This project is a community-led documentary series showcasing Darebin’s independent businesses hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the unique and diverse faces behind them.
Darebin hosts a rich kaleidoscope of 160,000 workers, students, families, farmers and foodies. It also stands as a fiercely inclusive and community-engaged city that lives and acts on the importance of supporting local businesses. We want to connect Darebin’s residents and business owners. In a way that is authentic, hopeful and entertaining. And that encourages our community to think, shop and support local.
This is a critical project in response to the impacts of COVID-19 and Victoria’s lockdowns on Darebin’s abundance of local, independent businesses. Led by local Darebin filmmakers and small business owners, this project aims to merge two affected areas; small business and the arts industry.
Film is a powerful tool for communication, driving connection through narrative. In the same vein as ‘Humans of New York’, the documentary series will drive the narrative by highlighting each small business’s personality – the face behind each business; the beating heart and the rich culture and diversity that drives Darebin’s small business industry.
We also want to ease community anxiety by promoting the steps businesses have taken to implement COVID-19 procedures, and what we as consumers can do to help.
ACF donations will go towards supporting local filmmaking talent, an area hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdowns. Funds raised will contribute towards both the production and post-production costs involved with producing the 6x short documentary series.