The Department of Cinema and Power is a film production company formed by Gregory Earls and Stacey Holderbach in order to raise awareness amongst the general public regarding issues of social justice, body positivity, racial equity, gender equality, human trafficking, and other compelling social and environmental causes through the use of narrative short fiction filmmaking.
Focusing its efforts on producing high quality short fiction films, DCP’s mission is to educate audiences on issues of social and environmental importance while entertaining them with captivating storylines, artistic direction, and high caliber performances. In particular, DCP values narrative fiction filmmaking over non-fiction filmmaking due to the simple fact that fiction is more accessible and more easily digestible for a broad audience than documentary film. While documentaries can be incredibly compelling, their reach is often limited to a certain type of viewer who seeks to be informed about the social and environmental issues being explored. Our goal is to reach those viewers who would not ordinarily seek out this education. We plan to do that by producing short fiction films shared via a You Tube channel, whether comedy, drama, action, or even horror, that will not only entertain audiences, but also educate them and inspire them to take action.
DCP represents the intersection of art and advocacy, concentrating on delivering powerful messages of change while also nurturing new and emerging artists in film. With special attention on creating opportunities for women and minority filmmakers to showcase their artistry, DCP seeks to help close the diversity gap that persists in the entertainment industry. In the recent report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Inequality in 700 Popular Films: Examining Portrayals of Gender, Race, & LGBT