Ring Five is a boutique impact producing and grassroots distribution company led by founder and principal impact producer Jackie Garrow. Our focus is on excellently-crafted social justice documentaries with stories of significance to all Canadians. We design and execute strategic impact campaigns that maximize your film’s potential to reach and motivate audiences and inspire lasting and meaningful social change. Inspired by similar boutique companies in the US and UK, Ring Five is proud to be one of the only outfits of its kind in Canada.
WE WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH YOU, THE FILMMAKER.
Together we look at your film and ask the essential - yet often overlooked - question “what exactly do you want your film to do?” We identify how the core strengths of your film can be utilized to affect social change. From there, we create a tangible and focused strategy and work plan known as an impact campaign.
WE FORGE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS + MOTIVATE AUDIENCES.
We reach out to the influencers, community groups, institutions and individuals who are natural ambassadors for your film; they are your core audience and key partners. We then go beyond this core to engage decision-makers and stakeholders who are tougher to reach but essential to your impact goals. We develop straight forward calls-to-action that move your audience from passive to active.
WE STAGE SCREENINGS IN UNLIKELY PLACES.
We insert your film wherever it needs to be seen to change minds, open hearts, fight for justice, or raise awareness. We'll orchestrate screenings at a high-school gym, rural community center, medical conference, women’s shelter, university campus, or corporate boardroom.
WE CHAMPION YOUR FILM AND AMPLIFY ITS MESSAGE FOR CHANGE.
Ring Five can generate grassroots demand for your film tapping into community distribution revenue that is often ignored. You have a dream for your film and good reasons for working hard to get it made. We’re here to make those dreams come true. We look forward to meeting you!
FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL IMPACT PRODUCER
Ring Five is a thrilling culmination of Jackie’s passion for documentary film, her commitment to social justice and her acquired skills in strategic planning, fundraising, event management, community engagement and marketing.
Jackie brings over a decade of leadership experience working with arts non-profits with a specific interest in the intersection of documentary film and social change. She was Managing Director at the Documentary Organization of Canada in Toronto from 2009 to 2014 and before that the fundraising lead for Skyworks Charitable Foundation.
Through Ring Five Jackie has had the privilege of working with some of Canada’s finest documentary filmmakers on a range of important issues. (Check out our Portfolio.) Jackie has been invited to speak about impact producing at industry events and for post-secondary film students. She was recently involved in Canada’s inaugural Good Pitch program.
In her past life Jackie was an adventure travel guide and nature photographer. She holds an Honours degree in political science and women’s studies from McGill and lives in Toronto with her husband and two kids.
Christine Kleckner is a creative producer with 18 years of experience in film, television, interactive and social impact production. Her portfolio includes a range of series television and dramatic feature films, social issue documentaries, and projects dedicated to community engagement and social impact.
While producing the feature film, A Better Man, Christine participated in the Fledgling Foundation’s Impact Lab, which provided training on the strategy and execution of the impact work that the film continues to expand on. Inspired by the unique effect that impact producing achieves, she is now the lead impact producer on a number of independent projects and is thrilled to join forces with Ring Five to increase capacity and awareness around impact producing.
As an active member of the documentary community, Christine has been invited to present crowdfunding and impact producing to classrooms, workshops and panels. She has been successful in financing independent projects including federal, provincial, and municipal arts council grants, American foundations, traditional Canadian film funding bodies, and crowdfunding. She is an alumnus of the National Screen Institute, a Fledgling Fellow, and is co-chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada-Ontario Chapter. Christine resides in Toronto.
Victoria helps to coordinate and promote community and special screenings and conducts outreach research for Ring Five. She has held programming positions at TIFF’s Film Circuit and the Female Eye Film Festival, and currently volunteers as a pre-screener for the Camden International Film Festival. Victoria worked in event operations at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Innis Town Hall, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cinema Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto.