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TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL

11th – 19th February 2012

“See the change you want to be in the world”

Arts in Action proudly supports the Transitions Film Festival, a visionary film program dedicated to showcasing ground-breaking documentaries about our global culture in transition towards a sustainable future. The inspiring world-changing topics include the future of energy, sustainable economics, global action on climate change, ecological architecture and organic agriculture. Taking place as part of the larger Sustainable Living Festival, these films will propel forward the debate in Australia about what we can do to create a sustainable society.

Festival Director Tim Parish

“We are currently experiencing rapid transformation of industrial, technological, economic and social change beyond anything previously experienced by humankind.The challenge of our generation is to consciously guide this transition to a sustainable global civilisation rather than let it spiral out of control, ecologically, financially or socially. Many within the environment movement understand that people are aware of the issues we face, and that there is a growing need to focus on the solutions to manifest a positive, creative culture of sustainability.”

The groundbreaking films in this program will each tackle this challenge head on, exploring the current state of play in Australia and around the world, highlighting positive and inspiring examples of solutions, ideas and innovations into the state of the global environment movement. Each session will be accompanied by a short film to bring the themes explored in the feature to a local context – illustrating ways in which the ideas being discussed can and are being putting into action.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

Sat 11th of February – National premiere of award-winning German documentary ‘Energy Autonomy: The 4th Revolution’ as part of the launch event on International Energy Futures with Australian documentary The Futuremakers about Australian scientists at the forefront of the clean energy revolution.

Sun 12th of February – OUR WORLD 2.0 – A public forum with short films hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) on global sustainability, paths to a green economy and the UN International Year of Renewable Energy for All.

Mon 12th of February – Sustainable Economics screening: Real Estate 4 Ransom with filmmaker and ‘renegade economist’ Karl Fitzgerald discussing global financial crisis, boom and bust economics and sustainable economic alternatives.

Tues 14th of February – ECO-VISIONARIES –screening 2012: Time For Change with introduction by filmmaker Daniel Pinchbeck (via linkup).

Wed 15th of February – International Premiere for ‘Earthships: New Solutions’ which will be introduced by visionary architect Michael Reynolds at the Melbourne Town Hall. The screening will also include a short film and talk by the Jack Thompson Foundation, discussing their work teaching self-building techniques in Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Thursday 16th of February – Public forum with documentary filmmakers attending the festival with DOCO 3000 @ State Library of Victoria.

Friday 17th of Feb – ORGANIC PHILOSOPHY > free screening @ Federation Square of films about permaculture, organic farming and sustainable agriculture as part of the Sustainable Living Festival BIG WEEKEND.

Saturday 18th of February Free public screening at Federation Square Main Screen of the spectacular film ‘Home’, as well as the national premiere of US documentary ‘Carbon Nation’.

Statewide synchronised screenings of HOME on the 18th of February as part of the Sustainable Living Festival’s State of Sustainability program.

The festival takes place at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne Town Hall and at Federation Square as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. Transitions is suported by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria), The City of Melbourne, Red Energy, Hepburn Wind, Prosper Australia and Undergrowth.org.

More information, full session details and bookings visit: http://transitionsfilmfestival.com

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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)

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

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)

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

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

Arts in Action proudly supports the making of East Timor’s first locally produced feature film – A Guerra Da Beatriz and invites you to attend a film fundraiser event to help raise funds for this important venture.

FairTrade Films Australia is currently working together with young East Timorese producers, writers and actors on A Guerra Da Beatriz, a powerful love story spanning the years 1975 – 2009.

FairTrade Films will produce the film with Dili Film Works, East Timor’s first film & television Production Company and NGO.  John Maynard, the producer of Balibo, has joined FairTrade Films and Dili Film Works to co-produce this historic film. 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.

Film Fundraiser – A Guerra Da Beatriz

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”

Fundraiser event details:

When: Saturday 23rd July 7.30pm

Where: Urban Artistry 74 Johnson St Collingwood

Time: 7.30pm-11.30pm

Tickets: $80 per person

Ticket cost covers: Your drinks for the duration of the event, canapés, short film screening and a contribution towards raising funds.

Dress Code: Cocktail

To attend please email Natalia at natalia_cikorska@yahoo.com.au  for payment information. Tickets must  be purchased before Thursday 21st July 2011.

Event organised by Natalia Cikorska, Nick Calpakdjian, Arlo Picasso Enemark of FairTrade Films

Check out the Facebook Event page

Auction at the Fundraiser

East Timorese items to be auctioned off on the night include, hand-woven cloth (Tais), wooden masks, East Timorese coffee and a DVD pack of Timorese documentaries with the  short docos and drama films from the students.

ABOUT THE FILM

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.

ABOUT THE FILMAKERS AND CAST

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

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.

ABOUT CARPETS FOR COMMUNITIES

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

ABOUT THE CARPETS

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 http://carpetsforcommunity.myshopify.com/

2. Host a Carpet Party http://wordpress.carpetsforcommunities.org/thecarpets/carpet-party/

3. Volunteer http://wordpress.carpetsforcommunities.org/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.

TRAILER:

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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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  http://www.goodbrew.com.au/

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.

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

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hNlDwYFgAg%5D

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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