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Elsipogtog, New Brunswick has been in the international spotlight recently, due to the increasing tensions between police and protestors who are resisting the seismic testing for natural gas extraction in the area by SWN Resources Canada. The brutal treatment of protesters by the police, comes coincidentally days after the Throne Speech, where Governer General David Johnston stated that "[Pioneers] forged an independent country where none would have otherwise existed.”, and emphasized the importance of exploiting Canada's "vast natural resources".
|David Ng is a Hello Cool World veteran with experience going back a decade. David first worked with us when he was just 14 years old as a participant in the youth advisory group for the sexual health education program Condomania. Now an accomplished videographer passionate about the issues of gender and power, he is currently on sabbatical in South Africa while he pursues a Masters in Gender Studies with a focus on international developme|
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Corporate Accountability International has launched a petition for US citizens to ask their senators to demand a copy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership text. The public has been shut out of the negotiations of this gargantuan "free trade" agreement (though corporations and industry groups are giving their input), and leaked text has shown disturbing threats to our health, environment, jobs, and an open internet. The international Fair Deal campaign has recently launched to take on the latter and prevent changes to copyright laws.
Japan is the latest country to join the TPP talks, now wrapping up its 17th round in Lima, Peru. According to Reuters, Japan's inclusion "would cover nearly 40% of global economic output and one-third of all world trade."
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
Hello Cool World (of The Corporation outreach) is excited to be working on the media relations for Occupy Love, an inspiring new documentary from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light). Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”.
Check out the trailer HERE.
Occupy Love is being self-distributed by a talented team led by Velcrow and producers Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie. Their crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which successfully raised $80,000 through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter!
The global response to the film has been amazing with over 200 grassroots screenings being self-organized by individuals and organizations in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The largest community screening so far took place in Porto Allegre, Brazil on April 11th attracting a whopping 1,500 attendees!
We look forward to watching the momentum grow!
Occupy Love marks the completion of Velcrow's Fierce Love Trilogy, a twelve-year journey which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. (We've got a special to buy both these DVDs on our webstore for 40% off.)
Hello Cool World also worked on outreach and DVD production for Scared Sacred. As with our work with The Corporation, and The Take, we've been inspired by how films with a social message, can find audiences and inspire those audiences to action. All these films are available on our webstore, and all our profits go to our campaigns, and now also to the distribution platform for social cause media we are developing. Check out our proposal to CFC's IdeaBOOST program, and please BOOST us, our dream is to better help films like Occupy Love engage with audiences, and to encourage audiences to organize actions as well as screenings.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes along with interviews from leading visionaries including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
The Occupy Love US theatrical tour starts Friday, May 3, 2013 in New York City, with screenings and special events to follow in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle.
Coming to Canadian theatres starting June 2013! Check out more screenings and opportunities to get involved after the page break...
As the grassroots campaigners for The Corporation, we've been working on this labour of love for over 10 years. Right from the get-go, we wanted to do more than launch a successful film that informed and moved audiences. Our dream has been to build a grassroots network that connects audiences to ideas, action, and ultimately outcome. We want the creators of social change films and projects to get their work out there. We want people to easily support the causes they care about. And we want it all to make a difference.
It's a process we started with The Corporation, where our lofty goal is to change the corporate form and tackle the issues that an under-regulated, overly powerful business model has unleashed across the planet. That means supporting the Occupy movement and initiatives to overturn the corporation's legal status as a person, fighting the banksters, the pipelines, the TPP and other suppressive trade agreements, and to generally agitate to reassert democracy and the power of citizens. It's a long list that seems to grow daily.
Romney wasn't the only loser on election night. American voters resoundedly walloped Citizens United and the notion of corporate personhood by easily passing measures around the country to amend the Constitution and overturn the ruling.
At local and state levels, residents across party lines emphatically rejected the ruling that unleashed a tide of corporate spending in elections — and won every time! Even red states like Montana and Colorado that went to Romney saw a landslide of support with majorities of 70% and more.
The drive to get these initiatives on the ballot came from a coalition of groups including Move To Amend, Free Speech Is For People, and Common Cause. Kudos to all the volunteers and grassroots supporters who helped get them passed in their communities! Hopefully, this high level of support will send a strong message to Congress and push them into action.