Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Take 5 seconds to vote for our Sol Cinema

The Sol Cinema is probably the most unusual movie theatre in the UK, with its plush seating and smartly dressed usherette - yet powered entirely by the sun.

Vote for our Sol Cinema to win a Lottery Award. Takes 5 seconds to vote
http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/best-environment-project/119/

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Dancing is now a crime in the US of A

When people started dancning in a Washington DC war memorial , cops came in heavy


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Monday, May 30, 2011

Germany to shut all nuclear reactors

Angela Merkel has committed to shutting down all of the country's nuclear reactors by 2022, a task said by one minister to be as mammoth as the project to reunite East and West Germany in 1990.Monday's announcement, prompted by Japan's nuclear disaster, will make Germany the first major industrialised nation to go nuclear-free in decades. It gives the country just over 10 years to find alternative sources for 23% of its energy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/30/germany-to-shut-nuclear-reactors

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Piracy becomes the mainstream eventually

Blogger and activist Cory Doctorow argues that all new media – from sheet music to cable TV – is accused of piracy by the mainstream ... until it becomes the mainstream
Watch here

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Small films about Nuclear power

Tenner Films is a London-based independent documentary film company set up to produce work that addresses the big social questions that face us, particularly environmental degradation and global injustice.Our aim is to challenge, entertain and inform our audiences about what’s happening in the world around them and inspire them to take action to help create a fairer and more sustainable world for all of us.
http://tennerfilms.com/index.php/completed

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How to make a music video on a grand scale

This is superb




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Undercurrents in Academia-

The News you don’t see on the News’: Undercurrents and Britain’s Video-Activist Movement

By Steve Presence
This paper explores the history and significance of Britain’s video-activist movement. Undercurrents, founded in 1994 and still active today, are the video-activists most often cited as the pioneers of this movement and as such present themselves as an ideal case-study with which to approach the topic. I will begin by situating Undercurrents – and the video-activist movement more generally – into the wider tradition of oppositional British filmmaking of which they are a part. Thus far video-activism has not been a significant feature of scholarship dealing with oppositional film in Britain, despite being a highly visible part of the activist landscape for at least the last fifteen years. The precursors of video-activism, however, stretch much further back, to the Workers’ Film Societies of the 1920s and 1930s in particular.



The first part of the paper will establish this historical continuity, exploring some key similarities between the two periods of filmmaking. Both the Workers’ Film Societies and the video-activists, for example, emphasised the importance of technology in facilitating the kind of documentary work they produced (16mm, or ‘sub-standard’, stock in the 1930s and small format 8mm and VHS camcorders in the 1990s) and abandoned the pretensions to objectivity that characterised mainstream film producers. The content of the films of both groups is also similar. The Workers’ Film Societies focussed on documenting hunger marches, strike actions, anti-fascist demonstrations and other events they felt were ignored by the mainstream media. In comparison, the video-activist movement covered equivalent events of the 1990s (the anti-roads protests and other climate-based actions, squatting, police repression of travellers and other minority groups etc.), with Undercurrents adopting the slogan: ‘the news you don’t see on the news’.

As well as the similarities, however, there are also some key differences between the two periods. A crucial difference is the political alignment of the two groups. Many of those involved in the Workers’ Film Societies were affiliated to the left-wing political parties of their day. By contrast, and reflecting the splintering of the British Left more generally in the intervening period, video-activists of the 1990s were associated with the more decentralised ‘DiY culture’, often being explicitly opposed to party-political organisations. The final part of the paper will explore the context and consequences of video-activism’s more anarchic mode of organisation, working through some of the criticisms and issues this has raised as this most contemporary of documentary movements develops its presence online.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is the first video made by a participant in one of my citizen journalist workshops.

This is the first video made by a participant in one of my citizen journalist workshops.

A group of activists challenge immigration controls by attempting to travel from London to Calais by Eurostar, using specially designed "World Passports".
Immigration controls are inherently unjust and racist. No One Is Illegal UK campaigns for the total abolition of immigration controls.



We reject any idea there can be "fair" or "just" or "reasonable" or "non racist" controls, and the distinction between "economic migrants" and "refugees", and between the "legal" and the "illegal". We support free movement and equal rights for all, and unity between all.
For more information and to sign the No One Is Illegal declaration, please visit: www.noii.org.uk



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Gill Scott Heron has died- singer of The revolution will not be televised

US musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron has died aged 62, media reports, publicists and publshers have said.The cause of Scott-Heron's death, in a New York hospital, is not clear.Scott-Heron's material spanned soul, jazz, blues and the spoken word and his 1970s work heavily influenced the US hip-hop and rap scenes.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Undercurrents Sol Cinema in semi finals for a £10k awards

Undercurrents are in the semi-finalists in this year’s National Lottery Awards, the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded project.

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May and ends at midday on Monday 20 June. Our solar cinema (Sol Cinema) is up against the following projects so we will be seeking your votes next week

Best Environment Project
Brighter Future Workshop
Fix the Fells
The Green Valley Centre
Hands On Creative Recycling
Open Air Laboratories Network (OPAL)
RIPPLE (Rivers Involving People, Places and Leading by Example)
Save Our Squirrels
The Dalriada Project
The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project
The Sol Cinema


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Is this the worst promo video ever made?



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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to make a good website

http://www.freerange.com/simple-tips-for-overhauling-your-website.html

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cop will be prosecuted for death of Ian Tomlinson

A police officer is to be charged with manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the 2009 G20 protests.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said there was now a "realistic prospect" of convicting Pc Simon Harwood.
An inquest earlier this month returned a verdict of unlawful death on the 47-year-old.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13519281

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Movie to see...Third Star- filmed in Pembroke



http://thirdstarfilm.com/

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Environmental digital Photography workshop for £56 reduced from £70

Environmental Photography for £56 reduced from £70 in Hampshire

An introduction to using digital SLR cameras: Do you want to progress beyond Auto mode? Learn how to make the most of the different settings, including manual, how to choose the best shutter speed, aperture, and depth of field. You will find out how to compose well and obtain the correct exposure, with opportunities to photograph nature, flowers and people within the beautiful environment at the Sustainability Centre.
Non residential £56.00
More Courses at the Sustainability Centre:_
http://www.sustainability-centre.org/courses_adult_detail.php?id=17

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Used renewables for sale

A number of items from a renewables install for sale - currently in
Worcester. May be able to deliver to Bristol area / Sunrise Festival at end
of the month.
More info and pics at
http://www.blackbeareventproduction.co.uk/blackbear_forsale.html

It was all removed last week and was installed 2 years ago new (the
batteries were 2 years old when installed, they came out of a backup
system and haven't been off charge until Tuesday...) All good condition and
holding their charge well.
There may be some panels in the near future as well
Gary

Batteries ­ 36 in total, Yuhasa 6 volt 100 Amp hour sealed Gel
batteries. They measure 205mm sq and 235mm high. All in good, charged
condition, no corrosion on terminals, cracks or splits etc. Ideal for
any renewables system. Will sell in smaller batches and can include
some cables for interconnecting them
£15 each, discount on a quantity

Wind turbine. A Future Energy 1.5kw 5 blade 48 volt turbine. Permanent
Magnet generator. Blades 1.8mtr dia. Comes complete with 24ft of scaff
pole tower, (inc all clamps etc), Charge regulator, dump load, cables
and guy wires. All in good working condition, 2 years old. New cost
for the turbine, regulator and dump load alone would be over £1300,
not including the cables, tower etc.
Asking £650 ono

Inverter. This is the dogs danglies of inverters. A Studer SI Series
True Sinewave inverter, Model SI3324. About 2 years old, excellent
condition.
95% efficiency.
3300 watts continuous output and 11000 watts surge output.
Microprocessor control with under-voltage, over-voltage and
short-circuit output protection.
Special standby circuit reduces no-load power consumption to just 0.3 watts.

These cost over £2100 new! Looking for £1150 ono
Tech spec here:
http://studer-inno.com/index.php?cat=sine_wave_inverters&id=431&pId=1211&tab=2#ul



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TFI New Media Fund

The is open for submissions until May 25th. Were
looking for non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond
traditional screens " integrating film with content across media
platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and
interactive websites.

For more information please check out the FAQ:
http://dashboard.tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/faq_newmedia

Deadline is coming up soon so if you have any questions please contact us
asap: newmediafund@tribecafilminstitute.org

This Fund is open to International producers and projects.

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Online video magazine

Online video magazine, Any Excuse (www.anyexcusetv.com), started with a
call to action - find what you are passionate about and do it. Who needs
any excuse to do what they love?

Now all it needs are your videos!

PLEASE SEND US:
Things that you've made including videos about the things you love, Short
films, documentaries, animations, music videos, guest lectures, sketches,
or other films that deserve to be seen but may not have been seen other
places (other than your YouTube account of course).

PLEASE DON'T SEND US:
Trailers/ promos, anything illegal, anything that isn't yours, or anything
you wouldn't show your Grandma (even if she is really progressive).

To submit your film to our online magazine, go to
www.anyexcussetv.com/submit. We'll need a link to your YouTube video, your
name, email address, a title for your film and up to 150 words about it.

If accepted, videos will be added to our video magazine, may be
highlighted on our Facebook page, Twitter and newsletter but only if you
say yes. Also if you agree, we will show some submitted videos at film
nights so as to share the love of the videos you worked so hard on. Above
all, you maintain rights to your films. Always. Forever more.

Most importantly, make sure the submission is yours. Then there won't be
any hurt feelings later. If we accidently attribute your film to the wrong
person, let us know. If we can't come to an agreement, we will remove the
video. He said/ she said is only entertaining in a RomCom...sometimes.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS
Can be curiored via email. Though you can send emails anywhere you want,
we answer them at talktome@anyexcusetv.com.


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London International Documentary Festival (LIDF)

This year, The London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) is
delighted to welcome Anand Patwardhan to London, where he will conduct a
workshop on Political Cinema following the screening of his film War and
Peace.

Anand has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades
pursuing diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social
and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another
banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of
litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings
in court.

Patwardhan has been an activist ever since he was a student " having
participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement; being a volunteer in Caesar
Chavezs United Farm Workers Union; working in Kishore Bharati, a
rural development and education project in central India; and participating
in the Bihar anti-corruption movement in 1974-75 and in the civil liberties
and democratic rights movement during and after the 1975-77 Emergency.
Since then he has been active in movements for housing rights of the urban
poor, for communal harmony and participated in movements against unjust,
unsustainable development, miltarism and nuclear nationalism.

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema
21 May 2011 5:00 pm

This year, The London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) is
delighted to welcome Anand Patwardhan to London, where he will conduct a
workshop on Political Cinema following the screening of his film War and
Peace.

Anand has been making political documentaries for nearly three decades
pursuing diverse and controversial issues that are at the crux of social
and political life in India. Many of his films were at one time or another
banned by state television channels in India and became the subject of
litigation by Patwardhan who successfully challenged the censorship rulings
in court.

Patwardhan has been an activist ever since he was a student " having
participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement; being a volunteer in Caesar
Chavezs United Farm Workers Union; working in Kishore Bharati, a
rural development and education project in central India; and participating
in the Bihar anti-corruption movement in 1974-75 and in the civil liberties
and democratic rights movement during and after the 1975-77 Emergency.
Since then he has been active in movements for housing rights of the urban
poor, for communal harmony and participated in movements against unjust,
unsustainable development, miltarism and nuclear nationalism.
Venue: Birkbeck Cinema
21 May 2011 5:00 pm


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Undercurrents are showing a retrospective of our films in Cardiff on Sunday

Undercurrents are showing a retrospective of our films in Cardiff on Sunday, 22
May 2011 14:30pm
Undercurrents will be showing our films in Chapter Arts cinema in Cardiff on
Sunday as part of the UK Green Film Festival.
We have been documenting environmental activism since 1994, following anti-road
campaigns, climate change initiatives, and low impact building. Book your
tickets on http://www.chapter.org/23013.html

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First Light is now open for applications. There are two funds available to support young people’s (aged 5-19)

The Young Film Fund from First Light is now open for applications.
There are two funds available to support young people’s (aged 5-19)
film making projects:

Pilot Grant:
- Funding for one short film of up to five minutes length
- Maximum grant - £5,000
- 20% match funding required

Studio Grant:
- Funding for between two and four films of up to 10 minutes length
- Maximum grant – £30,000
- 20% match funding required
- Track record of film making with young people necessary

The Young Film Fund has introduced a maximum number of applications
which can be accepted in each round. In this round it is 80 so you are
advised to submit your application well before the deadline. The
cut-off point for accepting applications will be either when the
maximum number is reached, or the actual deadline, whichever is first.

Deadlines:
- Applications open 3 May 2011; deadline 14 June 2011 2:00pm
- Applications open 16 August 2011; deadline 27 September 2011 2:00 pm
- Applications open 22 November 2011; deadline 10 January 2012 2:00 pm

Contact: First Light
Email: info@firstlightonline.co.uk
Website: http://www.firstlightonline.co.uk/fundingstream/young-film-fund


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Police paid £250,000 in compensation to people arrested over G20 protest

The Metropolitan police has paid out more than £250,000 in damages to people arrested in connection with the G20 protests in London in 2009, the bulk of it to 66 activists held during a controversial raid on a squatted building.

Information obtained under a freedom of information request by a member of the public shows the force settled 66 civil claims relating to a raid by dozens of officers on a disused three-storey office building near Liverpool Street in the City of London on 2 April 2009. Activists had occupied the building a couple of days before.

The police paid out £237,000 in damages - an average of about £3,500 per person - and incurred almost £140,000 in costs. The compensation related to claims of false imprisonment and arrest.

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/g20_civil_case_settlements#incoming-171909


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Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws: World premiere at Sheffield Documentary Festival 9th June

Latest news from the Just Do It documentary crew. They said

After bucket loads of passion and determination, we're over the moon to announce
that Just Do It - a tale of modern-day outlaws will have its world premiere at
Sheffield Documentary Festival on Thursday 9th June at 6:35pm in Showroom 4. The
festival is an industry biggie and it's a real honour to be showing the film there.

We don't need to tell you that this film has been a long time in the making. Nor do
we need to bang on about the generosity of over 100 volunteers, 447 crowd funders
and innumerable groups and organisations who've made this film possible.

But we do want to say an enormous thank you. This film could not have happened
without your support.

Our Sheffield screening will be the very first opportunity to see the film up on the
big screen - come one, come all! The festival have thrown down the gauntlet, giving
us a 280-seat cinema to fill - let's show 'em that this film knows the meaning of
grassroots support! So book tickets for you, your friends and Auntie Pam and we'll
see you there.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/justdoitqanda

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Adult and Community Learning Fund

The Adult and Community Learning Fund is a new fund from the Skills
Funding Agency, administered by NIACE. The Adult and Community Learning
Fund will help make the Big Society a reality and will contribute to the
Government's aspirations for Informal Adult and Community Learning (IACL).

The fund is open for applications until 12 noon, Friday 10 June 2011.
Organisations from across England can bid for their share of £2.25
million fund for new and imaginative adult and community learning
opportunities that engage and motivate, in particular, disadvantaged adults.

The maximum amount for any bid is £75,000 and the minimum is £10,000.

Please note that this fund is open to organisations in England only.
Projects should be designed to support informal adult and community
learning for people aged 19 and over. The application process is online
and only online submissions will be accepted. Applications submitted in
hard copy or by email will not be accepted.

Your application must be submitted by noon on Friday June 10, 2011 or
earlier if possible. Please read the Prospectus before submitting your
application.

More information at the NIACE website, shortened link below
http://is.gd/AAZKmc

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World's Smallest Solar Cinema Comes To National Gardening Show 9th May 2011

Visitors to this week’s Malvern Spring Gardening Show (12 – 15 May) will be invited to take a seat at the movies, but there’s just one snag ... they might have to queue! The World’s smallest picture house, is coming to Malvern as part of the Show’s popular Eco Home & Garden Area, but the tiny little theatre seats just 8 people at a time!

With around 90,000 people expected to attend the event at Worcestershire’s Three Counties Showground, space is likely to be at a premium!

The Sol Cinema is a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun, and features an eclectic library of short comic, quirky and musical films with inspirational environmental themes.

The cinema uses lithium batteries to store the Sun’s energy, which powers it all day and all night, and films are screened on an LED projector. A photovoltaic panel harnesses the sunlight even as movies are being shown, so it never runs out of power.

Said Sharon Gilbert, Press & PR Manager for the Showground: “The Sol Cinema is a unique cinematic experience brought to Malvern by the award-winning arts charity, Undercurrents.

Malvern Spring Gardening Show visitors coming here on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, can listen to experts talking about wildlife gardening, and watch a number of short films. They will also be encouraged to record their own eco message which will be shown on the screen!”

The cinema is just one of a whole host of attractions in the Eco Home & Garden area.

Centre-piece is an authentic Shepherd’s Garden, created by Caves Folly Nurseries of Colwall, Malvern, in association with The Cottage Herbery, Tenbury Wells. It has been designed to highlight sustainable lifestyles, and promotes the idea of living and working hand in hand with nature.

Features include a modern shepherd’s living van, alongside the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s vintage Shepherd’s Hut and collection of tools, a vegetable garden enclosed by locally-coppiced fencing, wildflowers and real lambs! ‘Little Bo Peep’ will also be visiting the garden each day.

The garden is also being used to showcase the British Wool Industry and there will be information about eco-friendly wool-based products for the home and garden. It will feature a wonderful, 14m long ‘Wool Wall’, made from around 60 British fleeces.

Rick Benson-Bunch will be at the Show, hosting ‘Moth Breakfasts’ which are not as unpalatable as they sound!

Rick will be setting moth traps every night, and then inviting visitors to join him the next morning, to discover just what species he has managed to attract overnight.

Note to Editors:
The Malvern Spring Gardening Show is a fund raising event and a joint venture of the Three Counties Agricultural Society (Registered charity no: 511868) and the Royal Horticultural Society (No: 222879). For more information, please call the Hotline on 01684584924 or visit the website:www.threecounties.co.uk/springgardening

For more information about The Sol Cinema, please visit: www.thesolcinema.org

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Media activists can't use the term 'radical' says corporation

Activists, bloggers and radical journalists have launched a campaign
to reclaim the words 'radical media' from a US based corporation which
has trademarked the phrase in the UK.

When Peace News [1] started to plan a conference on activism, media
and social change, they thought the generic phrase 'radical media'
would be a simple description of what they were doing, so decided to
call their conference 'The Radical Media Conference'. They were
shocked to receive a threatening legal letter from an American
advertising agency (called @radical.media) who had trademarked the
phrase in Europe and the UK. [2]

Stunned, when they were advised that a best case scenario would mean a
legal bill of £ 30-40k to fight for the right to use the phrase;
Organisers, reluctantly, agreed to rename the October conference
'Rebellious Media Conference'.

Milan Rai, who received the legal letter on behalf of the conference
summed-up the organisers' response: "Our collective jaws dropped, how
could anyone own an adjective? But, a legal fight would leave us tens
of thousands of pounds down, money which - even if we had it - should
be spent on more useful, more radical things than legal fees."

News of the legal threats quickly spread via social media as a diverse
spectrum of activists and media professionals came together to resist
corporate bulling. Individuals furious that large corporations can
trade mark generic phrases this week launched a fight-back campaign
under the banner 'we make radical media, you make adverts'. Climbers
scaled lampposts in London's Tottenham Court Road to hang banners
bearing this slogan, taking the campaign to the UK offices of
@radical.media. [3]

Ben King, who is involved in the new campaign said "Those here today
are involved in truly radical media. It is laughable that - as
revolutions spread through social media, across the Arab world - a
company which makes adverts for Nike, IBM, Vodafone and Old Spice dare
describe itself as radical, let alone trademark the word."

The conference will take place in London on the weekend of 8-9th
October 2011. Organisers of the newly renamed "rebellious media
Conference" are calling for support to retain the URL
www.radicalmediaconference.org

[1] Peace News is a radical newspaper published since 1934http://peacenews..info

[2] Read the full legal letter at
http://radicalmediaconference.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/cease-desist-letter.pdf

[3] Multinational PR and production company Radical Media has a London
desk at 1 Alfred Mews, W1T 7AA.

More information:

Contact Ben on 07941519445, or Bek on 07901 822 694.
http://www.radicalmediaconference.org
Twitter:
http://twitter.com/RebelliousMC
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23radicalmediafail
Facebook:
http://tinyurl.com/antiradicalmedia


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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Vanishing of the Bees - Trailer

vanishingbees.com

Vanishing of the Bees - Trailer from Bee The Change on Vimeo.

The documentary film, Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page, takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. Directors George Langworthy and Maryam Henein present not just a story about the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder, but a platform of solutions, encouraging audiences to be the change they want to see in the world.


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Experience Human Flight

Experience Human Flight from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

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Morgan Spurlock -"The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" in trouble

Oh dear Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is in trouble over his new movie over copying a movie from the 1990s.

In his new film The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Spurlock employs an uncanny device, the business suit, and sells advertising space on it to fund his documentary film about advertising and product placement. He has worn the suit in promotional interviews for the film.
Spurlock says he didn't know that the Art Guys did it first.
Galbreth finds that very hard to believe.
"It's beyond uncanny as far as I'm concerned," says Galbreth. But just to be objective about it, he did a quick poll of his art, business and advertising acquaintances across the world and their reaction was unanimous: Spurlock's suit has to be a copied image.
"It's beyond belief-
I think that is a bit simplistic. While racecar drivers do put sponsors patches on their clothes, these two examples are much closer to each other than to the drivers. in this case, both are grey flannel suits worn by artists, or culture ...jammers, which they covered in sponsors brands to make a purposeful statement on economic systems through their art, both also produced documentary films about the experience. spurlock has been asked about this and he doesn't really agknowledge the art guys. it seems he could at least tip a hat towards a tradition, maybe even including Joseph Boyes and his grey flannel suits, which while not covered in ads were artistic statements on society.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2011/02/the_art_guys_response_to_morga.php


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Sol Cinema off to Wales Climate Change seminar

May 7th 2011 Caernarfon, Wales Climate Change seminar
Our Sol Cinema is off to a seminar in Caernarfon on the 7th May 2011. It is based around climate change and biodiversity.
Glynllifon College near Caernarfon, LL54 5DU.
The outdoor events will be held from 1.00 pm until 5.00pm
http://www.thesolcinema.org/events.html

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Join an art auction to raise funds for Climate activist movie

Just Bid It: an art auction in support of the independent documentary film, Just Do
It
. Launches 3rd May on Ebay. Find us here:http://shop.ebay.co.uk/justdoitfilm/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=

Top street artists, including the infamous subvertiser dr d (our very own art
director) responsible for those cheeky billboards, Carrie Reichardt - the Baroness
famed for having turned her home into a live-in mosaic art work, and
kennardphillipps, the collaboration that produced the startling "photo-op" image in
response to the invasion of Iraq, have donated work to the auction. Support a truly
independent project and nab yourself some great art.

As you will know all too well by now, this film is a completely independent,
grassroots project, which has got this far thanks to the generosity and support of
our crowd. We've hit a massive milestone and the film is now locked - a huge
achievement. But now that the film is almost ready to be seen, we are, yet again,
running dangerously low on funds. So we're calling on our crowd to pitch in - you
can help us get this film out there.

Top street artists have donated work to support the film including the film's art
director Dr D, Carrie Reichardt, The Krah, John Wild, Mike Marcus, kennardphillipps,
War Boutique, Bastardilla and Know Hope. There's also the chance to nab yourself a
special edition limited run Just Do It print, made possible by the wonderful
Calverts.

The auction will run in three separate lots so if you don't win the art you want
first time round, therell be two further chances to bid for something else. Some
artists have donated more than one piece of work, so if someone outbids you, why not
try again. If at first you dont succeed'and all that..

What's up for grabs?

Round 1: Tuesday 3rd May - Monday 9th May
Round 2: Monday 9th - Sunday 15th
Round 3: Friday 13th (lucky for some) - Thursday 19th

So go on, join our crowd; place your bid, support this totally independent project
and win some great art while you're at it. The first round is live NOW. You can find
us here.

Art by: Carrie Reichardt, Dr D, The Krah, Bastardilla, John Wild, kennardphillipps,
Mike Marcus, War Boutique, and Know Hope.


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Morgan Spurlock to open Sheffield Doc/Fest

This year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is proud to announce that Morgan
Spurlock will be opening the Festival on Wednesday 08 June.
Academy Award-nominated documentary director, who made the
international hit film Super Size Me is here for the European
Premiere of his latest feature;

Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
+ live Q&A with Morgan Spurlock
Tickets include entry to the Opening Night Party

Wed 08 June / 19:15 / The Showroom Cinema

Public tickets for this event are £15 / £12 concessions. There is
a limited allocation of tickets for this event so book from The
Showroom [http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/] as soon as
possible.


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Charity shop fundraising

Ethictrade raises funds for UK charities through the provision of an online shop.
It's 100% free to your charity, branded with your logo and all 700+ products sold on
your shop adhere to Ethictrade’s strict ethical policy. You simply have to market
the shop to your supporters, which we can help you with, and Ethictrade then returns
to you 20% of all pre-VAT sales. Find out more http://www.ethictrade.com/


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Where’s our Big Lottery Refund?

In 2007, the last Government ‘diverted’ funds from the Big Lottery Fund and other
Lottery distributors to help pay for the 2012 Olympics. The funds were promised to
be paid back after the Olympics are completed. To ensure this happens, DSC has
launched The Big Lottery Refund http://dsc-enews.org.uk/6S7-F13O-29S49T-5VLDN-0/c.aspx

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Quote of the Day..

The price of oil has gone up fourteen-fold since 2000.The price of coal is up five times over a similar period, as is uranium. It is not so much that we are at ‘‘peak oil’’ ,we are at ‘‘peak everything’’, and the prices of all energies will continue to skyrocket. Sure there’s an element of speculation driving prices, but what is really behind this is that the only thing that isn’t scarce these days is us – humans. The world’s population is rising at 80 million per year.
David McWilliams

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Whirlygig Cinema seeks films suitable for kids

Whirlygig Cinema is seeking cool and quirky short films for children, to be
showcased in film tents at various music festivals this summer, including
Glastonbury. We are open to anything; animations, dramas,
mini-documentaries, absolutely anything as long as it will appeal to
children of all ages.

Please email katie@whirlygigcinema.com for details of how to submit. Films
should be no longer than 15 minutes, and should be suitable for children
aged between 3 and 12. Due to a tight deadline and the imminent approach of
festival season, the deadline for submissions is 10th May.

This is part of Whirlygig Cinemas mission to promote the work
up-and-coming artists and filmmakers through a variety of short film
programmes and themed strands. For more information about Whirlygig and
what we do, please visit http://whirlygigcinema.com.

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Battle for the street

Athens city authorities are trying to squeeze out sellers of handicrafts in favour of tourist cafes. Hamish Campbell reports. http://visionon.tv

Athens street traders fight back

The police are trying to clear them to make way for corporate tourist development, but they are staying put. Hamish Campbell reports.
http://visionon.tv/globalviews

Rainbow people clean up Greek beach

Report by Hamish Campbell from the Rainbow Gathering 2011, Greece.
http://visionon.tv/headmix

Don't We All Need A Little More Rainbow?

Beach report by Savannah at the Rainbow Gathering 2011, Greece. http://visionon.tv/headmix

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Newspaper seller 'unlawfully killed' by Police at G20 protests

Ian Tomlinson's family must be relieved to finally have public recognition of the fact that he was unlawfully killed. But the question remains as to when PC Harwood will face the consequences of what he has done. There simply has to be a prosecution to bring him to justice.
We have so often seen the police appearing to get away with serious assault or even manslaughter. From Blair Peach to Jean Charles de Menezes, Ian Tomlinson's death must not join that list."
Jenny Jones, a Green party member of the Metropolitan Police Authority.



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Policing and protest in an age of austerity- may 5th

Henry Thomas Room, LondonMet, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB (nearest tube station -Holloway Road)

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has spoken of a new.era.of.civil.unrest" sparkedbby protests against education cuts and university fee increases. How might civil and political rights be challenged if austerity produces significant social or industrial unrest? What will be the role of the police in facilitating peaceful protest in such a climate?

Introduced by: Prof Malcolm Gillies, Vice Chancellor, London Met
Chair: Prof. Philip Leach, Director, HRSJ Research Institute
http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/research-units/hrsj/seminar-series-2011/seminar-4.cfm

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Police spies and corporate infiltrators – an interactive guide

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/interactive/2011/may/03/undercover-police-environmental-activists-interactive

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Icelandic Police Lied about uk cop Mark Kennedy says activists with photos

In January 20011, when the illegal covert actions of UK police in Icelandic jurisdiction hit the pages of the international media, the local police forces of the two Icelandic towns Seydisfjörður and Eskifjörður in Eastern Iceland issued a statement in response to queries from the Icelandic National Broadcaster (RUV). The Broadcaster asked if the Icelandic police had been aware of the infiltration of the Saving Iceland network by British police spy Mark Kennedy. According to the Broadcaster the two police forces denied that they had had any “dealings with Kennedy during the protests against the Kárahnjúkar dams.”

Saving Iceland can now reveal evidence that shows clearly that the two police forces are not telling the truth about their dealings with Kennedy. The top photograph accompanying this statement shows two Icelandic police officers grappling with Mark Kennedy during an Saving Iceland action that took place on 26 July 2005 at the site of the Kárahnjúkar central dam. Clearly the incident pictured shows that the Icelandic police most certainly had “dealings” with the British spy.
More here

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Are you a 'domestic extremist'? How to ask if you are on police databases

Have you been on a protest recently? Have you attended a political meeting, or stopped by at a rally? Were you stopped and searched, or photographed by police?
Even if you have done nothing unlawful, there is a possibility police have listed you on a database of so-called "domestic extremists".
All that is needed to find out what information is being held about you in police intelligence files is to follow our step-by-step guide and send this simple letter. This is through a relatively powerful piece of legislation, the Data Protection Act.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/11/domestic-extremist-police-databases

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86 year old Protester to sue police over secret database

An 86-year-old man has been granted permission to launch a lawsuit against police chiefs who have classified him as a "domestic extremist" and kept a detailed record of his political activities on a clandestine database.
John Catt, who has no criminal record, is bringing the high court action against a secretive police unit which systematically logged his presence at more than 55 peace and human rights protests over a four-year period.

Some of the entries record his habit of taking out his sketch pad and drawing the scene at demonstrations. Other entries contain notes on his appearance – such as "clean shaven" – and the slogans on his clothes.
His lawsuit will challenge the power of police to compile secret files on law-abiding protesters.

A victory for Catt, a pensioner who lives in Brighton, would be a further blow to the police unit, which has been criticised for using undercover officers to infiltrate protest groups.
The exposure of spies such as Mark Kennedy, who spent seven years working undercover in the environmental movement, has highlighted the way in which the National Public Order Intelligence Unit has been carrying out surveillance of protesters.

The unit has been compiling a huge, nationwide database of thousands of protesters for more than a decade, drawing on intelligence from undercover officers, uniformed surveillance teams, informants in protest groups and covert intercepts.
Police claim the unit only monitors so-called "domestic extremists", whom they define as hardcore activists who commit crime to further their political aims.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/03/protester-sue-police-secret-surveillance?INTCMP=SRCH

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Popcorn sellers

As the Odeon cinema chain debate about selling their empire, this is an interesting quote from its top dog.

'Hands said he had transformed cinema culture too. Unhappy with the numbers of managers attending premieres in Los Angeles, Hands said: "When we bought it, the management team really believed they were part of the film business. I had the difficult job of explaining to them that they were in the popcorn-selling business."

So that makes it clear..cinema ain't about quality movies then.

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Monday, May 02, 2011

How the nuclear industry works...

How the nuclear industry works..when the goal posts don't suit you, move them.

Furious parents in Fukushima have delivered a bag of radioactive playground earth to education officials in protest at moves to weaken nuclear safety standards in schools.

Children can now be exposed to 20 times more radiation than was previously permissible. The new regulations have prompted outcry. A senior adviser resigned and the prime minister, Naoto Kan, was criticised by politicians from his own party.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/02/parents-revolt-radiation-levels
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Press and media accreditation for the UN Climate Change Conference June 2011 now open

Press and media accreditation for the UN Climate Change Conference June
2011 (SB 34, AWG-LCA 14, AWG-KP 16) is now open.
DATES: 6 to 17 June 2011
VENUE: Hotel Maritim, Bonn, Germany

Please note that accreditation is available for the April meeting ONLY.
Deadline for accreditation: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Start the application process by submitting the online accreditation form:


For information on completing the accreditation process, please visit the
press and media accreditation section on our website:




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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Irish economist offers advice on how to survive a recession..

Smaller cities like Dublin can learn from London. In fact, Europe’s small cities are in competition with each other not just for tourism but for people and investment. If we create an environment for the best people to come to work here, they will come. To do this we must invest and continue to spend on things that appear ephemeral like culture and the arts. These are not the pursuits of the elite. Look at what happened to Bilbao when it invested in the Guggenheim. The entire brand of the city changed and tourism took off, more than paying back the initial investment. A good arts festival can work wonders for a city — just look at Edinburgh fringe. So too can a one-off sporting event, for example the upcoming UEFA Cup Final at Aviva Stadium. The same goes for the visits of the queen and Obama — these are showcase events, which we should use to rebrand the country.

In short, we must invest in fun. I know this sounds strange in a recession but it is true. The thriving European cities of the future won’t be places of production; they will be places of consumption. Once you throw people together, they will be creative, if you encourage it. We should aim to have more people living between the canals in a city where the open public spaces are lived in and owned by all. This will be the beginning of our regeneration.
David McWilliams

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Animation on testing comestics on animal

Mark Constantine, one of the Lush founders and expert in cosmetics, talks about the history of animal testing and the implications for the cosmetic industry as the new REACH legislation lands.


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