Host a Community Screening

Want to host a screening of Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness for your city, neighborhood, or business? Great! Hosting a screening is a powerful way to spark action, and we have put together a bunch of resources to help you make it happen!

There are two options to screen the film:

Option 1 — If your event will charge an admission fee or is a private event:

In this case, you must use the Public Screening License version of the film, which can be purchased (along with a digital copy of the film and supporting materials) through our  distributor, Gumroad.

For guidance, please contact Kaori Tsuji ( for Japan or North American screenings. For other regions or specific questions, contact Patrick Lydon (

Option 2 — If your event is free or donation-based, and open to the public:

You may be able to screen the film royalty-free. Continue reading below for material and advice on how to plan your event. If you have already read the materials below and are ready to pursue this option, contact Patrick Lydon ( and we’ll help you get started.

Community Screening Kit

Please respect our trust in you. Your filmmakers are two individuals who gave away nearly all our possessions, chose to become homeless, and spent our entire (meager) life savings and five years of our life to make this film. If you truly can not afford to buy the film, please send us a note at the above email and we’ll help find an alternative. It is our primary concern to allow anyone who genuinely wants to see the film to see it!

+ Get the Screening Kit

This PDF contains all the information you need to host your own screening. Please download and read this before you begin. It’s also a handy reference guide to help you along with the event:

+ Download and Watch the Film

We hope you’ve watched it already, but if you haven’t, the film can be downloaded here for a small fee:

Note: We understand what it’s like to not have the financial means to pay for something. If you truly can’t afford the download fee, or do not have the means to pay digitally, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find an alternative way to see the film.

+ Download Promotion Materials

Some useful materials are offered under a free creative commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0) to help you promote the screening. Please feel free to download, edit, and reproduce these images:

+ Donate to Final Straw

In-lieu of demanding an up front screening fee from you (as most documentary films do), we trust that you will donate a percentage of your screening event’s proceeds to Final Straw. Many community groups happily donate 100% of the proceeds from their screening events to ensure that Final Straw can continue our pioneering social and ecological advocacy work, but we trust you to make this decision based on your own situation.

If you do not collect donations from your participants, or if you end up not having any proceeds left after covering your own costs, we won’t hold it against you, won’t hunt you down, and we certainly won’t sue you. Just let us know how it all went, we’d love to hear about all of the screenings that happen!

If you’re confused as to what we’re talking about, or how this all works, make sure to download our screening kit to read about the process. When all else fails, contact us with your questions.