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Prolefeed Studios presents:
Electric Eye Cinema
The best in independent documentary.
Third Season: September, 2002 through May, 2003
Electric Earth Cafe, 546 West Washington Avenue, Madison
Open Reel Hour at 8:00 p.m.
Bring an original short of 10 minutes or less to show and get in free!
(NTSC VHS, S-VHS or mini-DV formats, please)
Feature Presentations at 9:00 p.m.
September - November 2002
September 19 All the News That's Fit: Tales Dan Rather Will Never Tell You
Guerrilla NewsVideo Compilation (Guerrilla News Network, 2002) 56 minutesWhat is Guerrilla News Network? GNN is an underground news organization with a mission to expose people to important global issues through guerrilla programming on the web, television and in the cinema. What is a Guerrilla NewsVideo? Guerrilla NewsVideos are music videos for people who think -- mini-documentaries that combine high-impact imagery, tracks from top recording artists and interviews with leading experts about issues under-exposed by the big media outlets. They aim to rock as hard as they inform. A compilation of award-winning GNN NewsVideos, including "9/11 Redux," "Crack the CIA," "The War Conspiracy," "When the Smoke Clears," and others.
Not in my Name (TV Choice, 2002) 40 minutesGreat Britain's Platform Films and TV Choice tell the story of the US attack on Afghanistan.which we DIDN'T see on our television screens. The film presents powerful evidence that the US attack on Afghanistan has not helped defeat terrorism - in fact, the film suggests, the US military actions have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and made the world a much more danger place.
The film explains the background to the war, and the central part the US played in actually creating the power of theTaliban and Osama bin Laden. It also shows the strength of the anti-war movement hardly reported in the British or Amercian media. It explores the way the control of television coverage has become a central issue in the war, with mainsteam broadcasters relaying government propaganda
and independent TV stations the targets for US bombs. Says associate producer Norman Thomas: "The aim of the film is to alert people of the very dangerous situation the US attack on Afghanistan
has created in the world. The US say they will attack terrorists anywhere and everywhere in the world. But who decides who is a terrorist? Who will tell the US who they can or cannot attack?"
October 10: Bombs Away: Two Tales of the Nuclear Age(note special week)
& WISCONSIN COMMUNITY FUND
Road to Yucca Mountain (John Sorensen, 2001) 54 min.This film examines the proposed nuclear waste storage site at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. The viewer is taken on a journey through the heartland of America, along one of the proposed waste shipment routes, from Chicago to Las Vegas. On the way to Yucca Mountain, we talk with residents, as well as state officials who would respond to radiological accidents during shipment. Just outside of the surreal glow of Las Vegas’ neon is an equally surreal location—the three-mile tunnel beneath Yucca Mountain, which could, one day, house thousands of tons of nuclear waste for the next 10,000 years. Experts take us on a guided tour and discuss the scientific and social controversies surrounding this politically complex proposal. In the desert outside Las Vegas, we meet Nevadans dedicated to stopping the Yucca Mountain project. Directed by John Sorensen.
Pakistan and India: Under the Nuclear Shadow (Pervez Hoodbhoy, 2001) 35 min.Produced in Pakistan, this program takes a critical look at the impact of the possession of nuclear weapons on Pakistan and India since over a billion people in the 2 countries were thrust into the nuclear shadow when their countries became nuclear powers in May 1998. Senior Indian and Pakistani military leaders assess the consequences of nuclear testing in South Asia and the possibility of war. Heads of Islamic religious organizations and militant groups engaged in jihad explain the hopes they have for the bomb and why they believe it strengthens Pakistan and Islam. Leading peace activists, academics and journalists make the case that nuclear South Asia is spiraling into instability, an arms race, deepening poverty, and an ever-greater threat of nuclear war, both deliberate and accidental. Interviews, graphics and archival footage spell out in stark and urgent terms the nuclear danger that now imperils the people of Pakistan and India and the desperate need for peace. Produced and directed by . Script by Zia Mian.
October 17: Lucky Bum Film TourPortland, Oregon based artists Vanessa Renwick and Bill Daniel continue their merciless, road-dogging onslaught of the continental U.S. with a program of their experimental and documentary videos.
Daniel presents his "The Girl on the Train in the Moon", a hobo campfire/video installation that is a record of his 12-year investigation into the secret world of freight riding and hobo graffiti.
Renwick will screen a 70-min. program of her work that begins with early experimental films and concludes with her latest documentary video. Her latest movie, "RICHART", co-directed with Dawn Smallman, is an attempt to break down peoples' fears of Richard Tracy, also known as Richart. While confined to a psychiatric ward at age 50, Richart made this discovery: "If you want to get out of the hospital -start making artwork like this, they will get rid of you - immediately!" Seventeen years later, he's filled the three residential lots surrounding his house with a maze of towering black and white sculptures made out of the town's discards. Locals write him off as the town's eccentric, never taking the time to find out that he is a most daring and passionate artist, his basement filled with over 35,000 collages. Having known the artist for eleven years, Renwick and Smallman made this documentary so that others could know the charm and insight that is Richart.
November 21: Je Me Souviens: Tales from Montreal's KINO Cabaret
In conjunction with:
KINO (Various directors, various lengths)
In August, selections from Electric Eye's Open Reel Hour made the trip to Montreal to screen at a monthly event called Kino Kabaret. Now, Montreal returns the favor with a collection of Kino shorts. Kino is a non-profit organization composed of more than a hundred video and cinema kamikazes from the province of Quebec. Three years ago, Kino 00 was created, a festive event where freedom-craving film-makers (called kinoites) and their wild and eclectic audience of more than 500 people meet each month for an unpredictable (and free) evening of video shorts. Documentaries, essays, shorts on current events, art films and animations, Kino's works are created in a spirit of total freedom of content. There is only one rule to obey to make movies in Kino: "Do well with nothing, do great with little, and do it right now!" Featuring visiting Kinoites as part of a three-day event in conjunction with U-W Madison's Cinematheque.
December: No films scheduled. Happy Holidays!
January - May schedule to be announced
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