Reel News Update #24: Major new film on climate change
Paris: Climate Change, Militarism and War – the rise of a new militant climate movement Click here to watch video (36 min 38 secs) The Paris climate talks in December 2015 were a con. Despite agreeing a commitment to keep global warming to 1.5°C, the actual plans set forward by governments point to warming of between 2.4°C and 3.7°C – which will mean disaster for the planet. But the Paris talks also signalled an important change in the climate movement as thousands of activists gathered from all over the world to organise global action. The days of lobbying governments are over; now the movement is being led by frontline working class, indigenous and peasant communities, who are taking militant direct action against extreme fossil fuel projects, demanding an end to war, and campaigning for a just transition to renewable energies which would create millions of jobs worldwide - solving the economic crisis at the same time as the climate crisis. This film gives you a chance to hear frontline voices from all over the world, and how the battles against climate change, militarism, war and austerity are increasingly becoming one struggle.
|Reel News tour coming soon! Reel News will be taking the film on tour around the UK this autumn, alongside films and speakers from the One Million Climate Jobs campaign, Veterans for Peace and local anti-austerity campaigns. More dates to follow, get in contact if you want to organise a screening where you live ... Dates already confirmed: MOMENTUM FESTIVAL, LIVERPOOL, weekend of September 24 - 25 (exact time TBC) more info on festival: http://theworldtransformed.org/ RADICAL INDEPENDENT BOOKFAIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY, GLASGOW, Saturday October 22, 7pm CCA Intermedia Gallery, 350 Sauchiehall Street more info on festival: http://www.agitcollage.org/ribproject/|
NEW SD BARRETT FILM CONTAINING SUBSTANTIAL UNRELEASED FOOTAGE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW WILL BE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF SYD'S PASSINGCAMBRIDGE LIVE TEAMS UP WITH CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL FOR FILM PREMIERE AS PART OF SYD BARRETT CELEBRATIONS SYD BARRETT WALKING TOURS ALSO CONFIRMED www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk Speaking about the premiere of ‘Get All That Ant? Filmmaker Anthony Stern said “The film came about after a diagnosis of Parkinsons encouraged me to make sense of the last fifty years of my life. Delving through my cellar, I found suitcases full of Nagra tapes, film reels and over 7000 still photographs from the period 1963 – 1970. This film is a homage to that time, capturing the dreams, memories and reflections that sprung from a moment when we really thought we could change the world. Fifty years on, I’m starting to think these values are starting to reemerge”. Cambridge Live Operations Director Neil Jones said “It’s great to link the world premiere of Anthony Stern’s film to this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. The footage in the film has locked away for over 4 decades and makes for an incredible documentary of the Swinging Sixties by a man who was at the very heart of the scene and captured it all first hand. Along with other films about Syd Barrett it should make for a fantastic evening”. More follows Notes for editors Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd Syd Barrett (born Roger Barrett) was a founding member of Pink Floyd, one of the most commercially successful bands of all time. They have sold more than 250 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. The public art was made possible by Section 106 funding from Cambridge City Council and is being unveiled in the year that commemorates both the 70th anniversary of Syd’s birth and the 10th anniversary of his passing. About Anthony Stern Anthony Stern’s father escaped from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and came to live in Cambridge, where he was born. Growing up there in the 1950s his contemporaries included David Gilmour, with whom he was at school, and fellow art student Syd Barrett (then known under his birthname Roger), with whom he put together a joint art exhibition. During the sixties he worked as a professional photographer and filmmaker which offered a front row seat, observing the emergence of a radical, exciting, experimental counterculture, as well as being an enthusiastic participant in the new scene. After the sixties came to an end, around 1973, Anthony changed direction, taking a course in glass at the Royal College of Art which led to a highly successful career and business in the field of glass making. Six years ago Anthony was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which was a profound shock. It began a process of reassessment of what his life has been about. The thousands of film stills left locked in a draw came out and the 16mm film stock was re-threaded onto the Steenbeck, reel to reel sound tapes were once again listened to on the Nagra. The result, after three years of editing, is the film ‘Get All That Ant?’. About the Cambridge Film Trust and Cambridge Film Festival The Cambridge Film Trust champions independent cinema and fosters film culture and education, primarily in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK. They deliver screenings, events and special seasons that enable audiences to engage with film culture in a challenging and creative way. The highlight of their year-round programme is the Cambridge Film Festival, which was established in 1977 and is undoubtedly one of the UK's most innovative film events. About ISpySydinCambridge.com ISpySydinCambridge.com is an online resource dedicated to Syd Barrett and his life in Cambridge. Run by local business man Warren Dosanjh they also offer Syd Barrett themed walking tours of Cambridge. For more information please contact James at Prescription on email@example.com
BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY NEW ALBUM – ‘SHINE A LIGHT: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’ To be released on 23rd Sept ‘16 On Cooking Vinyl + UK SHOWS ANNOUNCED Recorded while travelling across America by train Shine A Light features songs originally made famous by Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & more WATCH BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY PERFORM 'THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL' HERE
Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie. With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era. ‘Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’ by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, released on Cooking Vinyl on 23rd September ’16, is a collection of railway-themed classic songs recorded in the course of a 65 hour journey across the US on the Texas Eagle railroad service. Featuring thirteen songs originally recorded by legendary singers such as Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell and more, the album is an atmospheric travelogue, a gripping lesson in musicology, but most importantly it is a beautifully recorded collection of wonderful tunes. In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station. Winding along 2,728 miles of track, the pair recorded songs while the train paused to pick up passengers. In waiting rooms and at the track side in St Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Alpine TX, El Paso and Tucson they set up their recording equipment, and performed classic railroad songs while keeping half an eye on the train and jumping back on board just before pulling out for the next town. After four days crossing the country, they pulled into Los Angeles at 4:30am, recording their final song in Union Station accompanied by the first chirpings of the dawn chorus. The resulting album ‘Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’ features the perfectly matched voices of Bragg and Henry and captures the varied atmospheres of the environments in which they recorded—from the close proximity of soft-furnished sleeping cars to the cathedral-like ambience of historic railway stations. Says Billy: "Railroad songs provided the bedrock of American popular music, from Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, to Lead Belly, whose repertoire provided several of the songs for this project. In this country, Lonnie Donegan’s 1956 hit ‘Rock Island Line’ sparked the skiffle craze, inspiring a generation of British teens to pick up guitars and form the groups that invaded American in the 60s, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. Growing up in the UK, I'd always been aware of this tradition but when I travelled to the US, I was surprised to find how few people look to the railroad as a means of transport. With this project, we wanted to explore the transformative power that the coming of the railroad had on the lives of ordinary people by taking these songs back to the places that inspired their creation. Travelling on the train and recording the songs as we went allowed us to both visit places that were important 125 years ago when the lines were laid, but to also explore the viability of the railroad as a means of transport in the 21st century." Says Joe: "The emergence of the railroad in America boasted of our might and sprawling enormity, yet signaled a deep desire for close community, connectivity. The songs that grew out of and alongside this innovation remain to tell this story of collective national character." Billy Bragg and Joe Henry most recently worked together when Henry produced Bragg's acclaimed 2013 album Tooth & Nail. The duo will tour the UK together later this year, performing songs from ‘Shine A Light’ and more. Full tour details are as follows: NOVEMBER 7 LONDON Union Chapel 8 LONDON Union Chapel 9 CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre 10 BRIGHTON St.George's Church 12 PORTSMOUTH New Theatre Royal 13 COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre 14 GUILDFORD G Live 15 BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex 17 NOTTINGHAM Playhouse 18 MANCHESTER The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) 19 LINCOLN The Engine Shed Track Listing for Shine A Light… 1. Rock Island Line – Traditional (Recorded by Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan) 2. The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore – Jean Ritchie 3. The Midnight Special – Traditional (Lead Belly) 4. Railroad Bill – Traditional (Riley Puckett) 5. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams 6. KC Moan – Traditional (The Memphis Jug Band) 7. Waiting For A Train – Jimmie Rodgers 8. In The Pines – Traditional (Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers) 9. Gentle On My Mind – John Hartford (Glenn Campbell, Aretha Franklin) 10. Hobo's Lullaby - Goebel Reeves (Woody Guthrie) 11. Railroading On The Great Divide – Sara Carter (The Carter Family) 12. John Henry – Traditional (Doc Watson) 13. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and peerless political campaigner for over 30 years. Among the former Saturday boy’s albums are his punk-charged debut Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy, the more love-infused Workers Playtime, pop classic Don’t Try This At Home, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee-timed treatise on national identity England, Half-English, and his stripped-down tenth, Tooth and Nail, his most successful since the early 90s. The intervening three decades have been marked by a number one hit single, having a street named after him, being the subject of a South Bank Show, appearing on stage at Wembley Stadium, curating Leftfield at Glastonbury, sharing spotted dick with a Cabinet minister in the House of Commons cafeteria, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian). In a career spanning 30 years, Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience. A hyper-literate storyteller, by turns dark, devastating, and hopeful, he has an author's eye for the overlooked detail. Henry has collaborated with many notable artists on his own body of work, from T Bone Burnett, Daniel Lanois, and Van Dyke Parks on one side of the spectrum, to Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Brad Mehldau, and Bill Frisell on the other. A three-time-Grammy-winning producer, Henry has made records for Bonnie Raitt, Hugh Laurie, Lisa Hannigan, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, and many others. In 2015, Henry helmed a recording session for the late Allen Toussaint. The resulting album, American Tunes, will be released this year. In 2013, Algonquin Press published, Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him, a book co-written by Joe and his brother Dave Henry. Henry’s most recent studio album, Invisible Hour, was released on his own Work Song label. The album features numerous guests including The Milk Carton Kids as well as Lisa Hannigan, who co-wrote the title track along with Henry and best-selling novelist Colum McCann. As a solo artist and a producer alike, Henry’s records are marked with a consistent sonic depth, attention to narrative, and emphasis on the beauty of spontaneity. See Billy & Joe performing The Midnight Special here http://po.st/ShineALight1. This track is also available to download immediately when you pre-order the album from the official store or iTunes. WEBSITE: http://po.st/ShineALight1 OFFICIAL STORE: http://po.st/SaLStore AMAZON: http://po.st/SaLamz ITUNES: http://po.st/SaLiT www.cookingvinyl.com