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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