• As the Premiere Tour Comes to a Close…

    • Posted on 27th Apr
    • Category: premieres

    Tomorrow will mark the final two screenings of the Money & Life premiere in Denver (tickets at the door) and Boulder. What a ride!

    It has been such an honor to work with Katie, the team, dozens of partners and now thousands of supporters to bring this gift into the world. I’m beginning to reflect on the impact we’ve had so far as we prepare for the next phase of DIY community screenings.

    Here are some numbers: over 1,000 people have seen the finished film in eight cities. These attendees filled all but two of the venues, all through the strength of grassroots networks (read: no advertising budget).  And this tour was supported financially by nine sponsoring organizations and 136 people who raised over $9,000 on Kickstarter in just 19 days (great job, Scott)! For those who have been involved with the film for some time, these numbers confirm what we’ve intuited -- that there is a deep need for the dialogue that Money & Life is catalyzing.

    I was lucky you to attend four of the premieres. When I add in the three sneak preview screenings I was involved in, I’ve personally witnessed almost 1,500 people experience the film for the first time.  What shines through every time is the Money & Life is just the beginning. Hundreds of people have lingered for hours after the screenings to connect with each other and make plans for next steps towards personal and community action.

    We planned the premiere tour to build this energy and start a chain reaction that will lead to continued community action for months and years to come. The next step is the release of the film for broad personal viewing and, more importantly, for ongoing DIY community and educational screenings, coupled with community dialogue. Stay tuned as we release the film and the tools you need next week.

    And don’t forget to let your friends and colleagues in Denver and Boulder know about tomorrow’s final premieres!

  • Update from the premiere tour!

    • Posted on 18th Apr
    • Category: News

    Hello from New York City!  With 5 premiere screenings down and 6 more to go, I thought I’d pause to give a personal update and some reflections from the road.

    It's been a very full time for me ~~ full of joy and challenge, full of airports and train stations, full of new friends and old friends, full of learning and teaching.  The reception to the film itself has been overwhelmingly positive and truly rewarding beyond words.  Two sold out nights in the Bay Area about blew my mind!  Really, when one starts a venture that turns into a four-plus year odyssey such as the M&L journey ~~ you just never consider what the actual birth into the world is going to bring or what it is actually going to feel like. It's given over to the realm of the mysterious.

    The most exciting and encouraging fruition for me has been the post-film discussions, both the formal Q&A sessions and the informal receptions following.  The discussions have been lively, vital and deep ~~ a huge reflection of both our collective hunger for this level and quality of discourse and the potential the film offers as a springboard for such engagement.  This confirms my intuition and desire to release the film into the world via community screening strategy.  [An aside: we have over 40 community screenings already being planned.] I’ve never wanted to be an organizational bottleneck to access to and use of the film and so the M&L team is doing our small-budget best to make the film widely available and visible come it’s larger release into the world on May 1.

    I keep saying over and over that the greatest pleasure for me has been the support and community that has sprung up around M&L and it’s message in the world ~~ and now getting to meet many of you in person along the way.  I’ve always intended that the film be a gift to the world, a tool for anyone engaged in this conversation to further the conversation, to further the blossoming of a new economy that reflects our shared values of justice and care for all.  Thanks for helping me realize this dream.

    We've got 6 more premieres and these are really crucial in the strategy of making M&L visible ~~ so come if you can because there's a level of engagement you just can't get streaming the film alone.  And help us spread the word!! The next two premieres promise to be full-on fun and exciting:

    New York City, April 19th @ 7pm
    (post-film panel discussion with Katie, John Fullerton and Scott Morris)
    King Alphonso Room,
    5 West 63rd Street,
    New York, NY 10023

    Washington D.C., April 20th @ 7pm
    (post-film panel discussion with Katie, Rebecca Adamson, Judy Wicks and James Quilligan)
    Union Station
    50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
    Washington, DC 94710

  • Last week, Money & Life wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign where we engaged over 100 backers and surpassed our $7,000 goal by over $2,000. $7k might seem like a small sum to some, but it makes a significant impact on our ability to organize at a grassroots level and get our message out to more people. Some may think it could have easily been reached if just one person had written a fat check, or if seven people contributed $1,000. They might say to themselves, “That’s not asking too much, right?” And they would be so right, and yet so wrong.

    I would take 100+ backers helping us reach $7k over seven backers helping us reach $7k any day. Having so many people publicly support the film is emblematic of the Money & Life philosophy in action. From day one, we’ve approached the film with a community-first ethos. Having multiple backers not only shows the tremendous power of collective action, it shows that in our increasingly fragmented society, we, as concerned humans, have retained the ability to gather together, build community and collectively work toward achieving a common goal.

    At its core, this is what Money & Life is all about: No one person can create sustainable change. Change is only possible via the collective action of large groups of people. The same is true in the case of our community screening efforts.

    Beneath the steady stream of Kickstarter updates, Facebook comments and celebratory tweets surrounding our recent Kickstarter accomplishment, Money & Life has stood at the epicenter of another resounding success and example of the power of collective action: We currently have over 50 community screenings planned across the globe—from Chicago to Vancouver and Berlin to Johannesburg—for the period following our premiere tour and world release on May 1.

    Just like we wouldn’t have been able to fund the development and production of Money & Life without your support, we won’t be able to get word of the film out to people across the world without independently-planned and organized community screenings like the 40 that are already in the works. We need you to step up and show this to a community you think may be interested. We need you to prove that movies like Money & Life can be distributed at a grassroots level, without the traditional major motion picture distribution machine. If successful, this would stand as another example of the power of collective action.

    In short, you—the fans, the Kickstarter backers, the believers and the M&L community—hold the keys to the final leg of our campaign and, ultimately, our collective legacy. We need you to organize screenings in your communities. It doesn’t matter if there are 10 or 1,000 people in attendance. The only thing that matters is that the stories shared in our documentary are presented to others and have the opportunity to touch and impact people across the globe just like they’ve impacted you and I. Won’t you lend a hand? The most exciting part of our journey is just around the corner.

    To learn how to set up your community screening, please email:


    Bio: A Detroit native, Kevin is an entrepreneur with professional experience in project management, consulting, education and legal services. He graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in American Studies, where he developed a passion for learning and teaching.  In 2007, he moved to Beijing where he taught at all levels, and realized all human life is interconnected on a global level. He’s since channeled his passion for education into technology that increases access to vital resources and levels the playing field globally. Kevin believes that by harnessing the power of technology, we can solve some of the biggest problems facing humanity and usher in an era of abundance for all.

  • Money. It’s what people worry about the most and talk about the least. We tend to tiptoe around it and whisper about it like it was some mysterious dignitary in our midst. What would it take to get money off the pedestal we built for it and bring it down here amongst the living?

    In MONEY & LIFE, filmmaker Katie Teague addresses this question by following her own inquiry, unraveling economic complexities and the history of our financial tangle, for the sake of money clarity. Her film helps us understand that our relationship with money and life, and what we experience as a result, is no different in its fundamentals than how we find success in our other associations: It takes communication, which leads to familiarity. Five uncomplicated strategies can help you gain familiarity with money, boost your financial well-being, and enrich your relationship with life:

    #1 – Admit your feelings about money. People pretend to feel better about the subject than they actually do. Our tendency is to mask our financial pain, pretending that our truth or concerns aren’t that important. Find someone to listen and offer qualified advising.

    #2 – Know you are not in this alone. In my wealth advising practice, the two things I hear most often are “I should be able to do this on my own” or “I should know this by now.” If you weren’t taught much about money growing up, how are you supposed to know about finance if no one ever taught you, and why should you have to go it alone anyway?

    #3 – Author supporting beliefs. If you grew up with limiting beliefs around money, resolve to think differently. So often people let limiting beliefs sabotage their own intuition. Financial well-being comes from the quality of the questions we are willing to ask ourselves – start asking “How can I?” instead of “Why can’t I?”

    #4 – Make a new economy. I talk to people each day about how to improve their relationship with money. What is interesting to me is how determined we can be to hold on to our old money stories or habits while seeking new solutions. Or we accept generic or biased financial advice that’s ill-fitting. Letting go of what does not serve frees you to experience a new economic reality.

    #5 – Create a financial identity that can survive any economic storm. Money is an emotionally-charged topic for many people, and no amount of technical or expert financial information is going to cure that. To make the most of your wealth, create a positive internal vision that allows you take money into your life and use it as a force for good.

    I offer these strategies because I understand how money and wealth affects a woman’s dreams, and walked the path myself. I’ve had a front-row seat on the most dramatic economic booms and busts of my generation. I witnessed my own family’s financial struggle during the American farm crisis of the 1980’s and was in the trenches at Microsoft during the technology boom of the 1990’s, where I made my own fortune. From 4-H dairy projects in Iowa to 3-for-1 stock-splits, my experience has been the same: Underlying all the strategies we employ to manage our economic life is the real engine of personal economics – discernment. Wise financial decisions require more than a spreadsheet. They also require that we understand our own behaviors, beliefs, and the emotions we have around money.

    Dianne Juhl, CEO and PhD(c), founded The Feminine Face of Money® as an independent educator to teach women how money really works objectively. She figured it out for herself after losing millions: That no one has to be ignorant about money or misinformed about the role of a financial professional in managing one’s wealth. Dianne reigned in her inner saboteur to transform her relationship with money and she has survived almost every point on the continuum of wealth – from growing up in a working class farm family to finding herself a Microsoft millionaire in her 30’s. Dianne knows the ups and downs of this journey in life we make in relationship with money.

    The Feminine Face of Money® doesn’t sell or recommend investments. FFOM® advises women to formulate a value-based wealth strategy, a financial identity, and author supporting money beliefs. Women are empowered to know who they are with money, so they are not waiting for a life event or crisis to tell them. www.femininefaceofmoney.comand

    Dianne can be reached at 206.850.2261 or by email at

  • A Great Time to Be an Engaged Investor

    • Posted on 12th Mar
    • Category: News

    For better or worse, we interact with money every day. It is involved in our daily decision making, family lives and careers. It can dictate our vacations, our schooling and even our diet. Thank you to Katie for giving us all a reason to take a step back and think about our interactions with money and ask ourselves: how does money shape our communities and our world?

    Many of us are already taking steps to spend locally and save our money with a community bank or credit union. Our communities will be stronger because of this. Yet, another often overlooked vehicle for change is your investment account – yes, whether it’s that little Roth IRA that you opened years ago, or the family foundation for which you are trustee, you can have an impact. But unfortunately, few of us can say with confidence that our investments are even remotely aligned with our worldview.

    Today, over 70% of publicly-traded shares of US companies are owned by institutional investors (mutual funds, pension plans, etc…) compared with 8% in 1950’s. With this significant amount of ownership, comes significant voting power and influence over a given corporation.Increasingly, those votes are being cast on issues such as sustainability reporting, greenhouse gas reductions, energy efficiency goals, disclosure about hydraulic fracturing operations, executive compensation and political contributions. In fact, 40% of all shareholder resolutions submitted to US publicly-traded companies in 2012 were on social & environmental policies and practices. It is a great time to be an engaged investor!

    I began focusing my financial planning and investment consulting business on sustainable and responsible investment strategies in 1986. Times have changed and our movement has evolved fantastically, but this is the most exciting time I can remember. More people are choosing sustainable and responsible investment strategies, more companies understand that managing their environmental and social impacts can lead to better business and we have better tools to monitor how our money managers are wielding their shareholder power. We can all create change by ensuring that the investments we own – be it individually or through a money manager – are being used to actively encourage transparency, accountability and responsibility. Visit us at for additional information on shareholder engagement and sustainable responsible impactful investing.

    Eric Smith, CFP®, AIF®, is the Founder and Director of Strategy and Advisory Services at Goodfunds Wealth Management ( in Seattle. Advisory services and securities through KMS Financial Services, Inc.

  • Greetings, friends of Money & Life. My name is Nathaniel James, and I’m working with Katie as the Community Engagement Strategist and Coordinator. Simply put, I’m here to ensure that the film connects to the widest possible audience. More importantly, we see the film as a tool. We don’t just want people to watch; we want the film to empower them to act and make changes at the personal, community and global levels. I’m putting together the people, processes and tools to make that happen. If that excites you, please be in touch. My door is open to you. You can learn a little more about my background here.

    We want to share with you the engagement and marketing strategy and some of the plans that are coming together. Before I dive in, I just want to say how honored I am to be part of this project. Katie is a joy to work with, and I’m meeting many wonderful people who are already out there making preparations to support the film’s release in March. The film is almost finished, and I can say that you – and the people with whom you share the film – are in for an experience you won’t soon forget.

    Our lives and communities are so entangled with this system of money, but it is often difficult to understand and is such a taboo topic that we don’t often help each other come to grips with the what that entanglement means. Subsequently, money is a source of stress and isolation, and – at its worst – injustice, environmental devastation and violence. Besides being a beautiful film, Money & Life is an invitation to release the taboo and a tool that you can use as we strive to create a new economy that embodies our best selves.

    Money & Life has a big story to tell, one that we believe will touch many lives. As an independent film, though, it has a small team and nothing like a big Hollywood budget for marketing and promotion. How are we going to make this happen? When I first joined the project last fall, I worked with Katie and our allies to draft a core strategy document, and I’d like to share some of it with you.

    Sun Tzu wrote:

    Purpose is the motivating force for achievement.   When you are doing something which serves your purpose, you are at your best. We cannot use what we learn without the fire of purpose in our hearts.

    I started by asking “What is the purpose of Money & Life and what are the outcomes we want to see in order to know it is making its fullest impact?” After much reflection and deliberation, this is the statement of purpose and outcomes:


    At its core, Money & Life is about awakening viewers to the gift of life, inviting people to reclaim their lives and their communities from the rule of money and sparking participation in the creation of a more beautiful world.

    Tactically, Money & Life uses the economic crisis as an opportunity to educate audiences about the emergence of the resilient new economy movement, inspire people to find their place in the movement and provide them with support and resources in their exploration.


    Money & Life offers questions and provoke audiences to seek answers for themselves. The film asks:

    • What is real wealth?
    • How does the dominant money system contribute to my sense of scarcity and separation from community and the natural world?
    • How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens and as human beings?
    • How do my financial choices align with my most deeply held values?
    • How do I embody generosity?
    • Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality?
    • What does it really mean to make a living?

    The film’s distribution will take on a life of its own, as leaders and communities use the film and associated tools to further their own efforts in creating the new economy.

    This will inspire a lively public dialogue, across the US and beyond, that leads to individuals making more authentic financial choices and community coordination to create and nurture collective wellbeing as we transition to the resilient new economy.

    Whenever we are making a strategic or tactical decision about the distribution of the film and our approach to engagement, we return to this statement for clarity.

    We would love to hear from you. Does this statement resonate with you? Do you have questions or ideas about how we can realize this purpose? If so, leave a comment below, post a note on Facebook or shoot us a message.

    In future updates, I’ll be sharing the tactical plan for the film’s release, the methods we’ll use to measure the film’s success and other updates as we proceed.

  • Money & Life Premier Calendar

    • Posted on 5th Mar
    • Category: News

    We’re so excited that our premier calendar is coming together. We will keep this post updated with links to ticketing and registration pages, so check back regularly. Very soon, we’ll be launching a new website that will make it even easier to learn about premiers and community screenings near you.

    The Calendar

    Seattle: March 20

    Tucson: March 26

    San Francisco: April 10

    Oakland: April 11 (tickets available starting March 6)

    New York City: April 19

    Boston: final date TBD

    Washington, DC: April 22 (final date TBD)

    Roanoke: April 26

    Denver & Boulder: April 28

    Vancouver, BC: April 30 (final date TBD)

    Please help us spread the word! Share our Facebook group with your friends. Follow us on Twitter. Email this post to your friends. Here’s a little blurb you can use:

    M&L is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?  This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

    And, finally, don’t forget that on May 1, 2013, we will be making the film widely available via download, streaming and DVD for anyone with an internet connection to access.


  • World Premier of Money & Life: Seattle, March 20!

    • Posted on 25th Feb
    • Category: News

    We have some big news today.

    We are so pleased to announce the world premier of Money & Life, which will take place at the SIFF Uptown Theater in Seattle, Washington on March 20 at 7pm. After the screening, filmmaker Katie Teague will take questions at the theater. Following the screening and Q&A, there will be a reception at a nearby bar, details TBA.

    If you are in the Seattle area, please get your tickets now.

    If you aren’t in Seattle, you can help get the word out. You can forward this post to friends, family and colleagues you know in the area. Here’s a short note about the film to give them some context:

    M&L is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that that asks a provocative question: can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity?  This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected.

    You can also share our Facebook event page on your timeline or to specific friends in and around Seattle. It’s still important that people buy tickets for the event, but Facebook is a great engagement tool to keep people informed.

    We’ve also included a small image file for the promotional poster that you can use however you see fit (on the web or to print out).

    We’re so excited for this moment, and we hope you are, too. Thank you for everything you’ve brought to the making of the film. Let’s all join together and build a lot of buzz as the film will be widely available very soon.

    Also, here is the calendar of other premiers. We’ll be ready to provide tickets to these events very soon!

    March 26: Tucson

    April 10: San Francisco

    April 11: Oakland

    April 19: New York City

    We are also planning dates and venues for the following cities: Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and Denver and/or Boulder.

    Stay tuned!

  • Think Outside the Bucks

    • Posted on 24th Feb
    • Category: News

    The Money & Life team is pleased to welcome our first guest blogger, Julie Gouldener. See her bio and picture below. If you have a story to tell that is in line with the message and purpose of the film, don’t be shy. Let us know about it.

    courtesy of Theresa Keil,

    Bravo on the Money & Life team’s courageous decision to embrace a community screening strategy!  A couple of recent events in my life lead me to believe this decision will bring far more rich, surprising, and satisfying yields to the film’s creators, and the communities who engage with it, than the commercial screening strategy ever could.

    I work with a group in Baltimore who administers a local, complementary currency for our city – The Baltimore BNote. About a year ago, I organized an event for our organization called “Think Outside the Bucks.”   Part of the event was a “Marketplace Minus the Dollar.”  Vendors in the market were instructed not to price anything in U.S. dollars.  Instead, payment could be accepted in IOUs for services, other items, offers of barter, a song or dance, BNotes, or anything else people dreamed up. Vendors could also allow attendees to set their own prices, or simply offer up their wares as gifts.

    In the event invitation, I asked people to bring items to use in the marketplace to barter with, or simply to gift.  I thought very few people would bring an item, so we set up tables of free things at the front door, provided by The Baltimore Free Store. These were the same tables where attendees could leave their items, and take new ones if they chose.  I thought it was a great way to start the event, with people immediately receiving a gift, but mainly it served as a stopgap in the event people didn’t bring items of their own.

    Was I surprised! EVERYONE brought gift items. Some attendees came literally draped with items to barter or gift with! Tables werecontinually refreshed as people left their items and took others.  I had my handmade jewelry in the market as well, at a “gift economy” table.  I allowed people to take freely and leave whatever they felt moved to, according to their ability and level of gratitude.  I was amazed at the end of the night when I not only found more money (and BNotes) than I’ve ever made selling at fixed prices, but also offers for free services, hand written notes and other treasures.

    I’ve also had a recent experience with a film that chose the commercial screening strategy.  The film itself is a great tool that questions our current economic paradigm, but my desire to share it with my community turned into a cumbersome, expensive, and somewhat disempowering quest.  As much as I like the film, I wouldn’t be quick to screen it again.

    It is our current paradigm of scarcity that makes people afraid to step outside of the current system and feel distrust, or even fear, about doing things differently.  But once people do step outside of it, incredible richness and creativity can flow through – and does.

    I believe Money & Life creators will see their generosity and openness reflected back to them in wonderful and unexpected ways.  I look forward to being a part of the spirit of this gift as it unfolds.

    Julie Gouldener is a mother, artist, teacher, baker, and community organizer with over 10 years of non-profit experience in organizing and communications work.  Currently, Julie works as Program Coordinator for Baltimore Green Currency Association, a nonprofit that has created a local, complementary currency for Baltimore called the Baltimore BNote.  She loves living in Baltimore and is deeply committed to the vision of a world where every person creates value for their community, and themselves, in a way that is beautiful and meaningful to them.

  • As Money & Life nears completion and we finalize our plans for release, we took a moment to consider whether we should try for a “big commercial release” for the film or develop our plans to concentrate on the community screening strategy. This was a challenging decision. Ultimately, we will fully embrace the community approach and a gift economy mindset, and now see the film as an opportunity to question the dominant commercial model for media distribution. We want to share the background of this decision with you, expand on our plans for community distribution and invite you to imagine what you will do once the film is widely available in the very near future.

    Recently, I showed the Money & Life trailer to a colleague with many years of experience in documentary film. He asked if the production values of whole film were as strong as what he’d seen. I told him that the trailer was cut two years ago, and that the film – from a production value lens alone – had advanced leaps and bounds. He said, “I don’t understand why you’re not going for a commercial release.”

    I respect his opinion a lot, and he had a good point. If we found a traditional distributor, they would purchase rights to the film, immediately repaying Katie for the significant effort and expense she has put forward to make the film. More importantly, this route offers the possibility of massive reach, including national (then international) cinematic distribution, major coverage in the media and a very, very large audience.

    But we had to ask ourselves – is audience size our key measure of impact for the film? AsI wrote earlier, we see the purpose of the film as creating a personal experience that inspires deep dialogue and change at the community and global level. If a million people saw the film in large theatrical venues, but then went home, alone, without dialogue and the chance to coordinate with their neighbors, is that real impact? If just one thousand people saw the film, committed to new courses of action and mutual support, that could start a cascade of change towards a just, resilient economy.

    More importantly, can a film that asks challenging questions about money and commercialism authentically rely on that system to be seen and have impact? As we were asking these questions as a team, I had a chance to share a meal with about 10 supporters in the Bay Area, and we discussed this question in depth.  We also discussed the question with our marketing advisor at the Film Collaborative. And Katie took some soul-searching time.

    The answer is a resounding “Yes to community.” We are now putting final touches on the community distribution plan, and we want to radically frame distribution as contributing to a gift economy. Katie will license the film under Creative Commons, offer digital downloads and streaming under a “pay according to your values or pay it forward” model. Physical copies of the DVD will be for sale at a low price point, but buyers will be invited to add a donation to help move the work of the film forward. We will offer suggested gifts for community and educational screenings, rather than require license purchases.  And this gift economy distribution will launch on May Day, 2013, after we’ve taken our premier tour in March and April.

    While we’re at it, let’s imagine a world where a millions people see the film and have the opportunity for dialogue and change!  In a peer-to-peer world we know that by lowering the access barrier and de-criminalizing sharing, the film may in fact reach more eyes and hearts or certainly the many eyes and hearts that are hungry for a valuable tool likeMoney & Life.

    For the film to reach its fullest impact, we must ask you:

    “What gifts will you bring to the life and work of the film?”

    We are a small team with a very small budget compared to many films in the market. And many of us close to the film hope that Katie will recoup the costs of producing the film and prosper going forward as a result of offering the gift of Money & Life. Instead of holding the film back from everyone but film festival audiences and potential distributors, we are rushing to give the film to you and your communities.  This both allows for and requires your creativity.

    How can the film benefit the work you do in creating a new economy? How will you organize to make sure it is seen and inspires dialogue? Since you won’t need permissionor a lot of money on hand to show the film, what will you do with it?

    We know that the team at Bay Bucks wants to organize to find theaters that will acceptlocal, alternative currencies as payment for cinematic screenings. We also know several financial advisors who will use the film to educate their contemporaries on values-based investing. We’d love to hear your ideas (below in the comments or over on Facebook), but remember – soon you won’t have to wait for us to say “yes,” to those ideas. If we’re successful, our little team will grow into a community of supporters all taking their own initiative and supporting each other in reaching and inspiring audiences.

    So, let’s get ready for May 1, the day Money & Life will enter the economy as a gift! Thanks to everyone who has already brought their gifts to the project.


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