[Imc-uk-video] Indymedia (US) Filmmakers want help booking Scotland Tour before G8
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Sat Apr 2 04:04:28 PST 2005
Indymedia (US) Filmmakers want help booking Scotland Tour before G8
I know both these filmmakers and they're great activists, radicals, and
indymedia people. They want to do a UK or even European tour and help out
with Indymedia at the G8. They would like to speak at both Universities
(for a speaking fee of some sort) and they also would like to do activist
events. They currently can't afford the plane ticket from the US to the UK,
so they would like groups and Unis to confirm dates and some coverage of
travel costs with them so they can book the tour and be assured they can
come. They can come as early as June 12th and stay to any time afterwards.
To get in touch with them e-mail Brandon at mediablitz at riseup.net and Ali
at ali at riseup.net.
US FILMMAKERS AGAINST WAR AND EMPIRE
Deep Dish Television announces a plan for a European tour of their recently
completed award-winning series Shocking and Awful: A Grassroots Response to
War and Occupation, along with films from independent filmmakers and video
activists from throughout the US. The tour will feature independent
journalist/biologist Ali Tonak (Indybay/Counterpunch, San Francisco, CA)
and award-winning filmmaker Brandon Jourdan (Deep Dish TV/NYC Indymedia/Not
An Alternative, New York, NY). The tour will feature film screenings,
guerilla filmmaking workshops, and open discussion.
Deep Dish TV was founded in 1986 in New York, NY, becoming the first
national satellite network to reach public access channels. It aims to
produce thought-provoking programming that educates viewers by showing them
a perspective rarely seen on mainstream news.
The aim of the tour is to show the scope of American dissent from their
governmentâ€™s war on the world and expose the myth of consensus within US
politics. It is also an opportunity for audiences to see thought-
provoking political documentaries, have opportunities to learn new
filmmaking/activist skills, and to engage in discussion with independent
filmmakers/media activists from the East and West Coasts of the United
1.)The Real Face of Occupation (Deep Dish TV, 2004)
The Real Face of Occupation, which includes never-before seen footage of
the war in Iraq shot by videographers David Martinez and Urban Hamid.
Their work can also be seen in Michael Mooreâ€™s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Martinezâ€™s footage from Fallujah is being used to as key testimony in the
World Tribunal on War Crimes in Iraq which will take place in Istanbul this
coming June. The Real Face of Occupation was co-coordinated by producers
Jacquie Soohen and Brandon Jourdan for Deep Dish TV.
It is one of thirteen programs in the Shocking and Awful series that
comprises the work of over 100 independent video activists from around the
world. Several hundred-community cable channels around the United States
have carried the shows, as well as Free Speech TV on the Dish Network. The
Real Face of Occupation was also featured in the Museum of Modern Art in
February of 2005.
2.) Mandate (Mad Love Collective, 2005)
Mandate?', a half-hour documentary by the Mad Love Collective, members of
Indymedia Video and the Glass Bead Collective, shows resistance at the
January 20th inauguration of George W. Bush. The film shows the issues
behind the re-election of Bush and the reaction from protestors to the most
expensive inauguration in US history.
3.) Fallujah (Deep Dish, expected to be finished by Fall 2005)
There will be a screening of footage from Fallujah, a new film from Deep
Dish producerâ€™s Brandon Jourdan and Brian Drolet. The footage includes
rare, never-before seen footage from the US military offensive in November
and December 2004.
4.) The Miami Model (FTAA IMC, 2004)
In November, 2003, trade ministers from 34 countries met in Miami, Florida,
to negotiate the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The FTAA threatens
to devastate workers, the environment, and public services like health
care, education, and water, and to destroy indigenous rights and cultural
diversity across North, Central, and South America.
Thousands of union members, environmentalists, feminists, anarchists,
students, farm workers, media activists, and human rights activists who
gathered in Miami to struggle against the FTAA were brutally attacked with
rubber bullets, pepper spray, electric guns and shock batons, embedded
reporters and information warfare, all coordinated by the new United States
Department of Homeland Security.
About Brandon Jourdan: Brandon is an award-winning independent filmmaker,
journalist, and writer. He works with the Not An Alternative arts
collective in New York, NY ( http://www.thechangeyouwanttosee.org ). He
was a coordinating producer and editor on Deep Dish's award-winning
Shocking and Awful series, which played at the Museum of Modern Art in
January of 2005. He is a founder of the North Carolina Independent Media
Center and has worked over the last year with the NYC Indymedia Video Team
on a half-hour weekly television show entitled Blacked-Out Media. He has
contributed to Democracy Now!, Now with Bill Moyers, Free Speech
Television, the INN World Report, and to Amnesty International video
projects. He was a media coordinator with the International Solidarity
Movement in Palestine during June and July of 2002.
While in North Carolina, he worked with Academy-Award winning director
Barbara Trent on two Empowerment Project documentaries. He has spoken at
various universities about the role of independent media and has been a
guest on NPR Talk of the Nation.
His films include: No Attack on Iraq, Eric Drooker, The Miami Model,
Mandate?, and The Real Face of Occupation
About Ali Tonak: Ali began participating in Indymedia by coordinating
photography at the DC Independent Media Center during demonstrations
against the IMF and World Bank at their annual meetings in April 2000 and
continued volunteering at various mobilizations thereafter. A couple of the
video projects that he worked on are Km. 0, WTO/Mexico/Cancun and The Miami
Model ( http://www.ftaaimc.org/miamimodel ), a documentary that studies the
effects of global capitalism both on the local and global level and carries
some of the most shocking images of police violence on demonstrations in
the US. He has also traveled to Iraq to observe the effects of the UN
imposed sanctions and to Zapatista territory in Chiapas as an independent
journalist (zapatista.bard.edu). His writing has appeared in Counterpunch,
AlterNet and a variety of Turkish publications.
Currently he is working with Ignacio Chapela from UC Berkeley in developing
novel ways for detecting transgenic contamination from genetically modified
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