Thursday, December 27, 2012

Help fund The Protester movie

According to TIME MAGAZINE, 2011’s "Person of the Year" wasn’t a single individual, but a generational fenomenon: the protesters around the world, from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street. 

TIME’s article featured pictures from anonymous militants, including several egyptians protesters, symbols of the movement that brought down the Mubarak government. However, they are not anonymous: we’re talking about countless personal stories that came together during the 2011 riots and now, for the first time, are living in a democratic government. "The Revolution of the Year" is a documentary feature film about the young egyptians that dropped everything and risked their lives for a common cause, a look at these protesters before, during and after the revolution.

A crowdfunded docummentary will take a closer look at these three moments of the revolutionary process. It will show how life in Egypt was before the democratic government - and how the Arab Spring happened - with footage made by the characters themselves. During the presidential elections in June 2012, our film crew was in Cairo, documenting the event on Tahrir Square. Side by side with the very same protesters featured on Time, we experienced the tension, euphoria, and ultimately, the disappointment they faced with this new democracy.

You can help fund the making of the film here

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Charity raises money with porn


The Fort Amherst Heritage Trust, which looks after the historic Amherst Fort in Chatham, Kent has outraged some of its management, trustees and volunteers by raising money, alleged to be £1,200, from allowing Playboy TV to make a pornographic film in the network of tunnels underneath the heritage site.
Some at the charity are claiming that donors have been put off by the booking, said to have been agreed by a member of the management team who has since left.

Fort Amherst was built in 1756 to help defend Britain's shores from Napoleon's armies and is a popular choice with families, not least for the scary ghost tours organised in the reputedly haunted tunnels, which have also been used for weddings. They were also used for parts of the 1986 historical drama, The Mission, set in 18th-century South America and featuring the likes of Robert de Niro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson, as well as Oscar-winning photography by Chris Menges and a much-praised musical score by Ennio Morricone, for many film buffs, two names that signal quality.

Playboy's effort doesn't appear to have quite the same cachet, being a pornographic spoof of the 1980's TV series Knight Rider, called "Tight Rider", though it will doubtless appeal to fans of the genre.......... 



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Presenter for Cannabis video series wanted

Undercurrents will be producing a series of videos in 2013 and we need a presenter.
 
We are seeking a female presenter for a new and exciting video channel about the cannabis industry. No experience is needed as enthusiasm and on-screen friendliness is far more important.

Your role will be to interview top cannabis seedbanks, seed breeders, and industry experts about their seeds during international trade events. You must be available to travel to Spain to work with us from February 14th - 18th 2013. You will, obviously, need a valid passport! This will be our first event, but we are hoping to attend lots more trade events during 2013 and beyond, and we would want you to be a big part of that as you will be our 'face' for all video production.

You will be representing Freedom Seeds, a new UK-based seedbank. Rest assured that our business, and everything we sell, is 100% legal. Learn more about this business by visiting www.freedomseeds.com

How Do I Apply?
Get in front of a camcorder and tell us why you want to be a presenter. A maximum of 60 seconds is plenty!
 http://freedomseeds.com/youtube-video-presenter-wanted

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Fund for recording history


Sharing Heritage
Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore, share and celebrate their community’s heritage. Activities we can support include events, exhibitions, festivals and celebrations, or producing local history publications, conservation of individual heritage items, volunteer training and support.
Start-up grants will also be available to community groups taking responsibility for heritage, to create the right constitutional framework (including the costs of professional advice on legal forms and governance structures) and to assess options in arriving at a strategy for managing the heritage. They may then make a further application for a grant for a project focused on their heritage.
Grants: £3,000 - £10,000
Apply from: Feb 2013
Deadline: None
Decision: 8 weeks

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Funds for producing feature films


APPLY NOW FOR FAST TRACK TO FEATURES

Sheffield Doc/Fest and Creative England, in partnership with Creative Skillset, present Fast Track to Features – a documentary feature mentoring and networking opportunity aimed exclusively at regional and diverse documentary talent based in the English regions outside London.

Fast Track to Features is a combination of workshops, mentoring and networking events focusing on:
•      Preparing feature documentary-makers to attract the interest of funders, distributors and festivals
•       Preparing feature documentary-makers to access festivals and markets, including at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and get the most out of them
•       Building alliances between documentary professionals in different regions where networking amongst the documentary community has historically been poor

We're looking for regional documentary feature talent working on a project which has theatrical potential , and looking to take the step up to making a feature and reach broader audiences than they have before. You should be looking to join a network of filmmaking peers prepared to proactively be part of a local network of committed and mutually-supportive documentary-makers.

To apply, you must be based in a region of England outside of London and we especially welcome applications from female and BME documentary talent, and documentary-makers with disabilities.
Deadline for applying - Friday 18 January 2013
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Friday, December 07, 2012

best social change documentaries free to watch online

This is an exciting library.Watch over 400 of the best social change documentaries free to watch online, all via one massive wall of films on a single page.

One click beyond this magical wall of films, everything has been cataloged and sorted into 42 different learning themes and is searchable and sortable by highest rated, most viewed, and newest added

http://www.filmsforaction.org/walloffilms/

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Activist Fund - deadline December 1st

Needs funds for radical action?
Check this out-
Edge Fund is a grant-making body with a difference. We support efforts to achieve social, economic and environmental justice and to end imbalances in wealth and power – and give those we aim to help a say in where the money goes.

Existing financial and political systems benefit the privileged few and put profit and economic growth before people and the environment. To challenge these inequalities effectively, we believe it is critical that decisions are made collectively, by those who donate money and those who receive it. To this end the Edge Fund consists of donors, activists and members of communities facing oppression and injustice. The Edge Fund also creates opportunities for people to build alliances with each other and share their learning and experiences.
We are committed to equality, and recognise the inherent inequalities involved in philanthropy. When society’s inequalities have been dissolved, the philanthropy of the wealthy will no longer exist. We are committed to creating new and more sustainable sources of funding based on the solidarity of the many, rather than the generosity of the few. We also aim to challenge traditional grant-making values and practices by being pioneering and providing a model that can be followed by others.
http://edgefund.org.uk/

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Make a short film about your own life

The Intergenerational Foundation, the Guardian and the NUS have teamed up
 to look for the best three-minute films exploring what its like to be a
 young person in the UK today. 
  
 Are you 16-30 and living in the UK? Are you full of inspiration and ideas
 for your life but unable to make a start, get a job or somewhere decent to
 live? What's it like to be trapped in short-term rent hell with bad
 landlords and no sign of escape? How do you cope with tens of thousands of
 pounds of student debt? 
  
 Today in Britain 1.5 million people aged under 30 are unemployed. The
 average age of a first-time house buyer has risen to 37 and one in three
 under adults under 30 are living with their parents.
  
 We want your films about being young, gifted and broke. 
  
 You could win two weeks' work experience at Island Pictures or with the
 Guardian's multi-media team, and 1,000. Long-listed films will be seen by
 top documentary filmmaker Christopher Hird, and screenwriter and producer
 Dominic Minghella.
  
 Enter at http://www.if.org.uk/filmcompetition


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Our Sol Cinema is in Germany newspapers this week


German newspapers are all over our solar powered Cinema this week. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Growing food on a vertical- vote for this video

  Less Field, More Yield | William Mann from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

LESS FIELD, MORE YIELD is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if it's among the ten that receives the most votes.

If you love it, vote for it. Click on the VOTE button in the top right corner of the video player. Note that voting may not be available on all mobile platforms, and browser cookies must be enabled to vote.
 
At a time when it is necessary to think differently about crop production, due to climate change, depleted natural resources, population growth and availability of land, the VertiCrop has been developed as a sustainable alternative to traditional agriculture, utilizing advanced hydroponic technologies in controlled environments.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Support wanted for women against Police Spies

Wednesday, 21 nov, 12noon, near Brandenburg Gate
Meet at U55 Exit across from Starbucks and Hotel Adlon

On 21+22 November, 8 women will be in court in London trying to stop the
Metropolitan Police from having their case put into a shadowy secret
court known as the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. They have filed legal
action against police because they were deceived into long term intimate
relationships with undercover police officers, such as Mark Kennedy.

The women have called out for international solidarity, so please come
support them by making signs if you can and being part of a brief photo
action next to the British Embassy, with signs of support.

Here are random ideas for signs:
NO POLICE SPIES
POLICE SPIES OUT OF OUR LIVES
STOP STASI TACTICS
UK STASI SHAME
...or make your own

*************

Statement condemning the Metropolitan Police’s attempt to have case
heard in secret
Published: November 19, 2012
original: http://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/?p=314

“The police cannot be permitted to hide behind the cloak of secrecy,
when they have been guilty of one of the most intrusive and complete
invasions of privacy that can be imagined.”

The approach of the Metropolitan Police to the litigation has been
obstructive from the outset, refusing to provide any substantive
response to the allegations and hiding behind a ‘neither confirm nor
deny’ policy about the activities of their officers. Now, to add insult
to injury, following one of the most intrusive invasions of privacy
imaginable, the police are attempting to strike out the women’s claim by
arguing that the case should have been started in a shadowy secret court
known as the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). [1]

The IPT exists for the sole purpose of maintaining  secrecy, and under
its jurisdiction the case could proceed with the  women denied access to
and unable to challenge police evidence, and powerless to appeal the
tribunal’s decisions. This will mean that neither they, nor the public
will ever find out the extent of the violations of human rights and
abuses of public office perpetrated by these undercover units. Thus, the
women, who have suffered a totally disproportionate, unnecessary and
extremely damaging invasion of their privacy, may be denied access to
justice by the very legislation which was purportedly designed to
protect their rights.

The public outrage at the phone hacking scandal earlier this year
focused on the cynical intrusion into lives of individuals by the press
and the police. Today’s hearing relates to levels of intrusion far more
invasive than phone hacking, yet so far most mainstream politicians
remain silent.

What little information the women have garnered indicates that for 30
years or more these undercover units had (and still have) a rolling
brief to inform on political movements and keep files on individuals
(simply because they are or were politically active), without
investigating any specific crime, and with no apparent intention to
participate in any criminal justice process.[1] As a part of this,
undercover officers lied and manipulated their way into people’s lives
whilst their cover officers, back-room teams and the rest of the police
command structure monitored and controlled people’s private lives and
relationships. In certain cases, the false identity established by the
police was able to be exploited by individual officers to continue their
deceit after their deployment had officially ended, seemingly with no
safeguard for the women involved, even fathering children in the process.

These massive intrusions into people’s lives are reminiscent of the
activities of the Stasi in East Germany and those responsible should be
brought to public account. These cases are, therefore, being brought in
an attempt to expose the damage done by the Metropolitan Police and to
make them publicly accountable for their actions.

This is a statement from supporters of eight women who are bringing
legal against the Metropolitan Police. The eight women were deceived
into long term intimate relationships with undercover police officers.
The Metropolitan Police has applied to have the cases heard by the
Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). [1] The application will be heard
at the High Court on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November 2012. Read
the Press Release here

NOTES FOR EDITORS:
[1] The IPT is a little known tribunal set up under  section 65 of the
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA, 2000) to  deal with claims
brought under the Human Rights Act against the police  and other
security services.
[2] The HMIC report  states that “for most undercover deployments the
most intense scrutiny  occurs when the evidence they have collected is
presented at court.  Accountability to the court therefore provides an
incentive for police  to implement the system of control rigorously: but
in the HMIC’s view,  this incentive did not exist for the NPOIU. This is
because NPOIU  undercover officers were deployed to develop general
intelligence…rather than gathering material for the purpose of  criminal
prosecutions.” Source:  HMIC “A review of national police units which
provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest” (February
2012) p.7

*************
Press Release here:
http://policespiesoutoflives.org.uk/?p=312


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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Undercurrents new movie..coming soon

Undercurrents will release our new documentary in January 2013.

Living in the Future is a 50 minute documentary film telling the poetic story of the UK's first planned ecoVillage, Lammas. It was shot over 4 years in Pembrokeshire, West Wales by Welsh independent film maker, Helen iles.

We are launching the film on 22nd January 2013 in a multi-venue screening with live Skype link and we are interested in more groups taking part- either on the Launch date or any time after. At present, we will screen at
Theatre Mwldan, Cardigan;
Chapter Cinema, Cardiff;
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
and Taliesin, Swansea.

We also have venues in Colwyn Bay, Brighton, York and Sheffield- so far!

You can see a Trailer on the front page of the website here : http://www.livinginthefuture.org

We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested in promoting or screening the Film. Contact D Murphy who will be organising screenings via d@undercurrents.org

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Seditious Cards- festive cards with a message

Need a festive card with a message? then check these brilliant cards out.
Fed up with twee Christmas cards of fluffy snowmen,toy-making elves and reindeer frolicking in the snow?
Want something a bit more edgy and subversive? Here is a collection of 8 radical designs drawn by Jon and published by Seditious Cards.
Some reference popular drugs culture while others take a well-aimed dig at organised religion and multi-national corporations.

Many more designs available from
http://www.freedombooks.co.uk/xmas_cards.html

Seditious Cards are so outrageous apparently that Private Eye refused their advertising! But you can buy them online or they will be in Viz, all good Headshops and the walls of discerning punters this festive season.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Hobo Hilton being evicted now

Since rhe Tories made squatting a criminal offence, police have been busy making people homeless. Ignoring many media sterotypes, many squatters improve the buildings they occupy as undercurrents video reports have shown dince 1994. Today an Eviction is in progress at Hobo Hilton 203 High Holborn london. Support would be great say the squatters.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Living in the Future- help our new movie

Last chance to help our Living in the Future movie

There is just one day to go on our Crowd Funding campaign
You have a great opportunity for you to be one of the first to have a copy of our new DVD and to support the web series about ecovillages.

Check out how you can help and also receive a reward
http://www.sponsume.com/project/living-future
 
We are also starting to book venues for the January Launch of our new Feature Film. Exciting!

If you think you'd like to help arrange a screening in your local cinema/community centre/ front room, get in touch and we'll get the ball rolling.Your help could be anything from putting out flyers to booking the venue or organising an appropriate local speaker for a Q+A.
email : helen@undercurrents.org

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free video activist training workshops in Scotland

 FREE VIDEO TRAINING FOR ACTIVISTS
Are you involved in a grassroots or community struggle?
Learn how to make short online films to boost your campaign.
Book your place by October 15th!

Camcorder Guerillas are running a series of free video workshops aimed at small community or grassroots campaigners with little or no funding.
Please feel free to circulate this information and flyer to people who may benefit from this training.
The training takes place over one day at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in central Glasgow and the Albany Centre.  It is organised according to different campaign themes.

 More on  http://camcorderguerillas.wordpress.com/training/

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Palestine fundraiser in Swansea Sept 24th

David Rovics will be playing a fund-raiser for Palestinian Political Prisoners in Swansea this month. The US folk singer is coming to The Garage (Uplands) on Monday 24th.

David Rovics (http://davidrovics.com) lives in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has shared the stage with a veritable who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. He has written over 20 songs on Palesitne, from 'Rachel Corrie' and 'Jenin' to the 'Occupation' and 'The Mavi Marmara'. He will be supported by Andy Jones, who, as a member of Boys from the Hill also played in the refugee camps of Palestine, a political poet, The Granarchist and a young up and coming local singer 'Ciara'. DJs will play World Music until late. The proceeds will be donated to Addameer Palestinian Prisoner and Human Rights Organisation.

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World's first colour moving pictures discovered

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in an old tin for 110 years.The discovery is a breakthrough in cinema history.

Michael Harvey from the National Media Museum and Bryony Dixon from the British Film Institute talk about the importance of the discovery.
The previous earliest colour film, using the Kinemacolour process, was thought to date from 1909 and was actually an inferior method.
The newly-discovered films were made by pioneer Edward Raymond Turner from London who patented his colour process on 22 March 1899.

Watch clips here

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Police used the Press for their own propaganda

New light has been shed on how Police used the press as propaganda to influence public, and thus Parliament opinion about their own failings.
 The Hillsborough disaster occurred when 96 Liverpool fans died after they were crushed within Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.
The fans who died had been in two pens of the Leppings Lane terrace. Each pen was separated by fences, including an overhanging barrier designed to prevent pitch invasions. Each pen had a small locked gate that opened onto the pitch.
The report, compiled by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, said that despite obvious signs of distress, it was a while before the police fully reacted and launched attempts to rescue those who were being crushed.

The panel also looked at the allegations of blame levelled against Liverpool fans in some newspapers, including The Sun.

"The documents disclosed to the panel show that the origin of these serious allegations was a local Sheffield press agency informed by several SYP officers, an SYP Police Federation spokesperson and a local MP.
"They also demonstrate how the SYP Police Federation, supported informally by the SYP chief constable, sought to develop and publicise a version of events that focused on several police officers' allegations of drunkenness, ticketlessness and violence among a large number of Liverpool fans. This extended beyond the media to Parliament.
"Yet, from the mass of documents, television and CCTV coverage disclosed to the panel there is no evidence to support these allegations other than a few isolated examples of aggressive or verbally abusive behaviour clearly reflecting frustration and desperation."

On 12 September 2012, following the publication of the official report into the disaster using previously withheld Government papers which has exonerated the Liverpool fans present, Former Sun editor Kevin MacKenzie issued the following statement:
Today I offer my profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool for that headline. I too was totally misled. Twenty three years ago I was handed a piece of copy from a reputable news agency in Sheffield [White's] in which a senior police officer and a senior local MP [Sheffield Hallam MP Irvine Patnick] were making serious allegations against fans in the stadium. I had absolutely no reason to believe that these authority figures would lie and deceive over such a disaster. As the Prime Minister has made clear these allegations were wholly untrue and were part of a concerted plot by police officers to discredit the supporters thereby shifting the blame for the tragedy from themselves. It has taken more than two decades, 400,000 documents and a two-year inquiry to discover to my horror that it would have been far more accurate had I written the headline 'The Lies' rather than 'The Truth'. I published in good faith and I am sorry that it was so wrong.
Read more

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Man faces 10 years in jail for filming cops

The camcorder has proved to be vital in showing that Police lie in court.
One man who used the camera on his phone got more than he bargained for.
In the US, he is facing 10 Years in Prison after Photographing Cops making a violent arrest.
 
It was just after midnight on New Year’s Day 2012 when Antonio Buehler spotted a pair of Austin cops manhandling a woman at a gas station during a DUI investigation, so he pulled out his cell phone and began taking photos.


That, of course, prompted one of the cops to storm up to him and accuse him of interfering with the investigation.Austin police officer Pat Oborski shoved Buehler against his truck before handcuffing him. He later claimed in his arrest report that Buehler had spit in his face.
Read the full shocking story.

The outrage it has caused brought together over 200 people in July. A hundred free video cameras were handed to those committed to monitoring police activity in their neighborhoods.
Read more

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

BBC Playschool presenters were stoned on air

According to a new documentary, BBC staff openly smoked marijuana at the corporation’s headquarters during the 1960s and 70s and Play School presenters even went on-air stoned, former stars have disclosed.

Did this affect us as young viewers? I reckon it probably made it a damn site more interesting for all concerned
 Read more on www.telegraph.co.uk

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

75 Years in Prison For Videotaping Police


This shows how powerful a tool your camcorder is. A man who filmed cops is facing a lifetime in Prison.

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I'm Free!

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We are Pussy Riot




A Portsmouth shop owner has used his window display to show solidarity with Russian Punk band Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock band based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, the band stages politically provocative performances about Russian political life in unusual locations, such as Lobnoye Mesto on Red Square, on top of a trolleybus or on a scaffold in the Moscow Metro.
On February 21, 2012, five members of the group staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, motivated by their opposition to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the politics of the Russian Orthodox Church.Their actions were stopped by church security officials. On March 3, after a video of the performance appeared online, three of the group members were arrested and charged with hooliganism.



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Monday, August 20, 2012

A journalist published where he gets his income from

A journalist published where he gets his income from;

George Monbit said
'I believe that everyone who steps into public life should be obliged to show on whose behalf they are speaking: in other words who is paying them, and how much. I would like to see journalists, like MPs, become subject to a mandatory register of interests. But until that time I hope to encourage other journalists to declare the sources of their income voluntarily – by declaring mine.

One is with the Guardian, to supply columns, blog posts and other material, from 1st February 2012 until 31st January 2013, for which I am paid an annual fee of £62,007.
The other is with Penguin, to write a book about rewilding, for which I will be paid £40,000, for work across 3-4 years.
I have one other regular source of income: the rent paid by my two lodgers, which currently amounts to £6,000 a year.
Please note: these figures, as well as the additional income cited below, are gross earnings, not net income. I am a freelance journalist, and a good deal of this money is put back into my work. I employ an assistant, run my own office and must also make my own provision for research, travel, pension, tax and other expenses. My total taxable income last year was £43,708.
 http://www.monbiot.com/registry-of-interests/

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Journalists and the biased coverage of English riots of 2011


News outlets need to be held to account for their coverage of the headline-hitting English riots, a new report that came out on Monday has argued.
Media and the Riots: A Call for Action, published on the first anniversary of the Tottenham, north London, riot is the first report to examine the impact of the mainstream print and broadcast media’s reporting on the communities most affected.

The report, written by University of Leicester sociologist Dr Leah Bassel, reflects the views of those people who attended the Media and the Riots conference held by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust and The-Latest.com in November.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

WRENCHED: The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang,

For fans of Earth First! this will excite you

Upcoming documentary WRENCHED: The Legacy of The Monkey Wrench Gang, in conjunction with the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, is bringing an exclusive “sneak peak” of select scenes to Northern Arizona.

The feature film captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to a new generation who carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century.
www.wrenched-themovie.com.  



The preview will be accompanied by a panel of environmental legends, the inspiration for some of Abbey’s best-loved characters!
Ken Sleight: Inspired Edward Abbey to create Seldom Seen Smith. Sleight is a fervent environmental activist, a legendary river runner and owns and operates Pack Creek Ranch in Moab, Utah where Abbey spent many hours writing. Often times you can find him standing in front of a bulldozer.

October 13, 2012
The Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff, 6:30-8:30 pm (During the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, October 10-14) www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org


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Channel 4 offering £5000 for factual films

Channel 4 are offering a 5k development commission for outstanding new factual talent at this year's London Short Film Festival. This will come in the form of the CHANNEL 4 SHORT FACTUAL AWARD. With the launch of new late night shorts strands such as The Shooting Gallery and Random Acts Channel 4 are actively on the hunt for the UK's best new filmmakers. As LSFF champions the very best in short filmmaking for its 10th year, Channel 4 are incredibly pleased to offer the opportunity to get your short on national television to a huge mainstream audience as well as a development commission from editor of short form Ravi Amaratunga. http://randomacts.channel4.com/ / http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-shooting-gallery/4od Final entry deadline to the London Short Film Festival is 21 September. Full submission details at http://shortfilms.org.uk/lsff10/submissions

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How to survive the future....leaves today from Bristol

Today a couple leave on an adventure. You can follow a Bristol couple as they navigate through a Europe on the brink of bankruptcy. They say
'We explore what living without a functioning economic and political system is like, meeting compelling characters and relaying the darker comedic side of collapse.'

A filmmaker is taking a boat around Europe to explore the future.

She said
I’ve been planning a film on the subject of a looming catastrophic crash in our current way of life for a few years. I’m very interested in the divide between people who believe this will happen and  those who haven’t really thought about it, and also among those who are physically attempting to prepare and those who believe but don’t act on it at all.

I was inspired to make this film because of my husband Sam, who has been looking into Peak Oil issues for some years. For a rundown on Peak Oil issues and to see what some other people are doing to prepare for this particular catastrophe, see http://powerswitch.org.uk/forum/

Some friends of mine are more concerned about climate change, others more preoccupied with pollution, Nuclear war or meltdowns. Others are expecting sudden devastation from a renegade fragment of the sun or spinning amorphous superstition around the 2012 deadline.
Read more
http://howtosurvivethefuture.org/



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Swansea Telly interviewed on BBC radio


I was interviewed on BBC radio today about how the Government is trying to introduce local Television (20 years too late in my opinion)


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Camcorder catches out foxhunters

A hunt master and one of his staff have been convicted of illegally hunting fox cubs with dogs after they were filmed by campaigners.The campaigners hid in a wood in Sutton on the Hill, Derbyshire, to film the hunt in October.Hunt master John Greenall, 52, of the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt and from Wootton, Derbyshire, was fined £3,000.

Hunt worker Glenn Morris, 44, of Tutbury, Staffordshire, was fined £250.The footage obtained by the two campaigners was shown as evidence in court.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Help fund our EcoVillage video series and receive perks

Living in the Future is a popular internet series about sustainable living made by award-winning media charity Undercurrents.


Over the last 5 years, the series has followed the birth of the UK's first planned Eco-village, Lammas, in West Wales.We are now producing a 50 minute film of the series and we need your help to raise £1250 to design and print the first 1000 DVDs.

Living in the Future documents natural homes, sustainable living and land-based communities. Our films are inspiring, entertaining and educational. This is our second DVD- the first one has helped to keep the series going and we now have 44 episodes!Take a look at our really great rewards :)

Any additional funds raised will go to continue making the online series.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympic critical mass - Police arrrest 182 cyclists


For more than a year, the critical mass bicycle ride has had minimal or no policing. That all changed on friday, with a massive police operation in place and draconian conditions imposed to try and prevent riders from entering any part of north london. Despite the deployment of police from several forces alongside the met, and even a fly-by from a lynx armed forces helicopter, hundreds of cyclists defied the ban. They out-witted the police, and cycled as far as the olympic village, causing far less disruption than that caused by police trying to enforce their potentially unlawful ban.
Friday's Critical Mass, a monthly mass bike ride through central London, was the focus of a huge police operation on Stratford High Street, with 182 arrests made.

Read full report here
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/12612


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Guide to filming police

 

A Rough Guide to Filming the Police during a Stop & Search

Nowadays with most of us having a camera on our mobile phones, more and more people are able to film the actions of the police during a stop and search and are choosing to do so.
 However, there are a few basic suggestions that may help you to be better prepared, can ensure that deciding to film the police makes a difference and can mean any footage has genuine value as possible evidence.

 Why stop and film?
 Ordinary people stopping and filming the police can mean that officers behave differently than they would if no-one was watching and recording their actions. This might make the experience for the person who has been stopped far less intimidating or threatening.
 The more often the police are filmed stopping people, the more officers may come to expect that they may be filmed in the future, which can influence the way they generally treat people and whether stop & search powers are routinely used indiscriminately.
 If police officers have acted unlawfully, filming them can help provide evidence if there is a formal complaint or if someone is arrested.

 Can I legally film the police?
 There is no law stopping anyone filming in a public place, so if you are on the streets you can film without asking permission – the Metropolitan Police’s own guidelines (adopted by all police forces in Britain) make clear that “police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel”.
 There is a law – Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000 – that says police officers can stop you filming them if they believe that the video will be used for purposes of terrorism. However, police guidelines state that:
 “it would ordinarily be unlawful to use section 58A to arrest people photographing police officers in the course of normal policing activities… An arrest would only be lawful if an arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that the photographs were being taken in order to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”. 
 This does not apply when you stop to film the police stopping and searching people.

 What to remember when filming
 A stop & search is already a humiliating experience for the person who has been stopped, so it is worthwhile asking them if it’s OK to film and assuring them you are just filming the actions of the police. Sometimes the police will try and stop you filming by saying it ‘breaches the privacy’ of the person being searched.  You can get round this simply by asking the person who has been stopped, “I’m here to make sure the police don’t do anything to you they are not supposed to.  Is it OK if I film what the police are doing?”
 If there are two people with cameras, it is worthwhile both of you filming. Either both film the officers conducting the stop & search, or one person can focus on filming the other person with a camera if the police are harassing them.
 Remember, police officers don’t want incriminating footage of them if they are acting unlawfully. This can sometimes leave you as a target so be mindful of what this when you are recording in case they try to arrest you.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Murdochs media empire on verge of collapse


 

Rupert Murdoch's media empire is collapsing just as all empires eventually do. The old mogul has now resigned his directorships of companies behind his British national newspapers. And it is just weeks since the announcement that the parent company News Corporation would split into two entities, one handling the press, and one the TV and film side of the business. How long before his British newspapers The Sun, Times etc are up for sale.

 
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cassetteboy vs The News



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Police and protest- insightful report

 A detailed new report launched today by the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) highlights how promises made by the police to ‘adapt to protest’ after 2009′s G20 demonstrations in London have been forgotten in a remarkably short space of time and a far more intolerant ‘total policing’ style response to protesters has developed in the UK.

The report, which covers a fourteen month period from late 2010 to the end of 2011, paints a bleak picture of the state of the freedom to protest in the UK. It documents how the tactic of containment known as ‘kettling’, the use of solid steel barriers to restrict the movement of protesters, the intrusive and excessive use of stop & search and data gathering, and the pre-emptive arrests of people who have committed no crime, have combined to enable an effective clamp-down on almost all forms of popular street-level dissent.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Britain wins the Tour De France in style

After an incredible 3 weeks, Londoner Bradley Wiggins has won the Tour De France cycle race. He is the first ever British person to win the Tour.In 2nd place was Briton Chris Frome and Mark 'the missile' Cavendish from Isle of Man won the final stage in Paris.
I expect to now see a fresh wave of interest in cycling across Britain. For those who don't realise it yet, this win is on a par with England winning the World Cup in 1966. A historic day.

Professional Racing Cycling has gone through heavy times over the last 5 years. Many pro-cyclists illegally injected themselves with performance drugs to boost their wins. In my mind, sport is about pushing a human body to limits over and above everyone else. Once drugs came in, no one knew was natural performance and what was concocted in a test tube. All cyclists entering the Pro-sport would have faced huge dilemma. Do they inject and be able to at least be a contender or stay clean and risk never getting anywhere near the spotlight (no shine, no career) smeared clean riders who pushed themselves to the limit


But this win shows that pro-cycling is being cleaned up again for future generations. But it also shows what £30million gets you which is what Murdoch's Sky empire invested into the new British cycling team. They bought the best riders, the best equipment and trainers and it paid off.

World Champions, stage wins in most of the top races, and now a Tour de France winner and 2nd place.  Loathe that I am to see Sky emblazoned across all the wins it is an incredible acheivement for any team.

Watch the Tour online http://www.itv.com/tourdefrance






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Friday, July 20, 2012

Olympic Protesters Arrested for Spilling Custard


A mock awards ceremony at the Olympic Clock in Trafalgar Square descended into farce today after police arrested six people taking part. Three people pretending to be corporate representatives from BP, Dow and Rio Tinto were awarded gold medals for being the worst corporate sponsors of the Olympics, before having small quantities of green custard poured over their heads. The good-natured performance took about 15 minutes and was clearly amusing a number of passers by.

After the ceremony was over and the performers were packing up, about 25 police officers arrived and arrested six people, including the three corporate representatives and people who were mopping up the small amounts of custard on the ground with paper towels.

When confronted, the police officers alleged that 'criminal damage' had been done by custard falling on to the stone surface of Trafalgar Square. Before the arrested were even driven away, the controversial custard had been completely cleaned up leaving no trace whatsoever.

One of the arrests was Laurie Flynn, the Chair of Trustees of the Bhopal Medical Appeal who was only observing the event and happened to have picked up the fake medals as part of the tidy-up.

The arrests took place despite the fact that Lord Coe himself has stated: “[the United Kingdom] is a democratic nation, we have a tradition of peaceful demonstrations as long as it doesn't become a public order issue, we take it as that". (See Notes)

The Greenwash Gold Ceremony was the culmination of a three month campaign in which members of the public were invited to vote online for they thought was the worst corporate sponsor. The awards were compered by Meredith Alexander, the ex ‘Olympics ethics csar’ who resigned over controversies surrounding Olympic sponsors.

Kevin Smith of London Mining Network said:
 “Arresting people over small quantities of spilt custard is incredibly heavy handed policing. Peoples’ freedom of expression is being sacrificed at the Olympics in favour of the protection of the brands of controversial sponsors like BP, Dow and Rio Tinto.”  

Meredith Alexander who witnessed the arrests said:

“It's an Olympic sized overreaction to arrest people just for telling the truth about the Sponsors. Dow Chemical, BP, and Rio Tinto have bought themselves a global opportunity to present a friendly face. Greenwash Gold was set up to tell the other side of the story- the toxic legacy that each of these companies have left behind. It's outrageous to think that a 15 minute street performance and some green custard required the attention of around 25 police officers. If the companies can't stand a bit of critical attention, they shouldn't have sponsored London 2012, which is meant to be the greenest games ever.”


 Colin Toogood of the Bhopal Medical Appeal said:
 "After Lord Coe's own statement claiming he supported peaceful protests, these arrests look like giving LOCOG yet another PR headache. This was a peaceful and legitimate protest, against terrible corporate sponsors, and protesters seem to have been arrested for spilling a small amount of custard!"

For more information or comment, contact:

Meredith Alexander – 0781 4607826

Kevin Smith, London Mining Network

Colin Toogood, Bhopal Medical Appeal,

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Music project seeks funding

A call out for this music project to bring people together.

On the Banks of the Tigris celebrates Iraq music and the cultural ties
that link people across religious boundaries. 
On September 27th London's renowned Barbican Centre will host the  Banks
of the Tigris concert,  uniting Jewish, Muslim and Christian Iraqi
musicians. Filming the concert for our documentary will send a  message of
peace and reconciliation to audiences around the world.

Indiegogo campaign for On the Banks of the Tigris,  watch
the new trailer, consider making a contribution, and pass this  info along
to friends.

http://7www.indiegogo.com/tigris?a=643596 

Small donations are just as welcome as larger ones - it all adds up  and
will make a big difference.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Undercurrents images used in Julien Temples new movie

As an antidote to the dreaded/eagerly anticipated Olympics, Julien Temple's latest offering is a reminder of all the truly great things that London has to offer.
Undercurrents supplied dramatic footage of people ripping the gates of Downing street off in 1994.

LONDON The Modern Babylon, tells the story of London's epic journey through 100 years of cultural upheaval and reinvention, from the birth of the 20th century to today, narrated through music and film archive treasures. The film's themes resonate throughout the last century: oppression and despair, division and rioting, accommodation and union.

London has seen these patterns repeat with small mutations again and again, and each time the city emerges a little healthier into a new era of social change. David Bowie, Michael Caine, The Royals and lots of other excellent Londoners are featured in this rich tapestry of a film.

You can watch it from 3rd August at Hackney Picturehouse, Rio Dalston, Gate Notting Hill and Ritzy Brixton, amongst other places. You can also see Q&A's with Julien on 6th August at the BFI, 7th at the Rio, and the 8th at The Gate in London

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Environmental film competiton seeks entries

Do you feel strongly about the environment and the issues that affect it? Do you enjoy getting behind the camera to make films? Do you want to be in with a chance of winning $1500? If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above, read on!

The hugely successful tvebiomovies competition is back and is giving you the opportunity to show off your creative film making abilities through YouTube. If your film makes it to the shortlist, we’ll also screen it at the UN COP18 Conference in Qatar.

To find out more and to submit a proposal, visit www.tvebiomovies.org. You’ll also be able to watch some of last year’s winning films. The clock is ticking for you and for the planet…what are you waiting for?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Download Just Do it for Free!

You can download the Climate activism movie Just Do It now

Find out about 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.

Download for free here http://www.vodo.net/justdoit




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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Recreate your favourite movie scene for Film 4 Scene Stealers

Film4 is challenging aspiring filmmakers to recreate iconic moments from its 30-year film history for Scene Stealers, a new creative talent search launched under its innovation banner Film4.0. Scene Stealers aims to discover brilliant new talent - in particular those working in other creative mediums, in new ways, or with new technologies - by tasking entrants with reimagining renowned scenes from a selection of Film4 productions, in just two minutes or under. The best entries will be judged by a panel of established filmmakers and industry professionals, led by Attack the Block director Joe Cornish, with the overall UK winner receiving mentoring from Film4.0 and a cash prize to develop their own original short film project.The ultimate International and UK winners will have their films broadcast on the Film4 channel, and a showcase of entrants' work will be curated for Film4.com to be seen by the industry, peers and film fans alike. Having collaborated with some of the greatest directors of the past three decades, Film4 has a great selection of celebrated films to provide inspiration. Full list and details on how to enter at: bit.ly/LVeOaE

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nikon Lenses and 35mm film rods for sale

I am selling off Nikon as changing to Canon. Links to ebay listings or contact me on paulo@undercurrents.org if you want to make an offer.

35mm Film Rods for camcorders, DSLRS- Support Rod System Nikon fit
Charity item
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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Inspiring Vetch Veg Project, Swansea



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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Nature films wanted

Calling filmmakers, artists and animators! Whirlygig Cinema are currently seeking short films inspired by nature, animals and The Great Outdoors. This includes animations, documentaries, music videos, experimental films, dramas - in fact anything and everything as long as it ties in with the theme and is under 10 minutes long.

The films will be screened as part of Whirlygig Cinema's Au Naturel programme, a showcase of outstanding new filmmaking talent at the amazing In The Woods (http://www.inthewoodsfestival.co.uk) music festival on 1st September 2012. To submit, please visit http://whirlygigcinema.com/submit/au-naturel/ and complete the online form by Friday 3rd August.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Screening of Pinochet documentary sets off riot in Chilean capital

Here is one film which got people roused

More than two dozen people were seriously injured and 64 were arrested after a riot broke out in Santiago on Sunday during a screening of a new documentary honoring the late dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Twenty of those injured were carabineros military police officers, according to Chilean authorities.Some 1,000 people showed up at Santiago's Cauplicán Theater to view the documentary and pay homage to the rightwing dictator who ruled Chile from 1973-90 and died in 2006.


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Online course for solar electricity

As we enter a post oil world..this maybe useful to know.

An online course for anyone interested in the theory or practice of obtaining electricity from the sun. It covers everything you need to know if you are thinking of installing your own system, and provides all the background information you need if you are having a sytem installed by a professional.

The course represents excellent value - there are over 200 minutes of videos to accompany pdf documents containing text and diagrams, so that as well as reading about the processes, you can watch videos of exactly how it's done.
 http://www.lowimpact.org/online_courses_solar_electricity.html

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dull Olympics arts projects in Swansea

Everytime I hear the word 'Olympics' i just think of the vast amounts of money spent on half baked projects. The latest is the Swansea based Adain Avion arts project which arrived in the city this week. According to their press releases it is a

'mobile arts space, social sculpture and traveling time capsule created from the recycled and transformed fuselage of an abandoned DC9 aeroplane by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Cajal.'

It sounds great until you actually see it. Yes the de-winged plane from the 1960s does look extraordinary, sited outside the Waterfront museum in the city. But the space inside is sooo dull. A perspex floor with 2 plasma monitors below, a dreary poet reading his depressing poems while shuffling his papers and then openly stating 'I don't think I can do an hour of this' to the 10 people who wandered in to see what it was all about. Hanging from the roof was an old blanket to stop the wind whistling through the plane and 2 buckets placed to hold the water from the leaks.

Add a girl doing a half cocked performance with cockles bought from the local market (wearily making a reference to 'cockpit' and 'cockles') She spread them (unshelled) across the floor where everyone was walking and began to eat them. Boring and a health risk too.

Perhaps you would like to join the life drawing session on the plane? er sorry no you can't. It is only by invitation and no mention of how you can get invited.

Swansea Council's cabinet member for regeneration Nick Bradle told the Swansea Evening Post;


"This is a unique project that will raise the profile of the arts in Swansea and allow thousands of people to enjoy top-quality, arts-related events in a week of celebration."

No it won't raise the profile of arts in Swansea. Judging by the performances I have seen, it will only reinforce some peoples view that money should not be going into arts. It is doing a dis-service to the many artists in Swansea already struggling to do some excellent work with little or no funding.

One of the more interesting spectacles are the bespoke air steward uniforms created exclusively by Welsh woollen mill, Melin Tregwynt. However no sign of them around apart from for the photo shoot.Why aren't they welcoming people into the plane?

So how much has been spent on this Cultural Olympiad project?
How about a cool £230,000 plus much more for individual projects within the overall project. Incredible!

Hopefully it will get better over the next few days but I don't hold out much hope. You can check their website but they even managed to screw it up if you use Firefox as a browser. You can't read any of the text because it is shifted so far to the right (as you can see above in the screen grab).

What would you do with £230,000 to be creative with in Wales?

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Drama set within the Occupy movement- The Redistributors (Feature Film)

I am always interested in fictional dramas taking place within the protest movement. This is the latest and they are seeking support.
 
THE REDISTRIBUTORS - PRE-PRODUCTION TRAILER from Protest Productions on Vimeo.


The Redistributors is an anti-capitalist feature film set within the Occupy movement. The script has gained critical praise and we have returned from Cannes after screening a pre-production trailer: https://vimeo.com/43821461

They are looking for an enthusiastic team, keen to work on an exciting thriller feature. Shoot Date: 20th Aug 2012 - 10th Oct 2012 Shoot Location: Great Britain

More film details: http://shootingpeople.org/castcrew/project/view/2891 Positions on Film:

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Grant-making bodies and charitable trusts

A useful link for project funding
 Link to funders

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Stunning self built houses by SunRay

Growing up in the wild hills of the Pacific Northwest, it seems like SunRay was always building something. His favorite source of inspiration and materials is the woods around him, "God's Hardware Store" as he calls it. When working on a project it is not uncommon to see him pick up a saw and head off into the woods looking for the right piece of wood to present itself. If he says anything, he'll mumble "I'm going shopping."
Check out more of SunRay's work here: sunraykelley.com
Filmed by Gary Tyler Mcleod & Austin Will
Edited by Gary Tyler Mcleod


Inspired By... SunRay Kelley from Shwood Eyewear on Vimeo.



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Can you identify these Corporate Brands and these Trees?





Makes you think doesn't it?


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Missing Billions- a film

UK Uncut just won the right to take the HMRC to court over their 'sweetheart deal' with global banking giant Goldman Sachs that let them avoid paying £20million in Tax

Watch the 24min film The Missing Billions here:

 http://vimeo.com/44017057



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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Undercurrents footage used in Italian court case

Independent journalist Mark Covell was attacked by Police in Genoa in 2001 and nearly killed. Thanks to Undercurrents footage he became a key witness in which sent Police officers to prison.

He is interviewed before the UK premiere of Black Block in London


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Disgraced Police spy now working as a snoop in the USA

Ex British spy cop Mark Kennedy is attempting to establish himself as a private consultant for corporate agencies in the US.

Kennedy is advertising himself on “LinkedIn”, and his profile can be viewed here.

An extract from this profile is listed here….  “I have many years experience in covert operations and deployments,  intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination, statement taking, investigations and case preparation, evidential court apperances, surveillance and counter-surveillance skills and the use of technical covert, recording equipment.
I have lectured for law enforcement agencies and services regarding  infiltration tactics and covert deployments and have lectured for the  private sector regarding risk management, the threat from extremist and  protest groups and creating preventative protocols.
My exeperience is drawn from 20 years as a British Police officer, the last ten of which were deployed as a covert operative working within extreme left political and animal rights groups throughout the UK, Europe and the US providing exacting intelligence upon which risk and threat assessment analysis could be made. 

That knowledge and experience is now drawn upon to provide expert consultation to the public / private sectors to provide investigative services, deliver informative lectures and training, provide risk and threat assessments to companies, corporations and their staff from the threat of direct action in all its forms. It is my intention to provide a enhance a better understanding of protest, the reasons why protest takes place and the subsequent appropriate management of protest and to assist in employing the appropriate pre-emptive policing and security considerations to mass mobilisations, protest and direct action as well as real time analysis and responces and to provide post event debriefing to staff effected by direct action.” 

The profile indicates Kennedy is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 
 The profile also reveals that in January 2010, shortly before leaving the
police, he set up a company called “Stanage Consulting”.



 Useful Links

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-kennedy/44/853/198

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/06/496608.html

https://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/ex-police-spy-mark-kennedys-current-business-activities-in-the-us/

http://www.powerbase.info/index.php/Mark_Kennedy:_A_chronology_of_his_activities 
 
 


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ianiro redhead light kit for sale








Ianiro lights for sale
3 Head Portable Lighting Kit

Kit contains
  • 3 x Redhead 800w video light
  • 3 x Redhead Four Leaf Barndoors
  • 3 x P2/13 800w bulb
  • 3 x lighting stand
  • 1 x Soft Case
RRP is £800
We are selling for £575 ono

Very little use by our arts charity.

Contact Paul on 07973 298359 or paulo@undercurrents.org


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The Digital Edge - a call for applications

The Digital Edge is a £2 million investment programme to fund new ideas for using digital technology to improve young people’s economic and social participation. Digital technology offers us the opportunity to engage young people in new, more meaningful and relevant ways and enable their participation in building a more resilient society. Yet we need to focus on approaches that take advantage of digital technology to create the greatest value to young people and our wider communities. We need to develop young people’s talents and opportunities and equip them with the confidence, skills and motivation to address the social challenges that they and future generations face. The closing date for applications is the 5th September 2012. See more at the website below. http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/areas-investment/digital-edge

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Recreate a movie scene


 Renton running through the streets in Trainspotting Shaun getting his
 skinhead in This is England Rita, Sue and Bob too dancing around the
 bedroom Poppy's driving lesson in Happy-Go-Lucky Jamal and Latika's
 Bollywood number in Slumdog Millionaire Ray and Harrys hectic hitmen
 showdown In Bruges
 
 Now reimagine the scene...
 
 directed by YOU!
 
 Film4 is challenging aspiring filmmakers to recreate iconic moments from
 its 30-year film history for Scene Stealers, a new creative talent search
 launched under its innovation banner Film4.0.
 
 Scene Stealers aims to discover brilliant new talent - in particular those
 working in other creative mediums, in new ways, or with new technologies -
 by tasking entrants with re-imagining renowned scenes from a selection of
 Film4 productions, in just two minutes or under.
 
 The best entries will be judged by a panel of established filmmakers and
 industry professionals, with the overall UK winner receiving mentoring from
 Film4.0 and a cash prize to develop their own original short film
 project.The ultimate International and UK winners will have their films
 broadcast on the Film4 channel, and a showcase of entrants' work will be
 curated for Film4.com to be seen by the industry, peers and film fans
 alike.
 
 Having collaborated with some of the greatest directors of the past three
 decades, Film4 has a great selection of celebrated films to provide
 inspiration. 
 
 Full list and details on how to enter at http://bit.ly/LVeOaD

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