Over the last eight years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower's Week. Host committee members--ACORN 8, Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year's Whistle Blower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill. The theme for the annual conference this year is Black Lives Matter--This Is The Movement!
We are a coalition of individual whistle-blowers, grassroots activists, public interest advocates and policy makers. We provide a sense of community and mutual support for whistle-blowers or civil and human rights activists. During the conference, we also present the Pillar Award for Human Rights. The Pillar is awarded to notable civil and human rights champions; previous recipients include Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). The Pillar is awarded to politicians, community activists and journalists--including documentary filmmakers.
In light of the recent interest in Hollywood films and documentaries about whistleblowers; this year we will present a Pillar Award for filmmakers at the Whistle Blower Summit for Civil & Human Rights. This award will highlight important whistleblower films--from documentaries to feature films. Our goal is to draw attention to important films about whistleblowers or investigative journalists, which may have been overlooked by traditional film festivals. Participant Media screened "The Fifth Estate" to the whistleblower community at the National Press Club during the Whistle Blower Summit in 2013.
The Pillar Award Nominees for "Best Whistle Blower Film" 2015 finalists are: (Listed In Alphabetical Order)
Ian Thomas Ash for A2-B-C. Director
Eighteen months after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, children who were not evacuated are found to have thyroid cysts and low white blood cell counts. What will this mean for their future?
Winner-Castell Award: Barcelona International Film Festival (2014)
Winner-Best of Festival Award: Guam International Film Festival (2013)
Nominated-Grand Jury Award: Best Documentary Feature (2013)