Friday, September 09, 2016

Brilliantly designed advert for Lamb





What a great idea for an advert- the only thing they left out is the barren landscape they are walking on which sheep have created





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I am off with my cinema to the Festival of Thrift

I have always loved festivals since i first stumbled into Glastobury in 1993. They are life changing places and offer us all something.

This month I will be taking my Solar powered cinema up North to the UK’s only national celebration of sustainable living, The Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September at Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar. The festival has proved to be a great place to find the fun in learning how to reuse, recycle and upcycle, saving money and benefiting the environment.

There will be 120 fabulous stalls with an inspiring range of upcycled, recycled and secondhand items and innovative tasty home-made food and drink. You’ll enjoy 1,200 things to see and do for all the family, showing you how to live a rich and creative life, with 300 workshops to take part in and demos offering thrifty advice, tips and tricks on how to save money.

And best of all, you’ll soak up the wonderfully celebratory festival atmosphere, featuring leading and emerging artists and an eclectic programme of events. Experience thought-provoking art from the likes of Quarantine, who invite festival goers to film their contribution to the encyclopaedic compilation Between Us We Know Everything; enjoy a flick in the Sol Cinema, a solar-powered cinema screening ‘how to’ videos, clips and advice; take your broken stuff to the Fix-It Café; immerse yourself in interactive entertainment, craft activities and great music including the bizarre sounding 21st century street band Boom Bike Bourree.
Best of all, it’s free!






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Monday, July 25, 2016

An awards scam? TMT

A few months ago I entered our solar powered cinema into the TMT 2016 Technology Awards.

I was delighted to receive an email a while after stating we had won the category for 'best mobile cinema'- a category which they obviously made up to fit.

Reading further into the email, I was expected to pay TMT £595 to take out an advert in their magazine to tell everyone about our award winner! I ignored it of course but TMT send me emails on a regular basis pushing for me to take out the advert.

Today I was sent an email stating that they had dropped their price from £595 to £345.  But I still have no interest whatsoever.

What a scam!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Our unique archive exposes High Court Judge

Today the Mirror have published a story I helped uncover with footage from the Undercurrents archive. We exposed a High Court judge to be a fox hunter when he is supposed to be totally impartial in a current horrific animal abuse case.

The Mirror wrote-

The retired judge leading an inquiry into claims that live fox cubs were fed to hounds was a huntsman, once filmed using his whip during a row with animal rights protesters.
Sir John Chadwick can be seen on ­horseback raising his rider’s crop into the air before bringing it down with force.

Read more and watch our video on the Mirror website



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

YouTube don't want to put adverts on my Trident nuclear video report

YouTube figure no-one will want to place adverts on our video report about people trying to stop Trident Nuclear Missiles. Wonder why?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWPtqWQPc8s






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Saturday, July 09, 2016

Badger visits my garden and caught on camera

video


A badger has been visiting my garden recently. Great news but i would prefer if it didn't rip my compost bin to shreds. I filmed it on a Bushnell camera

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Friday, July 08, 2016

My video report - Direct action on Trident Nuclear Weapons

The latest video report I produced has been released. Produced for Lush to educate their staff about important topics of the day.

#stoptrident

July 18th- The Government is holding a vote on whether to renew Trident Nukes so the issue is coming to head.

Labour leader Jermey Corbyn told Sky News
“We are having a look at all the issues surrounding it. I believe security in the world is achieved through peace, through democracy, through justice, through human rights.

“I do not believe that nuclear weapons actually enhance security, I support the nuclear non-proliferation treaty – which we are signed up to – which is trying to bring together collective disarmament. Those are the views that I will be putting forward.”

This video report is about Government determination to forceTrident nuclear weapons upon us. Watch the 2minute report about Direct Actions on the Atomic Weapons Establishment near Reading




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Monday, July 04, 2016

Searching for Sugar Man - Official UK Trailer



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How to handle a racist in public

Here is some good advice on what to do when you find yourself near a racist mouthy twat who is spouting out their crap at some unfortunate person.

By Uditi Shane
NEVER engage the perpetrator. He (and it is usually he) is looking for confrontation. Instead speak to the person he is abusing. Say hello. Introduce yourself. Shake his or her hand. And just stand with them. Keep talking. About anything. Weather. Bus schedules. Football. This kind of bullying never works against a group of people having a conversation. Usually a single person travelling or a mom with a kid or maximum, two women are targetted. 

Form a group of people with and around them if you can. Don’t tell them they are not alone. Just don’t let them be alone. I speak from experience. Once, I encountered a young girl wearing a hijab being abused as a terrorist by a drunk man on a train. I just went and sat beside her and started a conversation with her. After a while, the dude lost interest. I had a lovely chat with a young student from Qatar. She wanted to study literature while her dad was only prepared to pay for engineering or commerce as he wanted her to join the family business. It helped her feel safe and it expanded my horizons.



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Monday, June 13, 2016

Undercurrents video showings at Glastonbury festival

Undercurrents is on the timetable for Glastonbury. Catch 2 hours of nostalgia protest from 6pm on the Thursday. Groovymovie Solarcinema which is at the entrance to the Green Fields.
Full line up here

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Buy your own TV channel

A popular UK TV channel for stories from ‘people who make society better for us all every day’, is offering its viewers the chance to own a stake in it, in an effort to empower communities
A popular national TV channel is set to become the “first people-owned TV brand for social change” by offering members of the public the chance to own a stake in the business.

The Community Channel, which launched in 2000 to give charities and communities a platform for their content and to give a voice to new media talent, is offering ‘community shares’ through crowdfunding platform Crowdfunder.co.uk. Encouraging people to not just change the channel but own it, Community Channel’s aim is to turn passive TV viewing into active participation and ownership.

More here



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The British Library got in touch with me today saying...

The British Library got in touch with me today saying...

We want to archive your website, undercurrents.org in the UK Web Archive. The UK Web Archive was established in 2004 to capture and archive websites responding to the challenge of a ‘digital black hole’ in the nation’s memory. It contains specially selected websites that represent different aspects of online life in the UK.

We work closely with leading UK institutions to collect and
permanently preserve the UK web, and our archive can be seen at
http://www.webarchive.org.uk/.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Break Free, 2016: the movement steps up.






I filmed in an open cast coal mine in Wales for this video


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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mini Movie Theatre Entertains the Welsh


A Swansea based mobile movie theatre will be performing across Wales this month.

The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater has been dubbed by the BBC as ‘the smallest solar powered mobile cinema in the World’ .

Fresh from performing on the Gower recently, the Sol Cinema is off to Cardiff on Saturday to take part in the Art Car Bootique. The mini cinema will be showcasing films on behalf of Film Hub Wales.

Penclawdd artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK and Ireland.

Rhyl will host the Sol Cinema in June before they travel to perform at Glastonbury festival. Earlier this year, the Sol Cinema entertained the Welsh Rugby Squad before the Wales V France match.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘ We entertain thousands of people each year with the Sol Cinema and give up and coming film makers a unique platform for their latest work’

Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely on renewable
energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and batteries to store the
energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness the sunlight, even as the films are
being shown, so we never run out of power.’

END

Press Photos can be downloaded from http://www.thesolcinema.org/press.html
Interviews Contact 07973 298359


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Taking direct action in Germany to stop fossil fuels





Lush released my latest video report from Germany


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Lush release our video reports from Germany- Ende Gelände 2016





Lush have relased my video report from Germany

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Breaking News- why police arrest journalists




A film i made in 1999. Have things changed much?

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

German anti coal protests- Ende Gelände 2016



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Activists try to shut down German coal fired power plant



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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cyclists arrive at Ende Gelande anti coal mine protest camp in Germany



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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This month: Break Free From Fossil Fuels



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Monday, May 09, 2016

Solar powered cinema for sale


The Groovy Movie Picture house is a mobile solar powered cinema and this June they will perform for their 20th year at Glastonbury. They are putting up their cinema for sale so anyone interested get in touch with them via this link

#cinema #movies #festivals



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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Filming inside an open cast coal mine


I spent yesterday morning in a deep coal pit filming direct action protest which shut down the UK's largest open cast mine. Creating utter devastation to obtain fossil fuels to burn- insane. I recall filming the same place 15 years ago and it was trees and meadows. Now it is black with no signs of life.

I edited a 2min piece for 350.org and Reclaim the Power campaign group. It was the first time I have ever had footage from a drone to use in one of my videos. It supplied  stunning images so watch the video and see what you think. Learn more about the protest here


 


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Gower Hedgelaying




I spent a day filming with Malcom so sit back and enjoy



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Howard Marks- a personal account

The first time I met Howard Marks was the summer of 1997, he had come to Portsmouth for the annual Smokey Bears Picnic on Southsea Common.
We had arranged for him to drop in at my house to chat to a reporter from a local magazine before heading on to the picnic.
Howard was smoking some black Nepalese hash.
I asked him if he would be taking any dope to the picnic, “Oh sure” he said in his Welsh accent, “I always have a bit with me, I’m bustable 100% of the time”.



This is the opening paragraph and very good personal account of meeting and working and being involved with cannabis campaigner and former smuggler Howard Marks. It also has the video we produced for Undercurrents about taking direct action to legalise cannabis.

Read more of it here




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Monday, April 18, 2016

7th of May - The Forking Garden Party! Come and join us
















Come support our gardening project with a wonderful festival

7th of May - The Forking Garden Party!
On the 7th of May we are hosting a large fundraiser for the community gardens at GROUP! 

Unfortunately our beloved but ancient rotavator has finally passed away after chundeling along for over 20 years so now we need a new one!

Hopefully we get to our goal with your help and have a great evening of music food and friends at the same time.

The 7th will be split into two different events.

During the day AGM Swansea Community Gardening Network will be hosting talks and demonstrations from
10am - 4pm.
Although this is free, booking is essential due to limited spaces available. Below there is a link to AGM's web sight for the booking form and more information.

From 4pm till 5am GROUP is taking over with an evening of music, banquet hall and bar tent. The Forking Garden Party!
We will be hosting local musicians, local foods and local beers from Gower Brewery just down the road.

£10.00 entry includes Camping, banquet and entertainment and all funds go towards our gardens! Children under 12 are free. Book now!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Is life on the canal coming to an end?

Off the Cut provides unique insight into a community of boaters living on the Kennet and Avon canal. The film follows a family on their pedal powered boat as they embark on a journey in which their way of life, and that of the whole community, comes under threat.
Premier screening
Wed 23rd March 2016
7pm
St Margaret's Hall
BA15 1DE


Off the Cut Trailer from wendy zakiewicz on Vimeo.



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Wales Rugby team in Worlds smallest cinema- Sol Cinema





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Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Wales Rugby Squad squeezes inside Worlds smallest cinema


The Wales Rugby squad met the Worlds smallest cinema today. The unique
Swansea based mobile movie theatre was used by BBC to interview Wales
captain Sam Warburton and George North. The 1.9m high players squeezed
themselves into the converted caravan.

The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete
with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater
showed former Rugby matches to the players.

Artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by
recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort
for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK
and Ireland.



Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘Having such prestigious players inside the Sol Cinema was wonderful. We
look forward to the public response when it is broadcast on Friday before
the match’

The interviews with the Sol Cinema will be broadcast on BBC before Wales V
France game on Friday.


Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely
on renewable energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and lithium
batteries to store the energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness
the sunlight, even as the films are being shown, so we never run out of
power.’


End
Notes to Editors
To arrange interviews contact Paul O’Connor 07973 298359

Hi Resolution photographs of the Rugby squad can be downloaded here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/62956q8ttmabmkw/AAC6HqynKXwqre_TISTJXuXDa?dl=0

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Solar powered cinema short listed for Epic Award


A Swansea based mobile movie theatre has been short-listed to win an award for their  role in supporting creativity and volunteering. The Sol Cinema has been put forward for an Epic award which has now opened to allow for public votes.

The Sol Cinema -a micro movie house powered entirely by the Sun. Complete with smartly dressed usherette and red carpet, the tiny movie theater has been dubbed by the BBC as ‘the smallest solar powered mobile cinema in the World’ .

Penclawdd artist Jo Furlong and friends designed the micro cinema by recycling a 1972  twin berth caravan to accommodate 8 adults in comfort for a unique cinematic experience. The Sol Cinema has toured all over UK and Ireland and will next be performing in Caernarfon from February 16-19th.

The Epic Awards were set up in 2010 to promote, support and champion the voluntary cultural sector.

Sol Cinema projectionist Paul O’Connor said
‘It is wonderful being nominated for an award. We entertain thousands of people each year with the Sol Cinema and it is a great feeling to know that our dedication is recognised.’

The strong environmental aspect of the cinema is important.

Sol Cinema designer Jo Furlong added
‘The Sol Cinema has been lavished with pride and style and runs entirely on renewable
energy. We use an low energy LED video projector and lithium batteries to store the
energy from the Sun.Our photovoltaic panels harness the sunlight, even as the films are
being shown, so we never run out of power.’

Voting by the public has opened so you can vote for the Sol Cinema here.
http://shortlist.epicawards.co.uk/

End
Notes to Editors
Hi Resolution photographs can be downloaded here
http://www.thesolcinema.org/press.html

Sol Cinema details can be viewed on
http://www.thesolcinema.org

Epic Award Voting closes 5pm, Wednesday 23 March 2016



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