TPFF Easter Update

TPFF Easter Update

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,

Are we the only ones who were thinking ‘it’s great to have 70 degrees in March, but surely, this can’t be right?!…

As summer and Easter collide, here’s a quick update on TPFF activity!

FILM CLUB

Our next event will be on Tuesday 24th April – at the Lexi – for a screening of Ross Ashcroft’s direct and thought-provoking film, followed by a Q&A with Ross. More info and how to book

Rather than condemning bankers, politicians or the media, the ‘Four Horsemen’ (of the apocalypse)  feature documentary puts the whole system up for discussion. Many leading ‘insider’ economists as well as more radical commentators share their observations  and conclusions on how capitalism has failed and what it must do if it is to ‘redeem’ itself.

We are also talking to other NGO partners about more screenings of the film, so watch this space!

PROJECTS

WE ARE MANY

Following on from an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, Amir Amirani’s film is now in production with the USA filming now completed.  More funding good news has also come in and we have now secured match funding of the Kickstarter funding, so the film’s production budget is well on the way to being 100%  secured.  If you haven’t watched the ‘teaser’ then see it here.  Or if you marched,  tell us your story here.

And finally, our partner War on Want is hosting a Just Giving campaign for the film – you can support the film by donating via Just Giving.

“The global protest against the Iraq War on 15 February 2003 was a pivotal moment in recent history, the consequences of which have gone unreported. Amir Amirani’s We Are Many chronicles the struggle to shift power from the old establishment to the new superpower that is global public opinion, through the prism of one historic day. I urge you to support this film in whatever way you can.” Oliver Stone

THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM

Leila Sansour recently returned from a highly successful and encouraging trip to the USA where she met with leading faith leaders to explore and discuss how The Road to Bethlehem can become a focal point for that part of their work that addresses Palestine and how they in turn, can support the film’s release across the USA.  We are looking forward to a late autumn UK release and a release in the USA in 2013.  If you would like to donate to support the film’s release and outreach please read more here (scroll to Donations to The Road to Bethlehem).

DRUG WAR  (formerly Prohibition: A Modern Addiction)

As the debate around the legalisation of drugs seems to be getting more attention – not least from some of the Central and Latin American governments whose peoples have borne the brunt of the so-called ‘War on Drugs’, Shane Ward’s film seems more and more timely and much needed. Read more about this global ‘piecing together of the jigsaw puzzle’ that is the drug war. One that has cost hundreds of billions of dollars to worse than no effect.

As we seek to raise funds for development, we are delighted to have Mike Leigh lend his support along with others who argue that the public must know more about this issue that affects us all, in one way or another. See what the film’s supporters have to say here.

If you would like to know more about how you can help support the film email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com

ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR

PABLO NAVARETTE’s last film ‘Inside the Revolution’ was a beautifully made fascinating insight into Chavez’s Venezuela. Pablo’s next film is looking at Venezuela’s Hip Hop Revolutionaries. Learn more about how you can help the film here.

UK PREMIERE OF AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY “FORDSON”
Thursday 19th April,  6pm, Apollo Cinema Piccadilly.

TPFF friends at Radical Middle Way are presenting  Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream.

“Powerful… Intelligent… Moving. I want everyone… to watch this film!” Michael Moore.

The film follows a predominately Muslim and Arab high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during the last ten days of Ramadan, revealing a community holding onto its Islamic faith while they struggle, under the dark clouds of growing anti-Muslim hatred, for acceptance in post 9/11 America. There are a limited number of free tickets for friends of the Tipping Point Film Fund.  Additional tickets are also available for ONLY £5. Book here.

Also attending will be Director Rashid Ghazi, Coach Fouad “Walker” Zaban, Former Principal of Fordson High School Imad Fadlallah and the stars of the Fordson Tractors Football squad Ali Baidoun, Bilal Abu-Omarah, Baquer Sayed, Hassan Houssaiky.

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL

..is an amazing event in the festival calendar. One to watch out for, if you are attending, is a short doc having a special screening on Sunday 6th May. ‘The Killing Fields’ by Carlo Nero asks How does our taxation system affect our ecosystem? Can we save the environment and prevent the decimation of species by creating a seismic shift in how we run our economy? A panel discussion will be introduced by Vanessa Redgrave and will include Prof. Sir Richard Jolly Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; Polly Higgins environmental lawyer and author of Eradicating Ecocide and Fred Harrison economist and author.

http://brightonfestival.org/event/477/the_killing_fields/

CAMPAIGNS to watch out for…

Amnesty Disarm Dictators campaign for a ‘bulletproof’ arms trade treaty.

In July, world leaders will meet in New York to draw up an historic document: the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty. Get it wrong and we may never get another chance to put it right.

38 Degrees ongoing campaigns: Save the NHS; and Tax Dodging Campaign

That’s all for now! As always, thanks to all our supporters and if you’d like to know more about how you can join them and support TPFF’s backing of great ‘call to action’ films, read more here.

Happy Easter Holidays!

Deb, Kev, Fran, Jen and all at TPFF

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June Newsletter

Save the dates; project news; campaigns to support!

Dear Colleagues, Supporters and Friends,

Below is our summer calendar of events plus some project news as well as campaigns in the news.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events!

Save the Dates

Wednesday 15th June – find out more about what we do!

– for those (London based) who want to know more about what we do, how to get involved and how to support our work. Deb, Kev, Fran and Jen would love to meet you!

The Chapel Bar, Islington – 6.30pm

Venue: The Chapel Bar, (29a Penton Street, N1 9PX), 5 mins walk from Angel Tube (Cross to White Lion Street, walk to the top where it meets Penton Road, Chapel Bar is on the opposite corner. See a map here.)

TPFF is working with film-makers to raise production and campaign outreach – find out more here. And how you can get more involved.

Thursday 16 June – ‘Latin America Rising’ – film, panel, performance. Free Event

TPFF & Movimentos supported screening of Pablo Navarette’s ‘Inside the Revolution’ + panel discussion, followed by rap and beatbox performances from Lowkey, Rebel Diaz.

“Inside the Revolution…a rare film about Venezuela, a country in extraordinary transition. Watch this film because it is honest and fair and respectful of those who want to be told the truth about an epic attempt, flaws and all, to claim back the humanity of ordinary people.” – John Pilger (Journalist, author and documentary filmmaker).

5.30-6.45pm film7-9pm panel + performance

Venue: Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DL More information – clips, event details

Event organised by Alborada and Beat Knowledge.

Wednesday 22nd June TPFF Film Club – ‘The Take’ by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis

Free Screening 7.30pm Chapel Bar, Islington

Award-winning film about the collapse of Argentina’s economy and the response of ordinary working people as they break all the rules to save their factories, their jobs – and their dignity – as they take on the local ruling elites, recapture their factories and make them succeed – as worker owned co-operatives. This film coincides with the start of the UK’s groundbreaking Co-operatives Fortnight – promoting the work and value of co-operation in the UK and abroad.

‘Fierce and Inspiring’ – Washington Post … ‘A suspenseful, cautionary tale universal in its implications’ LA Times…. ‘A cross between Michael Moore and Ken Loach’…. International Herald Tribune

This will be a FREE event – come and join us for a pre-mid summers day drink/screening/social gathering. No RSVPS – max 80 capacity, so come on time if you want a seat!

Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcostesK0Ik

For more information visit the website.

Venue: The Chapel Bar, (29a Penton Street, N1 9PX), 5 mins walk from Angel Tube (Cross to White Lion Street, walk to the top where it meets Penton Road, Chapel Bar is on the opposite corner. See a map here.)

Monday 4th July TPFF Film Club – ‘Just Do It’ – PRESS PREVIEW screening + Q&A with Director Emily James

Venue: The Lexi Cinema

Time: 8pm film, 9.30pm Q&A with Emily James

Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069 (£1 Booking Fee).

Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.

Read Empire’s review in full here: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137258

“Seriously topical but never so serious that it gets caught up in polemic, it’s a terrific story packed with characters and told with passion’. David Hughes, Empire Magazine

The inside story of some of the UK’s biggest troublemakers – a feature documentary about environmental direct action. Crowd funded and released this summer, Just Do It follows some fantastically inspiring women and men who most definitely got off their derrieres and did something – and made a difference. What more can you ask for?!

TPFF is proud to have supported Just Do It.

Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM8iAK58-G4&feature=player_embedded

More info: http://just-do-it.org.uk/

August Bank Holiday – TPFF Film Programme –  Greenbelt Festival (27-29th August)

TPFF returns to Greenbelt with a Tipping Point Film Programme over 3 days.

We team up with Dogwoof to present Mohamed Al-Daradji’s highly acclaimed new film‘Son of Babylon’ (Sat 27th) and award-winning film ‘Budrus’ (Sun 28th). Plus Al-Daradji’s documentary ‘Iraq: War, Love, God, Madness’ (Sat 27th) and ‘Our Generation’ by Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis (Mon 29th).

FILM PROJECTS

We Are Many – will mark the 10th anniversary of the global anti-Iraq invasion marches in 2013 and is a film about a single day and its aftermath – revealing both the power and potential of ordinary people, as well as the dark underbelly of the war machine.

We are currently planning  a one-off high profile fundraising event to kickstart the production funding effort – if you would like to know more about how you can help, email deborah@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

We’re delighted that US actor and activist Danny Glover has recently come on to support the film and joins a first-class list of endorsees including Ahdaf Soueif, Michael Mansfield QC, Brian Eno, Ken Loach, Janet Suzman, Bianca Jagger, Tariq Ali and Arundhati Roy – some of whom will appear in the film. Rachel Portman, Oscar winning composer is on board and ITVS in the US have expressed an interest in acquiring the film on completion.

Watch the new trailer here:- http://www.tippingpointfilmfund.com/projects/we-are-many/

If you would like to know more/support the film, email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com

CAMPAIGN NEWS

Food Speculation

Lots of news recently about food speculation – food is now a financial commodity, to be traded and bet against just like any other, such as copper and oil. How can this be stopped?

See below for some campaign actions…

Recent Christian Aid Week report.
War on Want – Trade and the Food Crisis
WDM – Stop bankers betting on food: campaign to limit commodity speculation

Royal Bank of Scotland and Tar Sands

WDM – one last bank story + campaign action.

RBS funding tar sands…

Co-operatives Fortnight – 25th June-9th July

Do you want to narrow the gap between rich and poor? Here’s how Co-operative Fortnight thinks you can – through action to share ownership and wealth in a co-operative way.

http://www.uk.coop/yourstoshare/petition

TPFF Spring Newsletter

Dear colleagues, supporters and friends,

Here’s a quick round-up of TPFF news – dates for your diary, project news, more films and campaigns to watch out for and, most importantly, read to the end to find out how you can get more involved with what we do!

FILM PROJECT NEWS

We Are Many

We are delighted to say we are working with director Amir Amirani to help raise funds and provide campaign outreach support for his film We Are Many, which will be released in 2013 to mark the 10th anniversary of the global anti-Iraq invasion marches. ‘We Are Many’ is a film about a single day and its aftermath – an untold chapter in the history of people power. By turns uplifting and chilling, it reveals both the power and potential of ordinary people, as well as the dark underbelly of the war machine.

Imagine This (working title)

As we witness the outcome of unfettered greed in the markets and financial systems, TPFF is leading on the development of a film that will take us on a journey to show how you can combine ethics and commercial success. Some are arguing that the ‘unselfish gene’ is embedded in many areas of human economic activity – we just don’t seem to make much noise about it . Taking an international look at this subject, the first stage research has been completed. Read here for more.

The Road to Bethlehem

Following from a very successful presentation at the Dubai International Film Festival, and as distribution plans for its release for Christmas get underway, we are embarking on the task of fundraising for the film’s outreach campaign to accompany the film’s release. As part of this, there will be a fundraiser held at Amnesty International’s Human Rights Action Centre on May 16th, with a screening of Jeremy Hardy vs The Israeli Army, with a Q&A with Jeremy and Leila. If you would like to book for this event or find out more about how you can help, email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

More ones to watch…

Just Do It – TPFF is part of the funding community supporting Emily James’s film about environmental activists, due for release this summer.

Our Generation – Sinem Saban & Damien Curtis’s shocking new documentary about present day Australia’s abuse of Aboriginal people’s rights – land, culture and freedoms.

New Dogwoof Release on June 21st – Countdown to Zero

“The horror film to end all horror films.” Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, or miscalculation, or by madness.” – President John F. Kennedy

Nine nations possess nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them. The world is now held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by Academy Award® nominated documentarian Lucy Walker (Waste LandThe Devil’s PlaygroundBlindsight), Countdown to Zero traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament and features an array of important international statesmen, including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Pervez Musharraf.

The film’s UK distributor, Dogwoof (The Age of Stupid), have announced Demand Zero Day on Tuesday 21 June. The film will screen simultaneously across the UK and Ireland before venues link up live to London’s BAFTA for a high-profile panel discussion starring Queen Noor of Jordan, Valerie Plame and Tarantino’s producer, Lawrence Bender.  Audiences will also be encouraged to join the discussion and text in their questions. Not screening near you? You can bring the premiere to your community by hosting your very own. Dogwoof’s Ambassadors programme allows individuals to make a big social impact while generating funds for both themselves and the filmmakers. Find out where the Countdown to Zero is playing and bring the movement to your area with Ambassadors.

Watch the trailer here.

CAMPAIGN NEWS

TPFF is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition and this Spring, SCC are driving The Big Climate Re-Connection – find out how you can make sure your MP pushes the government to deliver the best possible Climate Act.

We are also members of the wonderful Tax Justice Network – who worked closely with author Nicholas Shaxson to produce a new book, Treasure Islands – the truth about tax havens. Check it out.

Join a revolution – courtesy of The Co-operative! The Co-op Group are encouraging its customers to Join The Revolution as it announces the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history that will spearhead its membership drive and help build a more sustainable economy. Get involved!

Britdoc’s excellent Case Study on End of the Line was recently published and aims to illustrate just how and why film matters and makes a tangible impact that is auditable.

TPFF FILM CLUB & Save the Dates…

April 18th, May 16th, Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre

TPFF held recent events at the Lexi Cinema – End of Poverty (to mark Fairtrade Fortnight) and Academy Award winner Inside Job. Both played to full houses, followed by great post-film discussions with great panellists – so watch this space for our next Lexi screenings! We are now exploring taking TPFF film club to other London venues as well as other cities around the UK…

Meantime, on April 18th, we are partnering with Jubilee Debt Campaign and Pambazuka News to co-host a film + panel discussion to mark 50 years since the death of DRC’s first independent leader – Patrice Lumumba, assassinated just 10 weeks after his election. The event will ask: 50 years on, what future for the Congo?

7pm, admission free, on a first come first serve basis on the night. Read here for more.

May 16th – join TPFF, Jeremy Hardy and Leila Sansour for a fundraising event for The Road to Bethlehem outreach campaign at Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre. Tickets on sale soon – watch this space. Meantime, if you would like to know more email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com.

GROWING THE FUND…

TPFF raises funds for projects from various sources – individuals, charities, NGOs. More and more, people are asking us ‘how can we help?’ or ‘how can we get more involved?’ – so here is how! Fundamentally, we need supporters to back the fund and spread the word. The more the fund grows, the more projects we can support. Find out more – or email info@tippingpointfilmfund.com if you would like to talk to one of us at TPFF about how you can get more involved.

Looking forward to hearing from you!