Tuesday, January 31, 2012

3minute films wanted

Thought you might be interested in this very tasty-looking opportunity for
non-fiction filmmakers. Focus Forward are looking for professionally
produced, three-minute end-to-end stories about people or organizations
whose innovative efforts in medicine, computer science, robotics,
engineering, green energy, or other fields of applied technical knowledge
have had a significant positive impact on humanity. Recent, cutting-edge
inventions that are changing how we live today are of special interest.

They're giving away $200,000 in cash prizes to the top five entries, with
$100,000 going to the Grand Prize Winner. To top it off, winners will be
flown to the Sundance in January 2013, where they will be awarded their
prize. Sweeeet.

Now, before you reach for your camera, sweat dripping down your face,
panicking that you've only got a week to make your film - stop. Submissions
don't open until mid-April, so you've got some time to get your collective
thinking caps on.

For more information, visit http://www.focusforwardfilms.com/#discover.


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Can you help us make a movie?

If society collapsed tomorrow, how would TV presenters Ray Mears, Cody
Lundin or Bear Grylls survive?
That is the concept of a movie we are planning right now. We start filming
with Andrew Price as the main character in September 2012 and we need your help.

TEOTWAWKI- the movie
Following an socio-economic crash, our main character will have the
persona of a TV presenter of a survival series. He will have to survive on
his skills and wits. He will to stay in contact with his fans via his
regular internet videos. Throughout the movie, these videos will give us
the opportunity for our character to present useful skills to the
audiences.

He will meet people in various situations who have prepared and will show
how they can cope living off grid.
Find out how you can help us by checking out our website on
http://www.indiegogo.com/teotwawki

TEOTWAWKI
An upbeat look at the end of the world as we know it
http://www.indiegogo.com/teotwawki

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Punk Economics: Lesson 1



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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Belfast- This Building is Now Occupied



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Friday, January 27, 2012

120 people convicted for not filling in census form

Free country? I don't think so..

At least 120 people have been convicted for failing to complete their 2011 census forms, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
While some may have simply forgotten, others see themselves as conscientious objectors who are being prosecuted for refusing to fill out the forms because of the involvement of the defence contractor Lockheed Martin UK, which won the £150m contract to run the census.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jan/27/120-convicted-census-forms-2011

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vintage Twitter and YouTube


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Build your own eco-Home- DVD

Learn how to build your own house in Timber- undercurrents DVD
Roundwood Timber Framing DVD (85mins)
Building naturally, using local resources
Woodsman Ben Law presents the 85minute step-by-step design and build process for a locally sourced beautiful Roundwood Timber Framed building. He shows other examples of builds including houses, a shop and a small outhouse. Also includes guidance for the creation of cordwood walls and rammed earth floors.

Bonus videos include Tools for the job & Off Grid 12V living
DVD produced by Undercurrents
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Undercover cops had kids with activists they were sent to spy on

Two undercover police officers secretly fathered children with political campaigners they had been sent to spy on and later disappeared completely from the lives of their offspring.

Photo:Bob Lambert (far left), with his child. The undercover police officer had a relationship with a woman who is now taking action against the police

In both cases, the children have grown up not knowing that their biological fathers – whom they have not seen in decades – were police officers who had adopted fake identities to infiltrate activist groups. Both men have concealed their true identities from the children's mothers for many years.

One of the spies was Bob Lambert, who has already admitted that he tricked a second woman into having a long-term relationship with him, as part of an intricate attempt to bolster his credibility as a committed campaigner.Read more

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Whirlygig cinema seeks films

After a successful debut last year, Whirlygiggles returns to The Horse
Hospital on 30th March 2012 with more comedy short films by up-and-coming
filmmakers. We are currently seeking submissions, from mockumentaries and
animation to sketches and slapstick; in fact, anything that makes us
giggle! So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a cinematic comedian, send us
your funny film and it could be shown on Londons coolest underground
screen in a matter of months.

To qualify, films must be under 15 minutes long and have been made in the
last couple of years.

To submit, please download a submission form (http://bit.ly/xDOirG) and
send it to hello@whirlygigcinema.com by Friday 2nd March.

For more information about Whirlygig Cinema and the opportunities we
provide for new filmmakers, visit http://whirlygigcinema.com.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Faradh- How the Isle of Skye fought the Toll tax and won

Some of undercurrents images have been used in this short documentary.


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Community Film Unit Funds

The Community Film Unit has opened applications to the Speak Up Fund
to support voluntary organisations across England who have a
film-based project that shows dedication towards their local
communities. It will support between 20-50% of the costs.

To be eligible, applicants must:

- Be a voluntary organisation (including registered charities, social
enterprises, Community Interest Companies).
- Work extensively with their local communities.
- Be based and working in England.
- Be able to spend the grant and complete the project by 31 March 2013.

Organisations should be working in one of the following areas:

- Support young people and/or vulnerable people in the local community.
- Preserve local history, and educates residents about their local area.
- Provide and document opportunities for the disabled.
- Develop the local community and integrate different groups.
- Provide information which improves the quality of life for residents
in their local community.

Application forms are available to download from the website.

Deadline: 5pm 2 March

Contact: Community Film Unit
Telephone: 01784 469 751
Email: matthewjoblin@communityfilmunit.co.uk
Website: http://www.communityfilmunit.co.uk/fund.html
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Free the internet!

Today every page of the English-language Wikipedia is offline. This is to protest the STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA) currently winding their way through the US legislature. Both these bills would do well-documented damage to the internet and to civil rights, both in the US and the rest of world.

Like wikipedia, Undercurrents and visionOntv distributes creative commons material, where the copyright is owned by the producers. Like wikipedians, we monitor films we put out for copyright violation. And like wikipedia, we are adamantly opposed to this legislation, and to other laws being passed around the world at the behest of large entertainments corporations. We consider these laws to threaten the restraint not only of our basic trade, but of the freedoms on which we all rely.

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Murdoch forces Current TV off the air

Al Gore's Current TV channel in the UK is facing closure after BSkyB – part owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation – axed it from its pay-TV lineup.
Undercurrents has been in talks with Current TV about producing programmes for their Protest and revolution series but this has now been shelved.
Current TV was kept afloat by Sky paying them millions of pounds to produce for the Sky network. But viewings figures have been low with some media stating that Current TV only managed 4700 viewers at their Peak.

The decision comes months after Current TV's Italian network was dropped by Murdoch's Sky Italia, prompting accusations from the channel that it was taken off air for political reasons.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Laws of War

Discussing the event of the US soldiers pissing over dead bodies of Taliban fighters I found this quote.

Retired US General Spider Marks says the alleged actions go against the laws of war.
"They are trained that once their job is done they get very agnostic, they get very focused and they do what they have to do to respect and honour those that they just killed," he said.
"They may have slaughtered those guys and that's fine. You move off to your next mission. You don't do what we just saw."

So it is fine to slaughter other humans but not to piss on their dead bodies. What sort of machine is this war machine?
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Corporate heads take on the Eco Warrior

A bizzare video claiming corporations are all about being green and eco-friendly presented by the money heads from Dragons Den.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thatcher's secret undercover war on CND

Now the Police spy scandal is public, we can turn to how the army was sent undercover to spy on anti Nuclear protesters in the UK.

Undercover soldiers were asked to infiltrate organisations which were under surveillance and one soldier was so successful he was even to be elected as a membership secretary of a group.A former sergeant explained how one undercover solider was chanting anti-military slogans with a crowd opposite the entrance to the Royal Tournament at Earls’ Court and they he would rush back to the 20 COY office to give updates.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

'Songs For Acid Edward' by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer (Official Music Vid...

Put a smile on your face this morning


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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Solar powered Cinema in running for national award

A solar powered cinema has been shortlisted to win an award this month. The Sol Cinema from Swansea is currently in competition with arts groups from across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Built in 2010,The Sol Cinema is a micro movie house powered entirely by
the Sun. Accommodating 8 adults comfortably for a unique cinematic
experience. the micro movie theatre has been a huge hit at numerous events
across Wales.

The Epic Awards are an initiative of Voluntary Arts, the national
development agency for arts participation. Voluntary Arts offers
information, advice, training and development opportunities to those in
the voluntary arts sector, from small local groups to large national
organisations.

A spokesperson for the Epic Awards said
'We've had lots of excellent entries to this year's Epic Awards! Here are
the shortlisted English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh entries, but there will
be a separate winner and runner-up from each country which will be decided
by a panel of expert judges. There will also be a People's Choice award to
a group from each nation voted for the public'

In 2010, the Sol Cinema won The Network Wales award for best
communications project and was a finalist in the Big Lottery Awards 2011.

Paul O'Connor, projectionist for the Sol Cinema said
'We are excited at being a finalist for yet another award. The Sol Cinema
is entertaining and practical example of how we can be using renewable
energy.We hope the public will vote for us by clicking the green thumbs up
for the Epic award.'

Public voting is on http://epicawards.co.uk/shortlist
Online voting closes at 9am on Mon 16th Jan.
END

World's Smallest Solar Powered Cinema
http://thesolcinema.org/


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Filmmakers Weekend of Techniques and Secrets

The producer and director of 'The Age of Stupid' and 'McLibel' invite you to join SWOTS - Spanner's Weekend of Techniques and Secrets. "Everything you need to know to independent documentaries with no crew, commission or contacts... and still get 62 million viewers". SWOTS: Spanner's Weekend of Techniques and Secrets
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Amnesty International Media Awards 2012

Amnesty International are looking for powerful and thought provoking
documentaries. If you've got one, enter now and be in with a chance to win
one of their prestigious prizes.
The Amnesty Media Awards were established in 1992 to celebrate the best in
human rights journalism. From print and broadcast journalism to
photographic, film and digital content, they recognise the vital role
journalists play, and the serious risks they face, in highlighting
injustice around the world.

Documentaries provide one of the most powerful and most accessible ways to
bring complex human rights issues to a wide audience. In the documentary
category, we are looking for films of 20-120 minutes duration, broadcast
predominantly to a UK audience, or given a theatrical screening in the UK.

Closing date:1 March 2012
Closing date for reduced rate entry: 16 January
To find out more about the media awards, and to enter:
www.amnesty.org.uk/awards

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Clever cops? - I don't think so.


From an article in The Guardian

'I asked the Met's head of human resources how many GCSEs one needed to sign up as a probationary police officer. He had to send his staff officer to find out. Both were startled at the answer. None. The applicant had to pass (a very simple) literacy and numeracy test, and they were in. Unlike the army, police services don't have an Army Educational Corps (as they did when I did national service). That is a serious weakness that must be corrected if we want sharp-thinking officers serving us.'

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

How to Film a Revolution - a tutorial - Occupy the Movie



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Commonwealth Foundation - Short Film Proposals (UK)

Commonwealth Foundation - Short Film Proposals (UK)
The Commonwealth Foundation has announced that it is inviting filmmakers
from across the Commonwealth to submit an idea for a short film (up to
20 minutes long) about relationships. Individual filmmakers or
collectives should submit a proposal which explores the theme of love in
its broadest sense, whether inter-racial, inter-generational or within
and between the sexes. The theme should be relevant to the filmmaker and
their community. The Commonwealth Foundation are looking for original,
bold and authentic films in any genre which entertain as well as
stimulate and encourage debate both locally and globally.

Funding of between £3,000 and £8,000 per film is available and the
closing date for applications is the 31st January 2012. For more
information visit:
http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com/NewsArticle.aspx?articleID=200


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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Distributor seek low budget feature films

Jump Start Distributions are currently looking for low budget feature films
(50 minutes and above) and shorts to distribute. A sister company to Jump
Start Productions, Jump Start Distributions was set up by Writer/Director
Jamie Patterson and Producer Nathalie Holman to help give low budget films
the chance to be seen.

If your film is selected we will promote it online and make it available
for viewers to buy as a download. It will then be given an official online
release date. Once the film is avaliable to buy all the money earned will
be split 50/50 with you, the filmmaker and Jump Start Distributions. We
also offer a non-exclusive contract, which means you can still distribute
your film elsewhere.
If you have a film you'd like to be considered for distribution please
contact
nathalie@jumpstartdistributions.com
jamie@jumpstartdistributions.com

We will require the film to be available to us in the following Quick Time
Movie formats:
H.264 320 x 240
H.264 1024 x 768




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