Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Undercurrents Video

Re:Transmission Event and Network
A gathering of citizen journalists,video makers, artists, programmers and web producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy.Friday 13th ­ Sunday 15th October, 2006
Limehouse Town Hall, London, British Film Institute and RampArt Social Centre.
http://www.retransmission.org.uk

John Pilger Film Festival
See Pilgers films about Niguragua (about the Sandinstas)and Death of a Nation about East Timor.Roger James, former controller of factual television at Carlton will introduce the screening and talk about his long working relationship with John Pilger.London Barbican Centre 14th-21st September
http://www.barbican.org.uk

BeyondTV 7 seeks your films
The undercurrents annual international video festival is open for submissions. Send your docos, animations, music videos with any activist topic. No dramas with actors please. Deadline is looming.
http://www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv

Protest with Mark Thomas
Beat the daft anti-protest law outside Parliment by applying to demonstrate at the next demonstration on 22nd September 6pm to 7:30pm.
http://www.markthomasinfo.com/news/default.asp

Seeds of Tolerance
A contest for aspiring journalists, videographers and filmmakers to produce audiovisual works on the issues of tolerance, diversity and/or unlearning intolerance.Make a 3-15 minute film on "What does tolerance mean to you?" & win up to $100,000 and $15,000 to your charity of choice.
http://www.current.tv/tolerance

Mind the Gap
David Shayler, ex-MI5 whistleblower has released a 40 minute DVD looking into the perceptions of the mainstream media following the London 7/7 London bombings. Culture Shop special offer only £2.00 +p&p
http://www.cultureshop.org/details.php?code=MTG

And finally
Arrest threat over a Police gnome
Police have taken a dim view of a man's glowing garden gnome and threatened him with arrest unless he removes it. The solar-powered policeman figure has upset his neighbour, former policeman John McLean who says the gnome is annoying and upsets buyers viewing his home. Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/5330538.stm

Undercurrents Video

Re:Transmission Event and Network
A gathering of citizen journalists,video makers, artists, programmers and web producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy.Friday 13th ­ Sunday 15th October, 2006
Limehouse Town Hall, London, British Film Institute and RampArt Social Centre.
http://www.retransmission.org.uk

John Pilger Film Festival
See Pilgers films about Niguragua (about the Sandinstas)and Death of a Nation about East Timor.Roger James, former controller of factual television at Carlton will introduce the screening and talk about his long working relationship with John Pilger.London Barbican Centre 14th-21st September
http://www.barbican.org.uk

BeyondTV 7 seeks your films
The undercurrents annual international video festival is open for submissions. Send your docos, animations, music videos with any activist topic. No dramas with actors please. Deadline is looming.
http://www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv

Protest with Mark Thomas
Beat the daft anti-protest law outside Parliment by applying to demonstrate at the next demonstration on 22nd September 6pm to 7:30pm.
http://www.markthomasinfo.com/news/default.asp

Seeds of Tolerance
A contest for aspiring journalists, videographers and filmmakers to produce audiovisual works on the issues of tolerance, diversity and/or unlearning intolerance.Make a 3-15 minute film on "What does tolerance mean to you?" & win up to $100,000 and $15,000 to your charity of choice.
http://www.current.tv/tolerance

Mind the Gap
David Shayler, ex-MI5 whistleblower has released a 40 minute DVD looking into the perceptions of the mainstream media following the London 7/7 London bombings. Culture Shop special offer only £2.00 +p&p
http://www.cultureshop.org/details.php?code=MTG

And finally
Arrest threat over a Police gnome
Police have taken a dim view of a man's glowing garden gnome and threatened him with arrest unless he removes it. The solar-powered policeman figure has upset his neighbour, former policeman John McLean who says the gnome is annoying and upsets buyers viewing his home. Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/5330538.stm

Undercurrents Video

Re:Transmission Event and Network
A gathering of citizen journalists,video makers, artists, programmers and web producers who are developing online video distribution tools for social justice and media democracy.Friday 13th ­ Sunday 15th October, 2006
Limehouse Town Hall, London, British Film Institute and RampArt Social Centre.
http://www.retransmission.org.uk

John Pilger Film Festival
See Pilgers films about Niguragua (about the Sandinstas)and Death of a Nation about East Timor.Roger James, former controller of factual television at Carlton will introduce the screening and talk about his long working relationship with John Pilger.London Barbican Centre 14th-21st September
http://www.barbican.org.uk

BeyondTV 7 seeks your films
The undercurrents annual international video festival is open for submissions. Send your docos, animations, music videos with any activist topic. No dramas with actors please. Deadline is looming.
http://www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv

Protest with Mark Thomas
Beat the daft anti-protest law outside Parliment by applying to demonstrate at the next demonstration on 22nd September 6pm to 7:30pm.
http://www.markthomasinfo.com/news/default.asp

Seeds of Tolerance
A contest for aspiring journalists, videographers and filmmakers to produce audiovisual works on the issues of tolerance, diversity and/or unlearning intolerance.Make a 3-15 minute film on "What does tolerance mean to you?" & win up to $100,000 and $15,000 to your charity of choice.
http://www.current.tv/tolerance

Mind the Gap
David Shayler, ex-MI5 whistleblower has released a 40 minute DVD looking into the perceptions of the mainstream media following the London 7/7 London bombings. Culture Shop special offer only £2.00 +p&p
http://www.cultureshop.org/details.php?code=MTG

And finally
Arrest threat over a Police gnome
Police have taken a dim view of a man's glowing garden gnome and threatened him with arrest unless he removes it. The solar-powered policeman figure has upset his neighbour, former policeman John McLean who says the gnome is annoying and upsets buyers viewing his home. Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/5330538.stm

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Undercurrents Video

Undercurrents News Network Alternative NewsLetter 147

Iraq for Sale Movie
Released Sept 8th- How corporations send civilians into a profitable warzone. Watch a trailer of the new Robert Greenwald Film.
http://iraqforsale.org

Undercurrents on tour
Our cinema is in West Wales and Yorkshire and Ireland in the coming weeks. Meet us at the Earth First! gathering or Climate camp or Electric Picnic
http://www.undercurrents.org/screenings

Film Showings
Do you ever dream about your movie premiering worldwide on 3000 screens simultaneously? Well now you can with Brave New Theater
http://bravenewtheaters.com/filmmakers

Women wanted
Are you an unemployed or under-employed (working 16 hours per week or less) ethnic minority woman living in London Central? Create a short film in a 22 Week FREE course.Contact The Film Workshop on 020 7607 8660
http://www.filmworkshop.com

Anarchist Yellow Pages
Find a friend, a radical bookshop or a campaign
http://ayp.subvert.info

Big Green Gathering
Watch the video on Sky news about the festival
http://news.sky.com/skynews/video/videoplayer/0,,31200-green_p18488,00.html

Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign Film Nights
At the Common Place, Wharf Street (off Kirkgate) Leeds City Centre
Wednesday 16th August 7 pm:
http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/08/347309.html

Doctor Who actress arrested on protest
Undercurrents filmed the arrest of a TV actress in Cardiff during a protest against Israel's bombing of Lebanonese children. Full story and photos
https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/08/347360.html

FILM JAM London
Open mic shorts from film-makers brave enough to face an audience. If you have a film between 1 - 10 minutes, bring it along on DVD for the opportunity to screen it. Beware, though, as the audience's decision is final and your film might not make it to the end! Short... is sweet.
http://WWW.FILMJAM.CO.UK

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Undercurrents capture an alien on CCTV

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Undercurrents Video

Undercurrents News
Press Release

Wednesday August 9 2006

TV ACTRESS ARRESTED IN CARDIFF BLOOD PROTEST.


At 9.10am this morning 6 people were arrested for criminal damage to the pillars of Cardiff Museum.

The protesters covered the outside of the museum in fake blood handprints. Helen Griffin, actress from Doctor Who and recent BAFTA winner was arrested red handed. De Murphy, a grandmother who left her 24 hour Peace vigil at Swansea castle to join the protest was also arrested. A Palestinian Doctor was also amongst the arrested.

The protesters say their actions were aimed at highlighting the British and U.S Governments involvement in the bombing of innocent civilians in Lebanon.

Blood soaked handprints were spread across the steps to highlight the number of lives being lost during Israel’s bombardment of Lebanon.

Street theatre was staged with masked actors playing President Bush and Prime Minster Blair. A case containing $3Billion will be handed over to the Israeli Prime minister Ehud Omert reflecting the United States subsidising of the Israeli war machine each year. The sum amounts to 30% of the US foreign aid budget.

Helen Griffin said
‘Israel has meanwhile broken more UN resolutions than any other country.
1000 Lebanese civilians, nearly half of which have been children, have died since the invasion 28 days ago. Israel has sent its warplanes on more than 8700 bombing missions.’

END

Notes to Editors
Video images will be available from Undercurrents productions. Contact Paul O’Connor on 07973 298359
photos published at NUJ rates

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Big Greenies on tour

Feeling outraged at Israels invasion of Lebanon
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/today/reports/international/middle_east_20060718.shtml

Meanwhile heres other events

Sun Screen:Climate Cinema : Wear & Watch Some Shorts"
17 Aug 2006 - 19:00 to 23:59
The Climate Outreach Information Network (COIN) will be holding an outdoor screening of some of the best in Climate Change short films and documentaries in Oxford.
http://www.coinet.org.uk

Big Greenies
August 2- 6th Undercurrents will be in somerset at the UKs biggest green festival. See us at Pixie Pictures cinemas.
http://www.big-green-gathering.com

Where did undercurrents evolve from?
http://www.undercurrents.org/history

DNA cops
An investigation by the media & GeneWatch UK has revealed that DNA samples collected by the police are being used for controversial genetic research.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1821676,00.html

Free Flying
Free flights from selected European airports to undisclosed locations
http://www.immoklink.com

Going BeyondTV
Submissions are now open for our annual int'l video festival
http://www.undercurrents.org/beyondtv/

Oil Crash
How our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion ­ our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.
http://www.oilcrashmovie.com

Watching the Corporations
Corporations have gained a power out of all proportion to their original purpose. Corporate Watch is a research group supporting the campaigns which are increasingly successful in forcing corporations to back down. http://www.corporatewatch.org

Publish and be damned
The self-publishing fair of books and videos. 1400-1900h on Sunday 30 July 2006 at Rochelle School,Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES
http://www.publishandbedamned.org

Seize the Day
Winners of an Undercurrents MISTY (Media activist) award ask you to join them in putting their bodies where their music is and stop Trident nuclear in Uk.
http://www.seizetheday.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

We just got back from Buddhafield festival..beautiful time and what a difference it makes with no alchohol onsite. No pissed up people and a real intelligent audience that engage with our films on such a different level than any other festival we run a cinema at.

July 7th London bombs.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but...Did we really get the full story from the media?
http://www.julyseventh.co.uk

Reach for the Sky
Thinking of flying this summer? Check out our latest film on climate change first
http://www.undercurrents.org/reachforthesky/

Undercurrents in Spain
Our film 'Wild Horses of Newbury' by Mark Carroll has been accepted in the Marbella film festival. Chosen from 400 worldwide films our film was only one of 40 chosen. So if you are there in September check it out.
http://www.marbellafilmfestival.com/en/

Mobile cinema seeks films
The Projector Tank, a not-for-profit community mobile cinema seeks
Educational films and animations, aimed for children or adults, about the environment or conceptions of sustainability.
http://www.theprojectortank.org

Autographed Mark Thomas Comedy DVD up for auction
Mark has scribbled his autograph on the cover so try a bid (only a few days left)
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280006710463&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:UK:31

Low impact ecovillage
Undercurrents are supporting an eco village so watch our monthly videos of the progress.
http://www.undercurrents.org/lowimpact

Internet TV video
Interesting speech on the future of video on the net
http://www.brightcove.com/bc-tv.cfm

Amnesty slam internet big wigs
Amnesty International urge users of Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google to use their power as consumers to help end corporate complicity in suppression of the internet in China. The report calls on the companies to reveal which words they have banned from blogs or filtered out of web searches in China.
http://irrepressible.info

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Political Football Video

Watch a video of comedian Mark Thomas trying to get shot by kicking a football into 10 Downing st, buckingham palace and a prison.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3654101300230666176

Journey around cyber space

Airshow
Farnborough airshow may look like a family day out but in 2004, 47 of the world’s top 100 arms companies attended. CAAT will be protesting at the arms show on Monday 17th July from 11am. Anyone who is filming please get in touch with us here at undercurrents (info@undercurrents.org)
http://www.caat.org.uk/caatnews/2006_06/action-info.php

Mark Thomas Comedy DVD up for auction
Marks stand up show is on ebay so try your luck
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280003486579&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:UK:31

Vote for Money
Co-Op bank customers are being asked to vote for climate change charities to receive funding-the more votes they receive, the more funding they can receive.Undercurrents recommends the Climate Outreach Information Network, a radical new charity who need funding.Vote for COIN before the end of July.
http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/vote

Joe Public
Public information films from 1945-2006 on the National Archives's website.
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/

Burn your flags
They are punk and they like pink. Undercurrents caught Kilnaboy onstage recently and loved their raging song 'Burn your Flags'. Their first CD is out soon.
http://www.kilnaboy.co.uk

Comedians new website
Mark Thomas has a funky new website to launch his new book.
http://www.undercurrents.org/markthomas

The Origins of Aids
A controversial film which suggests that HIV was spread in the late 1950s in Africa during the Polio vaccination programs. Watch online
http://www.documentary-film.net/search/video-listings.php?e=5

Mad Inertia
When the mainstream media left a gaping hole in the market for a left viewpoint, Mad Inertia came to life during the national firefighters dispute. Check them out and their funky website
http://madinertia.co.uk

Adbusting in school
Teachers — Adbusters’ Media Empowerment Kit will inspire your students to break out of the media consumer trance!
https://secure.adbusters.org/orders/mediakit

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Going the full nine miles

You probaly have forgotten how hundreds of people lived in the trees to stop the A34 destroying old forests. If you have the search for a new book entitled Nine Miles. Iit's a beautifully written personal story not just of the Newbury road protests, but of how the will to protest changes the protester, how it connects with something older, stronger and deeper. That deeper spirit, that rightness infused itself in all of us who fought those campaigns.

Another writer Merrick who wrote Battle for the Trees says
It's an extraordinary story told with candid humanity, a warm clarity that captures the brilliance, the lunacy, the nobility and the haphazardness of the campaigns. He can be in front of the cameras on national TV one minute and the next he's taking a three day walk where he's unknown to anyone, barely ever even in a village.

It's perhaps at its best and most evocative when he's doing nature writing. He can spend several paragraphs just telling you he woke up and it was morning.

'I don't know how long I'd been asleep for, but when I woke up, I was fifty foot up in an oak. A clear, bright sun had come up through the tree line, covering everything with a fine golden light. It was already late autumn and the leaves were pretty much all down. From here, the effect of the leaves on the ground was stunning, like a vast cloth of copper running all over.

Dawn had come in under a heavy blanket of mist, which had already burned off. But steam was still rising up from the wet earth, the ground erupting with the sound of water writhing in the new warmth. I was in an oak on the edge of an area of older trees, which overlooked a small valley full of coppice; hazel and blackthorn and elder interspersed. This lower storey was visible now as a network of fine hemispheres, all lit brilliantly with the early morning sun. And because of the mild weather, the hazel had recently flowered into tubular catkins. They hung in their thousands, like a cascade of green fire. My breath poured out in white clouds.

It had been my first night in a tree and I'd slept in a hammock. Between one thing and another, I'd had the distinct feeling of being on a boat. Drifting off, I could feel the movement of the tree in the wind, a circular roll around the main mast of the trunk.'

As Jim says in the introdction, 'too many people are forgetting. Too many never knew in the first place'.

Writing history is not just so people can have knowledge of the past. That in itself serves no decent purpose. It is so we can learn and take inspiration from what has come before. It has to be relevant to us otherwise it's boring and useless. The big challenges that face our society require a reconnection with the motives and spirit that shone so brightly on those campaigns.

Jim will be doing readings at the Big Green Gathering and we will be showing films so come and say hello in August

Wild Horses of Newbury

Our film Wild Horses of Newbury is still causing a stir ...here are a few of the quotes from the hundreds submitted

Posted by Michelle on 28/6/06
I highly recommend anyone to see this film...It captured an amazing moment--with every felled tree, with every act of destruction--comes the plea of creatures who can see, who can feel, who know the death we are bringing upon ourselves--why do we see it no longer?
___________________________________________________
Posted by Rosslyn Lyons on 23/6/06
What are we teaching our children, if we have no respect for nature ourselves. It is time for us to pass on our compassion.
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Posted by Anna Stockinger on 21/6/06
My husband and I have just watched this in awestruck silence. When the horses appeared the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. A brilliant film, viewed through tears, it should be shown to everyone on the planet.
__________________________________________________

You can watch it online here
http://www.supershorts.org.uk/view.html?id=512

Monday, June 26, 2006

John Pilger talks in London

1) JOHN PILGER JOINS NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE
WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE 7.30PM
ST JAMES CHURCH, 197 PICCADILLY
LONDON, W1J 9LL
Writer John Pilger is the latest addition to A NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE on Wednesday 28 June for Flight-Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, now serving an eight month sentence in Cheltenham Prison for refusing to fight an illegal war in Iraq. (SEE http://tinyurl.com/z5vsx)

Tickets are still available for this unmissable event which aims to raise funds to help pay the £20,000 legal costs imposed on Malcolm. People are coming from all over the country, so moved have they been Malcolm's refusal to be deployed to Iraq, the first serving officer to do so.

A NIGHT OF CONSCIENCE will be introduced by Tony Benn. Appearing with John Pilger, will be comedians Mark Thomas and Mark Steel, composer Michael Nyman, film director Ken Loach, playwrights David Edgar and Caryl Churchill, actors Simon Callow and Janet Suzman, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and many others from film, stage, television and politics.

BUYING TICKETS: Online booking is available at http://tinyurl.com/z5vsx. Tickets can also be bought by debit/credit card: telephone 020 7278 6694.

Midsummer festivaling

Sunrise festival in Somerset last week was a cracking way to spend the solstice..it was a festie with everything going for it apart from more people...how many times must the counter culture forget to put as much work into adverting/marketing than actual production?
But fair play to the organisers, we had a great time. We take Undercurrents on tour now and next up is Small Nations festival in Wales and then Buddhafield in Somerset. Full list here
http://www.undercurrents.org/screenings

Meanwhile heres some interesting bits i found this week.

Ethical Film festival
Music and performance events, art workshops and talks, this summer Coed Hills is the place to be it appears. Undercurrents will be showing films.
http://www.coedhills.co.uk

Books in the Balkans
Croatian infoshop seeks donations of radical,revolutionary, libertarian and humanitarian thought in the form of books,comics, fanzines and magazines, CDs, videos and audiotapes etc.
http://www.actnow.hr/-infoshop

Can you help undercurrents?
If you publish a newsletter/magazine/website and can include our funky .jpg advert please contact us and help us spread ourselves wider (so to speak)
email advert@undercurrents.org

Spiky Response
'You've lied about me, and tried to cover up any information which undermined your accusations'.BBC's John Simpson to Media Lens
http://www.medialens.org

Anarcho Komedy
Anarcistic, madcap Komedy Kollective touring theatre company seek venues for 2007 tour.
http://www.komedykollective.com

Free Digital Imaging in Art Workshops
Women only at the Dynevor Centre for Art, Design & Media, Swansea from 27th
June. Details Jenny on 01269 845155.

Non Photography Day July 17
A day to understand the inadequacy of the photograph in describing this essence, to bring awareness of the perils of living through the viewfinder
http://www.nonphotographyday.com

Undercurrents climate change film wins award
We won best Ecology film about aviation activism. Check it out here.
http://www.undercurrents.org/reachforthesky

Monday, June 12, 2006

Undercurrents scores hat trick!

We are still celebrating as Undercurrents scored a Hat trick last week as we won 3 awards in the Swansea Bay film festival. Best documentary, best ecology film and best Welsh Independent film. Always good to be recognised isn't ? You can watch the winning films via http://www.undercurrents.org/clown

DocWorkers
Dedicated to raising consciousness through the medium of documentary film.
They seek films that uplift, inform, inspire, and involve fellow citizens and fellow human beings.
http://www.docworkers.com

Undercurrents at Sunrise Festival Somerset
We will be hosting 2 hours of our films this weekend at the Sunrise Summer Solstice Celebration. Contemporary music and performing arts, permaculture and sustainable living. Undercurrents will be in the cinema so come join the party
http://www.sunrisecelebration.com

John Pilger's new book
Freedom Next Time has just been published. Containing chapters on Diego Garcia, Palestine, India, South Africa and Afghanistan,
http://www.johnpilger.com

EcoWorks: Straw Bale work on "eco-building"
Tash the photographer has put some of his excellent photos online. Check them out
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/nottinghamshire/2005/10/326154.html

Win £1000 for your film
http://www.indieshorts.co.uk

Sheffield doco festival
Filmmakers are invited to enter documentaryfilms and videos completed after 1st January 2005 that have not been broadcast in the UK. The festival is looking for innovative feature length and short documentaries from across the world.
http://www.sidf.co.uk

Art in Manchester
You are invited to launch of UHC's latest online project - OpenCity. Devised as an interactive repository of art, ideas, research and writing, OpenCity fuses disciplines and interests in opposition to Manchester's reinvention as a globalised neo liberal city.Incursions in the Knowledge Capital
Preview – Thursday 15th June 6-9pm
http://www.uhc.org.uk

Citizen journalism awards
Organised by the Press Gazette to recognise the best in citizen journalism pictures and video footage published within the UK.
Web: http://www.citizenjournalismawards.co.uk/

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Summer in undercurrents

Just got back from Earthwise Festival in Dorset...showed our films in StarBar..a fully solar powered cinema...how cool is that eh? Heres some things I found on my travels in cyber space this week.

Funny political online animations
Our current favourite is 'Taliban Takes on Telemarketers'
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/political/

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
An inspiring documentary about how oil corporate media mix to control society. Amnesty International withdrew this documentary from a film festival due to a massive campaign of intimidation and threats from the Venezuelan right-wing.Watch it online
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13119.htm

Dance on Screen Film Festival
30 October - 5 November 2006 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Film makers, artists and choreographers around the world are invited to
submit work for the festival. Dance Documentaries DEADLINE: 21 July 2006
http://www.danceonscreen.org.uk

Swansea Bay Film Festival,Wales
Undercurrents have been nominated for 5 awards!
See the films and meet the directors on Wednesday June 7th at Dynevor Media Centre, Swansea From 2pm
http://www.swanseafilmfestival.com

I ain't looking for your Sympathy
A very inspiring documentary about women using funky techniques to overcome disability.
Available on the Broad Horizons compilation DVD.
http://www.undercurrents.org/broads/

Corporate Watch Magazine seeks radical poets
It is a great organisation based in Oxford and they seek poets for new book.
http://corporatewatch.wordpress.com

What she did next!
Those of you who have watched the our film,'Evolving Minds' (psychosis and spirituality) may be interested in what Melissa did next.Since the 2004 Tsuanami she has been based in Sri Lanka and has now set up a children's trauma relief arts project and is also establishing a children's ecovillage.
http://www.undercurrents.org/minds and http://www.art-2-art.org

The Future of Documentary event London
Thursday 6th July 6pm-8.30pm
http://www.01zero-one.co.uk

BritDoc in Oxford
July 26-28th in Keble College Oxford,BRITDOC Festival boosting the British feature documentary sector. hosted by Morgan Spurlock (Director Supersize Me).
http://www.britdoc.org

Monday, May 29, 2006

Handpicked goodies for you

Here is some interesting events etc i have found this week

Favela Rising
'His music fueled a movement, His message fought a war'.Incredibly inspiring film from Brazils slums. Undercurrents will be screening in our summer tour.
http://www.favelarising.com

Swansea Bay Film Festival,Wales
Undercurrents have been nominated for 5 awards!See the films and meet the directors on Wednesday June 7th at Dynevor Media Centre Swansea From 2pm
http://www.swanseafilmfestival.com

Spiritual films wanted
Screenings will take place weekly from July 5th until the end of September - every Wednesday night in yurts in Wales.Film submission free, send DVD or mini DV to Hywel George at Plastic Buddha Productions
Alma House, Colhugh St, Llantwit Major, CF61 1RE
TEL: + 44 7773 326127

Caught on camera?
Sept 11 Pentagon attack CCTV video released.
http://www.judicialwatch.org/flight77.shtml

The Radio Festival
03-05/07/2006 Location: Cambridge University
The annual Radio Festival is the central activity in the Academy year.
http://www.radioacademy.org/festival/index.shtml

Broad Horizons
Rebel clowns, madnesss, loadsa women,identity & happiness all on one DVD
http://www.undercurrents.org/broads/

Reach a global audience and get paid
An international video streaming site aimed at the indy/semi-procreative community. What's more,they say they wil pay a percentage of the revenue generated from people watching your work.
http://www.worldmediacafe.com

Peace News 70th birthday festival
June 17th Featuring live bands, film showings and DJ’s, workshops, food and drink.The event will be held at The Square Occupied Social Centre , 21 Russell Square, Central London (nearest tube Russell Square; Buses: 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188, X68, N7, N91)All welcome. Entry by donation.INFO call 020 7278 3344
or email promos@peacenews.info
http://www.londonsocialcentre.org.uk

Orwells Bigger Brother
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information. The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression.
http://irrepressible.info

Friday, May 26, 2006

Battle of the Beanfield 21st anniversary reunion,

Glastonbury, June 1st 2006

May 21st, 2006

The Assembly Rooms, High St., Glastonbury
Thursday June 1st 2006, 12 noon to 12 midnight
Admission free (but please provide a donation if at all possible to help with the running costs)

To mark the 21st anniversary of the notorious trashing of a convoy of travellers, festival-goers and green activists en route to Stonehenge, this will be a day to celebrate the triumphs of those who refused to be cowed by state oppression, and to remember those who are no longer with us.

1 pm: The first screening for 15 years of ‘Stonehenge: A Midsummer Night’s Rock Show’, Al Stokes’ film of the 1984 Stonehenge Free Festival.

2 pm: Screening of ‘Operation Solstice’, the acclaimed 1991 documentary about the Battle of the Beanfield by Neil Goodwin and Gareth Morris.

3 pm: ‘The legacy of the Beanfield’, a talk by Andy Worthington, editor of ‘The Battle of the Beanfield’ and author of ‘Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion’.

3.30 pm: Open forum. A chance for anyone present to have their say.

5 pm: Film-maker Martin Parry introduces a screening of his newly-released film ‘Outsiders: The Peace Convoy’, following the trials of the Convoy during 1985 and 1986.

6 pm: Screening of ‘New Age Travellers’, a recent BBC Time Shift documentary.

7 pm: Break for dinner.

8.30 pm: Evening entertainment begins – acoustic music and DJs.

Children, grandchildren & family members welcome. Non-smoking space available.
Sorry, no dogs in the Assembly Rooms.
For more info call Jo: 01458
834405/07761 321341.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Interesting links and festivals

We are hitting the road soon so come and play with us....

Undercurrents goes to Dorset
Join us in June at a festival with altitute (on a hill)
http://www.earthwise-uk.com

Comedian in the White House
This time it isn't Bush but a true stand up who gave a merciless
performance to the Press Correspondents' Association. Stephen Colbert went
way beyond the harmless routine they expected.
http://movies.crooksandliars.com/WH-Dinner-Colbert.wmv

PROJECTILE: A festival of anarchist film and culture
16-18 June,Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
http://www.projectile.org.uk

Daily Mail payout to Indymedia journalist
Undercurrents have been busy supporting indymedia reporters during the
current Genoa court cases. This story deserves an airing about the Daily
Mails lies.
http://media.guardian.co.uk/mediaguardian/story/0,7558,1396813,00.html

Webmakers gathering
Inventor of the WWW. Tim Berners-Lee's comes to Edinburgh to bring together
visionaries and experts. From academia and business who drive the Web
forward, shaping and building its potential for new ways of communicating,
trading and collaborating. £750 GBP to attend per person but Free if you
can use a video camera to film the events.Call Daniel on 020 79936339.
http://www2006.org/programme/#tue

The Art of Flight,
Watch online- a documentary about Sudanese refugees in Cairo and America’s
failing policies in the Middle East.
http://www.nomadslandfilms.com/presskit.htm

Where to see us this summer
Undercurrents in a place near you.
http://www.undercurrents.org/screenings

Hanging Farmer
British Farmer sells gallows to Zimbabwe.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/4754515.stm

Newbury Bypass book
A roads activist is releasing his book later this year but you can read
extracts online.'Newbury was a fight characterised by extreme cold, fire
and community, cider, drugs and living simply in the woods.'
http://www.ninemiles.co.uk

Undercurrents nominated for 4 awards
Thanks partly to your voting, 4 films from undercurrents have been
shortlisted to win awards in the Swansea Bay Film Festival. The awards
ceremony is June 8th so fingers crossed.
http://www.swanseafilmfestival.com/NOMINEESPDF.htm

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Back from the Balkans

Just got back from Balkans after hosting video workshops there...stunning place and the young people are really rebuilding their country.

Our good friends at the Groovy Movie solar picture house cinema spent a couple of months in Portugal, and have made a fairly tongue in cheek film about driving the truck all the way through Europe, fuelling up with veg oil from supermarkets, and ignoring petrol stations.

Sadly they wont be at the Big Green Gathering this year..Instead they are booked for the Woodcraft Folk (think anarchist scouts) International youth camp. This will have over 5000 young people, aged 6 - 20, from all over the world. It runs for ten days, and deals with issues such as sustainability, social justice, globalisation, environment etc.

The kids are of the rare kind that give you hope for the future. Last time two ten year olds squatted an unused marquee on site, and according to the organizers, did it absolutely properly. The Nestle vending machine on the site was sabotaged every night so there is hope for the future!


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Monday, May 08, 2006

Glastonbury screw up

Just heard that we won't have our undercurrents trailer on the DVD of the Glastonbury movie (Due out in July 2006...feeling really gutted...apparently it started a battle between the film makers (Julien Temple and co) and the distributors. Emap couldnt be arsed to do the work to include the 90 sec trailer. So we didn't get a credit for supplying archive as they cocked that up and now we dont get a trailer..... is lady luck against us or what?

5 Undercurrents films have been nominated for awards in the Swansea bay film festival..awards in June..fingers and toes crossed.

If anyone knows how to get our DVDs into the High st...please let me know

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Life beyond the mainstream

Howdy all
This is me trying out blogging for the first time.. check back for updates. Heres some things we have come across recently

Rent undercurrents DVDs for Free!
Mark Thomas comedy show, Broad Horizons, UNN all for free by post so check
it out here.
http://www.lovefilm.com/view_dvd.php?dt_id=61495&se_id=19790419&se_off=1&se_type=title

Cannabis cartoons
Yer 'aving a laugh! Going beyond the media hype about the herb.
http://www.cartoonstock.com/directory/c/canabis.asp

Undercurrents touring across Europe
Undercurrent joins the Art and Activism Caravan (AAC) in June. The AAC is a
border crossing project travelling from Greece (early June) via Macedonia,
Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Hungary to the annual
activist environmentalist gathering Ecotopia in Slovakia
http://www.eyfa.org/art_activism

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.
Includes exclusive footage of British army experiments with LSD.
http://www.undercurrents.org/minds

Having nothing to say in London
A handfull of people take one BLANK placard into Westminster which results
in loadsa police including a surveilance squad. Mr Orwell never wrote how
farcical it would all become. It's an interesting video!
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/05/339621.html

Cartoon president
Drawing a cartoon about G. W Bush...the video is a bit pointless so a bit
like Mr Bush himself then.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IvOiJeWM3Q

Producer needed for global pilgrimage film
The Rainbow Serpent Project (www.rainbowserpent.co.uk) is a Global Pilgrimage
around the earth’s seven chakra points to promote oneness and earth healing.
They need a producer contact torwebste@hotmail.com

Celebration of World Press Freedom Day
Undercurrents marked May 3rd with film showings, discussions and fine wine.
You can read other interesting views from Tash, a UK photographer.
http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/05/339644.html

Documentary filmmakers wanted,low-paid
London-based production company seek filmmakers for charity
documentary. The documentary will involve extensive travel throughout the
UK throughout May and June.£50 per day. email cv's to daveyincemail@aol.com

Where to see undercurrents near you this year
http://www.undercurrents.org/screenings

Filmmakers of the world unite!
http://shootingpeople.org