News – Mailchimp Curates Small Business Films To Celebrate Small Business WeekRamon Ray
In celebration of Small Business Week, Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories are announcing a specially curated lineup of films available to stream on Mailchimp Presents, Mailchimp’s global streaming platform.
Editor’s Note – Huge props to Mailchimp for always INNOVATING. Via their Mailchimp Presents production studio, Mailchimp continues to innovate and be creative in how they spotlight and showcase creators, entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Mailchimp has long been committed to uplifting creators and supporting the underdog. The slate of nine films selected by Mailchimp and Oscilloscope – ranging from shorts to feature-length – uniquely capture the spirit of entrepreneurship and speak truthfully to the ups and downs of starting a business. The films are available to stream free of charge, without ads, and without a login or subscription on Mailchimp Presents starting today.
Selected films include:
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (Director: David Gelb | 81 minutes | 2011) – the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro (the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating) and as a loving yet complicated father.
BJ’S MOBILE GIFT SHOP (Director: Jason Park | 16 minutes | 2021) – A young Korean-American hustler runs throughout the city of Chicago making sales out of his “mobile gift shop”. Despite the perplexing stares of former classmates and grandparents who insist he get a normal job, BJ can’t help himself—he was born to be an entrepreneur. (Official Selection, Sundance 2021)
WELCOME TO THE LAST BOOKSTORE (Director: Chad Howitt | 12 minutes | 2015) – In downtown Los Angeles, Josh Spencer operates The Last Bookstore, a shop that attempts to keep the printed book market alive in an age of digital downloads. As bookstore chains continue to shutter and eBooks light up screens everywhere, Josh’s shop has become a magnet for those that still yearn to discover books with spines.
CHEF FLYNN (Director: Cameron Yates | 82 minutes | 2018) – A born entrepreneur and chef, ten year-old Flynn swiftly surpasses the limits of his makeshift home restaurant managed by his mom. After experiencing a rollercoaster of fame, Flynn sets his eyes on his own brick and mortar.
MEMORY VIDEO (Director: Roy Power | 9 minutes | 2019) – At Viva Video: The Last Picture Store, optimistic video store owner Miguel Gomez tries to keep the physical experience alive in an age of digital streaming.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY (Director: S.R. Bindler | 98 minutes | 1997) – a cult classic chronicling a hilarious, heartbreaking, and delirious competition between 24 contestants to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck, simply by standing with both hands on it for as long as possible. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more…
QUILT FEVER (Director – Olivia Merrion | 16 minutes | 2019) – Every year, nearly 30,000 quilters descend to Paducah, Kentucky for its huge quilt competition, deemed “The Academy Awards of quilting”. Beyond the competition, QUILT FEVER weaves through stories of individual quilters to reveal deeper motivations behind the art. (Official Selection, SXSW 2020)
INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE (Directors: James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot | 103 minutes | 2012) – Four game developers risk their money, health, and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their games with the world.
REBYRTH WELLNESS (Director: Cydney Tucker | 5 minutes | 2021) – the story of Imani Byers, an Atlanta-based doula working to save the lives of Black mothers in their journey from pregnancy to motherhood.
“We’re so pleased to be working with Oscilloscope in bringing such an outstanding slate of films to Mailchimp Presents in honor of Small Business Week,” said Sarita Alami, Head of Programming, Mailchimp Studios. “Each film uniquely showcases the ingenuity and determination that goes into building and sustaining small businesses, and we hope that together, these films entertain and resonate with anyone who’s ever built, or wants to build, a business of their own.”