Councilwoman Watch Party kit!
4 part step-by-step guide for hosts
Host a memorable watch party with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, or your organization, using the guide below.
(Scroll to the bottom for FAQ’s and a printable version)
about the film
Councilwoman is an inspiring feature-length documentary film about a Dominican-born hotel housekeeper who ran and won a seat on city council in Providence, Rhode Island.
It’s screened at dozens of film festivals, conferences, communities throughout the U.S. Now you can bring it to your community!
STEP #1: plan your party
WHERE—Decide where to host your party
Whether it's bringing together your friends and family in your living room with a bowl of popcorn, gathering members of an organization together at a union hall or school, or organizing a public movie night at a community center, you can join in and help show more people why #RepresentationMatters.
Wherever you decide to host your party, keep in mind that you will need a screen with a connection to WiFi, and seats (or comfy floor pillows) for your guests.
HOW & WHEN—Choose a date and time
Step #2: invite & confirm your guests
Congratulations to the @councilwomandoc team on a successful premiere in Boston! #CouncilwomanFilm features the story of own @unitehere26 member housekeeper and Providence, RI City Councilwoman Carmen Castillo. #1u #unitehere pic.twitter.com/RoVY1uf55K— UNITE HERE Local 26 (@UNITEHERE26) July 22, 2019
Make a guest list (now, takes 10 minutes)
Who do you want to watch the film with? Who will you invite? Write down a list of names—coworkers, friends, family, neighbors—the more people the better!
Invite at least twice the number of people that you want to attend, and expect about 50% of those who say they’re coming to show up.
Invite your guests (~2+ weeks before)
You know your network best and nothing is more likely to make them show up than a personal invitation from you. Tell them why you’re excited to host a watch party and how meaningful it is to you for them to join you!
We recommend you send your invitation in the way you think is best—personal text messages, email, share our Facebook event, or create your own online invitation on a site like Eventbrite to manage RSVPs in one place. Send out the trailer as part of your invitation!
Tell us about your party! (~2+ weeks before)
Click here to tell us about your party, ask the film team questions, or submit your questions for Councilwoman Castillo or Director Margo Guernsey
Check your RSVPs (~1 week before)
Are you getting the response you expected? Ask your guests to bring a friend,
It’s a good idea to call your list of expected guests a week (or a few days) before your party to confirm attendance - and remind them how meaningful it is to you for them to be there!
send a reminder email/text to the entire guest list, or do another push on social media.
Send a reminder (~1-2 days before)
Send one more email/text the day before your event to share why you’re excited to be hosting, what the film means to you, and a reminder with the details like the time and address.
Step #3: party time!
"The film is inspirational!" Check out our magical launch party! :) @CUNYDSI @unitehere 🙏 #councilwomanfilm #leader #democracy #whatdemocracylookslike #sisepuede #yeswecan #housekeepers #govern #mom #immigrants #immigrant #labor #labormovement #leadership #workers #TBT #film pic.twitter.com/TmhXLsVPaV— Councilwoman Film (@CouncilwomanDoc) December 6, 2018
Welcome and introductions (10-15 minutes)
Welcome your guests and share with the group why you wanted to host a screening and why the topics in the film are important to you.
Watch the Film! (60 minutes)
Join live Q&A! / discuss the film (30 minutes)
We recommend first sharing why the film is important for you, and then asking others to share how they’re feeling, what surprised them, and if anything inspired them to think differently about elected officials. If you’d like to reference some statistics on representation, you can start here.
Group photo or group selfie (2 minutes)
Take a photo with your group to commemorate your party! We can share it, or any photos from your event, in the official screening tour album here.
Share on Social Media (1 minute)
Thank your guests to joining the party!
Encourage them to follow the film and post about your screening and use hashtags #RepresentationMatters and #CouncilwomanFilm.
Encourage others to host a screening (1 minute)
Mention that guests can host their own screening. If everyone who hosts a watch party gets just one more person to do the same, together, we can move the messages of the film from the margins to the mainstream!
Step #4: let us know how it went!
Thank your guests! (Next day—2 minutes)
Thank your guests for joining you! Share your favorite moments with them and let them know how you think they can stay engaged in your local community.
Tell us how it went! (Next day—2 minutes)
Thank you for hosting a watch party! Spreading the message of this film, is only possible because of people like you who believe that #RepresentationMatters!
We’re excited to hear how your party went! Here are some reactions after screenings
“The film is inspirational!”
“Knowing it’s ok to start from nowhere, like Carmen did, was most helpful to me. I loved it!”
“I felt the film was one of the most authentic depictions of a local, grassroots campaign that I’ve ever seen.”
Please let us know your party went in the form below. This information is also very helpful for us in understanding the reach and impact of the film!
Can I get a printable version of this guide? Yes, CLICK HERE for an editable and printable Watch Party Guide
Is hosting a watch party free? Yes, as long as you do it before October 3rd during the free streaming online.