The RFN @ Tolpuddle 2017

RFN @ Tolpuddle 2-1 Landscape

Dear Radical Film Networkers,

The RFN Tolpuddle gathering at the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival next month (13-15 July) is shaping up with some really exciting programming, including panel discussions from documentary filmmakers and union members on the larger impact of trade disputes on community and democracy; research into the space of the everyday in “Cinemas of Conflict” as well as the “Third Space” in relation to archival practices, Comrades, and Tolpuddle Martyrs memorialisation in Dorset; workshops focusing on radical screening and audience engagement practices; politically engaged international experimental and artist’s film screening and sharing of related practice-based research; and space to discuss and think ahead to the RFN’s 1968-2018-2068 event in Scotland as well as other RFN sharing and planning.

The working group is finalising the programme and plans to make it available very soon. Registration for the event is currently open: http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/festival/programme/radical-film-network

And the details of the whole weekend host festival, which includes the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, can be found here: http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/festival/programme

We warmly invite your participation; please feel free to share widely with your networks. Looking forward to seeing you in the cinema bus and the festival field!

Marcy Saude/ RFN Tolpuddle Working Group
marcysaude@gmail.com

The Magnificent Seven Have Been Found!

NOW WE JUST NEED THE LAST £1000

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival is unique in the UK in that it is funded entirely by trade unions, trade councils, trade union branches and individual trade unionists.

This year we have gathered together seven magnificent sponsors who will provide the bulk of the funding for this year’s festival!

The Magnificent Seven are:

  • GFTU
  • UNITE the Union North West
  • UCU
  • SWTUC
  • USDAW Southern Division
  • Midlands TUC
  • UNITE Tolpuddle Branch

We now only need to raise £1000 to keep film at Tolpuddle for another year!

Can you or your trade union branch or trade council help? Any donation from £50 to £200+ will be gratefully received.

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:
Acc: 65127633
Sort Code: 53-61-31

Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account online via Paypal:

Cash or cheques can be sent to Chris Jury, Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, 48 New Street, Shipston-On-Stour, Warwickshire. CV36 4EN. (Cheques payable to: Public Domain Arts & Media CLIC)

TOLPUDDLE RADICAL FILM FESTIVAL AT THE WORLD TRANSFORMED

The Tolpuddle Radical Film festival will be hosting screenings of Cultures Of Resistance at the Momentum sponsored World Transformed festival in Liverpool, Sat 24th -Tuesday 27th September.

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Cultures Of Resistance?
Film Screening & Discussion
Presented by The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can art, drama, film, music and dance be weapons of peace and social justice?

Using a screening of 2010 documentary, Cultures of Resistance, writer, Chris Jury, founder of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, proposes that an effective counter-culture is not simply window dressing for movements fighting for progressive social change but a prerequisite for success.

The film Cultures of Resistance, explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and social justice. In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives and cultures to promoting change. (75 minutes).

Screenings on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th at 17.00 in The Workshop Space, The Black-E 1 Great George Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW

http://theworldtransformed.org/portfolio/

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival will be in Liverpool for Labour Party Conference.

The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival will be hosting two daily film screenings (17.30 and 20.00) at The World Transformed, a celebration of politics, art, music, culture and community. Hosted by a coalition of grassroots groups and powered by Momentum, The World Transformed, running alongside the Labour Party Conference, 23rd – 27th of September in Liverpool, will promote a radical, positive vision for the future.

There will be over 200 hours of workshops, talks, art exhibitions, gigs and cultural events, including big name speakers and inspiring grassroots groups who wouldn’t usually be able to exhibit at conference.

Cultures Of Resistance?
Film Screening & Discussion Daily at 17.30 & 20.00
Presented by The Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can art, drama, film, music and dance be weapons of peace and social justice?

Using a screening of 2010 documentary, Cultures of Resistance, writer, Chris Jury, founder of the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival, proposes that an effective counter-culture is not simply window dressing for movements fighting for progressive social change but a prerequisite for success.

The film Cultures of Resistance, explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and social justice. In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives and cultures to promoting change. (75 minutes).

http://theworldtransformed.org/portfolio/

1 piece of good news and 2 good causes!

Please enjoy this story from one of our supporters – and why not make it your cause of the week (not that that’s a thing but read on and you’ll see what I mean)

Hi everyone

When K and I stayed at the Calais first aid caravans together recently, we
slept overnight in them as I usually do (a bit cold, damp & insecure, but
better than what lots of other folks in the Jungle are living in). Her
Syrian friends A and S were worried about us though.

“Sleep in our hut!” said A. “It’s warmer, and you can lock the door, you
will be safer.”

“But where will you two sleep then?” we asked.

“We are fine! We’ll sleep at our friends”, said S, gesturing vaguely.

“No, it’s ok, we’ll stay the caravan, no problem.” we said, certainly not
going to take up the small plywood space they had to call home.

S and A looked at each other, trying to think of a way to convince us to
take advantage of their hospitality.”

“Um….you can use the jacuzzi!” said S.

The piece of aforementioned good news is that, after 9 months of trying, S
made it to England last week, alive and in one piece. He has claimed
asylum and is down south at the moment, K is off to check up on him soon.
He is a skilled craftsman, fluent in English, and tall dark and handsome.
The UK is better off for the addition of one more kind, quietly courageous
person.

As for the two good causes…

The first aid caravans project have a fundraising drive on (only hours
left to go!) for this amazing sounding structure to continue our work in,
if you would like to throw a fiver in their direction…ENDS TOMORROW!

https://fundrazr.com/mobilefirstaidunitcalaisjungle

“The vans have clearly ‘served their time’ and are no longer fit for
purpose and the rigours of high volume custom as they help many, many
refugees on a daily basis.  We’ve sourced a more robust mobile unit and
thanks to the Jersey Calais Refugee Aid Group who kickstarted the project
with £2k (and some other kind donors and sponsored 10k runners !) we now
have conversion of the unit well under way…

This fundraiser is to gain the remaining money to fit heavy duty flooring,
equip with solar lighting , add running water (wow how exciting! currently
water is a walk away, which makes hand hygiene a challenge…) and create
an appropriate environment for consultations and first aid care. We’d like
to see it delivered and installed in the Jungle camp by the end of May.”

The Tolpuddle  Radical Film Festival also needs a hand, promoting
the radical film makers and their excellent works…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/140286184/tolpuddle-radical-film-festival-2016

Still a month to go til their deadline, so that could be next week’s fiver…

(I don’t know on what grounds I think you all have multiple fivers to
spare. Those without a spare penny can always send this message on to
their mates who they think do…)

Photos to go with this post can probably be found at http://talestotell.wordpress.com/, along with edited versions of these emails. Please feel free to link to it and invite people to visit it. Thank you!.

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HOLLYWOOD HEGEMONY

So our film, Witches and Bitches has been shortlisted at the annual Small Axe Radical Film Festival at Tolpuddle this weekend, meaning for a second year in a row, Hollywood Hegemony will be represented at their screenings. That’s the good news. The bad news, is that for a second year in a row, I will be unable to attend thanks to work commitments. Now I know what you’re all thinking, “poor Jack, he must be devastated, we should probably buy him presents to cheer him up,” but the truth is you needn’t bother… well, maybe you can bother with the presents – but don’t worry about me. You see I feel it’s where I’m supposed to be.

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