2009

Friday, April 24, 7–10pm

Tottenham Outrage
Guerrilavision, 12min, Chicago Premiere
The filmmaking team responsible for Crowd Bites Wolf, Capitals Ill, The Bunny Hunters and Big Rattle in Seattle uses “actors” (you’ll understand when you see it) and humorous storytelling to outline the events of a 1909 armed robbery that has some similarity to the accusation made against Sacco and Vanzetti. This attempted wage snatch resulted in the deaths of a policeman, a 10 year old boy in north London, England and ultimately the two Russian immigrants, Paul Hefeld and Jacob Lapidus. Oops, spoiler alert! The Tottenham Outrage is considered on of the most famous events in Tottenham’s history.

On Media Reality
Ztohoven, 2008,45 min
With the aim to contribute to discussion about media manipulation, art group Ztohoven secretly alters Czech TV broadcast. Film is in Czech with English subtitles.

Prisão
Vanessa de Natale (AKA Vanessa Vendetta), 2008, 8 min
The ball and chain of work and conditioning to be a happy worker overwhelms one young man.

Intermission

Shutdown:
The Rise & Fall of Direct Action to Stop the War
DASW, 2009, 24min, Chicago Premiere
Direct Action to Stop the War organizers reflect on their successful strategy in shutting down San Francisco on the first day of the war in Iraq, and on their ultimate failure to sustain a movement. Uplifting footage of their blockades, marches and spectacle during the 2003 protest is elaborated on by interviews with 17 community organizers, teachers, artists, Arab civil liberties advocates, queer activists and environmental campaigners. Hindsight is good, foresight is better!

On the Verge:
The Smash EDO campaign
Schnews, 2008, 90min,
Selected Feature, Chicago Premiere
On the Verge is about one of the best sustained and most imaginative campaigns to emerge out of the UK’s anti-war movement and direct action scene. Using activist, police and CCTV footage, On The Verge draws a direct connection from the EDO weapons manufacturing facility in the south of England to both the United States and the wars in the middle east. “Every bomb that is dropped, every bullet that is fired in the name of this war on terror has to be made somewhere. And where ever that is, it can be resisted.” The organizers and activists cleverly respond to every ploy used by EDO and the police to stop the protests and thwart the campaign, including attempts to stop distribution of this movie!

Saturday, April 25, 7–10pm

Tierra Libertad and Capitalismo
10min, Chicago Premiere
Attracted to work in Maquiladoras in the north, workers become squatters in Nogales Mexico.

Oilers
Victoria Stanton, 2007, 8 min, Chicago Priemiere
Using Vince Tinguely’s text Oilers as a point of departure, this 8 minute videopoem combines a series of small, intimate, awkward interactions (between Stanton and a toy Hummer) along with an incisive, lively, politically charged poetic piece about our addiction to oil, written and recorded by Tinguely.

Love Revolution, Not State Delusion, Homotopia
Chris Vargas, Eric Stanley, 2006, 24min
Silly fun, tacky fashion and by the way, an explicit sex scene are played out with a serious intent. Filmmakers create flaming, fierce radical queer versions of the stereotypical mad bombers, alchemists, organizers and opportunistic sell-out characters to critique and confront state sanctified gay marriage.

Black Iron Vatican II
Andy Roche, 10min
Opening with clips of 2 arrested nuns, this video includes interviews over protest footage.

Intermission

Ethel MacDonald: An Anarchist’s Story
Mark Littlewood, 2006, 75min, Chicago Priemiere
Made to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, this video tells the story of Ethel MacDonald, a remarkable young Scottish woman who struggled to free many of her imprisoned comrades. A forgotten legend – her story ranks alongside that of ‘La Pasionaria’ and Anne Frank. The Anarchist’s Story was shot on location in Scotland and Barcelona.

Enraged
Eyal Eithcowich, 2008, 56min
Selected Feature, Chicago Premiere
Enraged follows four Jewish-Israeli members of Anarchists Against the Wall activists who refuse to be silent while the occupation continues. They bring food into Palestinian villages under curfew, tear down parts of the separation barrier, and serve as human shields for Palestinian demonstrators. In Israel they are ostracized; in Palestine they beaten, sprayed with tear-gas, and shot at with rubber-coated bullets.

Sunday, April 26, 7–10pm

Boom or Bust
Guerrillavision, 2000, 4min
Street artist Banksy discusses his particular skill set and demonstrates same. Very rare, actual footage of the artist in action and unmasked. So cool it hurts.

Get Rid of Yourself
Bernadette Corporation, 2003, 62 min, Chicago Premiere
Get Rid of Yourself is a video-film-tract addressed to those who anonymously embody the return of political activism within Empire.

Make Goals Not War
Matias E. Margulis, 2007, 29 minutes
One man’s quest to initiate world peace through the world’s most popular and most beautiful game.

Infiltrating the Underground
Michael Pino, Paper Tiger Television, 2008, 28min
Selected Feature, Chicago Premiere
Infiltrating the Underground examines how and why anti-corporate culture and independent media have been co-opted by corporate advertising and their profit-making agenda and examines instances where the government and big business collude to silence independent voices—and concerns for social justice. Anne Elizabeth Moore explains what happens when the underground becomes just another market through her look at how corporations chip away at democracy by copying the style and techniques of alternative culture.

Intermission

Infest Wisely
a lo-fi sci-fi movie in seven episodes
No Media Kings, 2007, 86min
You just can’t leave home without it! No need to reach for your wallet. Payment is accepted with spit….and other bodily fluids. New nanotechnology allows for the easy install of hardware and software (just chew on this stick of gum….) that turns your eyes into a camera, cures diseases and eliminates BO. But when your “computer” gets a virus, how do you clean sweep? Seven short stories, seven directors all written by Jim Munroe. Audience favorite at the 2007 Think Galacticon science fiction fest in Chicago and back by popular demand.