Monday, October 31, 2011

Convergence Catalyst

Crossover Labs and Sheffield Doc/Fest invite creative businesses and freelancers working in digital media across West Wales and the Valleys to apply for a 2 day bespoke conference and unique mentoring opportunity

We are inviting applications from creative professionals from diverse disciplines, including film and TV production, animation, games, theatre, web design and new media, willing to share an understanding of a rapidly-changing mediascape.

Convergence Catalyst will train digital media professionals in creating long term sustainable careers in the Creative Media Industries, able to create their own opportunities and engage directly with consumers, rather than waiting for traditional commissions, and so reaping longer-term and larger profits
The conference will include seminars and discussions led by internationally-respected experts on:

http://sheffdocfest.com/view/convergencecatalyst


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Government take daft action on solar energy

The feed-in tariff for solar power is to be cut in half from 12 December of this year, the government has said.Solar panel makers and installers say the cut will cost thousands of jobs.

It will also mean consumers who register for the scheme after that date - even if they have already paid a deposit - seeing their return halved.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15507750

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg starts sweating in interview


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Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones

Britain's largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area.

The surveillance system has been procured by the Metropolitan police from Leeds-based company Datong plc, which counts the US Secret Service, the Ministry of Defence and regimes in the Middle East among its customers. Strictly classified under government protocol as "Listed X", it can emit a signal over an area of up to an estimated 10 sq km, forcing hundreds of mobile phones per minute to release their unique IMSI and IMEI identity codes, which can be used to track a person's movements in real time.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Interview with Undercurrents filmmaker about the Mayans and 2012

In this eye opening interview we are given some behind the scenes access to the creation of the documentary ‘The Mayan Word’ by the film’s director Mellisa Gunasena. .
Listen to interview here

The London Premier will be on December 17th 2011
If you want to be kept updated about the Premier, please email paulo@undercurrents.org

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Undercurrents win young filmmakers award

A film produced by Undercurrents won an award this week.
The winners from the Film Nation competition were announced at an awards ceremony in October 2011, hosted by TV presenter Rick Edwards. 14-25 year olds are invited to create short films (of no longer than three minutes) that celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration.

We worked with a great bunch of young people to make Safe Passage –the film below. So hats off to the winners of the Best Truce Film
Safe Passage – Shadi Al-Begain, Luke Andrews, Annalee Pardoe, Jospeh Poppie, Dominic Green, Jessica Simmonds, Max Watkins, George Godden, Port Talbot
Safe Passage

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Protest march over deaths of black people in custody

Perhaps the number of people increasing in police custody this year has some influence on why the riots happened in London.

Protesters will march on Downing Street on Saturday to highlight a big increase in the number of black people dying in police custody this year.In 2010 three black detainees died in police custody. Between January and August 2011 there were eight.
This increase comes at a time of overall decline in deaths in all forms of custody. According to a report from the independent advisory panel on deaths in custody there has been a 16% reduction in all custody deaths between 2000 and 2010.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/28/protest-march-black-deaths-custody

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The Euro bailout plan in easy explanation



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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Micro payments pay by your mobile phone

Launched 6 weeks ago.Would this be useful for people to buy DVDs/books/downloads etc from our website? Pay using your mobile phone..takes 10seconds. We will trial it soon

http://www.boxpay.com/

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New Corporate Watch book - Targeting Israeli Apartheid: a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Handbook

Taking its cue from the unified Palestinian call for Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, Targeting Israeli
Apartheid examines the Israeli economy and details the Israeli and
international companies complicit in Israeli state repression. Based
on original research in Palestine, the book shows how these companies
can be targeted and provides the international BDS movement with the
information necessary to bring the Palestinian struggle to the
doorsteps of those who profit from Israeli apartheid.

The rationale for this book is simple: information for action. The
book begins by examining the Israeli economy industry by industry and
suggesting where the movement should focus its campaigning energy in
order to be most effective. Part two contains five in-depth
geographical case studies. The final section looks at how campaigners
can bring the fight home to the UK.

Targeting Israeli Apartheid picks out Barclays Bank as the British
bank with the most substantial investments in Israeli companies as
well as companies with branches in Israeli settlements. The book goes
on to examine the investments of several British universities and UK
pension funds revealing investments in companies based in Israeli
settlements and arms companies supplying weapons to the Israeli state.
Finally, the book shows how charities registered in the UK donate to
the Israeli army and settlements.

“Targeting Israeli Apartheid is the guide many of us in the
movement have been waiting for. This forensic, clear and systematic
account details the where, who, how and why of the flows of capital
and contracts which enable the colonisation of Palestine to continue."
- Ewa Jasiewicz - Coordinator of the Free Gaza movement

Click here to order a copy of Targeting Israeli Apartheid: a Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions Handbook


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Undercurrents in Ecologist magazine

Undercurrents and visionontv were mentioned in this weeks The Ecologist magazine about the Rebellious Media Conference

John Pilger and Noam Chomsky debate future of radical media by Sarah Bentley
Organised by some of the country's leading alternative press collectives Peace News, Ceasefire, Red Pepper, Undercurrents TV and Vision On TV alongside the NUJ, the conferences exhaustive program included over 50 talks, debates and training workshops.
Read more
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Is there a future for the Press in Wales?

Cardiff and South East Wales Branch of the NUJ is organising a conference on the theme 'Is there a future for the Press in Wales?' in conjunction with the University of Glamorgan.

Attendance at the conference is free. It will take place in the Zen Room of the University's ATRiuM at 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff on Saturday November 19 from 10am until 4pm. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion at each session.
The agenda is as follows:

10.00am Coffee and registration

10.30am What is the current state of the press in Wales? Analysing the problem.
Journalists and academic experts offer their assessment on the state of the press and
the particular challenges facing the newspaper industry in Wales.

11.30am Do we need a press in Wales? The role of print media in Welsh civil society.
Politicians and political commentators discuss the role of the press in a healthy
democracy and whether Wales still needs print journalism.

12.30pm Lunch

2.00pm Is there another way? Alternative business models for the press in Wales.
Editors and media business analysts discuss the alternative sources of revenue for
the press in Wales and whether newspapers could be run as social enterprises.

3.00pm Where do we go from here? The future direction for the press in Wales.
A chance to discuss what needs be done to secure the future of the press in Wales.

4.00pm Conference closes

Although attendance is free of charge, those wishing to attend are asked to notify the organiser in advance for catering purposes. Please email Dr Huw Jones at the University, hjones6@glam.ac.uk

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Off Grid conference November 2011


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Undercover cop Boyling - latest revelations

More revelations of how undercover police have used dodgy tactics.
Jim Boyling, a specialist operations detective constable with the Metropolitan police, is accused of maintaining an alias throughout court proceedings after being arrested following a demonstration in 1996.

In 1999 I filmed the car which PC Boyling/Sutton was in (see photo) which aimed to block the streets for the carnival against capital(ism) in London

The video images show 5 police officers pushing it away after Boyling 'accidentally' left the window open. This story was reported in the Guardian as follows:

Boyling's operation would prove to be so successful that he played a central organising role behind the so-called Carnival Against Capitalism in 1999, one of the major anti-capitalist demonstrations of the past two decades. Those involved in organising the protest recall that he was a 'navigator" in a car that had been intended to block Upper Thames Street, in central London, kickstarting a day in which thousands of activists would clash with police.

The woman who was driving the car – purchased for £200 – recalls how Boyling made what at the time appeared to be a stupid error. He left the window open, enabling police to open the door, take off the handbrake, and push the car away.
Confronted over his error, Boyling was said to have replied: "Oh, I forgot." The protest went ahead anyway, but it was a setback for the activists.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Different sides of the fence


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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thought Police


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My review of Just Do It!


I went to Swansea Met University to watch the Climate change activism movie Just Do It! last night. A mixed audience of students, die hard activists, lecturers and various members of the public took our seats (popcorn supplied) for the 90min movie.

According to the movies website
'Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern-day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.'

I had seen rough cuts of the movie so I was looking forward to seeing how the movie ended up. By the end of the movie I didn't feel like leaping into action, despite the film being aimed at inspiring people to do just that. I asked everyone else in the room how they felt and we started a lively discussion.It appeared that no-one else felt very inspired- in fact most felt the opposite.

The movie takes us on a journey of white middle class activists (mostly in their 20's) as they take direct action to avert climate change chaos. Some scenes give a rarely seen insight into the world behind actions, the movie climaxed in Copenhagen at the UN Climate Change summit with nearly 1000 people being arrested by violent police and locked in cages. The movie reflected the activists sense of disempowerment and this is generally what stayed with the audience until the end of the film.

The title cards at the end, stating that the Heathrow's 3rd runway was shelved and the Kingsnorth coal station was stopped felt like throw away lines rather than celebrations of victory. If the ending was re-edited, it could have lifted the audiences feeling that resistance seems pretty futile in the end. The activists conclusion came that climate change is not the real issue- it is Capitalism.

Making climate change films with uplifting endings is pretty difficult. The Age of Stupid left myself (and the activists) I saw it with feeling depressed about the future. However it did have shock value which perhaps has awoken people into action. I don't envy anyone making films about climate change as I made a film about climate and aviation and concluded that the larger picture looks really bleak despite activism winning some small victories.

I asked the environment students in the room if they would take direct action to stop climate change after seeing Just Do it! and they all, bar one said No! One young woman even said the 'protesters were wasting police time most of the time'! Oh dear- it has ended up more like 'Just don't do it!'.

I think one of the main problems in the film is that the activists portrayed are too close to each other in terms of education and appearance. Even the narrator is an activist so there is no room for any other voices in the film. So the movie implies that; unless you agree with the activists, this film is not for you.

However as with Age of Stupid, the real power of Just Do it! is in creating useful debate and discussion like the one we had that night. It may lack a diversity of voices/ages/backgrounds/overview of the issues but it is a useful record of the vibrant Climate Camp movement.

The Just Do It crew have worked damn hard at getting their film seen. As an avenue for discussing climate activism, the film is a powerful resource and the work gone into hosting screenings all over the UK has to be applauded.
The DVD is now out and you can see it near you. Check here
http://justdoitfilm.com/screenings

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Latest spy cop exposed

London Greenpeace have outed a senior police spy
Campaigners today outed the most-senior-yet police spy responsible for infiltrating environmental and social justice campaigns.
Photos show when he was a spy in protest groups and as he is now

Bob Lambert, an expert on Islamophobia, posed as environmental activist then ran police spy unit that infiltrated anti-racist groups. An academic and prominent supporter of progressive causes has been unmasked as a former spy who controlled a network of undercover police officers in political groups.

Former Detective Inspector Bob Lambert MBE had just spoken at a “One Society, Many Cultures” anti-racist conference attended by 300 delegates at the Trades Union Congress HQ in Central London. He was then challenged by 5 members of London Greenpeace who called on him to apologise for the undercover police infiltration of London Greenpeace, Reclaim The Streets and other campaign groups – an operation he took part in or supervised over two decades, whilst rising to the rank of Detective Inspector.

Photo:Lambert managed PC Boyling who was an undercover cop inside Reclaim the Streets.

He was responsible for undercover police officers such as Pete Black, who spent four years pretending to be an anti-racism activist, and Jim Boyling(photo on left), who was embedded in an environmental campaign against cars, Reclaim the Streets.
Read more
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/oct/16/academic-bob-lambert-former-police-spy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vote for this animation to win a prize to make it into a movie.

Think Blue, Drink Blue from Zoe Broughton on Vimeo.

Animation depicting how VW only have 6% of their output being green, that VW lobby MEP's away from climate solutions and their cars are actually a cause of climate change. If VW continue to think blue - then we'll end up with rising sea levels.
Vote for the film to win a prize to make it into a movie.
http://films.vwdarkside.com/films/124

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Money for film projects now available

- £490,000 Lottery funds available in first round
Monday 17 October 2011: Creative England’s Film Culture Fund opens for applications today, with a total of £490,000 delegated Lottery funds from the BFI to distribute in the first round. The deadline for applications is midday on 28 November 2011.
Download the Film Culture Fund guidelines and access the online application form at www.creativeengland.co.uk/film-support/film-culture.

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If the shoe fits..Riot!

A photo taken by Gus to show what the state is really concerned about protecting. Save those size 9's!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Vote for undercurrents to win £5000

Vote for D Murphy from Undercurrents to win £5000.The award will be used to purchase new equipment, such as laptops and camcorders to enable more digital media workshops.
It takes just 2 seconds to vote.
http://www.talktalk.co.uk/digitalheroes/region.php?region=wales#dmurphy

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mark Kennedy, undercover cop- in BBC documentary

In an interview for BBC's Inside Out, detectives and campaigners have spoken about the raid at Iona School in Sneinton - located about 10 miles from the power station - which led to the arrest of 114 people.
Photo shows Kennedy on left by Alan Lodge (Tash)
The police seized thousands of items in the raid, including climbing ropes, metal grinders, chains, locks, pre-packed meals and a steel barrier.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0161mc6/Power_Struggle/

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Chomsky at the Rebellious Media Conference


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Saturday, October 08, 2011

John Pilger on how useless Andrew Marr actually is...

We are filming the Rebellious Media Conference and here is a segment with John Pilger on BBC man Andrew Marr

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Friday, October 07, 2011

Rebellious Media Conference- watch online this weekend.

Undercurrents are off to the Rebellious Media Conference this weekend.On
Saturday and Sunday our crews will be documenting and streaming online debates,
speechs and discussions. All the tickets are sold out for the event but we will
be making sure you don't miss out. So if you want to hear Noam Chomsky, John
Pilger or Michael Albert, amongst many others, log onto
http://live.rebelliousmediaconference.org/

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Reel to real: can documentaries change the world?

The Creative Impact award aims to honour those film-makers whose documentaries bring burning issues to our attention. But just how effective are they?

Movie people are forever telling the rest of us that movies can change the world – but they would say that, wouldn't they? It justifies the outrageous salaries, the decadent lifestyles and the grandiose awards acceptance speeches. Certainly, if James Cameron could point to figures detailing a fall in ocean-liner/iceberg collisions following Titanic's release, his "I'm the king of the world!" Oscar proclamation might have been more forgivable. But beyond the bluster of Hollywood and the joy of escapism, what kind of real-world impact can cinema really have?
Read more
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/06/documentaries-puma-creative-impact-award


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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Come for a feast November 5th

This sounds fun-
This is Rubbish Forum and Feast event, which is being held at The Centre For Alternative Technology on Saturday 5th November. This is Rubbish are working closely with the Centre for Alternative Technology, and we have an excellent programme focussing on food waste solutions as well as an evening candlelit Feast made entirely from food that otherwise would've been wasted.
http://www.thisisrubbish.org.uk/



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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Big Green Home Show October 28-30

Whether you’re wishing to make your home more eco-friendly; through retrofitting solar panels in order to generate your own heat, building a new zero-carbon home from scratch, or adding extra insulation to your loft.

Or if you just want to ‘do your bit’ (and remember, green technologies can save you money as well as helping to save the planet) then there’s only one place to be in October. The Big Green Home Show held at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon has everything you need to make your project a success.

With a host of demos and talks, and plenty of experts on hand, we promise to save you time – and money – every step of the way.

http://www.buildstore.co.uk/mykindofhome/events/the-big-green-home-show-2011/book-tickets.asp

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Spanish squat is evicted with extreme force

A Spanish squat is evicted with incredible force. Hundreds of armed Police.
Kukutza: Chronicle 3 days of occupation of a neighborhood


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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Movie and photo exhibition about Afghanistan

Guy Smallman, the photojournalist, has a private view tomorrow night for
his exhibition about Afghanistan (he's been there four times, unembedded).
Peace News is sponsoring the exhibition, and it's hosted by Amnesty
International at their Human Rights Centre:
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/content.asp?CategoryID=10151


Guy is also premier-ing his film about Afghanistan.



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Camcorders for Change

Camcorders for Change
11.30am - 1pm, Sunday 9th October
From roads protests and animal testing laboratories to Burma and the pieing Jeremy Clarkson, award-winning undercover journalist Zoe Broughton uses clips from her own work to explore the ways that video can be used to empower citizen journalists, inspire protest, educate MEPs, and highlight the wrongs of multinational corporations.
http://live.rebelliousmediaconference.org/camcorders-for-change

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Undercurrents D is on nuclear protest

D is in this photo in the front sitting on road.

Hinkley Point protest: Blockade at nuclear power station
D from undercurrents has joined more than 100 protesters are blockading the entrance to Hinkley Point power station in Somerset.Protesters say this will the first of a number of protests if the government pushes ahead with its plans for a new nuclear power station on the site.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-15146781

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