Netflix allows Academy Award Nominated Documentary “13th” to be shown in classrooms February 16 2017

In response to large numbers of institutions asking for the rights to use 13th, Directed by Ava DuVernay, as an educational tool Netflix announced this week that it is granting the public screening access for schools, universities and other non-profit institutions.  After initially being limited to only be watched in private settings using the Netflix streaming platform, this announcement signifies a shift in Netflix’s stance on how a film like 13th can be used as a tool by educators and community leaders.

In a statement released early this week, Netflix VP of Original Documentary Programming Lisa Nishimura stated:

“We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the response to 13th from people of all ages. Communities across the country are feeling the full weight of this particularly divisive moment in time. And, when some are capitalizing on this fear, we are especially inspired by the next generation, who are able to acknowledge the complex system they have inherited while simultaneously vowing to change it. Like DuVernay, they understand that we must come face to face with our past before we can fix our future.”

While Gathr Educational has no affiliation with Netflix or 13th, we are thrilled to see Netflix embrace the powerful role documentary films can play in the classroom setting. 13th, which focuses on the history of racial injustice in the U.S. criminal justice system, presents a compelling opportunity to expose young adults to these issues. It is our belief that films like this should always be available for use in educational settings.

How to bring documentary films to your community! December 20 2016

Documentary films can be an incredible tool when used to bring communities together around a certain issue or topic. They have the power to entertain, educate and engage us in ways that few other mediums can.  At GathrEd we have seen first hand what can happen when communities come together for a screening of a documentary in their city.  

How can you bring a documentary film to your community if it isn't playing at the local theater for a week? Well, we have three ways you can host your own film screening event in your community. 

Single Screening Rentals: Single or one-time screening rentals are a great way to share a film if you are planning to host a one-time public screening event. Simply purchase a Single Screening Rental and host a free screening event in your community.

Institutional License: if you are an educational institution, film society, library, or non-profit organization with the intent of screening to groups of few people than 50 when no admission is charged, this is the option for you. 

Theatrical On Demand®: With Gathr® Films you can bring documentaries to a movie theater near you without having to pay a dollar. Just request a screening at the movie theater of your choice on the Date and Time that works best for you. Gathr® Films will handle all of the event logistics so you can focus on promoting the event and getting your community to reserve tickets. To find out how you can host a Theatrical On Demand® screening in your city click here.

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If you have any questions about which screening type is best for you or if you need an invoice for your organization contact us at

GATHR EDUCATIONAL is here! December 13 2016

Community screening licenses of your favorite films are now available at

Host a Community Screening Today! Join the movement and create a special screening event of your favorite film in your home, office, local library, community center and more.

Your Community Screening License Includes:

  • A public performance license for a single campus or location
  • The feature film (on a single DVD or Blue-Ray)
  • A Screening Kit (digital poster artwork, supplemental images, press kit, etc)

Hold a community screening for films distributed by Gathr including Can You Dig This, Consumed, and Finding Jenn’s Voice among others.

For questions about the Gathr Films Public Screening License Agreement, contact us at

Gathr Educational is the non-theatrical arm of Gathr Films. Our programs come with public performance rights, which is the right to show the film in public provided no admission fee is charged. This does not include the right to show the film on television or online, only the right to show the film in public to any audience where the projector and audience are in the same room.

These DVDs come with Public Performance Rights so libraries, universities, public and private schools, galleries, churches and community centers can screen the film for their students, congregations and patrons.