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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


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

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
m. 0417391055


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)


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)


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

COLLABORATOR PROFILE: Carpets For Communities

EVENT: Film Screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell 

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 Reserve your seat BOOK NOW!

To celebrate and raise awareness of women’s role in peace and development Arts in Action is excited and proud 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 of Pray the Devil Back to Hell to do a short presentation 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 that’s working towards solving poverty issues.


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

By empowering mothers to send their children to school through the production and sale  of one-of-a-kind, hand-hooked carpets, Carpets For Communities aim to improve the livelihoods of the poor in Poipet Commune and to help them break through the poverty cycle.

There are four key areas that Carpets for Communities focus on in order to achieve their goals.

  1. Empowering women to support their families
  2. Increasing levels of school enrolment and attendance
  3. Reducing the number of children at risk of trafficking, exploitation and other dangers
  4. Investing in the development of the Poipet Commune


The rugs are high quality, durable floor rugs with stunning colors and multiple sizes.

They offer comfort for your feet and a beautiful piece for any bedroom, bathroom, lounge room or kitchen. Each rug is eco-friendly, made from post- production cotton t-shirt off-cuts and used hessian rice sacks.

Each piece of rolled cotton is individually hooked through the hessian sacks then stitched along the bottom. This hand-hooked process makes the carpets very durable, can be vacuumed and are machine washable.

GET ACTIVE: How to Support Carpets for Communities

1. Donate via Pledgie

Click here to lend your support to: I

2. Buy a rug online

2. Host a Carpet Party

3. Volunteer

4. Follow Carpets for Communities on FACEBOOK


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.


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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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.. 

I have chosen to purchase certified fair trade and organic STREAT Coffee, which is locally roasted at the gorgeous Abbotsford Convent Bakery  for the Arts in Action launch on the 12th May at Donkey Wheel House.

A Community Cup

STREAT is a Social Enterprise located at the Donkey Wheel House which provides social support and hospitality programs to homeless youth. STREAT partners with the Convent Bakery to roast their coffee because of a shared passion for making the world a more sustainable place with great food and beverages.  Click here to view the STREAT coffee videos where Convent Bakery owner Arnie offers a behind the scenes take on how the coffee is roasted, and why he chose to support STREAT.

 So if you’re coming along to the screening launch and a Good Brew is not your cup of tea, then enjoy a STREAT coffee instead!!

Photo by Richard Piscioneri

COLLABORATOR PROFILE: 1 Camera 1000 Smiles 

Event: Film Screening Manufactured Landscapes

On Friday 4th March 2011 I had the pleasure of interviewing Richard at his Urban Artistry photography studio in Collingwood. Due to fly out to Bali early in the next week, Richard generously made time to answer questions and share his vision and goals for the 1 camera 1000 smiles project. He speaks with warmth, passion and spirit about how it all started and where the project is at right now. I was specifically interested in finding out what type of support the project needs to move forward and how people can contribute. He also shares his thoughts about the power of photography to create change and talks about his passion for teaching/education and his interest in environmental issues, particularly recycling and redistribution of resources. Finally he tells us what it is about this project that makes him smile!

Below is PART 1 of a written transcript of the voice recorded conversation.

Angie: Richard can you tell us about your vision for the 1 camera 1000 smiles project?

Richard: I guess the 1 camera 1000 smiles project is about sharing, education, it’s about development; it’s about waste, the environment, progression, the change of the world and the world changing. It’s about western development, underdeveloped countries, overdeveloped countries and trying to create some sort of harmony and balance in between. It comes about you know, photography is a powerful medium and pretty much it produces change and alters the course in the world. It makes people accountable in so many ways as well, it’s been used to put ideas forward, to put expressions forward, to publicize, advertise, to create, capture and so forth. So it’s a very very very powerful medium.

Ah and the project itself, it’s about giving people a little bit of autonomy and power for themselves and that’s through the means of education, which I think is by far the ultimate in knowhow and power, it’s about creating autonomy and giving people confidence and so forth coz it puts things on par and it opens up new ways of sharing ideas and information. So in a nutshell …. is that a nutshell ? or no… it’s a big walnut perhaps, coz it’s got a few twists in there but there’s a lot involved, it’s not simply about collecting a bunch of cameras and taking them into developing countries and giving them out, it not about handouts that’s for sure. It’s about getting in there amongst it with people who are in need and trying to give them a bit of hope and a bit of knowhow.

Angie: So how did the project come about and where is at right now?

Richard: Well the process is in its infancy, it was instigated about 10 months ago. It’s a slow process, you know, working in the tropics, working from halfway between Australia and Bali and travelling in between and so forth. But it just started with a bit of an idea because I used to work as an educator and a photographer. And it started off with a bit of a passion of mine to just take those skills sets and utilize it because I wanted to share that. I haven’t always been a  teacher , it’s been only 3 or four years but there’s something about teaching that’s really self indulgent, self rewarding and you know, not only do I teach, I learn, I experience and have the opportunity to speak, and as you can see I love speaking! So it kind of gives me a platform for that.

Angie:  You take cameras into remote villages and run workshops with the kids. What do they do with the cameras? Tell us about your experiences with that and what the response is like?

Richard: The idea is to collect a whole host of disused cameras from Australia, so we’ve been doing that along the way. The first workshop I held though, I used my own professional equipment. I had professional expensive photographic equipment,  which I’m handing out to these kids and they’re walking around with these expensive cameras around their necks. Which is quite a sight, it’s a bit of a buzz for me too.

With workshops, ok so what’s been happening with the kids so far, we’ve been going up there, just giving them some small educational introductions to cameras. We’ve done some demonstrations we’ve shown them samples of photography, showing them what a camera can do, how the camera works, just showing them how to use it, through demonstration. Taking photos of them, with them, giving them the opportunity to use the camera.

We go up to a town in Bali, in the region of Kintamani which is in a mountain area. We go to a village called Blandingan which is one of Bali’s most historic villages, pretty much untouched, very untouched. Apparently and I don’t know if this is true or not, but I like telling this story, it makes me feel a little bit special, they say I’m the first westerner to spend a night overnight in the town.  It’s a very basic sort of village but it is beautiful…absolutely beautiful.  Most of the houses are 12 post houses, some of them with dirt floors. Ah just the fields, the village lifestyle, the community the whole sense of it, it’s pretty amazing and it just fills you full of joy and your senses sort of get sparked up when you’re in that environment. When you watch the kids and the families in the villages and how they make do and how they operate on a daily basis, that alone is a workshop. It’s a workshop for myself via them.

My Bahasa, my Indonesian is not all that great so I try and do things by gesture and I have an interpreter as well. So there’s definitely a language barrier but the kids are so clever. They tend to have a complete grasp of it, learning things quickly. In teaching them about concepts such as aperture and shutter speed even through gesture, you can see by the expressions on their faces that they’re getting it and if they don’t get it all they get at least 70% of it and that alone is rewarding.  So I know I’ve got a captive highly astute audience that given some time and some nurturing, some energy are going to excel at whatever they do.

Now these kids may not necessarily want to be photographers per se, and they don’t necessarily have to be. But it just gives them a little bit of hope, you know a little bit of knowledge and knowhow and it brings them up to speed with things and I think there are a lot of benefits to learning how to use a camera. And just for the expressions on their faces I think that’s enough. The kids receive it well and the village adults receive it warmly.

Click here for PART 2 of this interview where Richard talks about what’s happening in the next phase of the project and how people can contribute.

Serving a delicious sustainable brew, Deano of The Good Brew Company will be supplying the drinks at the Arts in Action launch on the 12th May at Donkey Wheel House. Come along and toast the opening of Arts in Action with a good brew! Not only is his brew good, Deano is also a man with  a mission, which is why I decided to hire him for the launch. The Good Brew Company is also a HUB tenant at the Donkey Wheel House. Don’t miss Deano’s wonderful little doco, posted at the bottom of this page.

Beer brewed with a minimun carbon footprint

The beer is brewed locally by breweries with solar preheat or other innovative environmental measures in place. It is delivered by bicycle and served from reusable kegs into reusable glasses/bamboo which can be washed, rinsed and chilled at venue. ZERO WASTE created.  

What is a good brew? by Deano

A good brew is a sustainable brew.

A sustainable brew is brewed with traditional methods.
– Slow fermentation
– No chemicals

A sustainable brew also considers the environment in all phases of its production
– Has a the smallest possible carbon footprint
(in grain sourcing, grain & beer distribution and all aspects of the brewing process)
– Uses rainwater as much as possible
– Tastes fantastic and makes you feel good

Most microbrewers already endeavour to minimalise there ecological impact. These brewers must do all of the following for Sustainable Brews to market their product for them:
– Be local (within 50km) to Brunswick (home of Sustainable Brews)
– Use solar technology to preheat all water required for the brewing process.
– Use green power to power the rest of the brewery.
– Encourage workers to ride to work (xmas bonuses)
– Catch rain water (if uncontaminated by possum poo) from the roof to use for rinsing, washing & bathroom facilities…brewing if possible.
– Use only natural ingredients, no GMO’s and no preservatives
– Use only recycled paper based boxes and stationary

Check out Deano’s doco created by the Documentary Shop It’s sure to make you smile 🙂

Deano from Coburg from Documentary Shop on Vimeo.

What is crowdfunding?

Inspired by crowdsourcing, crowdfunding describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money together, usually via the Internet, in order to support efforts initiated by other people or organisations (Wikipedia).

Since discovering the concept of crowdfunding, I have become more and more excited by the idea that creative people with innovative ideas, be it in film, photography, art, community, who want to make a difference, now have a whole new platform from which to acquire the funds (outside of government grants) and the freedom to use these funds on their own terms.  Greater social innovation is the natural by product, I believe.  Due to the all or nothing funding model, projects that warm the most hearts or raise the most interest or generate the most support are the ones that have a greater chance of achieving their funding targets. If targets are not met within the timeframe set up for the project, the projects do not get funded. I believe this is where the power of the internet, social media and crowdfunding collide, and a new media with an alternative voice can be broadcast. What a powerful trio when put into the hands of people whose projects are a reflection of their burning desires and dreams about making the world a better place. This is right up my idealist alley might I add!!

My favourite crowdfunding sites are:

Pozible  is a crowdfunding platform and community for creative projects and ideas. Developed for artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, event organisers, software developers and all creative minded people to help make great things possible.

Start Some Good is a new crowdfunding platform which gives social entrepreneurs the tools they need to transform their ideas for improving the world into action and impact.

Kickstarter  Kickstarter is focused on creative projects. It’s a great way for artists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, writers, illustrators, explorers, curators, performers, and others to bring their projects, events, and dreams to life.

Plan Big  PlanBig brings together the experiences, knowledge and expertise of people with different skills from all walks of life and all ages to help each other get ideas kick started.

Films and other projects that have been backed by Arts in Action include:

Finding Vivian Meyer

How Philly Moves

Becoming Visible

Just Do It: Get up off your arse and change the world!   

Get into FOCUS

The Subconscious Cometh

ABC report on Green Way Up’s crowdfunded project

It’s a new and very satisfying way of spending money and my aim is to feed the profits made from Arts in Action, into projects I find inspiring and reflect the change i want to see in the world. I can make a difference by supporting the people with the creative ideas and visions and in turn mine own are inspired.

And just to digress for a moment I really do want my very own sol cinema! It’s the world’s smallest solar movie theatre, I love it!

Click here for the latest news on Arts in Action Screenings

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


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.




  • 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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