n. Moviemaking that aims to shed light on and raise money for a cause or charity.
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Leonsis, for now, has curtailed his work in feature films. Producing documentaries on such serious subjects as the Japanese destruction of Nanking and a national soccer program for the homeless, he coined the word, "filmanthropy," which he described as "shedding light on a big issue" while raising money for charity.
—Bob Cohn, “Capitals owner eyes own 'compelling event',” Pittsburgh Tribune Review, December 26, 2010
If people become engaged through movies, they become captive and immersed, so when they come out of the theater, hopefully they'll be engaged," she said. "I want all viewers to feel a part of this mission." Some might liken this type of documentary and fundraising event to the trend toward "filmanthrophy [sic].
—Adrienne Washington, “Helping women, a tweet at a time,” The Washington Times, March 01, 2009
2005 (earliest)
Three films in this month's Toronto International Film Festival, all with a strong social-activist message — American Gun, North Country and Good Night, and Good Luck — were partially financed by a company called Participant Productions. And in each case, the films aren't there just to entertain, but, according to the agenda of Participant Productions founder, Jeffrey Skoll, to change society. … But the ultimate goal is what might be called filmanthropy.
—Liam Lacey, “The filmanthropist,” The Globe and Mail, September 20, 2005
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