"The release of the documentary, 'We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook' by the group, Independent Media Solidarity has become a story of aggressive copyright fraud, a massive video upload movement and an unexpected Internet solidarity more than a story of the controversial Sandy Hook event itself."
That's the opening paragraph from an article about the release of the IMS documentary, "We Need to Talk about Sandy Hook." To date, that first documentary is how people know Independent Media Solidarity (IMS). But IMS has always been more than a documentary production company, and plans to grow in many ways.
IMS EMERGED IN RESPONSE TO SANDY HOOK
In February of 2014, over a year after Sandy Hook many groups were deeply involved in research and analysis of the event. One such group questioning Sandy Hook was a research group comprised of 60 some odd members. Back in February 2014, one of the group's members approached the group with an idea for a project that would involve a number of segments each produced by an individual. These segments would then be combined to form a painstakingly factual and revealing expose.
Once a core group had formed, a repository for evidence such as photographs, video clips and news stories was established and the work began. Over the course of 9 months, the work continued and the segments were produced. As each completed segment was previewed, a picture began to form and as fate would have it the picture was that of a complete and very intriguing documentary.
CATALYST AND PROMOTER OF INDIE MEDIA
With the release of their first documentary, Independent Media Solidarity (IMS) was born without much fanfare. Defining the video's producer as a sort of collective for aspiring journalists turned out to be a good idea in may ways.
After completing their first project, IMS began work on many other projects on mostly topics involving institutional crime and conspiracy. However, they also expanded their interests to include support for indie media producers and finding ways to end the media monopoly by returning it to the people.
IMS continues their work producing independent documentaries and plans to continue doing so. But they've also expanded their strategy to include more activism, lobbying for independent producers and growing as an organization. Fix the Media, for example is one such sub-project.