The Film FAQ
HOW CAN I WATCH THE MASK YOU LIVE IN?
There are many ways to watch The Mask You Live In:
- Purchase a DVD*
- View the film on a third-party site like iTunes or Google Play
- Hosting your own screening!
* Please note that buying a DVD, renting or buying the streaming version on a third party site like Netflix, iTunes or Amazon does not grant public performance rights, so you may not hold a public screening. DVDs and individual streaming are for private home viewing only. If you would like to host a screening outside of your home, visit our host a screening page to get started.
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HOW LONG IS THE FILM?
The full-length feature runs 90 minutes and is appropriate for audiences age 16+. There is a youth-version of the film, appropriate for audiences age 14+, that is 87 minutes and available for K-12 schools.
IS THE FILM APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG VIEWERS? WHAT IS IT RATED?
The full-length feature deals with mature topics (such as sex, violence, drugs, and alcohol). Common Sense Media recommends the film for ages 15 and older, with parents saying that they recommend it for ages 14 and older.
We also offer an educational curriculum that includes a youth version of the film, age-appropriate learning modules, and supplemental film clips. The youth version of the film is appropriate for middle school (14 years old+). The learning modules and film clips are suitable for all ages, including younger audiences (kindergarten-5th, middle school, and high school).
IS THE FILM CLOSED-CAPTIONED?
There is closed-captioning on our Educational DVD. We can also provide closed-captions for screenings upon request.
ARE NON-ENGLISH SUBTITLES AVAILABLE?
We currently have subtitles available in Spanish, Czech, Arabic, Serbian, Norwegian, Italian, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Russian, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish, and Portuguese. Please contact us to obtain a copy of the subtitles for your screening.
We hope to continue to build our subtitle library. Are you a professional translator interested in volunteering your services? Please contact us.
WHAT IS ENTAILED IN HOSTING A SCREENING?
To host a screening in any location outside of a private home, you’ll need a license. Your purchase supports The Representation Project’s mission to end limiting stereotypes. License fees vary by type of organization, use, and group size.
As the organizing host, you choose the date, time, venue, planning team, and other details, and we provide you with the film, screening guide, and marketing materials.
We have found that individuals and groups partnering together host successful events by distributing the costs and leveraging their larger reach. The more partners, the better for attracting a big crowd!
For more information and to get started, please visit our host a screening page. The first step we typically recommend is researching venues and identifying partners.
CAN I SCREEN THE MASK YOU LIVE IN AND MISS REPRESENTATION?
We would love for you to screen both films! People often plan a screening of one film one week, and the next the following week or month as part of a series. We offer a 10% discount on the total license fee when screening both films.
WHERE CAN I HOST A SCREENING?
Almost anywhere! Here are a few suggestions to start:
- A local movie theatre
- A college or high school auditorium
- A public library
- A community center
- A place of worship
- Your own backyard!
Please make sure that your venue has a projector, screen, DVD player (it can be a DVD player on a laptop) and cords to connect everything. Consider using microphones if your venue is large enough to facilitate an introduction of the film and a post-screening discussion.
CAN I HOST A SCREENING IN MY HOME?
Sure! Simply order a DVD or rent/download the film. You don’t need a license for the film since you’re hosting a house party. For conversation starters and planning tips, click here to download our house party kit.
WHEN CAN I HOST A SCREENING?
Anytime! We recommend taking at least four to eight weeks to organize and promote an event, but we can get everything set up quickly if needed. We do request that you allow a minimum of two weeks for our team to ship your screening materials; otherwise, we’ll need to charge an expedited shipping fee.
WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH A SCREENING LICENSE?
You’ll get a streaming link for the film, a community screening guide, promotional materials, and guidance as needed. The materials we send vary by type of screening and your geographical location, whether you’re located in the US or international, so please visit our host a screening page and select your type of organization to learn more.
WHY DO YOU CHARGE A LICENSE FEE?
As much as we would like to spread the message for free, documentaries are expensive to produce and distribute, and we are also a nonprofit organization doing additional work beyond creating films. It is common practice for films to charge a license fee for the public performance rights, whether they’re Hollywood movies or documentary films.
As a nonprofit organization, license fees help sustain our ongoing work to inspire individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation, or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential. Learn more about what we’re doing to create lasting cultural change!
DO I STILL NEED A LICENSE IF MY SCREENING IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC?
Yes! Any screening outside of a private home requires a license.
WHAT ARE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS?
Public performance rights are the legal rights held by distributors or producers of media content. Distributors or rights-holders can grant public performance rights to individuals and organizations for their limited use.
Copyrighted movies (like Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In) streamed on digital platforms such as Netflix or borrowed from other sources such as public libraries, colleges, personal collections, etc. cannot be used legally for showings in schools, theaters, or in any other public site without a proper license.
The concept of “public performance” is central to copyright and is the main issue of protection for these intellectual properties. Most of the people working in movie productions depend upon royalties as a major portion of their income.
IF I WANT TO HOST MULTIPLE SCREENINGS, DO I HAVE TO PAY A LICENSE FEE EACH TIME?
Unless you are a school or camp, our licenses are per-event. Under a single-use license, you may host one or two screenings at a single location on the same day (i.e. a matinee and an evening screening). Beyond that, we offer discounted license fees for multiple screenings hosted by the same organization.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BUY A LICENSE?
Our license prices vary, depending on the type of organization and size of the event. For pricing information please visit our host a screening page to learn more about the license that is best for your group.
ARE THERE OPTIONS IF I DON’T HAVE A BIG BUDGET?
While we aren’t able to waive our license fees, we find that individuals and groups who partner together are able to raise funds more easily while screening the film to as broad as audience as possible. Many groups use the film as a fundraising vehicle, which is a huge win for their organization!
Here are a few ideas to cover your budget and maybe even have extra money to go towards your organization, local school, or nonprofit!
- Partner with multiple organizations in your community to co-host the event. The more, the better! You’ll draw in a larger audience to your event, as well as split the cost.
- Charge admission or ask for donations to help recoup the costs. We’ve had nonprofits make over $10,000 at screenings, so consider using your screening as a fundraiser.
- Find a local company who supports your mission to help underwrite the costs of the event in exchange for some promotion.
- Get a local restaurant to donate food, drinks, or snacks and recognize them in return to your guests. Advertise your event as dinner and a movie, a cocktail and appetizer reception, or featuring a popcorn stand!
- Partner with a local K-12 school or college – they can order an educational license for unlimited screenings at their campus. They even get to keep the DVD and a curriculum for their school library!
- Host a Tugg Screening (US only), where you just need a minimum number of people to RSVP to have a screening at a local movie theatre. If you have the means to promote a screening, this is a great option for any group.
WHAT IF MY SCHOOL/COMMUNITY CAN’T AFFORD A COPY OF THE CURRICULUM?
We at The Representation Project are committed to bringing our resources to every community. If 50% or more of students at your school qualify for free or reduced-fee lunch and you do not have the budget to purchase our curricula, please fill out this form. We will try to match you with a donor who is interested in underwriting our programs.
CAN I CHARGE ADMISSIONS FOR MY EVENT?
Yes! Go for it!
CAN I USE THIS EVENT AS A FUNDRAISER FOR MY ORGANIZATION?
Yes, please do! We love to support organizations that do great work.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE FOR ADMISSION?
We recommend thinking about your goal for the event. Is it to recoup costs, bring attention to the issues in the film, raise money, or drive awareness about for a local organization? Answering these questions can help you determine the price of admission.
A good place to start is setting your price similar to those of local movie theaters. Of course, you can also have a suggested donation amount to accommodate various budgets. With Eventbrite, you can even have your prices on a sliding scale, with the opportunity to give more as a donation.
We suggest charging about $2 more at the door than for tickets bought in advance. You’ll encourage more people to RSVP, get a better idea of attendance, and be able to better evaluate your promotions strategy. If you find a local company to sponsor donations of food, drinks, or popcorn, feel free to charge the audience for those treats as well.
WHAT IF I PREFER TO HAVE NO ADMISSION OR FREE TICKETS?
Fine by us!
WILL I RECEIVE ANY MARKETING OR SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR MY SCREENING?
Yes! We will provide you with a discussion guide to help you plan and execute a conversation after the film. We also provide marketing materials such as electronic copies of the film logo/poster, a press release template, and a branded Eventbrite page. U.S.-based community organizations, corporations, and government agencies also receive a film poster and postcards in the mail.
WHAT FORMATS ARE AVAILABLE TO SCREEN THE FILM?
We typically provide a DVD to screen the film. We also offer higher-quality formats including Blu-Ray and DCP, depending on availability and your screening venue capabilities. We do request an additional media rental fee for Blu-Rays and DCPs.
IF WE GET A LICENSE FOR A SCREENING, WILL ANOTHER ORGANIZATION WITHIN OUR REGION BE ABLE TO ALSO OBTAIN A LICENSE FOR A SCREENING?
Screenings are booked on a first-come, first-served basis, and do not reserve you any screening rights. We recommend getting your license sooner rather than later and getting your event up on our screening calendar as soon as possible. If you think there may be a competing event, try joining forces! Alternatively, events may target different parts of town or different audiences, so competition is not a concern. For example, one may be an elementary school parent event, while another is for college students, while still a third is for clients at a yoga studio.
IS THERE A SHORTER VERSION AVAILABLE THAT I CAN SCREEN AT MY EVENT?
The only alternative to screening the full-length 90-minute film is to screen the trailer, which is three minutes long. Schools and universities may purchase the educational version of The Mask You Live In, which includes shorter age-appropriate film clips ranging from five to fifteen minutes. These clips correspond with the curriculum’s lesson plans and are intended for classrooms and workshops.
I AM A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION EDUCATING YOUTH AND THE COMMUNITY. CAN I PURCHASE THE EDUCATIONAL VERSION OF THE FILM FOR ONGOING USE IN MY PROGRAMS?
If you are a nonprofit organization that provides small-group workshops/classroom-style educational programming and wish to use the film and curriculum with ongoing rights, then you are eligible to purchase the nonprofit edition of the educational package. This does not include public performance rights and is intended for classroom/workshop use only.
To learn more about our options for nonprofits, please visit our nonprofit and community organization screenings page.
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE FILM IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE I SCREEN IT WITH MY AUDIENCE. CAN I VIEW THE FILM BEFORE DECIDING TO HOST A SCREENING?
Please contact the Distribution Team about reviewing the film before your event.
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