Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ian Tomlinson was not confrontational with police, inquest hears

Christopher La Jaunie, who shot film of PC Simon Harwood shoving newspaper vendor to ground, gives evidence.Ian Tomlinson was "not confrontational at all" when he was "violently shoved" by a police officer at the London G20 protests, the man who filmed the incident told an inquest.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/31/ian-tomlinson-not-confrontational-inquest


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Zoe Broughton filming at March 26th anti cuts demo

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The English Defence League explains why they are protesting

This is the voice of the Master race.



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A personal account of March 26th London Protests




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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Funding for IT Projects Supporting Disadvantaged Groups (UK)

Fnding is available to organisations with innovative IT related project
ideas that can make a positive difference to disadvantaged and
vulnerable groups - in the UK, developing countries and around the
world. The funding is available through the Nominet Trust. The aim of
the Trust is to fund innovative Internet projects that make a positive
difference to the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people,
primarily in terms of education, safety and inclusion. The Trust is
particularly interested in funding projects that can be scaled up and
replicated. There is no minimum grant application and applications for
over £100,000 require an interview. Organisations wishing to apply need
initially to complete and online eligibility questionnaire. Those
organisations deemed successful will be provided with a link to a more
detailed application form.

Previously projects supported through the Trust include:
*Dearham Primary School in Western Cumbria, to support their Internet
Safety week for all pupils followed by pupil and parent workshops;
*The Everybody Online project which uses local champions to mobilize all
available resources in a location to support new users of the internet
and ensure internet usage delivers positive outcomes for individuals and
the community.
The next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2011. For more
information, visit: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/



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Evening Post: Micheal Sheen resigns from Swansea Bay Film Festival

The Evening Post published an article after my investigation into the Swansea Bay Film Festival. However it is a most evasive article- never looking at the facts. Shocking really.
It is laughable that Binda Singh is allowed to frame the issues as a simple tale about his Hollywood star being harassed by journos.
Binda is quoted as "It is obvious why Michael Sheen has withdrawn. He is being harassed and asked questions for which he has no answers."


Micheal Sheen is an actor who is vice president of the event. However he is avoiding actually investigating the complaints and make any decision about solving it. Instead he resorts to moaning;
"I am being asked questions almost on a daily basis by journalists about my involvement with the festival and my feelings about the claims being made.
"While I don't wish to be bullied into any particular position by journalists looking for a story, I cannot feel confident about denying the claims that are being made as yet."

Sheen needs to pull his finger out and work out what is going on in his own event.
Read and send your comments into the Eve Post
http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/news/Criticisms-city-film-festival-force-Hollywood-star-resign/article-3386284-detail/article.html
Read my investigations here

Below is an interview with Sheen about the festival in 2009


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ian Tomlinson death: New video at G20 protests

An inquest jury has seen new videotapes of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protest in London.His family were among those in the court as a compilation of CCTV, helicopter footage and amateur recordings was shown.It captures the newspaper seller as he was shoved to the ground by an officer policing the demonstration.
Read more

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Monbiot on laws to stop Protest

George Monbiot writes about the Governments increasing laws to stop effective forms of protest.

He writes..
If, for example, you were to send a newspaper article about how one of these businesses treats its animals to a client or a shareholder, you'd be in danger of prosecution under the act. This would be bad enough. But police and prosecutors have cast the net even wider and made the law even vaguer by prefacing it with "conspiracy to".

This was the charge on which a young man called Sean Kirtley was convicted in 2008. He had not intimidated or threatened anyone, or even interfered in a contractual relationship: he had merely updated a website with details about authorised and peaceful protests. Because some of the people who attended these protests used abusive language, and because this language was classified by the Crown Prosecution Service as an attempt to interfere in contractual relationships, Kirtley was alleged to have conspired in the commissioning of an offence. He was sentenced to four and a half years. He was acquitted on appeal, but not before he had served 16 months.
Read more

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Video reporter gets covered in paint

One of our former video reporters got covered in paint while filming the protests on Saturday- and BBC captured his struggle to remove the paint from the lens.

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Cops allow The Guardian to film the TSG riot squad

The police most violent squad TSG allowed a Guardian video crew to film them at a protest- perhaps to give a rosy view of the cops- they followed a medic.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2011/mar/28/march-alternative-police-video


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Films wanted for International Women's Day

Infiniti Promotions are organising a screening and presentation in
the name of International Women's Day, taking place the evening of Thursday
31st March. The event itself will be a screening of powerful documentaries
about triumphant female experiences, along with a presentation by a
selection of business women, charities, female groups and initiatives. It
is in association with International Womens Day, supporeted by London
Town, Shooting People, Elemis, University of Westminster and Women's
Library via London Met University. Not only is this screening to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of IWD but it is also a fundraising event for the
charities involved. Guest Speakers will include representatives from
Women
Empowering Women, Funny Women in Business and many more, all participants
including the filmmakers will have the great advantage of using the event
as an opportunity to promote themselves along with what they do.

Send in a documentary relevant to the themes of the occassion. The content
can be of trimuphant female experiences, social awareness to female causes,
a woman's right to education, equal opportunities at work or any
representation of a strong woman. We would like to remind you that this is
a fundraiser event therefore, for every selected film to be screened at
this special occassion the filmmakers would need to sumbit a donation of at
least 5 upon attendance of the event.


Send them in your (30 min max)documentaries as soon as possible and in DVD
format please. Also please remember to put the correct postage of first
class stamps on the envelope (usually 3-4).

SEND DVDS TO:
L.K. SAMUELS
255 FORUM HOUSE
EMPIRE WAY
WEMBLEY
MIDDLESEX
HA0 0HN

For more info email:
Info@infinitipromotions.co.uk


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Did you film arrests in Trafalgar Square on 26 March?

We are seeking anyone who may have also filmed the arrest of the man in the red jacket in Trafalgar Square. He was drumming all day with the samba band. If you know of any other footage of the same arrest please get in touch with paulo@undercurrents.org


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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Undercurrents book keeper on the streets!

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This is D- the lively book keeper from Undercurrents on the streets on March 26th Demo against the Tory Cuts- Photo by Matt

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sit-down Protest in Shaftesbury Avenue, London #26March

Reporting from the infamous Mick Fuzz. http://visionon.tv

Another undercover cop found in the protest movement

A sixth police officer has been unmasked as an undercover spy in the protest movement as it emerged that Mark Kennedy, who spent seven years posing as an environmental activist, is considering suing Scotland Yard.
BBC report here
The latest officer was reported to have been embedded in an anti-capitalist group for four years under the fake name of Simon Wellings. Newsnight on BBC2 reported that his true identity was discovered through a police blunder.Wellings inadvertently phoned a campaigner with the Globalise Resistance anti-capitalist group on his mobile phone while discussing photographs of demonstrators with another officer at a police station.
Watch on BBC Newsnight here
The call was recorded on the campaigner's answerphone and Wellings is heard being pressed to identify protesters at demonstrations, according to Newsnight. He is recorded saying: "She's Hanna's girlfriend – very overt lesbian – last time I saw her, hair about that long, it was blonde, week before it was black."
More here



More on Mark Kennedy who is interviewed here

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Make your media independent on March 26!

Tomorrow (Saturday) will host the biggest public protest since February 2003, don't just re-tweet the BBC. There are a wide range of radical media projects covering the protest, all working together to amplify the message from the streets. Let's fill the media space with thousands of voices, and make the corporate media not only unreliable, but irrelevant!
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/8003

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The Big Lottery Fund today launches ‘People Powered Change’,

The Big Lottery Fund today (Friday, 25 March) launches ‘People Powered
Change’, a platform to build, accelerate and extend new and different
approaches to develop great community-led action already underway
across England.

Through ‘People Powered Change’ BIG will provide support, information
and tools to release the talents of individuals and community groups,
to improve and strengthen their neighbourhoods.

As part of BIG’s future funding ethos in England - ‘People Powered
Change’ - BIG is putting the first £5.76million into four projects
which focus on empowering communities and people to build a better
future.

At The Lowry, Salford on Friday, 25 March community organisations are
coming together to engage in debate and discover how others are
already driving forward grassroots actions.

Sanjay Dighe, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund England Committee said:
“People Powered Change is about creating the right conditions for
local communities to take action for themselves and for others to
build on the great work they are already doing. Through the BIG
funding made available today local communities will be able to access
different community tools to garner energy at a local level to bring
people in need together. Initially BIG will be working with specialist
organisations working at grassroots and regional media groups to
empower people to make decisions locally about which projects are most
in need of funding.”

Dharmendra Kanani, England Director, Big Lottery Fund explained: “BIG
is an established funder for community empowerment. However,
community-led action can’t happen overnight, and in an environment
full of change and uncertainty BIG will enable projects to unlock the
hidden talents among local communities.

Dharmendra continued, “This is just the beginning of People Powered
Change. We’re looking forward to seeing the emergence of new
resilient, innovative and inspirational projects that help communities
achieve their goals. We want dynamic local people to feel recognised
for the work they are already doing and less confident people to know
what our actions and funding will give them more of a chance to make a
difference locally.”

BIG’s focus for new England programmes will include working in areas
where there is an under investment in skills, resources and social
networks and building local partnerships to make Lottery good cause
funding go further and have a lasting impact.

BIG will be taking its learning and insights from what is already
happening in communities and combine that with investment in enablers
to make it much more likely that communities with potential can feel
confident about securing positive change in their area.

The Young Foundation receives £820,000 to boost local community
capacity to tackle the issues that matter most, by working with the
key agencies that promote and spread community organising,
strengthening their ability to work in new areas. Alongside this, the
Young Foundation will support communities to campaign and lobby for
change through popular social media platforms and – where appropriate
– newly developed digital tools.

Receiving £2.2m today is UnLtd for its Big Venture Challenge, a
national competition for the most ambitious social entrepreneurs in
England. It is looking for people with big ideas to step up and meet
the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities today. The 25
winners of the Big Venture Challenge will each get an initial £25,000
plus the chance to access up to an additional £150,000 if matched by
co-investors. Winners will also get high level business support and
mentoring to help them grow their ventures to scale.

NESTA’s Neighbourhood Challenge is receiving £2m towards equipping 16
finalist projects with the right skills, practical tools and small,
catalytic amounts of money to galvanise people to work together to
create innovative responses to local priorities, particularly in
neighbourhoods with low levels of social capital.

Also receiving funding today is Your Square Mile which will use
£830,000 of funding to develop a digital platform to support the
piloting and roll out of Your Square Mile. The locally controlled
digital platform will aggregate community activity providing people
with access to local information and resources, including information
about local groups, opportunities and local support services. Your
Square Mile has already embarked on 16 pilots and will launch the
first stage of its digital platform in late summer. It will then
launch as a mutual for all citizens to join in the autumn.

Full details are available at http://www.peoplepoweredchange.org.uk.



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Police shoot 14year old on camera

Five Brazilian police officers have been arrested after television stations broadcast a video in which some of them appear to shoot a 14-year-old-boy.The footage - captured by a security camera in the city of Manaus - shows uniformed men pushing the teenager before shooting him in the chest.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12857100

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

It Cuts Both Ways...The Alternatives


This is a film exposing the alternatives to the government's austerity measures; it's about the positive; it's about revealing the many options we actually have at a time when we're being told there are no alternatives. There is a budding movement gathering fantastic momentum, with an incredibly diverse cross section of people involved. This is my chance to pay respect to those people and their ideas.
My hope is that this film will help to inspire you to get up and get involved in this movement for the alternatives... There is so much you can do.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

News Goo- new online video broadcast devoted to media and current affairs.

News Goo, a new online video broadcast devoted to media and current affairs. Watch the first episode and read about the program below.

Presented by former BBC World TV newsreader, Jake Lynch,News Goo takes a critical look at television news and current affairs: what they cover, what they don’t, and why.

Read more

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The Human Rights Watch Film Festival London

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival kicks off at the Curzon Soho, London, on Thursday 24 March.

If you havent already, theres still time to get tickets for Pamela
Yates stunning documentary Granito (http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/granito),
which Shooting People is presenting in association with the Festival. Join
us for the UK premiere on Friday 25 March at the ICA, or catch it as part
of a special double bill with Yates earlier film When the Mountains
Tremble at the Curzon Soho on Saturday 26 March.
Pamela Yates will be at both screenings to take part in what promises to
be a lively discussion. Book your tickets now
(http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/granito)




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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Full Unemployment Cinema, 27th March 2011 London

Full Unemployment Cinema presents 'Evening' Land by Peter Watkins

Sunday 27th March 2011, 6pm
at Colorama
52-56 Lancaster Street,
London SE1

Evening Land
by Peter Watkins, 1976 (Denmark 110 mins)

Made with a cast of 192 non-professional actors, Evening Land continues to
explore the form of fictional documentary which Watkins had developed since
Culloden (1964), intervening polemically into a period of intense debates about
the media, worker militancy, terrorism and the anti-nuclear movement.

‘Evening Land’ depicts ‘fictional’ events in Europe at that time -
beginning with a strike at a shipyard in Copenhagen over the building of four
submarines for the French navy: not only because the financially troubled
management has proposed a wage freeze to secure the contract, but because it is
discovered that the vessels can be fitted with nuclear missiles. At the same
time, a summit meeting of European Common Market ministers takes place in
Copenhagen, and a group of radical demonstrators kidnap the Danish EEC Minister
in protest against the production of nuclear submarines in Denmark, and in
support of the strikers’ demands. The Danish police not only brutally attack
a demonstration by the strikers, they also locate and rescue the kidnapped
minister, and capture or kill the ‘terrorists’.

Essay: http://pwatkins.mnsi.net/evening.htm

Entrance: Free

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Whistle-blowers Wanted

Off-Grid.net is investigating the Utility companies --power, water and waste.
Do the water companies conceal their knowledge of the pollution of the water supply? Do the power companies conceal the wasted energy inside the system, and their excessive profits? We need help to find the smoking guns: memos, SEC filings,confidential legal advice internal emails..... send to news@off-grid.net. Anonymity guaranteed

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BT launches search for storytellers of London 2012 Games

BT is looking for people from all walks of life to share their
experiences of and thoughts about the London 2012 Games in a variety of
creative ways. Whether budding writers, social networkers, amateur
photographers, film-makers, artists or musicians – anyone with an
interest in London 2012 can apply for the chance to tell their stories.

Applications have opened on the new BT storytellers’ website at
www.btlondon2012.co.uk and will remain open until June 2011. The chosen
storytellers will be invited to submit their stories, tweets, photos,
film clips and blogs for publication on a dedicated website from 27 July
2011, to help mark one year to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
For more information visit:
www.london2012.com/news/2011/03/bt-launches-search-for-storytellers-of-london-2012-games.php





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'Trophy' pictures show US soldiers posing with corpses of Afghanis

The face of Jeremy Morlock, a young US soldier, grins at the camera, his hand holding up the head of the dead and bloodied youth he and his colleagues have just killed in an act military prosecutors say was premeditated murder.

Read More

Live Before You Die



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Monday, March 21, 2011

Movie showing this Wednesday about Hunt Sabs

South Wales Hunt Sabs & Undercurrents are screening the Film showing of
'Behind the Mask'
The story of the people who risk everything to save animals.
Where? The Environment Centre, Pier Street Swansea SA11RY
When? Wednesday the 23rd March at 7pm
There is a £2 entry charge.
Great Vegan food for sale too!


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Coal mine fraud in South Wales

Bosses of a firm which owns coal mines in the Neath, Upper Swansea and Amman valleys are being investigated over allegations of conspiracy to defraud.Two directors of Celtic Energy are being probed by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in relation to the sale of four mines in South Wales.

The firm runs opencast mines at Nant Helen in the Upper Swansea Valley, Selar near Glynneath, and East Pit near Brynamman, as well as the coal washery and distribution centre in Onllwyn, and the Margam site near Bridgend.

A Celtic Energy spokesman said: "We can confirm that two of our directors are under investigation regarding the sale of four coal mines in south Wales.
Read more

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Arms dealers and the census on March 27th

The UK government awarded Lockheed Martin (the world’s largest arms company) a £150 million contract to help run the census.
http://www.countmeout.me.uk/


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Tories try to crimalise Squatting

Gadaffi's son will be pleased with the Tories latest plans. The millionaires empty London mansion has been squatted by Free Libya activists.Now according to the Telegraph, the Government is trying to make squatting illegal for the first time in England and Wales.

The Telegraph says...
Those who still force their way in to empty properties will face a prison sentence.The new law will end the “nightmare” of home owners having to fight lengthy legal battles in the courts in order to evict squatters.Instead the police will be able to force entry and arrest anyone who has occupied a property. read more

I say..
Squatting the 250,000 empty properties around the UK should be encouraged, not criminalised! Before you start a debate, I am not talking about the rare occasion when a house is occupied after people go away for the weekend. I am talking about buildings left to rot for years which are taken over, repaired and lived in by creative people. I squatted for years in dozens of disused houses and left them in a much better condition than I found them. I know of dozens of other people who are in similar squats.
Find out more from the Advisory Service for Squatters.

The Tories are also trying to remove Brian Haw- a protester who has been squatting outside parliament for years against War. With the Royal Wedding coming up in a month, they don't want any reality to piss on their parade.








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Friday, March 18, 2011

For the record: what the police will know about you

or the past six years a secretive, unaccountable, publicly-funded yet privately-run organisation has collected, collated and analysed vast amounts of personal data relating to political activists, organisers and protesters. By next summer, the £8 million-a-year operation run by the National Coordinator for Domestic Extremism (NCDE) will pass into the control of the Metropolitan Police. This is intended to increase democratic accountability and reassure concerned politicians. Perhaps it will – but on the ground little is likely to change.


more on http://www.redpepper.org.uk/for-the-record/

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Daily Mail foaming at the mouth over future Banksys

Despite the impact which Banksy has had on the art world, the Daily Mail still foams at the mouth when artists even look at a spray can.
My friend Rocky Lewis from Portsmouth has annoyed the (Hate) Mail today.

Council under fire for providing children with free spray painting lessons
By Daily Mail Reporter
A cash-strapped Tory council has provoked anger after it revealed plans to give children free spray painting lessons.Critics have branded the scheme, run by Havant Borough Council, a waste of money and said it looks 'dangerously close to training young vandals'.

The free two-hour classes will teach youngsters 'spray painting techniques' and allow them to explore 'creative ideas' in group discussions on Hayling Island, Hants
Read more foaming: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366784/Council-providing-children-free-spray-painting-lessons.html#ixzz1GxNIKpUi

Funny thing is..beside the article are adverts for Banksy Prints!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Quote of the Day..

Quote of the day from George Monbiot
I despise and fear the nuclear industry as much as any other green: all experience hath shown that, in most countries, the companies running it are a corner-cutting bunch of scumbags, whose business originated as a by-product of nuclear weapons manufacture.
Read more

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Actor Michael Sheen withdraws from Swansea Bay Film Festival

Following my investigations into the Swansea bay film festival, I found out today that Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has officially withdrawn as vice president of the Swansea Bay Film Festival.
Keep up to date with proceedings on
http://undercurrentsvideo.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-swansea-is-scamming-international.html


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How to get involved in independent journalism for protests on March 26

Some ideas from visionOntv

1) Get the best anti-cuts / direct action video flowing into your website or
blog: http://visionon.tv/web/grassroots/embed
2) Embed the live-updating timeline in your blog or site:
http://visionon.tv/26march
3) Join the London Video Activist Network - http://visionon.tv/VANLondon
4) Come to a London VAN meeting to plan coverage of 26 March:


Sunday 20 March, 7.30pm, ReallyFreeSchool, The Hand and Racquet, 48 Whitcomb
Street, London, WC2H 7HA (tbc)
5) Learn how to make rapid-turnaround video reports -
http://visionon.tv/produce

Also, stay tuned to these independent media projects, and get involved:
http://london.indymedia.org
http://www.sukey.org
http://resonancefm.com
http://dissidentisland.org
http://www.resist26.org

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Get involved with Undercurrents

Undercurrents have a load of events coming up which we would love to get you involved in.

Fundraiser Party
This Friday- the Undercurrents Charity Party in Swansea. Lush the ethical soap makers are throwing a fundraising party for us. Come and see films, have a hand massage and buy their hand cream with all money going to Undercurrents. Join the fun at the Lush shop in Swansea City centre on Friday, March 18 · 12:00pm - 8:00pm.

Undercover cops
Undercurrents is working with activist groups to highlight the Police use of undercover cops within the protest movement.If you have any photos, video or stories you tell please get in touch on hello@undercurrents.org

Eco-Film Making with Undercurrents
Learn how to use a video camcorder to film environmental issues and how to upload your video to the internet. Find out how to create a successful online video channel and get your films seen.
Price £155 or £175 including accommodation in an Eco-hostel
Where? East Meon, Hampshire at the Sustainability centre
Sat 23rd- Sun 24th April
To book contact Raina on courses@sustainability-centre.org
We also have free video workshops running around the UK so check on
http://www.citizenjourno.net/workshops.html

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Vote for The Sol Cinema to win £5000

Undercurrents have our own movie house- The Sol Cinema is a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Please vote for us to win £5000 so we can tour showing inspiring short films. Click here for details



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Monday, March 14, 2011

Sponsor me to help Malawi health clinic

I have somehow found myself in mad event this weekend and need your help.

I am doing a marathon of sports on Saturday the 19th March 2011 at Llys Y Fran reservoir Pembrokeshir. I start with a 160 feet to abseil off the dam , a cycle ride, then canoe down the reservoir and a lengthy run to finish.

All sponsorship monies will go to a medical centre in Malawi and will help the team of 9 volunteers from Wales and Ireland and the local Malawi team complete the building. The funds will help in fitting out of the clinic ready to open in May this year when it will serve 23,000 local people with basic primary health care.

So anyone with funds to spare for a good cause please get in touch with me on paulo@undercurrents.org or donations can be made via paypal to sales@undercurrents.org (our arts charity which is accepting donations for the cause)




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Before you fill your census forms out, read this

Before you fill your census forms out, consider this.
http://diogeneseassociates.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/census2011-conditional-acceptance-v31.pdf

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Simple ideas are the best


http://www.youtube.com/user/nonprofitvideoawards


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Morgan Spurlock -"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold"


Morgan Spurlock showcases his latest film "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" at SXSW. WICD are there to capture him on the red carpet. The camera crew are from Aberdare and here they are in the background mingling amongst the Hollywood stars.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Oxford's Ultimate Picture Palace


Undercurrents provided video images to this great film.

Moving pictures first came to Oxford in 1896 but for years remained little more than a fairground sideshow. It would be fifteen years before Oxford's first purpose built cinema was opened. The little picture palace on Jeune Street survived just six years, closing at the height of the First World War. It remained there, an abandoned relic, for fifty-nine years until 1976 when two film enthusiasts discovered the decaying building and set about restoring it. With a dramatic new look, including fabulous 'Al Jolson' hands on its classical facade, the Penultimate Picture Palace became famous for challenging censorship and screening controversial, unusual and banned films. Closure under acrimonious circumstances in 1994 led to an unexpected change in fortune when the again empty building was occupied by political activists and run as a free cinema and community cultural centre. Now reopened and revitalized the cinema lives on as the Ultimate Picture Palace.

The Ultimate Survivor tells the story of this remarkable institution through interviews with cinema historian Ian Meyrick; former owners and some former Oxford students including Ian Hislop (Private Eye; Have I got News for You) and Mark Thompson (BBC Director General) who recall the cinema in its 1970s heyday. The documentary also explores the infamous attempted screening in 1988 of A Clockwork Orange which brought the cinema, its owners and the eminent science fiction author Brian Aldiss into direct conflict with the film's mercurial director Stanley Kubrick.

With an evocative soundtrack,cutting edge 3d visual effects and a compelling narrative, The Ultimate Survivor offers an imaginative and colourful look at a previously untold aspect of cinema history

The Ultimate Survivor received its world premiere at the 100th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Ultimate Picture Palace on 24th February 2011.

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Toxic fire blazing in Swansea at TIMET factory

Saturday 12 March 2011
Just got a call from a friend driving on the M4. Huge fire in Waunarlwydd following a fire at the Timet titanium manufacturer factory. Police telling people to stay indoors and close all windows as there's potential for toxic smoke.
Timet in Waunarlwydd, Swansea, is one of the world's major suppliers of titanium for jet engine blades.Titanium Metals Corporation ("TIMET") reported net income $23.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2010.10 fire crews are currently at the blaze which started at 9.48am.

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Nuclear explosion in Japan?

A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after Friday's devastating earthquake.A huge pall of smoke was seen coming from the plant at Fukushima and several workers were injured.

Japanese officials fear a meltdown at one of the plant's reactors after radioactive material was detected outside it.A huge relief operation is under way after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami, which killed more than 600.

Hundreds more people are missing and it is feared about 1,300 may have died.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Amnesty TV seeks video crew for paid work

Creative all-rounder need for immediate (or thereabouts) start on a new
initiative from Amnesty International. Amnesty TV is a bi-weekly factual
entertainment magazine show, produced in-house alongside our long list of
creative/ celebrity supporters. The show will play a large part of
Amnesty's 50th anniversary messaging, which rolls out late May 2011.
Amnesty TV will be hosted online via a premium Youtube channel, as a
featured download on iTunes and on the website of a national broadsheet
newspaper. This will be supported by a full PR and social media campaign.

Amnesty TV will be 50% Newsnight and 50% Modern Toss, blending hard news
and human rights messaging with stunts, satire and entertainment - the kind
of show you'd expect to see if Amnesty were given a Friday night slot on
C4. We require a shooting producer/ editor with creative flair and comic
timing. This is a full time freelance postion lasting 3-4 months. A full
time permanent position will be advertised shortly thereafter. Pay ranges
from 750 - 850 p/w.
Start date is April/ May and we are interviewing soon. Please send
showreel links to neil.boorman@amnesty.org.uk





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An action movie to see.

Unstoppable is a stunning action movie I just watched. Inspired by the CSX 8888 incident (also called the "Crazy Eights" unmanned train incident) in 2001. The train, led by CSX Transportation SD40-2 #8888, left its Walbridge, Ohio, rail yard and began a 66-mile (106 km) journey through northwest Ohio with no one at the controls, after the engineer got out of the originally slow-moving train to correctly line a switch, mistakenly believing he had properly set the train's dynamic braking system, just as his counterpart in the film did.

Two of the train's tank cars also contained thousands of gallons of molten phenol, a toxic ingredient of paints and dyes harmful when it is inhaled, ingested, or comes into contact with the skin. Attempts to derail it using a portable derailer failed, and police were unable to shoot out the fuel release valve, instead hitting the fuel cap. For two hours, the train traveled along at speeds up to 51 miles per hour (82 km/h) until the crew of a second train coupled onto the runaway and slowly applied its brakes. Once the runaway was slowed down to a speed of 11 miles per hour, a CSX employee, trainmaster Jon Hosfeld, ran alongside the train and climbed aboard, shutting down the locomotive. The train was stopped just southeast of Kenton, Ohio. No one was seriously injured in the incident.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

We will be the Worlds first Air Conditioned Solar Mobile Cinema in the world!

Inviting our audience into mobile cinema in the Summer was tricky one on some days. Having 8 bodies in a tiny cosy space generates a healthy amount of body heat. Trying to solve that problem has been sticky.

We couldn't have windows open as that will let in daylight. Fans would offer that much help. We needed Air Con but how to do it on 12V?

We had a brainstorm last night and thought that we needed a cooler box which pumped out cold air rather than keep it in the box. A bit of a search and we have found someone who has designed it already and can be ours for $120.

we have ordered one from the USA as there are none available in the UK.I have ordered the Koolerair box from the USA so hopefully we will be the Worlds first Air Con Solar Mobile Cinema in the world!

How does the KoolerAire 12 volt air conditioner work you ask?
KoolerAire's powerful fan draws hot air into your ice filled chest forcing this air to penetrate deep and chill before exiting. The air is forced in faster than it can escape cooling to approximately 50 degrees before being released into your cabin or small space. It also works well as a space cooler providing relief from the heat in larger areas.


Looking at LED projectors too and this is getting a lot of attention.
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/projectors/277948/casio-xj-a135



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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Filmmaking for Change Sun 13 March, 12pm

Filmmaking for Change
BFI Southbank Studio, Sun 13 March, 12pm
A stellar panel discusses the snowballing trend in activist filmmaking.
Political filmmaking has snowballed in recent years with widening access to handycams and mobiles and breakaway documentaries like Supersize Me. Panelists Emily James (executive producer, The Age of Stupid; & director, The Luckiest Nut In The World), Deborah Burton (Tipping Point Film Fund), filmmaker Zoe Broughton and communications consultant Kathryn Corrick ask whether this really is a filmmaking revolution or just a source of cheap footage for news outlets. This session includes an exclusive preview of Emily James' new crowd-funded documentary about environmental direct action
http://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/3194/innovation/filmmaking-for-change.html

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Civic Life- richly cinematic short films in Cardiff

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 18:00PM Chapter Cardiff
An assembly of unique and richly cinematic short films, the eight works featured here were made with local residents in the UK and Singapore and explore the relationship communities have to the environments in which they live and work. The films have been edited together without titles or credits and the resulting uncertainty, as to when one films ends and another begins, serves to draw out and intensify the overlapping themes of identity and place, belonging, hope, loss and new beginnings.
http://www.chapter.org/22196.html

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Hunt saboteur Joe Hashman wins landmark ruling

An animal rights activist whose long-running campaigns made him notorious in hunting circles has won a landmark ruling that his anti-hunting beliefs should be protected from discrimination in the same way as religion.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/mar/09/hunt-saboteur-joe-hashman-landmark-ruling

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Undercurrents comes clean with Lush

Those nice ethical soap makers from Lush are throwing a party for Undercurrents in Swansea on Friday March 18th and everyone is invited.
We will be showing films, promoting the new online Swansea Telly with videos made by the great and the good of the city. Lush will be selling their Charity Pot of hand cream and all sales will be donated to Undercurrents. We will be giving away FREE DVDs with every charity pot sold.

So mark it in your diary. March 18th at the Lush Shop in Swansea city centre from Noon til 8pm
Mad statistic-Lush now has 675 shops in 43 countries, with worldwide turnover last year of £215 million!

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Protest Kettling- Met Police appoint a 'containment manager'

Police will warn protesters when they intend to use containment "kettling" tactics through social media sites like Twitter during future mass demonstrations, a senior officer said on Wednesday

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/03/02/uk-britain-protests-policing-idUKTRE7215J320110302

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6o seconds stories

This looks like a good concept for a movie

SIXTY SECOND STORIES: A global survey of cinematic storytelling from a new
generation of filmmakers.
We're challenging filmmakers around the world to to tell us the most
surprising, beautiful and provocative stories they can in sixty seconds.
The best ninety will become a single feature film - a blend of stories and
ideas from ninety different ways of seeing the world.

The Sixty Second Stories project will run for one year - from Feb 2011
until the finished film is presented at the Berlin Film Festival 2012.
We kicked off the process at the 2011 Berlin Talent Campus - theres
been a huge response and we cant wait to see the first films come in.
To add your story to the mix email sixty@storyfilm.com or visit
www.storyfilm.com for more information.


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Get your films into Education

Get your films into Education
In the past Parallel Lines has added new films docs or independent films
to our Documentary & Film Library at www.ForwardInTime.com at the beginning
of the Fall & Spring semesters.

Last Fall we added 9 new titles and then added 6 more for the Spring 2011
semester. We are now however going to add new programs on a bi-monthly
basis
We now have approximately 300 titles in 22 educational categories. To date
we have sold our documentary and independent film titles to more than 900
schools and libraries in the US, Canada, Australia & NZ.

What we believe sets us apart from more traditional documentary
distributors is:
(1) We offer our producers a 40% royalty which is double wh at the vast
majority of distributors offer.
(2) We do not force producers to sign a 2-3 year exclusive agreement. We
are only interested in selling programs to specific markets and allow
producers to opt out in 45 days if they are unhappy with the our marketing
efforts.
(3) Producers have t he option to supply the DVDs for sale or to have us
handle the duplication and printing for them.

If any producers have documentaries or independent films they believe can
help promote discussion or raise awareness in college classrooms, you can
check out the related categories on our web site and send us a DVD screener
to review.

Thank you.
Stanley Stern
Parallel Lines
5507-10 Nesconset Highway #301 Mount
Sinai NY 11766 info@forwardintime.com




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Royal wedding sick bags

Graphic artist Lydia Leith, 24, from Carlisle, Cumbria, says she has sold thousands of "Royal wedding sick bags".
"We've heard so much about the royal wedding already and I'd heard so many people saying they were sick of it.
"I sent the sick bags out to some graphic design magazines I like and in no time it was all over Twitter.
"I did it as a joke. I never knew it was going to take off as it has.
"I'm not an anti-monarchist but it's true that you can't escape it. I thought I could do something with that."

Contact Lydia on Lydia Leith
sickbags@gmail.com
http://lydialeith.bigcartel.com/


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Monday, March 07, 2011

Birch Sap- gets yours from a tree now!

It is March so time to take the tasty sap from the Birch tree skillfully. Andrew explains in this video how to drill & leave the tree in good repair.

Birch sap is the sap extracted from a birch tree, such as a Sweet Birch or a Silver Birch. The sap is often a slightly sweet, thin syrupy-watery liquid. Or video shows you how
http://azbushcraft.com/index.php/v/vitality-series-1

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Llanelli under water within 50 years

The authors of a climate change study note that "the total rise in sea levels off the UK coast may exceed one metre, and could potentially reach two metres". They warn that "the frequency of intense storm events is expected to increase and, along with the rise in sea level, to lead to more coastal flooding".

One of the towns that will be particularly affected is Llanelli, on the Loughor estuary in Wales. The inhabitants told the report's authors that they believe many parts of their town could be under water within 50 years. Recent storms have destroyed the Millennium Coastal Path around Llanelli, while sand dunes at nearby Pembrey have disappeared.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/06/climate-change-coastline-joseph-rowntree





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What to do with old VHS video tape

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Movie Theatre sign

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

UK: Photographer films his own 'anti-terror' arrest,



Man held in police station for eight hours after taking pictures of Christmas celebrations in Accrington, Lancashire.Police questioned an amateur photographer under anti-terrorist legislation and later arrested him, claiming pictures he was taking in a Lancashire town were "suspicious" and constituted "antisocial behaviour".

Footage recorded on a video camera by Bob Patefield, a former paramedic, shows how police approached him and a fellow photography enthusiast in Accrington town centre. They were told they were being questioned under the Terrorism Act.

Senior police officers last year promised to scale back the use of anti-terrorist legislation such as Section 44 of the act, which deals with photographers, after a series of high-profile cases in which photographers said they had been harassed by police for taking innocuous images in the street.

Patefield and his friend declined to give their details, as they are entitled to under the act. The police then appeared to change tack, saying the way the men were taking images constituted "antisocial behaviour". Patefield, who is in his 40s, was stopped three times before finally being arrested.

He and his friend were taking photographs of Christmas festivities on 19 December, after attending a photography exhibition. The last images on his camera before he was stopped show a picture of a Santa Claus, people in fancy dress and a pipe band marching through the town.

He turned on his video camera the moment he was approached by a police community support officer (PCSO). In the footage, she said: "Because of the Terrorism Act and everything in the country, we need to get everyone's details who is taking pictures of the town."
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Friday, March 04, 2011

Gay zombie film among controversial Raindance choices

This year’s Raindance festival is set to include a number of controversial films, including Bruce LaBruce’s LA Zombie.LA Zombie, a film without dialogue, stars porn actor Fran├žois Sagat as a zombie stalking Los Angeles.
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Looking for someone with FCP editing experience

Email: peter*at*bigpicture.tv
Profile link: http://shootingpeople.org/cards/PeterEyres
Big Picture TV are currently filming a series of interviews featuring
experts and business leaders on some of the worlds biggest social and
environmental challenges.

We're looking for someone with FCP editing experience and some web content
management / development experience to help with editing, post-production
management and online distribution of short (2-3 minute) clips from the
interviews.
Ideally, we're after someone who is good at managing post production
workflows; who is interested in social and environmental issues and/or has
an interest in emerging web technologies.

We are a small, friendly team from a variety of backgrounds (ranging from
environmental campaigning to online publishing).
Our offices are in Holborn, and we're initially after someone for 3 to 5
days per week for 2 months, with a real possibility that the position be
extended in future. We have a budget of 2000 per month for the position,
so day rates will depend on experience and expertise.


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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Swansea bay Film Festival panicking due to my article.

Consider if this was a professionally run festival-they would not have closed their submissions a month early which they did this week.Originally planned to close on April 1st 2011, his website now states (on March 3rd) that 'SBFF 2011 deadline for entries has expired.'

Also how does the company accounts who runs the festival show no income at all and only declares £1 in their bank? Despite 250 films chosen at $30 an entry last year?

Keep up to date with proceedings on
http://undercurrentsvideo.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-swansea-is-scamming-international.html

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Police brutailty can now be caught on camera


This short film is a trailer and introduction to the problem of Police brutailty at protests and demonstrations - and an invitation to participate in its solution.

Anyone with a digital camera can now play a vital role - as a 'citizen photojournalist' - in holding the police to account for their actions.

For many years, despite accusations of heavy-handed policing at protests, there has been little to make the police accountable. So, while protestors routinely face arrest - and rightfully so if they are engaged in violence - police brutality has largely gone on with impunity.

If you go to a protest or demonstration, or observe Police Officers misusing their powers, TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH AND UPLOAD IT TO THIS FLICKR GROUP:
flickr.com/​groups/​watchingthedetectives

You can also visit the special blog that has been set up to get updates and information:
littlebrotheriswatchingyou.wordpress.com
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climate week

This month Climate Week is trying to galvanise the green movement but it is splitting it say some.Over the course of the week (March 21-27), they hopes thousands of events will take place across the country,

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Make A Difference this March and get up to £5,000 With UnLtd.

Live UnLtd is on the hunt this March to find as many young people as
possible who want to make a difference to their communities and
beyond! This is an amazing opportunity so we have created 'Mad March!'
to make sure young people from across the UK are getting the chance to
put their ideas into action.

As part of 'Mad March' we'll be particularly interested in ideas that
unlock unused or under-utilised spaces for young people to practice
their cultural, creative or sporting passions.

What is Live UnLtd?
Live UnLtd provides young people with the opportunity to create
positive change in their communities. We do this by offering awards of
up to £5,000 to develop your idea, and provide you with support from a
dedicated Live UnLtd team member.

Our average award size is £1,500 - applications above the average
award size are rare and very competitive so please consider this
carefully upon making your application. We encourage you to apply for
what you need, and in most cases that won't be the full amount.

Who can apply?
Individuals who are aged 11-21 and living in the UK.

If they are aged 11 - 15 we offer awards of up to £500, in addition to
support from a Live UnLtd team member.

If they are under 18 years of age they will need parental consent to
undertake their project and a designated advisor to support them with
the development and running of their project should they be
successful. For further information about advisors and parental
consent please visit the FAQ section of our website here:

http://www.LiveUnLtd.com/about/faq/

What can they apply for?
Live UnLtd awards can help them with the costs of running their
project. For example venue hire, equipment costs, marketing materials,
travel and volunteering expenses. Unfortunately we cannot fund them to
undertake academic qualifications or pay for their time or living
expenses. Our awards are for projects costs only.

Please visit the FAQ section on our website for more information about
our criteria and a full list of what we can and cannot fund.

http://www.LiveUnLtd.com/about/faq/

Do you have some examples of young people you have supported?

We've helped support loads of young people to take their skills and
passions and turn them into ideas that create lasting positive change.

Check out some of our past Award Winners at:

* http://www.food-cycle.co.uk/
* http://www.kendalcalling.co.uk/
* http://www.sed8magazine.com/

If you want to find out more about Live UnLtd check us out here:
http://www.LiveUnLtd.com/about/




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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE EARTH COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

11-20 March at the Old Book Binders, 9 Green Street, East Oxford, OX4 1YB
At the heart of the festival is the multimedia exhibition,
“Indigenous Voices on Climate Change” that combines impressive
photo-stories with moving community videos from indigenous communities
that live in critical ecosystems around the world.
At the community festival you are invited to hear the stories and learn
about the work of both these far-off indigenous communities and your
Oxford neighbours and to find out what you can do yourself to contribute
to a more sustainable and just lifestyle – through a varied program of
workshops, conversations over food, films, discussions, music, dance,
poetry, comedy, art...
For full info please visit:
www.wix.com/conversationsearth/festival

The Conversations with the Earth Community festival will take place from
the 11th until the 20th of March in the Old Book Binders wareh

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Refugee films wanted

Refuge in Films is calling for films produced between January 2008 and
April 2011, on the subjects of Immigration, Refuge and Displacement. The
call is open to national and international filmmakers from all backgrounds.
The festival will run during Refugee Week 2011 in June at the BFI
Southbank.

The deadline is 30th March, 2011.
Please send your film in DVD format, two stills in JPEG format and a
submission form that you can find in this link:
http://www.refugeinfilms.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=73

Address:
Refuge in Films 2011
357 Kennington Lane
London
SE11 5QY


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Guardian Films team, talk about their films

Extra members are invited to spend an evening with the award-winning Guardian Films team, who will bring you with them on their eight-year journey from print to investigative films on the web.

1. An evening with the Guardian Films team
2. Morning conference room, The Guardian and Observer offices, 90 York Way, Kings Place, London N1 9GU
3. Date: 17 March 2011
4. Time: 6:45pm
5. Duration: Two hours

They'll talk about how they made these films on topics that have included everything fromuncovering the English Defence League and Sean Smith's visceral film on the Afghan front line to the scandal of British girls being sent abroad for female genital mutilation. What are the challenges of filming in the world's most dangerous countries? How does the team find new sources and film makers? And, closer to home, how to avoid getting caught while filming inside one of the UK's most notorious prisons.

Also, working with some of the newspaper's most talented investigative journalists such as Ian Cobain, David Leigh and Felicity Lawrence, the team will explain how strong film making is just another way to deliver some of the Guardian's best values.

The evening will start with a talk and screening, followed by a Q&A with
Maggie O'Kane on the challenges of moving foreign and investigative journalism from print to the digital platform; Jacqui Timberlake, the head of Guardian Films production, on how the world of film making has been transformed by the digital revoluion; Guy Grandjean on his personal journey from TV researcher to producer/director and Chavala Madlena on how to make a successful start in the business.

The event takes place on Thursday 17 March and starts at 7pm (doors open at 6.45pm). The venue is the Guardian's offices at Kings Place.

Tickets cost £6 and admission includes a complimentary glass of wine.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Shocking video of motorist mowing down cyclists

Brazil driver mows down protesters on bicycles in Porto Alegre
Brazilian police have been questioning a man accused of driving his car at high speed through a crowd of cyclists, injuring at least 12 of them.
Video of the incident in the southern city of Porto Alegre shows bikes and riders flying through the air as other cyclists scream in panic.
The cyclists were holding a regular event to promote the use of bikes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-12604639

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$25,000 in grants available

Over $25,000 in grants supporting registered nonprofits, charities and
voluntary organizations of all sizes in the United States, Canada and
the United Kingdom

The CTK Foundation is proud to announce the 2011 Heart and Soul Grant
Award Program. Nonprofits of all sizes and types are invited to apply
their creativity to win major grants of funds and technology (see
below for full award details):

http://www.communitytech.net/foundation

Nonprofits are asked to submit an original four-to-eight-line poem
that reflects their mission and work. Poems may be written by staff,
clients and/or volunteers and must be entirely original (in both
content and creativity!). The winning poem, to be selected by an
international panel of independent artists and producers, will be the
inspiration for a song by Bill Dillon, a recording artist who was
exonerated through the work of Innocence Project of Florida and went
on to achieve his dreams.

Applications will be accepted from March 1st to March 28th, 2011.
Winners will be notified by April 10th and celebrated at the Heart and
Soul Grant Award Gala on April 14th in Austin, Texas. Questions? Email
inquiries@ctkfoundation.org. No phone calls accepted.

http://www.communitytech.net/foundation




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Police threaten to kick shops door in to tear down Palestine flag

Today police stood outside a shop window display near Portsmouth and threatened to kick the door in. The supposed crime? A Palestine flag with the words Israel= Terror State

A Police woman stated that any comment which caused distress or alarm to another person is an arrestable offense. Which of course is bollox, as that would mean no political speech could be made at all!
Eventually Police were forced to admit after they contacted the CPS that the window display is totally legal. Police went away with their tails firmly tucked.

The owner of the business said
'This is the window with the Israel terror tag which was added after the Israeli commandos boarded those ships in international waters and machine gunned a bunch of unarmed civilians. If that's not terrorism I'd like them to tell me what is!!!'

Voting in the Welsh referendum this week?

If so then read this from George Monbiot

The True Wales campaign, which is trying to prevent members of the Welsh assembly from legislating without permission from Westminster, has pulled off a cannier trick. It has refused to register with the Electoral Commission as the lead campaign against the proposal – which will be put before the people of Wales on Thursday. This means that it isn't eligible for free delivery of its leaflets or for airtime on the TV and radio. It also means that the yes campaign doesn't get this exposure either: the rules say that everyone dances or no one dances.

The result is that, with two days to go, hardly anyone here seems to be aware that a referendum is happening, or to understand what it's about and why it's important. The polls suggest that the no campaign hasn't a hope of winning: the best it can do is to declare the vote unrepresentative because very few people turn out. It has engineered a situation that makes this more likely.

So far so unsurprising. But the question that occurs to me is this: isn't the right supposed to be against big government?

Not all those who urge a no vote belong to the right, but this is where most of the opposition to both reforms is coming from. The No to AV group has yet to reveal who its financial backers are. But we know that the campaign director is the founder of the TaxPayers' Alliance, and that its cause is supported by the prime minister and most Conservative MPs. Among the few supporters of the no vote in Wales are prominent members of Ukip, the leadership of the BNP and a group called Christian Doctrine, which maintains that Jews have been persecuted because they are opposed to God's will and that "homosexuality is an abomination, deserving only of death". Most of these groups rail against the state and claim that they want us to be free from its intrusions. Yet in both these cases they are supporting big government against the people.

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Tuesday 8th March – Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil Producers Visit Swansea

Tuesday 8th March – Palestinian Fairtrade Olive Oil Producers Visit Swansea
Come along and find out more about the ups and downs of producing olive oil
to fairtrade standards and what this means to their local communities. A
talk and film. At Mozart’s Uplands at 7.30pm.

Two farmers from the West Bank, Palestine (a woman and a man) are coming
all the way to Swansea and this is your chance to meet them.
They will tell us about producing the world's first Fairtrade certified
olive oil and the Zaytoun co-operative that they belong to.
Come and hear them talk, taste their produce, hear some music and meet
them personally.

More Fairtrade Fortnight events at: www.fairtradeswansea.org.uk
More about Swansea Palestine Community Link at: www.swanseapalestine.org

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Saving Dolphins with DVDs

The director of The Cove, an Oscar-winning film about the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji on Japan's Pacific coast, has sent free DVDs of the movie to the town's residents.
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Standing up to Surveillance Conference- April 17th

Standing up to Surveillance Conference
Conference hosted by the Network for Police Monitoring.
http://standinguptosurveillance.wordpress.com/
Sunday 17th April. 10.30am 5pm.
Venue : Rich Mix 35 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

Speakers include: Tom Fowler (activist and editor of Radical Wales), Marc
Vallee (photojournalist and investigative journalist), Jason Parkinson
(videojournalist), Kevin Blowe (Community centre worker, writer and
commentator), Sam Walton, (activist with green and black cross and
climate camp legal teams), Emily Apple (Fitwatch activist) and others to
be confirmed.

The gathering of intelligence by police on political protesters and
minority communities is now a commonplace activity. Some
initiatives hit the press the use of undercover police officers to
infiltrate pacifist and environmental campaigns, for example, or
installing covert cameras with counter terrorism money to watch the
movements of Birminghams Muslim population.

Others have become routine and systematic; photographing people attending
demonstrations; demanding names and addresses; mapping communities;
gathering information from universities, Mosques and community
organisations; building up a database of protesters and their
activities. Intelligence gathering is big business, and there are
huge sums to be made by the companies that produce and supply the latest
surveillance equipment or analytical software.


What is driving this rapid and seemingly unstoppable descent into a
surveillance state? Why are so many of us potential targets for
state scrutiny? Is an increasing demand for intelligence driven by
a fear of extremism? Or by the availability of technology and the
millions that can be made from it? And what can be done to stop it?

Many of the speakers at the Standing up to Surveillance conference have
first-hand experience of the personal and political consequences of
intelligence-gathering by police or security services. The
aim is to provide a space to share experiences, pool knowledge, and
develop a deeper understanding of how our society as a whole is
affected.
Everyone is welcome.

http://standinguptosurveillance.wordpress.com/

The Network for Police Monitoring includes campaign groups Fitwatch,
CAMPACC, Newham Monitoring Project, Climate Camp Legal Team and The
Aldermaston Women�s Peace Camp.
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