Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I'm off to Glastonbury!

I will be working at Glastonbury festival this week being the projectionist in our Sol Cinema. We will be showing movie parodies from Movie Maniacs and many other superb spoof takes on Hollywood.

We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook page so tune in here


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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Undercover (Police spies) By Paul Lewis & Rob Evans


This is a must read- you think state spies snooping into innocent peoples lives only happened in Soviet states..think again. This is happening today in the UK.

The gripping stories of a group of police spies - written by the award-winning investigative journalists who helped to expose (alongside Indymedia) the Mark Kennedy scandal - and the uncovering of forty years of state espionage.
This was an undercover operation so secret that some of our most senior police officers had no idea it existed. The job of the clandestine unit was to monitor British 'subversives' - environmental activists, anti-racist groups, animal rights campaigners.
Police stole the identities of dead people to create fake passports, driving licences and bank accounts. They then went deep undercover for years, inventing whole new lives so that they could live incognito among the people they were spying on.
They used sex, intimate relationships and drugs to build their credibility. They betrayed friends, deceived lovers, even fathered children. And their operations continue today.

Undercover reveals the truth about secret police operations - the emotional turmoil, the psychological challenges and the human cost of a lifetime of deception - and asks whether such tactics can ever be justified.
 More here

The disclosures, revealed in the book about undercover policing published this week, and in a joint investigation by the Guardian and Channel 4's Dispatches being broadcast on Monday, will reignite the controversy over covert policing of activist groups.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Public urged to buy out the mainstram media

Are you fed up with Murdoch owning all our media?

Then follow this example?
A crowdfunding campaign in the US is attempting to raise $660m to buy The Tribune Company, which owns publications including the LA Times, in order to prevent it from being taken over by media conglomerates


The Tribune Company, which is the country’s second largest newspaper publisher – with ten titles including the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Times – is up for sale for $660m (£421m). It looks set to get into the hands of either Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp, which houses The Sun, Sky and Fox News, or the Koch brothers – famously funders of climate denial campaigns and of the right wing political group, the Tea Party.
Read more here

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cardiff University launches UK's first Centre for Community Journalism


Cardiff University, home of the UK’s oldest J-School, launched a new Centre for Community Journalism. The move comes at a time of increased interest in hyperlocal media in the UK, with 2012 seeing the launch of “Destination Local” a £1m program aimed at stimulating next-generation hyperlocal services in the UK as well as a £1.4m research project exploring creative citizenship.

Learn more here

Undercurrents is an award winning alternative news service producing videos of people taking inspiring actions. http://www.undercurrents.org

Monday, June 10, 2013

Amongst Giants- saving the trees

Among Giants from Rainhouse Cinema on Vimeo.


Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to remarkable effect.
This film was shot and edited in 2011, and a year later, the tree-sit ended as a victory for the tree-sitters (indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/26/18716373.php) As of 2013, negotiations are still underway for the sale of the land, and the exact acreage is still being determined.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Censorship on the net in China


The Chinese Government likes to control history.  24 years after the Chinese government's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square, "today" is part of a long list of search terms that have been censored on Sina Weibo, the country's most popular microblog.

Other banned words include "tomorrow," "that year," "special day," and many number combinations that could refer to 4 June 1989, such as 6-4, 64, 63+1, 65-1, and 35 (shorthand for May 35th).

At least people are using satire such as the photo above to cut through the secrecy.The Twitter image mocking Chinese censorship of Tiananmen Square, adapted from AP's 1989 photograph (the search term 'Big Yellow Duck' is also banned now). Photograph: Twitter/weibo.com/weibolg

For an different view of the original Tank man, see the stunning photo here.

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Al Jazeera try to claim my video as their own!

Al Jazeera are claiming this morning that they own one of my videos
YouTube wrote to me today stating

'Your video "Hidden video camera inside Israeli prison", may have content that is owned or licensed by Al Jazeera, but it’s still available on YouTube! In some cases, ads may appear next to it.'

I have counter claimed so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.


I replied;
Through my company Undercurrents prod, I directed, I hired the camera operators, and edited this video. I own the copyright for all the images. I have the original tapes, I can provide witness statements from the camera people if needed.

A week later I get an email stating 'Al Jazeera has reviewed your dispute and released its copyright claim on your video'. Always feels good to win a dispute.



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