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Arts in Action in partnership with the Lions Club of Stonnington is very proud to host a fundraiser screening of “OPERATION: Emotional Freedom – The Answer” a multi-award winning feature length documentary. The film records the successful use of energy therapy technique EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to transform a group of volunteer combat vets from suicidal, addicted, aggressive chronic behaviors, to leading normal, manageable lives without medications.

The screening will take place on Remembrance Day as part of the 11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day, a global event founded by the film’s Producer Eric Huurre. The Melbourne screening will take place on the 11th November 2011 at The Glen Eira Town Hall Theatrette Caulfield at 7.30pm.

Representatives from the Victorian EFT Practitioner’s Network (VEPN) will be available on the night of the screening to offer information, resources, DVD’s, contacts and advice. Doors open at 6, come early if you want to talk to the experts, sample the effects of EFT with a mini session or network with fellow professionals.The event includes a panel discussion Q & A session and a word from the Producer Eric Huurre.

11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day – Screening of OPERATION Emotional Freedom (followed by panel discussion)

When: Friday 11th November 2011

Where: Glen Eira Town Hall Theatrette – Glen Eira and Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield , Vic 3162

Time: 7.30 – 10.30pm (Doors open at 6)

Cost:  Pre-sale Full: $20 Pre-sale Concession: $18 DVA Gold Card Members: FREE Tickets at the door $25 full $22 Concession

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Pre-sale Full: $20 Pre-sale Concession: $18 DVA Gold Card Members: FREE Tickets at the door $25 full $22 Concession

Funds raised by Stonnington Lions Club from the screening of OPERATION: Emotional Freedom, will be used to fund projects that enable war affected individuals to access EFT treatments.

11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day © by Eric Huurre

The 11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day is an acknowledgement and proactive extension of November 11th – the recognized global day of remembering and honoring veterans of military combat. The creation and production of the 11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day Event aims to promote personal and lasting healing from war-related trauma through energy psychology (EFT and tapping,) while honoring everyone touched by war.

Across the world 11/11 live events and online coverage of those events will pay tribute to those touched by war – veterans, their families, communities and all others affected, and in many cases, traumatized by exposure to war. 11/11 PTSD and Trauma Awareness Day will showcase how others have been helped to reduce and remove the memories and affects of trauma, while offering everyone the same model for healing and the resources and contacts to do so.

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OPERATION: Emotional Freedom – The Answer

This groundbreaking documentary is a hard hitting look at the current state of health care for combat veterans in America diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder.)

The film sets about examining the myths and misconceptions surrounding the medical/chemical approach to treating PTSD and why drugs are not “the answer” that pharmaceuticals promise. Instead, the film follows a group of volunteer vets and their families on a journey through a newer vision of health and healing for PTSD and trauma.

OPERATION: Emotional Freedom puts forward The Answer to enabling dysfunctional lives to return to balance, peace and productivity.

This Skywriter Communications project is the culmination of a two year process to document an innovative therapy for treating the physical and emotional effects arising in an increasing number of combat veterans and their families.

“This is an extraordinary and very important film that anyone involved in dealing with wartime Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will want to see.” ~Daniel J. Benor, MD, International Journal of Healing and Caring

SYNOPSIS

Click here to view the trailers

Working with a team of experienced practitioners and a group of volunteer PTSD-diagnosed vets from Vietnam to the present Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, this historic film records the therapy and follow-up of those individuals who were documented undergoing treatment as well as the hundreds of other volunteer veterans who participated in a national research and testing study – The Iraq Vets Stress Project http://www.stressproject.org

Included in the materials to come out of this unprecedented two year journey into the hell and back of PTSD-affected service men and women are a feature length documentary Special; a multi-part broadcast length series; and a DVD training course for practitioners and others working or living with veterans affected by trauma.

A significant goal of the project is to spread awareness of the option to treat PTSD with a low-cost, fast, non-chemical therapy not currently in widespread use in Veterans Administration care facilities while sharing the remarkable healing journeys of the combat veterans and their families and friends featured in this groundbreaking film. Where there was little or no hope for significant recovery from the effects of complex PTSD, the techniques demonstrated in this pilot project and follow-up provide an irrefutable document of the options and the impact of complimentary therapies at a time when the costs, effectiveness and the ultimate future of hundreds of thousands of returning service people are being compromised.

How the film will benefit the community and raise awareness

This film is of public value as well special interest to holistic and mainstream health care professionals working with PTSD, war veterans, returning soldiers, families and caregivers, energy psychology practitioners, Veteran Affairs personnel and RSL. The stories told in this film are not only inspiring to audiences, the people in this story stand as living examples to veterans and families still struggling with the effects of their condition without the aid of energy therapy techniques.

Among vets who developed PTSD after their military service are some who not only saw the effects of this devastating condition significantly reduced, they have gone on to become trainers and mentors for other veterans.

The notion that“if this can work for these extreme cases, imagine what it can do for me” remains my personal message that the film supports. Producer Eric Huurre

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Angie Muccillo
e. angiemuccillo@gmail.com
m. 0417391055

Made Keliwon

Arts in Action is once again pleased to support the wonderful work of 1 camera 1000 smiles, by promoting a very special exhibition of images created by Keliwon, a 15 year old boy who lives in the remote village of Belandingan, Bali.

After first getting his hands on a camera 2 years ago in a small classroom through the 1 camera 1000 smiles project, Keliwon was inspired to continue his exploration of this medium, resulting in a body of work which is his personal account of village life. Now 2 years later Keliwon, through the aid of NGO Anak Alam has been granted a scholarship to study in a secondary school in Ubud. 1 camera 1000 smiles is back to teach Keliwon and 40 other students photography skills in the classroom. This new project requires more cameras. All previously donated cameras are now part of a camera library in Belandingan and with classes due to start in November 2011, the project needs a fresh batch of cameras to help the students in Ubud get a photography education.
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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION “This is My Paradise” by Made Keliwon

Date: 13th October 2011  Time: 7pm Venue: Urban Artistry, 74 Johnston Street, Collingwood

This event combines a fundraiser and camera drive. Be inspired by the work of Keliwon as he uses his camera to portray family and village life. Click here for an interview with Keliwon. Prints at the exhibition will be available for sale and funds raised go towards providing further educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Bali. Be part of this amazing project. Come along to this special exhibition and bring along those old digital cameras. Instead of sitting in that draw, your old camera could be used by more children like Keliwon.
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CAMERA DRIVE
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Is Your Old Camera Collecting Dust?
Do You Have Old Camera Equipment Not Being Used?
Not Enough Mega pixels?
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WANTED
Point and shoot digital cameras
Memory cards
Batteries
Battery chargers
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Donate your old digital cameras and help create 1000 smiles
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1 Camera 1000 Smiles – MISSION
1 Camera 1000 Smiles is a project that runs photography workshops with young people living in rural villages in Bali. 1 Camera 1000 Smiles is committed to empowerment through photography and believes that by learning photography skills, young people are better able to express themselves creatively, tell their own story and develop problem solving skills. 1 Camera 1000 Smiles believes in working towards equal opportunities for young people, using photography as a launch pad for creative development and social connectivity.
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‎1 Camera 1000 Smiles – LEARNING OUTCOMES

– Operate a camera in a safe and responsible manner
– Communicate effectively and respectfully with people that they wish to photograph
– Understand composition & use this understanding to create strong images
– Consider different elements, such as light, tone, colour and pattern
– Have a basic understanding of key photographic processes such as aperture, shutter speed and exposure
– Pass on some of what they have learnt to other students

Keliwon pictured left with Richard Piscioneri 1 Camera 1000 Smiles in Ubud Bali July 2011.

For enquiries about the camera project please visit: www.1camera1000smiles.com.au

CLICK HERE to read an interview with 1 Camera 1000 Smiles Founder – Richard Piscioneri

Follow 1 camera 1000 smiles on facebook

Tickets on sale now @ Bella Union

 Arts in Action invites you to the Premiere screening of Trafficked – The Reckoning –  an inspiring story of former police officer Chris Payne’s quest to find the man who enslaved a young Thai girl in a Sydney brothel. This one hour documentary is the first film to go into production for FairTrade Films and is financed through SBS Television, Australia, Screen Australia, and Film Victoria.

East Timor Film Fundraiser

Proceeds from this screening will go towards the making of East Timor’s first locally produced feature film – “A Guerra Da Beatriz” a co-production between FairTrade Films, Dili Film Works and John Maynard. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and Chris Payne after the screening plus the Australian and world Premiere of 3 short films made by Dili Filmworks, East Timor’s first wave of Filmmakers.

WHEN: Tuesday 13th September 2011 

WHERE: Bella Union – Level 1, Trades Hall Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets Carlton South (enter off Lygon Street).

TIME: Doors open at 6.30pm film starts at 7.30pm

Tickets on sale now @ Bella Union 

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Trafficked – The Reckoning is an inspiring story of a former police officer’s quest to find the man who enslaved a young Thai girl in a Sydney brothel. Ning was thirteen when she was trafficked to Australia and sold to a Sydney brothel operator.  Ning’s moving story was first told in the documentary Trafficked which sent shock-waves around the nation and holds the record for the highest rating ‘Storyline Australia’ program for SBS TV. In 2007 Ning became the first slave in history to win victim of crime compensation. Jetsadophorn Chaladone, AKA Ning, was awarded $50,000 by the Attorney General’s Department of NSW for the multiple child rapes committed against her in 1995. This groundbreaking decision set an important precedent for millions of sex slaves globally.  News of the ruling was reported around the world and featured in popular women’s magazines like Marie Claire, Madison and New Idea.

But the Australian man who imprisoned Ning for ten days and who forced her to have sex with over one hundred men was never arrested.  Ning remembers him well and he is mentioned repeatedly in immigration records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act but his name is blacked out.   So his identity is unknown, as the state or the Federal Police did not investigate the incident.  Shortly before Ning was apprehended an AFP operation to combat sex trafficking was closed down.  Chris Payne, who ran Operation Paper Tiger, was ordered not to investigate Ning’s case. He did, however, attend Immigration’s interrogation of Ning and was deeply moved by what he saw; a young child, crying and shattered by the horrific rapes she’d endured.

Chris Payne  

This sequel is a tough and suspenseful investigative documentary that takes us into the brutal underworld of the slave trade in Australia and Thailand. It will grip audiences as they follow two remarkable people, Chris Payne and Ning, struggling to put to rest an incident that has haunted them for fifteen years.

Watch out for Trafficked – The Reckoning on SBS Television, 20th September 2011.

Directed By: Luigi Acquisto

Written By: Luigi Acquisto, Chris Payne

Produced By: Stella Zammataro, Luigi Acquisto

Website: http://fairtradefilms.com.au

FUNDRAISER for A Guerra Da Beatriz – East Timor’s first locally produced Feature Film

Luigi Aquisito and Stella Zammanato of FairTrade Films will produce this historic film A Guerra Da Beatriz together with Dili Film Works, East Timor’s first film & television Production Company and John Maynard, the producer of Balibo. The President of East Timor, and Noble laureate, Jose Ramos Horta, has pledged his support for the film. SBS Australia and The World Movie Channel have acquired the film for broadcast. The finished film will have a gala premiere screening in Dili, tour East Timor’s districts, be entered into prestigious film festivals, be presented at film and television markets and be available for sale on the Internet and as a DVD.

Production starts in October with $50 000 needed to get this film rolling. So help make history and support Timor Leste’s first feature film.

“After 300 years of foreign colonisation and occupation we are free to tell our story. Help us make history”

The Story

A Guerra Da Beatriz is a love story inspired by a true 16th century French story about Bertrande de Rols and her husband Martin Guerre. In this adaptation the story has been transposed to East Timor on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of the Portuguese colony.

The story starts in September 1975 with the wedding of Beatriz and Tomas in a small mountain village in the heart of Timor. Several months later, following the Indonesian invasion of Timor, Beatriz and Tomas, along with hundreds of others from the village, flee to the mountains. They are captured in 1979 and resettled in the village of Kraras.

In 1983 Beatriz gives birth to a son. The child’s life is threatened when Indonesian soldiers massacre every male in the village, over two hundred children and men, in retribution for an attack by the Timorese resistance. Tomas, Beatriz’s husband, is arrested and disappears. Beatriz is unable to find Tomas’s body and desperately holds onto the hope that he has somehow escaped and will return.

Tomas returns sixteen years later, in 1999, following East Timor’s independence. He had fled to the mountains and fought with the resistance. It is a passionate and moving reunion. Beatriz discovers a different man to the boy who left her years earlier. Tomas is now wiser, gregarious and loving. He has learnt much from life and war.

But as time passes, Beatriz makes a chilling discovery. She becomes convinced that Tomas is an impostor, that she has mistaken a stranger for her husband. Who is this man? Why has he taken on a new identity? Tomas’s sisters and family accuse Beatriz of treachery, of being mad. But she is determined to discover the truth.

A Guerra Da Beatriz is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought.

The Team

A Guerra Da Beatriz has been written by Irim Tolentino, an award winning Timorese author, and Luigi Acquisto. Bety Reis will co-direct the film. Producers are John Maynard and Stella Zammataro. Jose Da Costa from Dili FilmWorks will co-produce the film.

The cast will feature Irim Tolentino as Beatriz. Irim is an original member of the renowned Bibi Bulak theatre company in East Timor. She worked on Balibo and has starred in many local theatre and television productions. Jose Da Costa will play Tomas. Jose is East Timor’s most experienced actor. He played major roles in Answered by Fire and Balibo.

FairTrade Films is committed, through its charter, to an equitable and ethical working relationship with its East Timorese partners. Profits from the film will go to Dili Film Works to finance training and future development and productions. Read Fair Trade Film’s Mission Statement

A Guerra Da Beatriz will be the first in a succession of exciting East Timorese films that tell the story of the nation through the eyes of Timorese writers, directors and producers. Most importantly it will contribute to a sense of nationhood by identifying themes and histories that unite rather than fragment the Timorese people.

If you would like to know more about the film, join the Beatriz Fan Club, sponsor or invest in the film, please contact Stella Zammataro stella@abrafilms.com

Help Arts in Action raise funds for the making of East Timor’s first locally produced feature filmA Guerra Da Beatriz by attending a special fundraiser screening of Trafficked (2005) the groundbreaking documentary that explores the sex trafficking trade in SE Asia and Australia. Two screenings are being held one on the 12th of August at Hub Melbourne in the city and the second one on the 13th August at Long Play Bar & Cinema in North Fitzroy. TICKETS are available online @ Eventbrite. Seats are limited so BOOK NOW.

Trafficked tells the deeply moving and insightful story of two Thai girls who were sold to Sydney brothels. The trafficking of women and children for prostitution is a global problem. The United Nations estimates that more than one million children are forced into sexual slavery each year. Some of them are trafficked into Australia. Former Australian Federal Police Officer turned private investigator, Chris Payne, and Director, Luigi Acquisto (Abracadabra/FairTrade Films), collaborated for over ten years on the making of this documentary which follows Chris as he investigates this shocking crime.

The documentary first aired on SBS in July 2006 and set a new ratings record for Storyline Australia. According to Luigi “The film did more than raise awareness about an important issue. It made history by acting as a catalyst for the first compensation claims to be made in this country by trafficking victims. Trafficked has resulted in some very real changes: people are more aware of the existence of slavery in Australia, and justice is being sought through our courts for the victims of slavery. This is making legal history and will set precedents for future victims.”

Film Screening Details

Film: TRAFFICKED by Luigi Acquisto, Stella Zammataro, Chris Payne – Abracadabra Films. Length: 52 minutes

Friday 12th August @ Hub Melbourne

Level 3 Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke St Melbourne

Film starts 7pm (Doors open at 6.30)

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Saturday 13th @ Long Play Bar & Cinema

318 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North 3068

Film starts 7pm (Venue opens at 6pm food and alcohol can be ordered at the bar)

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Tickets: $20 (Funds raised go towards the making of A Guerra Da Beatriz)

Special Guest: Nick Calpakdjian (Film Editor) working with FairTrade Films and Producer Stella Zammataro (Saturday screening) will be present to talk about the work they are doing in Dili to support the East Timorese build a viable film industry. Also find out about the important sequel Trafficked – The Reckoning” which will screen on SBS in September 2011.

A Guerra Da Beatriz – East Timor’s first locally produced Feature Film

Luigi Aquisito and Stella Zammanato of FairTrade Films will produce this historic film A Guerra Da Beatriz together with Dili Film Works, East Timor’s first film & television Production Company and John Maynard, the producer of Balibo. The President of East Timor, and Noble laureate, Jose Ramos Horta, has pledged his support for the film. SBS Australia and The World Movie Channel have acquired the film for broadcast. The finished film will have a gala premiere screening in Dili, tour East Timor’s districts, be entered into prestigious film festivals, be presented at film and television markets and be available for sale on the Internet and as a DVD.

Production starts in September and they need to raise $50 000 to get this film rolling. So help make history and support Timor Leste’s first feature film.

“After 300 years of foreign colonisation and occupation we are free to tell our story. Help us make history”

The Story

A Guerra Da Beatriz is a love story inspired by a true 16th century French story about Bertrande de Rols and her husband Martin Guerre. In this adaptation the story has been transposed to East Timor on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of the Portuguese colony.

The story starts in September 1975 with the wedding of Beatriz and Tomas in a small mountain village in the heart of Timor. Several months later, following the Indonesian invasion of Timor, Beatriz and Tomas, along with hundreds of others from the village, flee to the mountains. They are captured in 1979 and resettled in the village of Kraras.

In 1983 Beatriz gives birth to a son. The child’s life is threatened when Indonesian soldiers massacre every male in the village, over two hundred children and men, in retribution for an attack by the Timorese resistance. Tomas, Beatriz’s husband, is arrested and disappears. Beatriz is unable to find Tomas’s body and desperately holds onto the hope that he has somehow escaped and will return.

Tomas returns sixteen years later, in 1999, following East Timor’s independence. He had fled to the mountains and fought with the resistance. It is a passionate and moving reunion. Beatriz discovers a different man to the boy who left her years earlier. Tomas is now wiser, gregarious and loving. He has learnt much from life and war.

But as time passes, Beatriz makes a chilling discovery. She becomes convinced that Tomas is an impostor, that she has mistaken a stranger for her husband. Who is this man? Why has he taken on a new identity? Tomas’s sisters and family accuse Beatriz of treachery, of being mad. But she is determined to discover the truth.

A Guerra Da Beatriz is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought.

The Team

A Guerra Da Beatriz has been written by Irim Tolentino, an award winning Timorese author, and Luigi Acquisto. Bety Reis will co-direct the film. Producers are John Maynard and Stella Zammataro. Jose Da Costa from Dili FilmWorks will co-produce the film.

The cast will feature Irim Tolentino as Beatriz. Irim is an original member of the renowned Bibi Bulak theatre company in East Timor. She worked on Balibo and has starred in many local theatre and television productions. Jose Da Costa will play Tomas. Jose is East Timor’s most experienced actor. He played major roles in Answered by Fire and Balibo.

FairTrade Films is committed, through its charter, to an equitable and ethical working relationship with its East Timorese partners. Profits from the film will go to Dili Film Works to finance training and future development and productions. Read Fair Trade Film’s Mission Statement

A Guerra Da Beatriz will be the first in a succession of exciting East Timorese films that tell the story of the nation through the eyes of Timorese writers, directors and producers. Most importantly it will contribute to a sense of nationhood by identifying themes and histories that unite rather than fragment the Timorese people.

If you would like to know more about the film, join the Beatriz Fan Club, sponsor or invest in the film, please contact Stella Zammataro stella@abrafilms.com

Following it’s launch in May Arts in Action is back and proud to present a screening of  Pray the Devil Back to Hell  a deeply moving documentary which chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

Thousands of women — ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outside of the Presidential Palace. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they demanded a resolution to the country’s civil war. Their actions were a critical element in bringing about a agreement during the stalled peace talks.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations. This film acknowledges the powerful force of women to create social change. Meet the amazing Activists in the film whose stories are truely remarkable and need to shared.

WHEN:  Thursday 14th July 2011

WHERE:  Basement @ Donkey Wheel House

ADDRESS: 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 (near the corner of Spenser Street)

TIME: 7.30pm Doors open at 7pm

TICKETS: $20 tickets available online through Greentix Seats are limited so BOOK NOW!

The Good Brew Company will be back to supply beer and wine @ basement prices. Free soft drinks and nibbles.

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COLLABORATOR: Carpets For Communities

To celebrate and raise awareness of women’s role in peace and development Arts in Action is excited to HOST A CARPET PARTY on behalf of  Carpets For Communities – a project empowering mothers to break the cycle of poverty. A volunteer from the project will attend the screening event to talk about Carpets for Communities, Fair Trade and development. A wide range of beautiful hand crafted carpets made by women in Cambodia will be on display and available for sale on the night. They are simply gorgeous and buying a carpet supports an organisation thats working towards solving poverty issues.

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Arts in Action Launch

Posted: May 13, 2011 in Latest Events

A big thank you to everyone who made it into the city on Thursday night in the wet and cold to attend the launch of Arts in Action, it was a wonderful turnout, with plenty of good brew flowing, chatter and a film to really provoke thought and discussion! Apart from a few technical glitches the night ran rather smoothly. Thanks go to all those who contributed to the success of the evening. Firstly I have to mention the wonderful event staff at Donkey Wheel House, Alana, Jessie and Cherie for being so accommodating, efficient and responsive to my needs. They are a great team, very willing to assist in any way they can, I highly recommend Donkey Wheel as a venue if you re looking for somewhere a little different to hold an event, function or meeting.

Secondly thank you to everyone who donated a camera, 6 cameras raised and a few more on their way. Great effort! Thanks to Zoe a volunteer from the project who came along as a representative to meet and greet and collect cameras. I am deeply grateful for the support and assistance provided by my friends, especially Mary for being my “Door Angel” and Melissa for taking over the popcorn making just when I needed her most! Deano I must say stole the show with his tasty ales, tragic jokes and charming service. His little doco which had its first public screening was a big hit. Deano also saved the day with his hotspot smartphone that provided wifi when the venue’s internet connection failed. Thanks to Deano the skype call with Richard from Bali was able to take place as planned. Richard joined us after the feature film, to talk to the audience about his Bali kid’s camera project. Thanks so much to Richard for his time and sharing. Thanks also to Sonia Grieve for sharing her wonderful artwork “Atlas Novus” – which added a warm and soft glow to the room. And finally thanks to Andrew Bradsworth whose beautiful music played in the background.

So what’s next? I have plans for a screening on Remembrance Day of the film “Operation Emotional Freedom” which will coincide with a worldwide summit on PTSD and include a skype call with the Producer Eric Huure. But before that I have been invited to collaborate on the screening of “Our Generation” during Reconciliation week. If you’d like to stay informed about upcoming screening events and collaborators please join the mailing list to be notified of new posts and updates.

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On the eve of my first screening and the launch of Arts in Action I am very excited and have everything in place for a wonderful night. There are still a few tickets remaining. If you plan to come along you can purchase your ticket here or try your luck at the door. Planning this event has been an absolute joy! I have been able to collaborate and partner with the most incredible, socially conscious and creative individulas and organisations. And now I have a few new announcements so please read on…

Music by Andrew Bradsworth

Andrew Bradworth who is both a talented Melbourne photographer and musician is kindly supplying the background music on the night, which will be played before and after the film and during intermission. His latest CD tiltled “Look Up” will be playing and there will also be some CD’s available for sale.  Please visit his soundcloud page for a sample of his music.  You can contact Andrew via his website to purchase a CD.

See Andrew’s Artist statement below. 

Andrew Bradsworth – “Look Up”

Ambient, acoustic, electronic, experimental, soundscape

My compositions are a mixture of layered and textural soundscapes combining ‘music of the moment’ improvisations, loops and field recordings reflecting a passion for nature, the environment and how we deal and interact with it in our everyday lives. My approach to making music is of a ‘cinematic’ nature. I belong to environmental groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation and Greenpeace. Musical influences range from Miles Davis, Brian Eno, Bill Frisell, Robert Fripp, Nels Cline, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Fennesz, Aphex Twin, John Martyn.

Special Guest

If all goes to plan, Richard from the 1 camera 1000 smiles project who is currently in Bali will skype in after the feature film to speak briefly with the audience about the project and to answer any audience questions. Zoe who is a volunteer with the project will also be there on the night to collect cameras that people donate.  She is heading off to Bali next week and may very well be personally delivering the donated cameras. I look forward to having both on board on the night!

Good Brew

Just quietly Deano from The Good Brew Company will be unleashing his new lemongrass infused bitter ale which is proving very popular with beer drinkers who are saying it’s the best beer they’ve tasted! I sure am looking forward to a taste!

An added feature of the Manufactured Landscapes screening on May 12th at the Donkey Wheel House is the inclusion of a “Difference Makers Segment” which screens a series of short clips and documentaries that shine a spotlight on local people, artists, projects and businesses that use sustainable principles and practices.  These are the people working at a grassroots level to make a difference in addressing global environmental issues. These are the people who are taking action, talking steps towards the creation of a more sustainable world. By supporting these people and their missions, we can make a difference on our own own individual level. I personally admire their creativity and innovation so I encourage you to learn more about what these tremendous people do. You can find out more and support them by coming along and participating in the Arts in Action launch, camera drive and film screening.  If you plan to come along get your tickets now @ $20 which includes a sustainable brew, fairtrade tea and coffee and freshly popped corn. Buy your tickets online now at Greentix.  Seats are limited and filling up.

Collaborators, Partners and Difference Makers

A recycled  art piece created by Artist Sonia Grieve titled Atlas Novus will be on display on the night. Sonia used sustainable art practices in the creation of her art piece. A paper written on how she created the work and how she used sustainable methods, will be posted here soon.

And thanks for the co-operation and involvment of these wonderful people.. 

Arts in Action will officially launch with a screening of Manufactured Landscapes an award winning documentary film about the work of photographer and 2005 TED Prize winner Edward Burtynsky. A camera drive in support of the 1 camera 1000smiles project will also be held on the night, so please bring along any old unused cameras and photographic equipment which will be donated to the kids camera project. The Good Brew Company will be supplying beer, cider and/or wine brewed with a minimun carbon footprint. All inclusive, so come along bring your old cameras and toast the opening of Arts in Action with a good brew! Or if a Good Brew is not your cup of tea, then enjoy a STREAT coffee instead!

WHEN:  Thursday 12th May 2011

WHERE:  Basement @ Donkey Wheel House

ADDRESS: 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne 3000 (near the corner of Spenser Street)

TIME: 7.30pm Doors open at 7pm

TICKETS: $20 tickets available online through Greentix Seats are limited so BOOK NOW! 

Read about Greentix’s environmental initiatives

SYNOPSIS

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.

WATCH THE TRAILER

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AWARDS

  • Best Documentary – 2007 Genie Awards
  • Best Canadian Film – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary – Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
  • Nominated for Grand Jury Prize – 2007 Sundance Film Festival
  • Won the Reel Current Award (presented by Al Gore) – 2007 Nashville Film Festival

Listen to the Q&A with Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky at New York’s Film Forum

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Lights Camera Action!

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Latest Events

Hello and welcome to the Arts in Action blog!

This is where I will be posting relevant information about films, backed films, interviews with collaborators, art exhibition announcements, and artist profiles.

In the latest collaborator news, I recently interviewed Richard Piscioneri, owner of Urban Artistry and  founder of the wonderful 1 camera 1000 smiles project. Soon I will be posting the transcription of this interview, where I find out more about the project.  

In the latest venue news, I visited Donkey Wheel House to check their film screening facilities. There is a section of the basement  that is used for film screenings. Holding up to 40 people the area is converted into a cinema style layout. Find out more about this beautiful historic building.

In the latest film news, at the moment I am looking at screening Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky (2007) 

The theme of this event is recycling and will incorporates a camera drive to collect cameras on behalf of the 1 camera 1000 smiles projectThere will be a camera collection point on the night as well as information about the project and how people can become involved.

So it’s all starting to come together. After a month or so of researching films, venues and potential collaborators, I am now at the stage of co-ordinating my first screening event.  My target is mid May.

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Cheers Angie 🙂