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RTM's Indie Screenings Round-Up 1/06/07

With thanks to our friends at the Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice - "Friday Night At The Meaningful Movies" - for providing a lot of this information! You'll find their great listings at www.MeaningfulMovies.org


Saturday, January 6th, 7:00pm
Film: DARK DAYS - with special guests from Real Change Newspaper
Film Specs: 88 min, Marc Singer, 2000

Description: "Dark Days" is the multi-award winning documentary from Marc Singer about a community of homeless people living in a train tunnel beneath Manhattan. The film depicts a way of life that is unimaginable to most of those who walk the streets above. In the pitch black of the tunnel, rats swarm through piles of garbage as high-speed trains leaving Penn Station tear through the darkness. For some of those who have gone underground, it has been home for as long as twenty-five years. The director abandoned life on the outside to spend all of his time in the tunnels, making it his home for two years. Surprisingly entertaining and deeply moving, "Dark Days" is an eye-opening experience that shatters the myths of homelessness with the strength and universality of the people the film represents. 

Sponsors: Love and Justice Film Series
Cost: Free admission; wheelchair accessible; infant "cry room" available; refreshments served. 
Location: Queen Anne United Methodist Church,1606 5th Ave. West, Seattle
For more information: contact tonya@qaumc.org


Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 7:00 PM
Film: THE CORPORATION - Discussion to follow
Film Specs: 145min, Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan, 2005,www.thecorporation.com

Description: Exploring the nature and spectacular rise of the most pervasive institution of our times, this film is an entertaining and provocative look at the inner working, curious history, controversial impacts, and possible futures of the modern global conglomerate. Winner of 23 international awards, and Canada’s largest-grossing feature documentary.

Sponsors: The Whidbey Institute's Reflective Reels Film Series - www.whidbeyinstitute.org
Cost: Free admission
Location: Whidbey Institute's Chinook Center - Thomas Berry Hall, on Whidbey Island
For more information: please call 360-341-1884 or email info@whidbeyinstitute.org


Friday, January 12, 7:00-9:30pm
Film: THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB - film followed by community discussion
Film Specs: 92 min, Robert Richter, 2006, www.richtervideos.com

Description: As Iraq devolves into chaos, and North Korea strives to join the nuclear nations, the exhortations of THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB ring with an uncomfortable currency. Directed by the veteran documentarian Robert Richter, the movie is an unvarnished emotional plea for nuclear disarmament. Nuclear proliferation of today is seen through the life of a Nagasaki survivor and college students dedicated to making sure the truth about the last atomic bomb deliberately used on human beings will never be forgotten. As it documents the survivor's devastating yet inspirational life, THE LAST ATOMIC BOMB interweaves the still controversial U.S. decision to use the bomb, censorship in the U.S. and Japan of the bomb or its effects, discrimination against survivors by other Japanese, buildup of nuclear weapons during the Cold War, the anti-nuclear movement, and today’s nuclear proliferation issues.Truman told the world that the atomic bombs were used to end the war and save American lives. But there is another very disturbing side to this widely accepted view of history.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies" with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, in support of their Annual Martin Luther King Vigil and Nonviolent Actions Against Nuclear Weapons and Trident at Bangor Submarine Base on January 15th (***see below).
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford neighborhood)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44

*** Please support Ground Zero’s Annual Martin Luther King Vigil and Nonviolent Actions at Bangor on MON, JANUARY 15th. Carpool leaving Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place North (in Wallingford) at 6:45AM, Monday Jan. 15th. Monday’s Bangor event schedule, driving directions and more information can be found at: www.gzcenter.org  Contact wnfp@bridgings.org
DOWNLOAD MEANINGFUL MOVIE FLYER AND HELP GET THE WORD OUT: http://www.meaningfulmovies.org/flyers/Last%20Atomic%20Bomb%20Flyer.pdf


Saturday, January 13, 7:00pm
Film: BUYER BE FAIR: The Promise of Product Certification - with free fair trade coffee and chocolate refreshments and post-film discussion with folks from Caffe Ladro and Theo Chocolate
Film Specs: 60 min, John de Graaf, 2006, www.buyerbefair.org

Description: Coffee is front and center in Buyer Be Fair, a documentary that takes viewers to Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Canada, and back home to Seattle and Queen Anne to explore how everyday consumer purchases can have a positive global impact.

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Film: MALKOLM THE BIRDER BOY: Quest for the Bluethroat
Film Specs: 60 min, John de Graaf, 2006, www.buyerbefair.org

Description: In a special movie short that was an “Audience Favorite” at the 2006 Hazel Wolf Film Festival, Malkolm Boothroyd, who camped in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge six times before his 13th birthday, describes both his search for a reclusive migratory bird and his thoughts about oil development in the fragile Arctic environment.

Sponsors: Queen Anne Movie Guild (www.queenannemovieguild.org) and Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
Cost: Free!
Location: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett Street (behind Safeway), Seattle
For more information: contact info@queenannemovieguild.org or call 206.285.2452


Friday, January 19, 7:00-9:30pm
Film: BUSTING OUT - film followed by community discussion
Film Specs: 57 min, Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith, 2005, www.bullfrogfilms.com

Description: An exploration of the history and politics of breast obsession in America, and its connection with breast cancer, breastfeeding and body image. BUSTING OUT is a disarmingly honest and intimate exploration of our society's fascination with women's breasts. Directors Strickwerda and Spellman Smith unflinchingly examine the good, the bad and the ugly sides of this American icon, delving into the history and politics of breast obsession in the US. From breast-crazy men shouting "Flash those racks!" to the fears of breast cancer and the disparate attitudes of cultures worldwide, the directors leave no stone unturned in their quest to demystify the American breast. Told from the point of view of Strickwerda who lost her mother to breast cancer as a child, BUSTING OUT will challenge both women and men to question our obsession with breasts, and to gain a healthier perspective.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies" with Seattle NOW Chapter (www.nowseattle.org)
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford neighborhood)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44


Saturday, January 20, 7:00pm
Film: THE IRON WALL - film followed by community discussion with Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at Evergreen State College
Film Specs: 52 min, Mohammed Alatar, 2006, www.theironwall.ps

Description: Tragic and heart-rending, a powerful and shocking exposé of the separation of a people from their land, this highly acclaimed film by Mohammed Alatar examines the Palestinian loss of land in the occupied territories as a result of Israeli settlement policy.  It documents the timeline, size, and population of the settlements and the effect the settlement policy has had on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Particularly noted is the wall Israel is building in the West Bank and the effect it has on Palestinian life there. After the showing, Dr. Steve Niva, Professor of International Politics and Middle East Studies at Evergreen State College, will discuss the film and provide a first-hand and expert interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the settlement policy.  Dr. Niva has lived and worked in the Palestinian occupied territories and in Israel on numerous occasions, and frequently writes on current issues germane to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

Sponsors: Political Action Network In Support Of the Palestinian People (PANISOPP) and the Peace and Justice Committee of the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church.
Cost: Free!
Location: Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St. SW, in South Snohomish County. 


SundaY, January 21, 2:30pm
Film: PARADISE NOW - film followed by community discussion
Film Specs: 57 min, Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith, 2005, http://wip.warnerbros.com/paradisenow

Description: PARADISE NOW follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. Nominated for Oscar 2004; has won European awards.

Sponsors: West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice
Cost: ?
Location: West Seattle Library

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Press Coverage of Seattle Public FCC Hearing - 30 Nov 06

The FCC Gets an Earful in Seattle
by Bruce Rutledge, Chin Music Press [1 Dec]

Media Consolidation
by Nikchick/MySpace blog [1 Dec]

Owning the Media

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RTM's Indie Screenings Round-Up 11/26/06

With thanks to our friends at the Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice - "Friday Night At The Meaningful Movies" - for providing much of this information! You'll find their great listings at www.MeaningfulMovies.org



Friday, December 1, 7:30pm - film followed by panel discussion with Milenko Matanovic (Executive Director, Pomegranate Center, Brice Maryman (Co-director of Open Space Seattle 2100, and a representative from City Repair Seattle
Film: A LOT IN COMMON
Film Specs: 57 min, Rick Bacigalupi, 2003 www.alotincommon.com

Description: Neighbors turn a vacant BART lot into a blooming community garden. Landscape architect/ psychologist Karl Linn inspires the creation of this garden and encourages people to reclaim the commons to build community. A LOT IN COMMON, while telling this modern day story, gives us a historical look at the concept of the Commons and the beginning of lawns as well as a look at the life of visionary landscape architect, Karl Linn. Urban planning visionary Jane Jacobs, PBS reporter/author Ray Suarez, environmentalist Paul Hawken, Urban Habitat co-founder Carl Anthony, landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn, and British scholar David Crouch lend context and background as the garden story unfolds. A Lot in Common is Emmy award-winning producer/editor Rick Bacigalupi’s first feature-length independent documentary. The American Community Gardening Association has endorsed the project and offers a gardening curriculum. To be followed by the short-length feature, POMEGRANATE (Erin Katz, Celia Beasley, & 911 Media Arts Center, 2004, 10min) This film highlights the mission and methods of the Pomegranate Center, a non-profit community design and development organization started by artist and community organizer, Milenko Matonovic. The Pomegranate Center is dedicated to helping communities create vibrant gathering spaces and revitalize community life. The film features inspirational projects and the practical and educational aspect of developing them.

Sponsors: 911 Media Arts Center and Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network's "Green Film Series"
Cost: $5.00
Location: 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave. N. (at 9th & Thomas, Denny Re-grade area), Seattle
For more information: Green Film Series


Friday, December 1, 7:00-9:30pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: SOPHIE SCHOLL
Film Specs: 117 min, Marc Rothemund, 2005, www.sophieschollmovie.com

Description: The true story of Germany's most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to thrilling life in the multi-award winning drama SOPHIE SCHOLL-THE FINAL DAYS. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2005, SOPHIE SCHOLL stars Julia Jentsch in a luminous performance as the young coed-turned-fearless activist. Armed with long-buried historical records of her incarceration, director Marc Rothemund expertly re-creates the last six days of Sophie Scholl's life: a heart-stopping journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence. In 1943, as Hitler continues to wage war across Europe, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich. Dedicated expressly to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine, they call themselves the White Rose. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission to distribute pamphlets on campus with her brother Hans. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to the White Rose, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies"
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford neighborhood)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44



Saturday, December 2, 7:00pm - film followed by community discussion with special guests from the Lifelong Aids Alliance.
Film: A CLOSER WALK
Film Specs: 85 min, Robert Bilheimer, 2006 www.acloserwalk.org

Description: Directed, written, and produced by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, A Closer Walk explores the intricate relationship between health, dignity, and human rights, and shows how the harsh realities of AIDS in the world are an expression of the way the world is.  The film features interviews with prominent individuals from all walks of life including The Dalai Lama, Kofi Annan, and Bono; stories, portraits, and vignettes of children, women, and men living with AIDS on four continents; and breathtaking cinematography by Richard D. Young that celebrates human dignity, even as it bears witness to immense human suffering. Free admission, wheelchair accessible, infant "cry room", refreshments served.  Stay afterwards for discussion and opportunities for taking action.

Sponsors: Love and Justice Film Series: In Honor of World Aids Day
Cost:
Location: Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 5th Ave. West, Seattle
For more information: Contact tonya@qaumc.org


Tuesday-Thursday, December 5-7, 7:00 & 9:15pm (no 9:15 screening Tues) - each screening followed by Q. & A. with the filmmakers.
Film: ENCOUNTER POINT
Film Specs: 89 min, Ronit Avni & Julia Bacha, USA, 2006 www.encounterpoint.com

Description: SEATTLE PREMIERE. How does one of the most divisive and explosive conflicts in world history get resolved? From the creators of CONTROL ROOM comes the story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian brother, all of whom have sacrificed something precious as a result of the conflict. In an inspiring documentary, this group of brave individuals rejects revenge and the endless cycle of violence, thereby risking ostracism from their own communities. The compelling story is one of forgiveness and ultimately one of hope, where progress begins with a single step. Join Julia Bacha for a special workshop, Documentary Filmmaking With a Purpose on Wed Dec 6 at 2pm.

Sponsors: Northwest Film Forum
Cost: $8.50
Location: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue (between Pike & Pine, Capitol Hill), Seattle
Metro Bus Routes: 10, 11
For more information: 206-267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org


Wednesday, December 6, 7:00pm & 9:30pm - Followed by discussion. *Must be 21 years for 9:30 PM screening.*
Film: CUBA MIA: Portrait of an All-Women's Orchestra
Film Specs: 85 min, Cecilia Domeyko, Cuba, 2005

Description: Ten talented and beautiful musicians, playing the harmonies of Cuban soul, demonstrate the power of music to cross boundaries.  This story of the musicians of the all-woman Camerata Romeu is filled with dazzling faces and fiery performances that astonish and delight.  By turns funny, angry, lyrical and moving, CUBA MIA takes us behind the scenes as ten dedicated musicians juggle a fierce rehearsal schedule with boyfriends, girlfriends, grandparents and children, offering a slice of Cuban life seldom seen on the world's screens. This award-winning (CINE Golden Eagle, Chicago Film Festival, World Music Festival) was directed by Cecilia Domeyko, creator of dozens of films capturing the Latina/o experience in the US and Latin America. "If you liked Buena Vista Social Club, you'll love CUBA MIA!"

Sponsors: Sponsored by "Look at the World Through Women's Eyes" Movie & Discussion Series and the US Women & Cuba Coalition; Co-sponsored by Seattle NOW Chapter, Aradia Women's Health Center, Moms Acting Up, Cedar Rivers Clinics, King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence,  Amnesty International of WA State's Stop the Violence Against Women Campaign, and Reclaim the Media.
Cost: $5.00 Donation
Location: Central Cinema, 21st Ave & E Union, Seattle (Central District)
Metro Bus Routes: 2, 48
Contact info: 206.720.0522, www.central-cinema.com



Thursday, December 7, 7:15pm - Doors open at 6:45pm for fair trade shopping and refreshments.
Film: ARGENTINA - HOPE IN HARD TIMES
Film Specs: 74 min, Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, 2005

Description: Enjoy a unique opportunity to buy shoes and shirts made in Argentina's worker-owned factories as well as fair trade chocolate, tea, and coffee. And Join filmmakers Young and Dworkin for the screening of their award-winning film,
ARGENTINA - HOPE IN HARD TIMES. The stories of a failed economy and distrusted politicians, of heartache and hard times, a resurgence of grassroots democracy and an irrepressible spirit of community, are told in colorful, resonant detail. Plus -10 minute sneak preview: "Argentine Co-ops 4 Years Later" Fair trade products available before and after the film.

Sponsors: Traditions Café and World Folk Art, Community Alliance for Global Justice, and Moving Images
Cost: Donations requested for film screening.
Location: 911 Media Arts Center, 402 9th Ave. N. (at 9th & Thomas, Denny Re-grade area), Seattle

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RTM's Indie Screenings Round-Up 11/5/06


With thanks to our friends at the Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice - "Friday Night At The Meaningful Movies" - for providing most of this information! You'll find their great listings at www.MeaningfulMovies.org



Monday, November 6, 7:30pm-9:00pm - film followed by conversation with filmmakers
Film: ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
Film Specs: 24 min, Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young, 2002, www.movingimages.org

Description: What if 51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it? In early 2002, public officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers, and labor, including 11,000 young people, gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Social Forum. Called in response to the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum, this week of workshops, panel discussions and high-spirited demonstrations was an inspiration for those attending. This international event, covered extensively in other parts of the world, was virtually ignored by the U.S. press. ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE presents a sampling of the issues and events at this enormous and creative gathering. The film has been broadcast on WYBE Philadelphia and Telesur, and shown in festivals, community and academic settings around the world. Film screening and discussion with the producers Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young of Moving Images.

Sponsors: Jubilee Northwest Coalition
Location: St. Mark's Conference Room, St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle (Capitol Hill)



Tuesday November 7, 4:00pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE - Impressions of the 2002 World Social Forum
Film Specs: 24 min, Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young, 2002, www.movingimages.org

Description: What if 51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it? In early 2002, public officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, indigenous nations, farmers, and labor, including 11,000 young people, gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil for the World Social Forum. Called in response to the elite gathering of the World Economic Forum, this week of workshops, panel discussions and high-spirited demonstrations was an inspiration for those attending. This international event, covered extensively in other parts of the world, was virtually ignored by the U.S. press. ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE presents a sampling of the issues and events at this enormous and creative gathering. The film has been broadcast on WYBE Philadelphia and Telesur, and shown in festivals, community and academic settings around the world.Film screening and discussion with the producers Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young of Moving Images.

Sponsors: Women’s Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work
Cost: **This event is free and open to the public**
Location: Wyckoff Auditorium, Engineering Building, Seattle University, (Central District)
Metro Bus Routes: 2, 12


Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: THE TAKE
Film Specs: 87 min, Avi Lewis & Naomi Klein, 2004, www.thetake.org

Description: In the wake of Argentina's dramatic economic collapse in 2001, Latin America's most prosperous middle class finds itself in a ghost town of abandoned factories and mass unemployment. The Take documents a daring new movement of workers who are occupying bankrupt businesses and creating jobs in the ruins of the failed system. The story of the workers' struggle is set against the dramatic backdrop of a crucial presidential election, where they may lose the companies they've worked so hard to revive. The filmmakers champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers' lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.

Sponsors: The Evergreen Peace and Justice Community, Eastside Fellowship of Reconciliation
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted.
Location: Bradford Center, 700 108TH Ave NE, Bellevue
Metro Bus Routes:


Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm - [5:30pm Potluck]
Film: OIL ON ICE
Film Specs: 60 min, Dale Djerassi and Bo Boudart, Bullfrog Films, 2004, www.oilonice.org

Description: A vivid, comprehensive and compelling documentary connecting the fate of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge to decisions America makes about energy policy, transportation matters, and other seemingly unrelated matters. Caught in the balance are the culture and livelihood of the Gwich’in people and the migratory wildlife in this fragile ecosystem. The goal of the new program is to cultivate open and safe dialogue by showing quality films that actively promote conversation on one of the four cornerstones of the Whidbey Institute mission: environmental, spiritual, social and economic issues. Community Potluck at 5:30 pm, movie at 7:00 pm with conversation to follow.

Sponsors: New Film Series! Whidbey Institute's REFLECTIVE REELS movie and conversation.
Cost:
Location: Thomas Berry Hall, Whidbey Institute's Chinook Center on Whidbey Island
Contact info: Please call 360-341-1884 or email us at info@whidbeyinstitute.org; www.whidbeyinstitute.org


Friday, November 10, 7:00-9:30pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: THE GROUND TRUTH
Film specs: 78 min, Patricia Foulkrod, 2006, www.thegroundtruth.org

Description: “The Ground Truth” stunned filmgoers at the 2006 Sundance and Nantucket Film Festivals. Hailed as "powerful" and "quietly unflinching," Patricia Foulkrod's searing documentary feature includes exclusive footage that will stir you to the core. The filmmaker's subjects are patriotic young Americans - ordinary men and women who heeded the call for military service in Iraq - as they experience recruitment and training, combat, homecoming, and the struggle to reintegrate with families and communities. The terrible conflict in Iraq, depicted with ferocious honesty in the film, is a prelude for the even more challenging battles fought by the soldiers returning home – with personal demons, an uncomprehending public, and an indifferent government. As these battles take shape, each soldier becomes a new kind of hero, bearing witness and giving support to other veterans, and learning to fearlessly wield the most powerful weapon of all - the truth. Join us for this powerful film.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies"
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44


Friday, November 10, 7:00 PM - film followed by community discussion
Film:THE END OF SUBURBIA
78 min, Gregory Greene, 2004, www.endofsuburbia.com

Description:

Sponsors: Presented by the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee (a Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle) and Movie Night of Bethany.
Cost: Free, collection taken. Free professional childcare. There is a separate film showing for the older youth - to be chosen by those attending. Feel free to bring DVD's or VHS tapes.
Location: Bethany UCC Church, 6230 Beacon Ave S. at Graham St, Seattle (Beacon Hill)
For more information: 206-523-1720 or mail@drruhland.com or warner@scn.org


Friday, November 10, 7:00 PM - film followed by community discussion
Film:DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE
107 min, Hubert Sauper, 2004, www.darwinsnightmare.com

Description: This is a tale about humans between the North and the South, about globalization, and about fish. Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. The once spell-binding natural beauty of the landscape around the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania stands today in sharp contrast to the wretchedness of the inhabitants and their fly-infested, horrendous surroundings. Today, the people live mainly on fishing and the fish processing industry all along the shores of these lakes. The film brings out graphically all the horrors of utter destitution—the continuing impoverishment (half of Tanzania’s population live on less than a dollar a day) and exploitation of the country and its people under the domination of the great powers of the day—making the viewer seethe with anger.

Sponsors: Presented by Revolution Books
Location: 1833 Nagle Place Seattle, WA 98122 (On Capitol Hill, off Denny, one short block east of Broadway)
For more information: (206) 325-7415 rbsea@yahoo.com


Saturday, November 11, 7:00 - film followed by refreshments and community discussion
Film: THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Film Specs: 53 min, Faith Morgan, Pat Murphy, and Megan Quinn, 2006, www.communitysolution.org/cuba

Description:THE POWER OF COMMUNITY is a must-see documentary film that offers an intriguing look at the collective mobilization of an entire society to meet an enormous challenge: an energy/food famine caused by the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1990. The documentary is drawing rave reviews with such comments as, “…The most uplifting portrayal of a success story coming out of chaos,” and “A must see for survival in the next energy age beyond oil.” Viewer Joshua Lockyer, of Atlanta said, “If we want to know how we as a nation are going to survive the peak oil crisis we need to have models...This film begins to show us how.”

Sponsors: Queen Anne Movie Guild's Second Saturday at the Movies
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public.
Location: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St, Seattle (Queen Anne)
Additional info: www.queenannemovieguild.org


Saturday, November 11, 7:00 (doors open 6:30pm)
Film: WRITERS ON THE BORDERS
Film Specs: 80 min, Samir Abdallah and Jose Reynes, 2004www.palestinefilm.org

Description: In 2002, eight internationally renowned writers, poets and intellectuals - including American novelist Russell Banks and Nobel laureates Jose Saramago and Wole Soyinka - traveled to the West Bank and Gaza to visit poet Mahmoud Darwish and observe the state of the Palestinians living there. Documentary filmmakers Samir Abdallah and Jose Reynes alternate scenes from the writers' journey with testimonials from the Palestinian people, readings by Darwish and reflections from the concerned authors as they bear witness to what they see. Followed by related presentation and discussion.

Sponsors: Palestine Solidarity Committee's "Palestine Film Festival"
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public.
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle (Wallingford)
Metro Bus Routes:16, 26 & 44
Additional info: 206-633-1086 or info@palestineinformation.org


Friday, November 17, 7:00-9:30pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: A SILENT FOREST
Film Specs: 46 min, Ed Schehl, Global Justice Ecology Project, 2005, www.globaljusticeecology.org

Description: “A Silent Forest” is a point of view documentary about the unknown dangers to human health, and the environmental health of our planet, posed by the planned introduction of genetically engineered trees. GE trees are the timber industry's next step for pulp and paper production; genetically engineered fruit trees are on the horizon and have the potential to transfer pollen for hundreds of miles carrying genes for traits including insect resistance, herbicide resistance, sterility and reduced lignin. They have the potential to impact wildlife as well as rural and indigenous communities that depend on intact forests for their food, shelter, water, livelihood and cultural practices. With heartfelt commentary by Dr. David Suzuki, and interviews with both scientists and activists, “A Silent Forest” makes a strong case for much more research and testing, before these test tube trees can even be seriously considered for introduction into our environment.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies"
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44


Friday, November 24, 7:00-9:30pm - film followed by community discussion
Film: BIG BUCKS, BIG PHARMA
Film Specs: 45 min, Ronit Ridberg, Media Education Foundation, 2005, www.mediaed.org

Description: BIG BUCKS, BIG PHARMA pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Media scholars and health professionals help us understand the ways in which direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising glamorizes and normalizes the use of prescription medication, and works in tandem with both industry-sponsored medical education/research and promotion to doctors. BIG BUCKS, BIG PHARMA challenges us to ask important questions about the consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being. From the Media Education Foundation.

Sponsors: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice - "Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies"
Cost: Event is FREE and open to the public ... but Donations are kindly accepted
Location: Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford neighborhood)
Metro Bus Routes: 16, 26 & 44

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Media Jobs (CA): Curve Magazine

Advertising Sales Rep for National Lesbian Magazine

The quick take --

Organization: Curve Magazine
Job Opening: Advertising Sales Representative
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: None listed
Website: www.curvemag.com

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Curve Magazine, the nation's best-selling lesbian magazine (www.curvemag.com), is seeking a highly professional, energetic and ambitious Advertising Account Representative with 3+ years of advertising sales experience to join our sales team.

This position will be responsible for print and online advertising sales, including prospecting, consistent contact with clients and potential clients, and negotiating contracts with clients. The successful candidate will be a client-focused, driven, self-motivated individual who thrives under pressure and enjoys working hands-on in a fast-paced environment. Proven success in prospecting clients, building relationships, growing sales and closing deals a must.

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Media Announcement (WA): ColorsNW Seeking Music Artists for April 07 Event

Call for Performers

The quick take --

Organization: ColorsNW Magazine
Opportunity: Music artists sought for Sixth Anniversary Celebration at EMP
Location: Seattle, WA
Date of Event: April 7, 2007, 6-11pm
Website: www.colorsnw.com

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ColorsNW, Inc.,  is seeking music artists to perform at our Sixth Anniversary Celebration at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. The event will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 6-11 p.m. We are seeking a diverse array of performers to showcase the musical talent of our region’s ethnic communities. If you are interested in performing in front of the region’s most influential people of color, please send:

* A CD, DVD or Web site of your performances
* An artist statement describing your work and vision
* Rate sheet, set-up requirements

Send to: ColorsNW Showcase
Naomi Ishisaka
Editor, ColorsNW Magazine
1319 Dexter Ave. N., Suite 250
Seattle, WA 98109
or e-mail naomii@colorsnw.com

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Media Jobs (NY): Manhattan Neighborhood Network

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Organization: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Location: New York, New York
Job Opening: Community Media Specialist
Application Deadline: December 15, 2006. Accepting applications until position is filled.
Website: http://www.mnn.org/position-cms

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Community Media Specialist:
The Community Media Specialist performs duties in the following areas, community outreach, video production/post-production support, training and facilitation, community media organizing, curriculum development.

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The Communications Commons - Internet Access for All

Nolan Bowie at NFCB ConferenceReclaim the Media participated in the National Federation of Community Broadcasters annual conference in Portland, Oregon this past April, where we had the opportunity to hear Nolan Bowie, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Nolan delivered a keynote address about the critical need for universal communication technology (universal broadband and/or wifi internet access) in a time of uncertainty and risk – whether the dangers be health-related (avian flu pandemic), security related (war/terror), national disasters (hurricanes/earthquakes) or economically-driven (peak oil/dollar collapse). The full audio recording of his talk is archived on the NFCB website.

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey