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NYC Based Non-Profit, WOMEN MAKE MOVIES, Named as Finalist 

for the 2012 AMERICAN GIVING AWARDS With Chance 

to Win $1,000,000 from Chase


More films by women = More progress and positive social change for ALL.


[New York, NY] -Women Make Movies (WMM), has transformed the landscape for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women worldwide to screens.  Throughout a 40 year history, WMM has helped support film-making for women, from concept to distribution, for a wide range of Award winning and critically acclaimed films.  WMM is honored to be included as one of 25 finalists, from a pool of 700 organizations, and recognized for outstanding contributions to human rights and social services, for the 2012 American Giving Awards.  WMM is enlisting the help of all individuals and supporters to "vote" for WMM on Facebook at - through the voting period from November 27th - December 4th, 2012.  Chase online banking customers may also vote a second time at .


To expand upon the WMM $25,000 winning "Big Idea" from 2011 - to host 40 screenings in 40 cities to reach 400,000 women and girls - WMM's goal is to reach 40,000,000 by utilizing the best possible resources in social media and technology, and to create a sustainable digital platform to deliver films made by women around the globe.  That's 40 million opportunities for storytelling, dialogue and possibilities to CREATE, EDUCATE, INSPIRE & EMPOWER.


 "We want to get our films to audiences around the world through a sustainable digital platform and to empower a future generation of women filmmakers. The films we distribute films are on the most important human rights issues facing women today, ones that are often neglected by the mainstream media.  We believe that more films by women will equal more progress and positive social change for all." - Debra Zimmerman, Executive Director - Women Make Movies


How YOU can help Women Make Movies:



Voting opens November 27th - ends December 4th, 2012

Chase online banking customers may also vote a second time at


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Facebook: Please VOTE for the award-winning, nonprofit @Women Make Movies to win 1 million dollars.


Twitter: VOTE 4 @WomenMakeMovies to win $1MILLION & support positive social change #VOTEWMM #givingawards @chasegiving 


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About Women Make Movies:

Since 1972, Women Make Movies has grown from a feminist filmmakers' collective into an industry-leading nonprofit media arts organization and distributor.  For 40 years, WMM has transformed the landscape for women directors and producers, bringing the issues facing women worldwide to screens everywhere. Now, with 550 films in our catalog, including Academy®, Emmy® and Sundance nominees and award winners, WMM is the largest distributor of films by women in the world.  Our Production Assistance (PA) Program has helped hundreds of women filmmakers raise millions to fund their productions from concept to completion   In our 40th Anniversary year, our vision remains clear: to assist women filmmakers in bringing their visions to the screen; to showcase global women's perspectives to audiences; and to work with international cultural institutions to feature feminist films in their programming. Visit 


About the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase:

The winning charities will be announced on NBC on December 8 at 8 pm(EST).   Twenty-five past Chase Community Giving grant recipients-5 charities in 5 different categories-have been chosen to participate in the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. The 5 nonprofit categories are as follows: 1.) Educators & Mentors; 2.) Champions of Health & Wellness; 3.) Heroes & Leaders; 4.) Community Builders; and 5.) Youth Developers. Women Make Movies (WMM) is competing in the Heroes & Leaders category.  Voting will run from November 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM, ET until December 4, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. The charities receiving the most votes in each of the 5 categories will receive grants. Of these five charities, the charity with the most votes in their respective category will receive $1 million, the runner up will receive $500,000, the 3rd place nonprofit will receive $250,000 and the 4th and 5th place will each receive $125,000 grants.  WMM is one of the 25 charities that have been chosen to participate, and have the opportunity to receive grants to further their mission.

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