Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gower Hedgelaying




I spent a day filming with Malcom so sit back and enjoy



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Howard Marks- a personal account

The first time I met Howard Marks was the summer of 1997, he had come to Portsmouth for the annual Smokey Bears Picnic on Southsea Common.
We had arranged for him to drop in at my house to chat to a reporter from a local magazine before heading on to the picnic.
Howard was smoking some black Nepalese hash.
I asked him if he would be taking any dope to the picnic, “Oh sure” he said in his Welsh accent, “I always have a bit with me, I’m bustable 100% of the time”.



This is the opening paragraph and very good personal account of meeting and working and being involved with cannabis campaigner and former smuggler Howard Marks. It also has the video we produced for Undercurrents about taking direct action to legalise cannabis.

Read more of it here




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Monday, April 18, 2016

7th of May - The Forking Garden Party! Come and join us
















Come support our gardening project with a wonderful festival

7th of May - The Forking Garden Party!
On the 7th of May we are hosting a large fundraiser for the community gardens at GROUP! 

Unfortunately our beloved but ancient rotavator has finally passed away after chundeling along for over 20 years so now we need a new one!

Hopefully we get to our goal with your help and have a great evening of music food and friends at the same time.

The 7th will be split into two different events.

During the day AGM Swansea Community Gardening Network will be hosting talks and demonstrations from
10am - 4pm.
Although this is free, booking is essential due to limited spaces available. Below there is a link to AGM's web sight for the booking form and more information.

From 4pm till 5am GROUP is taking over with an evening of music, banquet hall and bar tent. The Forking Garden Party!
We will be hosting local musicians, local foods and local beers from Gower Brewery just down the road.

£10.00 entry includes Camping, banquet and entertainment and all funds go towards our gardens! Children under 12 are free. Book now!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Is life on the canal coming to an end?

Off the Cut provides unique insight into a community of boaters living on the Kennet and Avon canal. The film follows a family on their pedal powered boat as they embark on a journey in which their way of life, and that of the whole community, comes under threat.
Premier screening
Wed 23rd March 2016
7pm
St Margaret's Hall
BA15 1DE


Off the Cut Trailer from wendy zakiewicz on Vimeo.



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Wales Rugby team in Worlds smallest cinema- Sol Cinema





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Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Wales Rugby Squad squeezes inside Worlds smallest cinema


The Wales Rugby squad met the Worlds smallest cinema today. The unique
Swansea based mobile movie theatre was used by BBC to interview Wales
captain Sam Warburton and George North. The 1.9m high players squeezed
themselves into the converted caravan.

The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete
with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater
showed former Rugby matches to the players.

Artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by
recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort
for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK
and Ireland.



Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘Having such prestigious players inside the Sol Cinema was wonderful. We
look forward to the public response when it is broadcast on Friday before
the match’

The interviews with the Sol Cinema will be broadcast on BBC before Wales V
France game on Friday.


Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely
on renewable energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and lithium
batteries to store the energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness
the sunlight, even as the films are being shown, so we never run out of
power.’


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Notes to Editors
To arrange interviews contact Paul O’Connor 07973 298359

Hi Resolution photographs of the Rugby squad can be downloaded here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/62956q8ttmabmkw/AAC6HqynKXwqre_TISTJXuXDa?dl=0

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Solar powered cinema short listed for Epic Award


A Swansea based mobile movie theatre has been short-listed to win an award for their  role in supporting creativity and volunteering. The Sol Cinema has been put forward for an Epic award which has now opened to allow for public votes.

The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater has been dubbed by the BBC as ‘the smallest solar powered mobile cinema in the World’ .

Penclawdd artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK and Ireland and will next be performing in Caernarfon from February 16-19th.

The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 to promote, support and champion the voluntary cultural sector.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘It is wonderful being nominated for an award. We entertain thousands of people each year with the Sol Cinema and it is a great feeling to know that our dedication is recognised.’

The strong environmental aspect of the cinema is important.

Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely on renewable
energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and lithium batteries to store the
energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness the sunlight, even as the films are
being shown, so we never run out of power.’

Voting by the public has opened so you can vote for the Sol Cinema here.
http://shortlist.epicawards.co.uk/

End
Notes to Editors
Hi Resolution photographs can be downloaded here
http://www.thesolcinema.org/press.html

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org

Epic Award Voting closes 5pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016



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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Making pictures with a typewriter

Paul Smith suffers from cerebral palsy. No one believed that he would survive long enough to learn anything as a child. It took 16 years until he could speak and just as long all over until he could finally walk. He spent the majority of his life in a nursing home. No one could have ever thought that he, an illiterate, would create wonders with a typewriter. These wonders the like of which, no one else has ever created.




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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Yet again police are found to be lying in court.

Yet again police are found to be lying in court.
Last week two protesters were found not guilty of violent disorder and actual bodily harm against police officers, which they were accused of committing during a Cardiff Uncut protest at a bank on the 2nd of May last year. As a result of the acquittal, the CCTV footage of the event can now be released, and it tells a remarkably different story to what was presented as evidence against the two men.
The video shows police charging into the protesters, punching, kneeing, choking and hurling members of the group around the room. One defendant, 26-year-old Josh Longbottom, is held in a chokehold. In the scuffle the second defendant, Pete Simpson, aged 30, approaches his friend Josh before being picked up by the throat and slammed into the grond. More here




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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Funding for film makers

The Just So Film Fund is a film fund created to support the next generation of filmmakers and champion creativity within short form documentary.
In this narrow but crowded space, we know how hard it is for filmmakers to find & develop a creative voice. This is an opportunity to experiment, to push the boundaries, to think about the way films are told & present true-life in bold and interesting ways.
During 2016 the Fund will award 12 grants of up to £5,000 to filmmakers with untold stories and will also provide those films with a home on the Postcards platform. Three will be green-lit at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June 2016 and the remaining will be commissioned over the course of the year from online submissions.

https://sheffdocfest.com/articles/351-postcards-in-partnership-with-just-so


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Sunday, December 06, 2015

‘Reykjavik Rising’ - the movie about Iceland rising up against the bankers

After nearly three years of work ‘Reykjavik Rising’ is finally being released. The documentary tells the stories of some of the different uprisings in Iceland following the economic crisis in 2008. It was premiered at the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival in July 2015.

You can watch the full film here: https: https://vimeo.com/137681736

Synopsis:

In October 2008 Iceland was hit with one of the biggest financial disasters any nation in the world had experienced. In response, citizens took to the streets creating what is now known as the “Pots and Pans Revolution”.

In response to widespread media silence and a growing global trend towards people-led movements, this documentary explores how and why the people of Iceland resisted the measures imposed by their government following the crisis of 2008 and how they forced their government to resign in an attempt to forge a new political path.

Filmed in Reykjavik between 2012 and 2014, the documentary meets the instigators of the revolution and follows the most important National Referendum in Iceland’s history. Giving the Icelandic people the opportunity to decide whether to support a constitution that had been created through a popular grassroots movement. Through this we explore the Icelanders' story of their nation and their revolution but also what lessons can be learned globally from their experiences.

In light of a growing international trend towards grassroots movements crossing over into mainstream politics. This documentary is a timely portrayal of one such movement and their struggle to change the face of democracy. 





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Monday, November 23, 2015

My photograph will be exhibited this week

My entry into a photo competition about "Risk' was short listed and will be judged on Thursday. Any friends from London who want to attend?  It is...

Peril Exhibition Gala evening
Event to be held at the following time, date and location:
Thursday, 26 November 2015 from 19:30 to 22:30 (GMT)
Embassy Tea Gallery
195 - 205 Union Street
SE1 0LN London
United Kingdom
 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?

A friend of mine has written an insightful book.
 
Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know?
George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Texas Tea Party; the world’s leading climate scientists and the people who denounce them; liberal environmentalists and conservative evangelicals.
Along the way his research raised other intriguing questions:
  • Why do most people never talk about climate change, even people with personal experience of extreme record breaking weather?
  • Why did scientists, normally the most trusted professionals in our society, become distrusted, hated, and the targets for violent abuse?
  • Why do the people who say climate change is too uncertain become more agitated about the threats of cell phones, meteorite strikes or alien invasion?
  • Why does having children make people less concerned about climate change not more?
  • And, why is Shell Oil so much more concerned about the threat posed by its slippery floors than the threats posed by its products?
Don’t Even Think About It argues that the answers to these questions do not lie in the things that make us different and drive us apart, but rather in what we all share: how our human brains are wired, our evolutionary origins, our perceptions of threats, our cognitive blindspots, our love of storytelling, our fear of death, and our deepest instincts to defend our family and tribe.
Buy it here


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

20th anniversary of the executions of Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni


It’s three weeks to go before the 20th anniversary of the executions of Nigerian writer and campaigner Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 Ogoni colleagues. They were a formidable force in the Ogoni struggle against Shell's environmental destruction.
I campaigned against Shells exploitatio of Nigeria and you can join events in London to mark Ken Saro -Wiwas murder.
 Friday October 30th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm - Free
Performance Salon at Peckham Platform
89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS.
Join writers and performers Michael McMillan, Sai Murray, Caleb Femi, Zena Edwards, inspired by Ken Saro-Wiwa’s life and work. Part of 'Doing Nothing is Not an Option', an exhibition in memory of Ken Saro-Wiwa, by Michael McMillan. BOOK EARLY
20th ANNIVERSARY - Tues 10 November, morning & evening
Vigil at Shell 8:00 - 10:30am, Shell Centre, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NA
Gather at Shell to demand environmental justice in Ogoniland using Ken's own words, and mark the lives of each of the Ogoni 9. Called by MOSOP and Action Saro-Wiwa
Dance the Guns to Silence II - music, spoken word, performance, DJ.  Doors open 6pm; event starts at 7pm til late. At Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA. £10.00/£5.00 (adv & concs)
Major celebration with performance poets, writers, musicians, and filmmakers, with an introduction by Lazarus Tamana, Coordinator of MOSOP. Music from Virtual Migrants, headliners Bumi and Dele, DJ Tillah Willah, spoken word from Dorothea Smartt, Young Poet Laureate for London Selina Nwulu, Zena Edwards, Sai Murray and the Numbi family. Plus updates on live events in the Niger Delta. Dance the Guns is a co-production between Numbi, Action Saro-Wiwa and Sable LitMag. Hosted by Kadija Sesay (Sable) and Kinsi Abdulleh (Numbi). Come and make some noise for Ken, whose people are still fighting for justice. Book Now.
See you there,
Sue, Jane and David
Platform's Action Saro-Wiwa campaign


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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Paris climate change protests



Is the climate change revolution going to happen in Paris?
 


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Grassroots- using direct action to challenge Cannabis laws





This is one of the videos I produced for Undercurrents alternative News videos in 1999. We gave a voice to voices rarely heard in the mainstream media.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The E-waste Tragedy wins Prix Italia Golden Award 2015!

My editor friend Dragomir Bajalica and his team have won Prix Italia Golden Award 2015!

He announced today that "The winner of the new Prix Italia Golden Award for International TV Co-productions was a unanimous decision: an investigative documentary on the illegal trafficking of dangerous electronic waste, “The E-waste Tragedy,” directed by Cosima Dannoritzer and co-produced by Spain’s TVE with Arte France, Al Jazeera English and Televisi√≤ de Catalunya."

 Watch the trailer here




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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Media Democracy Festival October 17th 2015




To help build a movement for#MediaDemocracy a big Media Democracy Festival is being held at Goldsmiths, University of London on October 17th 2015.

More here http://www.mediareform.org.uk/media-democracy-festival



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Saturday, October 10, 2015

World Mental Health Day- here is our inspiring film

:

This is a film I made with a friend who suffered but who came through the mainstream system and sought out alternatives.

Evolving Minds (44mins)

What is reality? Who defines it?
Evolving Minds offers a fresh and radical perspective on alternatives to the mental health system. Presenting clear information in a humorous style it covers diverse topics such as shamanism, nutrition, psychotherapy, meditation and protest against draconian mental health legislation.
http://www.undercurrents.org/minds.html


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Friday, October 09, 2015

Cassetteboy remix the news- very funny


  Cassetteboy remix the news- very funny

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Submissions sought for the 2016 BFI Future Film Festival.


Calling film makers- upcoming deadline for submissions
for the 2016 BFI Future Film Festival.

The deadline for submissions is October 18th and they are looking for short
films made by filmmakers aged between 15 - 25. They screen work from all
genres and the prizes include two BFI Raw awards of £5,000 as well as lots
of other cash prizes. Full information can be found here:
http://bit.ly/1FHwkzV

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Worlds largest computer company choose my mobile cinema to promote their new Tablet


The Worlds largest computer vendor chose my mobile cinema to promote their latest Tablet.


A movie crew from the multi-million pound Lenovo company filmed an entertaining advert in the Sol Cinema. A unique mobile movie theatre which is based on Gower but performs all over the UK and Ireland. The advert promoting the Lenovo YOGA Tab 3 Pro was released online this week.

Paul O’Connor, co-founder and projectionist of the Sol Cinema appears in the advert. 

Paul said today-
‘The film crew who produced the video made it a lot of fun despite the long day which finally wrapped at 2am. We hope this great advert will raise the profile of the Sol Cinema even more and generate more bookings for our little movie theatre.’

He continued
‘ The Sol Cinema has gone from strength to strength. This is our 5th year of operation and to be chosen by such a high profile company as Lenovo demonstrates how appealing and unique our movie theatre is. ’

Sol Cinema performed recently at Greenman festival, Jersey Live and is off to perform in Dublin next week for Culture Night.

The £1000 Lenovo  YOGA Tab 3 Pro will be released very soon.In 2014, Lenovo was the world's largest personal computer vendor by unit sales. It markets the ThinkPad line of notebook computers and the ThinkCentre line of desktops.

Notes to Editors

The Lenovo advert can be viewed online at www.thesolcinema.org/lenovo-advert.html

Photographs are available for Press use from
http://www.thesolcinema.org/press.html

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

My solar powered cinema is featured in a Goodweird campaign

Myself and friends built the Sol Cinema which has now been featured in this video which is wonderful.



You can see production photos of the making of the video here
http://www.thesolcinema.org/lenovo-advert.html

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The World's smallest solar powered movie theatre will be performing at GreenMan festival this week.



Press Release August 18th 2015

The World's smallest solar powered movie theatre will be performing at GreenMan festival this week.

Based in Swansea, Sol Cinema is a unique mobile theatre which both entertains and demonstrates the power of renewable energy. Complete with usherettes, red carpet and popcorn, audiences are treated to a unique 8 minute movie experience.

Sol Cinema won a Digital Hero award last year for their best use of sustainable technology. At GreenMan festival, the mini cinema will be screening a wide range of Welsh and International short movies free of charge.

Sol cinema has been showing short films at events across the UK and Ireland since 2010, and is made from a recycled 1970s caravan. A 120W solar panel is used to send the sun’s energy to a 300ah battery pack, keeping it constantly charged to run the cinema’s projector, sound system, lighting box and digital equipment.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O'Connor said
'The Sol Cinema is a perfect showcase for how technology can support sustainability and bring new videos to wider audiences. We bring the cinema to the people. We are very exicted to be performing at GreenMan festival and to bring a smile and spread the green message.'
END
Notes to editors

World's Smallest Solar Powered Cinema
http://thesolcinema.org/

Photos for publication can be downloaded here
lhttp://www.thesolcinema.org/press.html

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Deep Listening: Dadirri- help fund a new film

One of the founders of Undercurrents Wales has a new film project and is seeking help.
 

Helen has began a Crowd Fund Campaign in Australia to raise money to distribute her new doco.

Helen says-
I'm seeking funding to distribute our new documentary film Deep Listening: Dadirri.   Our campaign will run from 1st August to 1st September 2015 and we want you to help us raise funds by pre-ordering the film. Even better, grab a Screening Licence and share this secret with your community. Your ticket sales could help fund your own project!

“Dadirri” is an Aboriginal word which can be translated as “deep listening”. It’s a way of being which means tuning in to yourself, to the land and to others around you.More details here

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/deep-listening-dadirri



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Solar powered cinema in a caravan

http://www.thesolcinema.org/
The Sol Cinema is a unique mobile Cinema powered entirely by the Sun. We are based in the UK.
Peek inside and see how we accommodate 8 adults comfortably for a unique cinematic experience.
We can show your own videos or we have a full library of short videos, many with inspiring environment themes.

Sol Cinema - World's smallest solar movie theatre



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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Green Inferno- a horror movie just premiered and what a lot of crap!


The Green Inferno
- a horror movie just premiered and what a lot of crap!

The movie was criticized by Survival International, which campaigns for indigenous peoples and indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation, as reinforcing colonialism and respectively neocolonialism, as well as their stigmas against indigenous peoples portraying them as uncivilized.[17]

Director Eli Roth dismissed this argument as unimportant for stopping exploitation: "The idea that a fictional movie about a fictional tribe could somehow hurt indigenous people when gas companies are tearing these villages apart on a daily basis is simply absurd. These companies don't need an excuse — they have one — the natural resources in the ground. They can window dress things however they like, but nobody will destroy a village because they didn't like a character in a movie, they'll do it because they want to get rich by draining what's under the village. The fear that somehow a movie would give them ammunition to destroy a tribe all sounds like misdirected anger and frustration that the corporations are the ones controlling the fates of these uncontacted tribes."[17]

 


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Monday, June 01, 2015

30 years ago today- Battle of Beanfield





Lest we forget. 30 years ago today the
Battle of the Beanfield took place over several hours on the afternoon
of Saturday 1 June 1985 when Wiltshire Police prevented a vehicle convoy
of several hundred new age travellers, known as "The Convoy" and
referred to in the media as the "Peace Convoy" from setting up at the
11th Stonehenge Free Festival at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England


"Basically the police were extremely violent and beat up men and women
with children." The whole reason that the government was so eager to
stop the festival was the law which stated that "after 12 years of
gathering in the same place of celebration a national event
automatically came into being" and as a national event they would have
been unable to prevent it from occurring again in the future".

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The source of TV



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Friday, May 22, 2015

Solar powered movie theatre heading to Glastonbury


The World's smallest solar powered movie theatre will be heading to  Glastonbury Festival on 24 – 28 June.

Sol Cinema is a unique mobile show which both entertains and demonstrates the power of renewable energy. Complete with usherettes, red carpet and popcorn, audiences are treated to a unique 8 minute movie experience.

Sol Cinema won a Digital Hero award last year for their best use of sustainable technology. At Glastonbury festival, the mini cinema will be screening a wide range of Independent shorts on environmental themes free of charge.

Sol cinema has been showing short films at events across the UK and Ireland since 2010, and is made from a reconditioned 1970s caravan with 80% recycled materials. A 120W solar panel is used to send the sun’s energy to a 300ah battery pack, keeping it constantly charged to run the cinema’s projector, sound system, lighting box and lap-tops.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O'Connor said
'The Sol Cinema is a perfect showcase for how technology can support sustainability and bring film to wider audiences.We are very exicted to be performing at Glastonbury festival and to bring a smile and spread the green message to the people'

World's Smallest Solar Powered Cinema
http://thesolcinema.org/

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