Odyssey Impact

Powerful documentaries can motivate people to do great things.

Odyssey Impact® drives social change through innovative storytelling and media, connecting faith and secular communities. We strategically build and execute social impact campaigns around award-winning documentaries to inspire people of all faiths and goodwill to engage with their communities on issues important in their lives.

Founded in 1987 as the National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Odyssey Impact® is an interfaith 501c3 that harnesses the goodwill of faith-based and secular organizations to build awareness, change attitudes and catalyze actions for social change through award-winning films, powerful stories, impact campaigns and coalitions of change makers. Our films provides the bedrock and context for these online courses and events, created by ReligionandPublicLife.org.

We believe that powerful stories can connect communities and catalyze social justice, sparking compassion and nurturing hope in communities of all faiths and among all people of good will. Tapping into our unique network, including faith-based communities, congregations, faith leaders, seminarians, and secular partners, Odyssey Impact® builds and executes strategic, meaningful impact campaigns around urgent social justice issues, with award-winning documentaries as the centerpiece of our work. By fostering community engagement through film, we mobilize individuals, change-makers, influencers and educators to come together around the pressing issues of our time, including racial justice, gender justice and ending mass incarceration.

Earn a Certificate in Leaders for Social Impact

Earn a professional certificate, Leaders for Social Impact, by studying how to build social impact campaigns that inspire people to address social issues.

  • Complete the three-hour course 3101 in Multifaith Mobilization
  • Complete the three-hour course 3102 in Religion & Racial Justice
  • Complete the three-hour course 3103 in Youth Movements
  • Complete the three-hour course 3104 in Healing the Healers
  • Complete the three-hour course 3105 in Movies & Social Movements

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  • Religion 101 – The WGVU Morning Show January 22, 2022
    Religion 101, guests from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, today Kyle Kooyers and Kirsten Kelly talk about a film discussion to Stranger/Sister and the power of showcasing solidarity in film. The post Religion 101 – The WGVU Morning Show appeared first on Odyssey Impact®.
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  • Four titles to provide an enriching look into life January 1, 2022
    Two New Jersey women, one Muslim and one Jewish, banded together in 2010 with a goal of transforming distrust and division into understanding and solidarity. The post Four titles to provide an enriching look into life appeared first on Odyssey Impact®.
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  • Preparing the Audience: Creating a Safe Space for Difficult Screenings December 1, 2021
    When Nick Stuart of the nonprofit multimedia company Odyssey Impact® thinks back on the 2016 world premiere of Kim A. Snyder’s Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown—which tells the story of the community in Newtown, Connecticut, after the mass shooting of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary School—he remembers a specific conversation with a shuttle driver. The post […]
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  • Odyssey Impact® Announces #MyJustice Film Contest Winners November 1, 2021
    (New York, NY October 26, 2021) Odyssey Impact® is proud to announce the 10 finalists and grand prize winner who will all have their films showcased in the Justice Film Festival in New York City in Spring 2022. All finalists will receive $1,000.00 in cash prizes, with the grand prize winner receiving an additional $1,000.00 […]
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  • Women’s diversity group shows film to eliminate stereotypes August 25, 2021
    Inclusion is worth fighting for! Establishing and maintaining an inclusive workplace is an ongoing task, but any improvement in inclusion will inevitably improve the work-life for all involved. For example, Odyssey Impact® began instituting Mental Health Mondays to help those struggling with their mental health during the pandemic. These days have been a wonderful benefit […]
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Run For His Life

At first glance, Repeter ‘Pete’ Monsanto lives a glamorous life – a celebrity photographer who works with boldface names like Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean and others. But look deeper and you will see a man with father-sized hole in his life. When he was just six years old, Pete’s father, Peter Monsanto, was arrested and convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life without parole. Pete remembers vividly when he was just six years old and law enforcement burst into his home in the middle of the night and took his father away. Life had been good for him before that – his family lived in the luxury that comes with being the son of a drug kingpin – courtside seats at Madison Square Garden, great clothes, etc. Although Pete Sr. was running a criminal enterprise, he was also a constant and reliable presence in his son’s life. When you’re that young, you don’t know what your Dad does for a living, you just love him. When his dad was sent away, Pete’s life changed dramatically. His mom worked hard to hold the family together, in spite of a difficult journey that included bouts of entanglement in the shelter system. It’s a common tale for the children of the incarcerated, for whom Pete is now an advocate. He is a board advisor for We Got Us Now – a movement built by, led by & about CoIP (Children of Incarcerated Parents).

For 32 years, Pete and his father have worked to maintain a long distance relationship, mostly by weekly phone conversations. Pete Sr. is now 69, and since his incarceration he has maintained a disciplined routine, keeping mind and body strong while running in the prison yard. Trying to be a positive force in his son’s life in spite of his criminal past and its consequences. Pete is now the same age his father was when he was sent away. Inspired by his father’s strength and resilience, Pete will run the 2018 NYC marathon.