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We're flash fundraising for a series of special screenings in San José this May

Five Costa Rican Women standing outside side by side
The coffee producers at an August 2022 Women Powered Coffee Summit in San Jose. From left to right: Ericka, María, Arleen, Tatiana, and Margoth.

The Más que un café (Stronger Than Coffee) team is going on the road, and we need your help!

The five-part short documentary series produced in partnership with five women coffee producers in Costa Rica has screened at conferences, coffee shops, small businesses, and nonprofits around the world. These stories share the reality of coffee farming through the voices of the women who grow it—exploring family, loss, legacy, place, and community. We’re so proud of this project’s reach, and we have one final goal to culminate Más que un café’s success: to bring it to the big screen in Costa Rica.

With tremendous excitement, we’re partnering with three Costa Rican cultural institutions for a series of Más que un café screenings events:

La Sala Garbo, an independent film and cultural center
Tuesday, May 23rd, 7pm

Film screening and filmmaker talkback

This will be the first time that the five filmmakers will see their film in a traditional movie theater on a big screen. They will also sell their coffee!

Cafeoteca, a specialty coffee shop

Wednesday, May 24th, 9am - 12pm Entrepreneurship and storytelling workshop planned and facilitated by filmmakers

International Film Week at Veritas University
Wednesday, May 24th, 7pm

Film screening and panel discussion about the creative process of participatory media with Más que un café filmmakers, Víctor Ruano (US/ El Salvador), Valeria Pivato (Argentina), and Mario Viana (Colombia)

Cafeoteca, a specialty coffee shop
Thursday, May 25th, 7:30 pm

Film screening and talkback about women, coffee, and storytelling with filmmakers and Leonor Gutiérrez of Root Capital

Event includes fun coffee tasting activity that pair stories with coffee flavors

The week will be an incredible celebration. Not only will it culminate a transformational three-year storytelling journey, but it will also be the first time the coffee producers and the Needle & Frame team will meet each other in person! Más que un café came to life in the early days of the pandemic, which required a fully virtual production. Needle & Frame staff can’t wait to congratulate in person this remarkable group of women we've gotten to know over Zoom.

We’re currently flash fundraising to cover the costs of the Costa Rican filmmakers’ accommodations and travel from their coffee farms to San Jose for these important events. Will you pitch in the price of a cup of coffee ($5) to help bring our fundraising goal of $4,000 across the finish line? Any amount makes a huge difference and helps us cover event costs such as coffee producer travel and accommodations, event materials, and screening equipment.

All donors will receive an access code to stream the film series on Vimeo at no rental fee and a special video thank you from the coffee producers.

As always, thank you for being a part of the Needle + Frame community. We can’t wait to share news from Costa Rica with you—stay tuned!

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners!

Join us in working for social change through film and the arts. We're seeking a variety of backgrounds and expertise.

Our small team is seeking dedicated, collaborative, and justice-oriented candidates to help propel Needle + Frame to its next stage of growth. If you're interested in serving yourself or have another candidate in mind who would be a great fit, we'd love to hear from you! The majority of our team is based in Colorado, but we welcome interested candidates from anywhere in the world.

Board Member Expectations for 2023
  • Attend three virtual meetings (one per quarter)

  • Dedicate 3-5 hours per quarter to advising, networking, and/or attending events

  • Give or raise a donation of any amount that is personally meaningful

While not requirements for Board membership, we welcome any additional involvement with Needle + Frame beyond the expectations listed above. In particular, we are seeking connections with formal training and/or lived experience in the following areas:

  • Accounting / Finance

  • Communications and marketing

  • Community outreach

  • Democratic governance

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression

  • Growth strategy (Including fundraising, grant writing, and strategic planning)

  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Story production (Including filmmaking, photography, creative writing, and graphic design )

  • YOUR unique strengths and talents

Our team works to cultivate an equitable and inclusive culture throughout all areas of our organization. We are committed to building a board that represents a diverse range of backgrounds, identities, and life experiences. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to contact us, especially people from backgrounds who have historically been excluded from board leadership.

Please reach out to us if you're interested!

We'd love to hear from you. Please send a message to with 2-3 sentences about yourself. We'll reach out shortly with next steps.

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