Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

American INSIGHT, Inc.

  • Penn Valley, PA
  • www.americaninsight.org

Mission Statement

American INSIGHT's mission is to promote knowledge of Free Speech and the Rule of Law.

Main Programs

  1. FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL
  2. FREE SPEECH AWARD CEREMONY
  3. FREE SPEECH STORYLINE
  4. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  5. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
  6. FREE SPEECH ARCHIVES

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Service Areas

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International

American INSIGHT provides a forum for individuals who wish to promote a free society, regardless of where they live. Combining low cost, high quality film and video production capabilities with fully integrated web communication capabilities, American INSIGHT reaches multi-generational audiences worldwide through its annual Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award Ceremony in Philadelphia.

ruling year

1985

Founder & Chairman

Self-reported

Margaret Chew Barringer

Secretary

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Robert Emmons Haskell

Keywords

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Free Speech, Rule of Law, Magna Carta, England, Film Festival, Film Production, Philadelphia, First Amendment, Civil Rights, Religious Freedom, Right to Privacy, Affirmative Action, Democracy, Constit

Notes from the Nonprofit

American INSIGHT addresses its mission through its global Free Speech Film Festival (with its prestigious Free Speech Award); its Free Speech Storyline that traces the history of Free Speech back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 2015, and its historical Free Speech Archives.

Please see www.AmericanINSIGHT.org and www.FreeSpeechFilmFestival.org for more information

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EIN

23-2315158

 Number

5746989616

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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American INSIGHT honors its mission of promoting knowledge of Free Speech and the Rule of Law through the following programs:

1. An annual global Free Speech Film Festival which provides an outlet for filmmakers to connect issues of Free Speech and individual liberties to the advancement of democratic governments;
2. Online and local publicity about American INSIGHT's annual Free Speech Award, which advances the global free speech movement and provides encouragement for individuals seeking greater individual freedom;
3. The Free Speech Film Festival and Award make Americans more aware of the social and political environment that led to the founding of our country, as well as to the distinguished history of Pennsylvania as the first state to recognize and protect individual liberties, and to introduce the legal principles of the Magna Carta as the basis of democratic government.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL

Designed to showcase today’s powerful Free Speech movement, American INSIGHT annually invites filmmakers around the world to join this global revolution by submitting their films about Free Speech.

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Media & Communications

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

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Program 2

FREE SPEECH AWARD CEREMONY

American INSIGHT’s 2015 Free Speech Award Ceremony will be held at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware. After the screening of the 2015 Free Speech Award-winning film (and discussions with the Award-winning filmmaker), prominent leaders from the fields of government, entertainment, law, science and the arts will share their personal thoughts on what Free Speech means to them.

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Media & Communications

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General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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Program 3

FREE SPEECH STORYLINE

University Interns spent six years of research and interviewed over a dozen scholars before they created American INSIGHT's historical Free Speech Storyline. Based upon a series of murals painted by a 27-year old artist from Philadelphia named Violet Oakley, the message of the Free Speech Storyline is as relevant today as it was when it first appeared on the walls of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg over a century ago. Placed in reverse chronological order, each image in the Storyline follows the Rule of Law (and a citizen’s inalienable right to Free Speech) as it makes its way through a series of individuals … from the signing of the Magna Carta, to the printing of the Bible, to the creation of the United States Constitution. The demand for Free Speech is an unstoppable force that continues to change all of our lives today!

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Media & Communications

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

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Program 4

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

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General Public/Unspecified

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 6

FREE SPEECH ARCHIVES

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech ARCHIVE contains rare video footage, audio tapes, historical research, documentaries, interviews and raw unedited original materials produced and collected by American INSIGHT during its 30 year period of promoting Free Speech and the Spoken Word.

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Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

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General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    American INSIGHT's goals include the following:
    a. To provide an outlet for filmmakers around the world who connect Free Speech and other individual liberties to the principles of democratic government;
    b. To stimulate worldwide visibility that will advance the global free speech movement and provide a beacon of hope for individuals seeking freedom of expression in repressive societies;
    c. To educate the public about the origin of Free Speech, the Rule of Law and individual liberties in America;
    d. To promote Philadelphia as the birthplace of the United States Constitution.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To accomplish American INSIGHT's goals, our activities include:
    a. Conducting an annual Free Speech Film Festival online around the world;
    b. Inviting judges across America and around the world for judging of incoming films submitted to the Free Speech Film Festival online;
    c. Conducting a final "Official Selection" Screening Series of the six final winning films with open judging to decide on the final Free Speech Award-winning film, assuring the public that these films are voted on by public consensus;
    d. Holding a gala Free Speech Award Ceremony in Philadelphia every year in which both the filmmaker and the Free Speech Award-winning film is featured, along with other notable speakers;
    e. Honoring the Free Speech Award-winning filmmaker and film with social media publicity, and additional screenings in the Greater Philadelphia area;
    f. Embedding the annual Free Speech Award-winning film into American INSIGHT's interactive Free Speech Storyline that traces Free Speech and the Rule of Law back to the Magna Carta in 1215;
    f. Continuing to incorporate all footage, interviews and documentation from events into American INSIGHT's climate-controlled Free Speech Archive.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    American INSIGHT has a 30+ year record of producing public events, seminars, films and ceremonies that honor Free Speech and the Spoken Word. The annual Free Speech Film Festival attracts films around around the world, judges these films online by public consensus, screens the final six "Official Selection" films, and presents an annual Free Speech Award in Philadelphia.

    American INSIGHT's activities are managed by highly-talented college-age Interns who are closely monitored by our Board of Directors. The Internship program was initiated in 2001, and over 37 university students have participated since then. American INSIGHT's new Fellowship program employs college graduates to conduct the historical research which is then developed into an increasing number of websites on our online interactive Free Speech Storyline. The Storyline traces the history of Free Speech and the Rule of Law back to the signing on the Magna Carta in 1215.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The outcome of American INSIGHT's Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award Ceremony is quantified each year, based on the following parameters:

    • Number of films submitted
    • Number of countries represented by the filmmakers
    • Number of online judges
    • Number of American states and countries in which judges reside
    • Audience attending screening events
    • Audience attendance at the Free Speech Award Ceremony
    • Donors at the Director's Circle event before the Awards Ceremony
    • Traditional media coverage of these events in the tri-state area
    • Number of web and social media outlets covering events
    • Total number of views to our various websites

    We also evaluate the traffic to the Free Speech Storyline site and all of American INSIGHT's websites throughout the year. These outcomes are documented, evaluated, and reported each year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    American INSIGHT's Board of Directors initiated a widespread effort to include community members in the management and promotion of the Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award Ceremony. Recent events included the following:

    MARCH 25, 2015: Co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities Forum, American INSIGHT's 2012 Free Speech Award-winning film, "Free China: The Courage to Believe" was screened, and members of its production team spoke about the practice of Live Organ Harvesting in China.

    JULY/ AUGUST, 2015: 38 judges in 6 states and 4 countries reviewed 90 films from 26 countries that were submitted to American INSIGHT's 2015 Free Speech Film Festival; judges were chosen on the basis of their multi-cultural and multi-generational backgrounds. Seven "Official Selection" films were chosen based on the consensus of these anonymous judges.

    NOVEMBER 11, 2015: American INSIGHT's 2015 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place in the historic Justice Owen Roberts Room in the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken with a capacity crowd. "Honor Diaries," a film that features nine women's rights advocates with roots in Muslim-majority societies, won the 2015 Free Speech Award, and members of the film's production team answered questions from the audience on camera for American INSIGHT's Archives.

    DECEMBER 7, 2016: American INSIGHT's 2016 Free Speech Award Ceremony will once again take place in the historic Justice Owen Roberts Room in the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken. For ticket sales after November 1st, please see "AmericanINSIGHT.org/support."

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

American INSIGHT provides a forum for individuals who wish to promote a free society, regardless of where they live. Combining low cost, high quality film and video production capabilities with fully integrated web communication capabilities, American INSIGHT reaches multi-generational audiences worldwide through its annual Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award Ceremony in Philadelphia.

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Funding Needs

American INSIGHT's programs have been privately funded for the past decade. The organization is now reaching out to communities online and throughout the Greater Philadelphia area for support of our global Free Speech Film Festival, Free Speech Award Ceremony, and highly-regarded regional Internship Program.

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Leadership

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Founder & Chairman

Margaret Chew Barringer

Secretary

Robert Emmons Haskell

BIO

Margaret Chew Barringer is the founder and chairman of American INSIGHT, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit cultural institution registered in the State of Pennsylvania that has promoted Free Speech and the Spoken Word since 1983. Further details available on Wikipedia at "American INSIGHT" and "Margaret Chew Barringer."

STATEMENT FROM THE Founder & Chairman

"American INSIGHT's Internship Program offers hands-on training to students dedicated to preserving our nation's history. Candidates for American INSIGHT Internships must be passionate about the use of media for educational purposes, knowledgeable about history and archival research, and seriously committed to maintaining highest standards of excellence in film and website production."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret Chew Barringer

American INSIGHT, Inc.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?