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WHO WE ARE
We are a cooperative video production company telling human stories that catalyze social change. Our team of six worker-owners and seven freelancers bring experience as filmmakers, photographers, writers, communicators, strategists, organizers, educators, musicians and artists with deep professional and personal roots in the Philadelphia region.
DEMOCRACY AND EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE
Bonfire is a worker-owned business. We strive to ensure fair pay, democratic leadership, and respectful working conditions in an industry that is plagued by low wages, inconsistent income, and long hours.
By sharing our resources, skills, and networks, we gain access to consistent work and opportunities to learn and grow. We offer our clients access to a team with a variety of skills and backgrounds and deep roots in movements for social change, all sustained by a nurturing and vibrant work environment.
There is no executive director or CEO of Bonfire. The worker-owners lead the operations together, with coordination and administrative support provided by one paid staff person who is also a worker-owner.
OUR STORY & MEDIA MOBILIZING PROJECT
Many of us came together for the first time as collaborators on community media productions with Media Mobilizing Project, a Philadelphia-based organization that creates grassroots media, trains media makers, builds coalitions and runs policy campaigns. MMP was founded in 2007 on the belief that “movements begin with the telling of untold stories.”
In 2015, the growing pool of media makers that came together to work on MMP media projects realized that by creating a sister organization focused on video production, we could build more capacity for social change-oriented storytelling. This was the spark that would grow into Bonfire.
Bonfire was built by a community and would not exist without our team of worker-owners and freelancers, Media Mobilizing Project, the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance and the 20->20 Book Clubs program, the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia, Crystal Gonzalez, Gabrielle Patterson, and The Philadelphia Foundation.
PAST & CURRENT CLIENTS
Past and current clients include the Mural Arts Program, Head Start PA, Philadelphia Writing Project, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Rutgers University AFT-AAUP, Food Moxie, Cut50, 215 People’s Alliance and more.