the documents below:


6. Once your event is complete, be sure to thank your attendees with the Follow Up Message Template. Encourage them to tell their friends about your event and the film. 

7. Post a recap of your event on the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages – be sure to tag @wholegrittycity / #wholegrittycity and @TuggInc! Purchase Your Screening License