Friday, August 27, 2010

Funds for making inspiring films

Tipping Point Film Fund is for people from all walks of life, all ages and all parts of the world – supporting challenging, truth telling films.

We support provocative and challenging non-fiction films with an international reach. We are a not for profit co-operative raising donations from individuals, groups and organisations who believe in using the power of film to make change. We provide development and production funding, as well as campaigning outreach support to each film we work with. These elements combine to make Tipping Point Film Fund a unique and exciting new venture. We are supported by The Co-operative.
http://www.tippingpointfilmfund.com/about-us/

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The Sol Cinema is featured on BBC today

Thanet films screened in world's smallest solar cinema
The Sol Cinema is at four places around Ramsgate
The world's smallest solar powered cinema is showing short films about Thanet this weekend.The cinema is a converted caravan which seats eight adults or 12 children.
Over the bank holiday weekend the cinema is at different locations around Ramsgate as part of the town's new Summer Squall arts festival.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/kent/hi/things_to_do/newsid_8940000/8940605.stm

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One Planet Living Grants

B & Q One Planet Living Grants
The B & Q One Planet Living Grants will shortly be closing for this
year. The grant offers £50 - £250 of B & Q materials and are open to
schools, registered charities or other recognised community groups.
Projects must be within a 20 mile radius of a store and must support
one of the following areas:

* Grow your own
* Support local culture and heritage
* Save energy
* Conserve nature.

Groups have until 30 September 2010 to apply, and until 31 October
2010 to collect their materials. See the B & Q website here for more
information:
http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/corporate/content/environment_ethics/ethics/community/grants.jsp

Nominet Trust
The next application deadline for full applications to the Nominet
Trust is 22 October 2010. The trust offers grants for projects which
improve access to the internet, support online safety and increase
educational opportunities. The Trust also funds research into
internet-based problems and potential solutions which support their
charitable objectives. You initially need to fill out an online
eligibility form.
For more information, see the Nominet Trust website here:
http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Israeli propaganda on BBC Panorama

I just watched Death in the Med about Israels invasion of the peace mission to Gaza. As usual it was biased by omission but what was creepy is a name that appeared in the credits. Israel Goldvicht. I encountered him in 2002 just after i returned from Palestine. He was credited as a producer in the Correspondent series on BBC Television who broadcast a report about the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Undercurrents sold footage of inside the Church during the siege. Israel had stolen the images and given them to the BBC. I challenged and won payment from the BBC and discovered just how the programme was made.

The director told me that they couldn't broadcast their programme without Israel approval but felt it was worth it, as they had 'exclusive access' to the negotiating team of Israel during the siege. In 2010 we have a similar situation and I think probably the same deal was struck. Jane Corbin the reporter was most likely offered exclusive access to the Israeli commandos in return for leaving key points out of her report (such as 1500 women and children being killed during Israels assault on Gaza).

Reporter John Pilger helps us understand the BBC’s making of “Death in the Med”
This is an extract from an article published in 2002, it is so telling as it explains BBC’s relationship with Israel Goldvicht, an Israeli producer who might as well be an official agent of the Israeli hasbara (propaganda) machine. Goldvicht would have been key to getting Jane Corbin “embedded” with the Israeli commandos as they strut their GI Joe stuff.

We need to follow Israel Goldvicht and see what other exclusives he has offered reporters in return for promoting Israels side of the story. Ken O' Keefe, a US activist is doing just that.

So here is Pilger’s take on it;
On June 9, the Correspondent series on BBC Television broadcast a report about the recent siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. This was an exemplar of the problems identified in the Glasgow research. It was, in effect, an Israeli occupation propaganda film put out by the BBC. It was made as a co-production with an American channel, and the credits listed the producer as Israel Goldvicht, who runs an Israeli production company. That would have been fine had the filmmakers made any attempt to challenge the Israeli military with whom they had ingratiated themselves. “The Israelis were determined not to damage the buildings,” began the narrator. “The international press were cleared from Manger Square, but we were allowed to stay and observe the Israeli operation…” With this “unique access” unexplained to the viewers, the film presented one Colonel Lior as the star good guy, guaranteeing “medical treatment to anyone wounded,” saying a cheery hello on a mobile phone to a friend in Oxford Street and, like any colonial officer, speaking about and on behalf of the Palestinians.

“Killers” were described by the colonel without challenge by the BBC/Israel Goldvicht team. They were “terrorists” and “gunmen,” not those resisting the invasion of their homeland. Israel’s right to “arrest” foreign peace protesters drew no query from the BBC. Not a single Palestinian was interviewed. As the sun set on his fine profile, the last word went to the good colonel. The issues between the Israelis and Palestinians, he said, “were personal points of view.”
Well, no. The brutal subjugation of the Palestinians is, under any interpretation of the law, an epic injustice, a crime in which the colonel plays a leading part. The BBC has always provided the best, most sophisticated propaganda service in the world, because matters of justice and injustice, right and wrong are simply usurped either by “balance” or by liberal sophistry; one is either “pro-Israeli” or “pro-Palestinian.” Fiona Murch, the executive producer of Correspondent, told me that Israel Goldvicht Productions would not have won the “trust” of the Israeli army had the producer asked real journalistic questions. That was the way of “fly on the wall”: a candid admission. “It was breaking a stereotype,” she said. “It was about a good, decent man” (the colonel). She said I ought to have seen an earlier Correspondent series, which had Palestinians in it.

I think she was trying to offer that as “balance” for “The Siege of Bethlehem”-a film that might be dismissed as cheap PR, were it not for its complicity with a regime that uses ethnic difference to deny human rights, imprisons people without charge or trial, and murders and tortures “systematically,” says Amnesty.
Goebbels would have approved.


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Palestine window display

A Portsmouth shop is causing a stir with it's window display...more on this soon
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The inside story of Climate Camp at RBS

The Camp for Climate Action pounced cheekily onto RBS’s back garden last Wednesday night, setting up tents, marquees, wind turbines and compost toilets in the very grounds of the bank’s global headquarters. Their mission: to highlight the links between finance and climate change, to expose the fact that RBS is the UK bank with the biggest investment in fossil fuels (including the disastrous Tar Sands extraction projects in Canada), and to challenge the bonkers notion that endless economic growth is possible on a finite planet.

However read how the media and police collude to smear the campaign.
http://adaisythroughconcrete.blogspot.com/2010/08/five-things-you-probably-didnt-know.html

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Loyalty card for suicide bomber

Someone has a sense of humour in Swansea.
High street chain Boots has apologised for sending a man a loyalty card in the name of 'Dr A Suicide Bomber.'Andrew Adams , 63, of Swansea, said it was "unbelievable" that the company issued him the card.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mark Thomas Comedian and Palestine

Mark Thomas is on the case with a completely NEW show called "Walking The Wall"
Never one to take the easy option, Mark decided to go rambling in the Middle East and walked the entire length of the Israeli Separation Barrier crossing between the Israeli and the Palestinian side.

This is the story of 300 000 settlers; a 750 km wall; six arrests, one stoning; too much humus and a simple question...

"Can you ever get away from it all with a good walk?"

There will also be a new book telling the story of the walk, published Spring 2011.
http://www.markthomasinfo.com/

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Got an idea for a TV series?

Current TV have announced their Series Pitch, where 2,500GBP development
fund is up for grabs.

Current TV will select four submissions for a 60' documentary series to
pitch at the Current TV Series Pitch at Sheffield DocFest 2010, and the
finalist will receive the development funding and support from Current TV
with a view to (hopefully) getting their series made and on air next year.

Current TV is looking for exciting and intelligent factual series and want
to see inventive new formats that are edgy and noisy in a crowded media
landscape.

For more information and to download the pitch form go to
current.com/Currenttvseriespitch.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm GMT, 1st October 2010.



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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Permaculture festival in London



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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Great report on activists who smashed up bombmakers in Brighton



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Our videos bring band back together

Andrew meets the band reunited thanks to A-Z of Bushcraft. Seven Little Sisters played in the woods to celebrate their relaunch due to the popularity of their song in our titles.
http://sevenlittlesisters.com
http://www.azbshcraft.com




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Debate on protest and policing.

Clive Anderson hosts a useful debate about protest and policing. Hear from the numpty who invented kettling- holding people in a area surrounded by riot cops until they reach boiling point.

Conflict between police and G20 demonstrators raised serious questions about the distinctions in law between our right to peaceful protest and police powers to prevent violence and disorder. What are the legal limits of our right to express dissent? Is it acceptable for police to use powers under the Terrorism Act to prevent demonstrations and is the police tactic of 'kettling' to control crowds actually legal?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kfgcz/Unreliable_Evidence_The_Law_and_Protest/


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Activists swoop on Royal bank of Scotland a day early


100 climate activists have swooped on the grounds of RBS headquarters at Gogarburn. The swoop happened a day early at 9.15pm in order to outfox authorities who were keen to prevent the camp from happening.

The location of the site has been announced through a mass text message that campers were subscribing to as part of Thursday's 'swoop'.

Marquees, eco-toilets and kitchens are already being set up, and hundreds of activists will be arriving at the camp over the next few days.

Ruth McTernan said: "It's been a dramatic start to what's going to be a week full of workshops, sustainable living and direct action against RBS' crimes
against the climate.

"We're in a beautiful location here at Gogarburn, surrounded by the woods. People should come down, have a cup of tea and check out what's going on
for themselves."

Activists have declared a day of mass action against the Royal Bank of Scotland on Monday 23rd.

The 'Swoop' on Thursday will still be taking place, but only from one location, St Andrew's Square.
http://www.climatecamp.org.uk/

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Record breakers

We've had so much record heat around the world lately that the records themselves are setting records: 17 nations have reached new temperature highs, a new record for records in a year. Pakistan hit (129F) 54C, a new record for all of Asia. Moscow had never hit 100F (38C) before; lately it's been a rare day when the mercury settles lower.

Now scientists have confirmed what's been pretty obvious: the entire world has just come through the warmest six months, the warmest year, and the warmest decade on record. Following the hottest June ever, AccuWeather.com yesterday said July was the second hottest July recorded – and the warmest ever for land temperatures alone.

Just in case those feel like abstractions, here's what they mean in practice: because warmer air holds more water vapour than cold, deluge increases. Hence, Pakistan has seen the worst flooding in its history. Because heat cuts grain yields, Russia has stopped exporting grain, spiking prices. Greenland? Guess what – heat melts ice.
Read more on call to action!


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Friday, August 13, 2010

Climate Camp Wales now active

The Site of Climate Camp Cymru 2010 has been taken today and is situated near Dyffryn Cellwen, North of Glyn-Neath for five days of sustainable living, workshops and direct action on climate change. Interesting that only 20 people are reported as being there. Shows how much media coverage Climate Camp can generate with just their name.
http://climatecampcymru.org/

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Active Citizenship Toolkit.


In July, New Internationalist published the Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit. It is aimed primarily at teachers and students of Citizenship Studies in UK schools but in fact it can be used by anyone seeking to engage more actively in the world around them.

They interviewed me and you can read it here
http://blog.newint.org/books/2010/07/06/rax-interview-paul-oconno/
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An eco-day out in Pembrokeshire?


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Best documentary films of all time?

Got to thinking about this today and did a search and some of them are listed here

Man on Wire is the one which inspired me a lot
http://www.mahalo.com/answers/best-documentary-films-of-all-time




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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Coal train blockade activists sentenced

13 people who literally put their necks on the line blockading the railway
at Ffos y Fran, the largest opencast coal mine in the UK, will be
sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday 13th August.

Climate activists from Bristol and Bath Rising Tide chained themselves to
the railway on April 26th to stop a train carrying coal from the mine to
Aberthaw power station. Extensive safety measures were taken to ensure
there would be no danger to anyone.

A spokesperson for Rising Tide said, “Opencast mining trashes the
landscape, contributes massively to climate change and threatens the
health of local people. We need to leave coal in the ground, and that's
why we stopped a coal train.”

“With their hands in the pockets of corporations, it's not surprising that
governments failed us at the Copenhagen climate summit. We can't rely on
their false solutions anymore. It's up to ordinary people taking direct
action to stop climate chaos. Fossil fuel extraction devastates
communities and is being resisted around the world, from opencast mining
in Merthyr to tar sands oil in Alberta, Canada.”

300,000 people, mostly those living in the global south, are already dying
each year from the effects of climate change. (3)

There has been a long campaign opposing Ffos y Fran mine by local
residents and climate activists alike. (4) Last August, Climate Camp Cymru
set up near the site for a week of sustainable living and direct action
training. This year’s action-based camp, which will target coal in south
Wales, begins on the same day as the sentencing. (5)

Notes for editors

1. Initial charges of Obstruction of the Railway with Intent, which
carries a maximum sentence of life, have been dropped. 13 pleaded guilty
to a lesser charge of Obstruction of the Railway, while all charges
against 5 others have been dropped.

2. A full report of the action can be found at
-https://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/node/23912



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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Great British Home Movie Roadshow

BBC2, Friday 13th August at 9pm - 'The Great British Home Movie Roadshow'

Back in March the BBC came and filmed with Movie Bus makers from Devon for a day, and they get to see the result on Friday. There is going to be footage of the Mobile
Cinemas in action back in the 1960s. The programme will also be repeated on Monday 16th August at 11.20pm.

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Undercurrents workshops at Eco-Energy Weekend 20–22 Aug

Eco Energy Weekend in Swansea
20–22 Aug 11am - 4pm

Join us for some practical tips for the home and expert advice from Wales’s eco experts and children’s workshops.

Children will get the chance to build a pedal-powered scalextric track, take part in craft activities and try their hand at making solar sun prints.Taking centre stage will be a Sinclair C5, a solar-powered car and an award-winning solar-powered trike designed by 19 year old Shawn Brown, who recently won the UK Young Engineer of the Year Award.Also, don't miss an amazing pedal-powered strawberry smoothy machine!

The event will also be joined by Brian Spinks from Swansea Astronomical Society who will show how to view the sun safely with a special solar telescope (weather permitting).

Also the team from Undercurrents will demonstrate how to make solar-powered films.

With all that and more, this is definitely a top green event to add to your list of things to do this summer!

For more information call 01792 638950 or click here


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Monday, August 09, 2010

Quote of the week

Quote from George Monbiot

'Journals like...Undercurrents are among its most effective campaign tools, satirizing the government and multinational corporations, generating enthusiasm for new campaigns, relaying the news other parts of the media don't reach. Their influence has extended beyond their immediate audience, not least because the video activists have supplied much of the broadcast footage news journalists have been too slow to catch.'
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Please nominate undercurrents to win £3000.

Dear supporter
If you have a spare few minutes, could you please nominate undercurrents to win £3000.

A simple short form to be filled out. The more nominations we get the better.
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Friday, August 06, 2010

Tesco – porns more harmful than pyjamas!



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Thursday, August 05, 2010

‘Growing body of evidence’ links pesticides to bee decline


Government and retailers, including B&Q and Wyevale, under pressure to impose a ban on sale of pesticides linked to bee population decline following new research

Environmental groups including the Soil Association and Buglife are making a renewd call for an end to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are among the most commonly used pesticides worldwide, after a new study linked them to a decline in bee populations...read more

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Videomaker wanted for Production of Promotional Web Video

Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-leading institute for the debate and analysis of international issues.

Chatham House is looking for a company or individual to produce a short
promotional web video during August 2010 with a view to possible further
promotional work in the future. This is an exciting opportunity to work on
a new project with one of the world's leading international affairs
institutes in this growing online area.

The best candidates will have experience of producing innovative video for
the web; be adaptable to create engaging video aimed at Chatham House's
core audience; have a good understanding of working with the not-for-profit
sector; and have a strong motivation to work with Chatham House.

To apply please send up to 250 words describing three key advantages that
Chatham House should showcase in a promotional web video; one relevant
recent example of your work (link to video online or by post to Chatham
House, 10 St James's Square, London, SW1Y 4LE); and a CV on no more than 2
pages to Nick Parrott - nparrott@chathamhouse.org.uk by 17.00 on Monday 9
August. Successful candidates will be notified on Tuesday 10 August ahead
of interviews on Thursday 12 August.

This role will be paid at a job-rate to be agreed.


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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

FREE SOLAR PANELS WORTH OVER £10,000.

A firm's offering to fit panels to qualifying homes free, giving you reduced electricity costs, but it keeps profits from the payments you get for producing electricity.
Full pros & cons: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/free-solar-panels


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My apprentice


Here is Bodhi, my young apprentice filming Ben Law's roundwood timber construction DVD in Hampshire.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Radical media roundup

*A new radical newsletter is hitting the virtual streets of Bristol. The Autonomist will combine coverage of local campaigns with listings for local groups, spaces and upcoming events. With details of a new squatted social centre opening, Issue 1 is available now online at www.bristolautonomist.blogspot.com

* Just Do It is a film following environmental activists as they take on the forces of capitalism and ecological destruction through civil disobedience. Relying on a volunteer production team and paid for by crowd-funding, the film will be released as a free to distribute Creative Commons project early next year. To check out the trailer or find out how to get involved in the project see www.just-do-it.org.uk

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