Directed by Cameron Allen Randolph ‘Technology is making us lazy’ is an Irish short about a group of youngsters who secretly protect our society
Fresh Films 2005: Senior Award “The Vent” dir. Glenn Lambert DublinMade Films, Dublin, Ireland
The first two programmes of The Powerdown Show produced by Cultivate is piloting on Dublin Community TV which is launching this week.
Cultivate’s Powerdown TV Show is a series of ten twenty minute programmes that aim to inform individuals and groups on the context and responses to climate change and peak oil. The programmes follow the same themes as Cultivate’s Community Powerdown course and will be both educational and entertaining.
The series includes interviews with Richard Douthwaite of Feasta, Rob Hopkins of Transition Towns, George Monbiot, author of ‘Heat’ and Guardian journalist and many other leading thinkers in the fields of Climate Change and Peak Oil. The shows also include other interesting segments such as animation which will both inform and entertain and comedy sketches which take a slightly different look at the issues and include such characters as the Oil Junky, the Eco-Preacher and the Peak Beer Party People.
DCTV will broadcast 24-hours-a-day at Channel 802 on the Chorus and NTL digital cable networks, reaching 200,000 households across Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and Waterford. The new channel will air drama, documentaries, arts shows, magazine programmes, current affairs, adult education and more; some made by experienced producers, others by community organisations jumping into TV production for the first time, availing of DCTV’s broadly open access ethos.
Episode 1 – ‘The Challenge Ahead’ will be broadcast in the “Digital Stories” block of programming at the following times: first broadcast July 17th Thursday at 9pm , Friday 18th at 10am , Sunday 20th July 6pm and Tuesday 22nd July 6pm.
Episode 2 – ‘The Power of Community’ will be first broadcast on Thursday July 24th at 9pm, Friday 25th at 10am, Sunday 27th at 6pm and Tuesday 29th at 6pm.
The full series of 10 programmes will be broadcast in September.
There’s a new episode of Looking Left available on Vimeo today. Looking Left is proving to be one of our more popular shows, with a decent online following on the left wing blogosphere. Check out Irish Left Review, where one of the group involved in producing the show has uploaded copies of Graton and Z Mag, both magazines that arose from the struggles of the early eighties.
As usual we stick all new content on our front page, it also gets sucked into our video section via a Vimeo plug in. We will eventually get around to bringing you a better way of viewing our online content. The sudden upsurge in content surprises us as much as you.
The mainstream media often does not focus on the economic and social impacts of Peak Oil and Climate Change. For this reason many people still feel that these issues are not directly relevant to their everyday lives. Street Smart Sustainability is a 4 part series, which seeks to increase the understanding of the issues around sustainability so that people can make informed decisions on what they do in their daily lives.
In each episode we go out on the streets of Dublin to get Vox-Pops on what people think about the issue of the week. These Vox-Pops then form the basis of a lively in-studio discussion led by presenter, Dylan Townsend.
‘Johnny Splitz’, a short film made by a group of talented young people from fifth year in Killinarden Community School Tallaght, has been named one of the winning films of the Dublin regional heat and is going on to the final in Limerick on March 25th for this year’s Fresh Film Festival competition. Fresh Film Festival is a highly regarded festival based in Limerick and showcases films by young filmmakers under the age of 18.
Johnny Splitz looks at the familiar story of teenage pregnancy and its effects in an unusual, entertaining and original way. Johnny is a typical teenager. He has just broken up with his girlfriend and is quite happy about it. Little does he know that soon he will be begging her to take him back, buying bigger pants and making history… as the first pregnant man in Ireland!
Students worked with filmmakers, Olivia Fitzsimons, Barry Hamilton from DCTV, and Orla Russell Conway, throughout the project, which took place last year. With the assistance of filmmakers from Dublin Community Television (DCTV) and South Dublin County Councils Film Programme, students scripted, acted, directed, and filmed the piece. Since the completion of the project some members of the group have become part of a new youth-led filmmaking group supported by the Arts Council and South Dublin County Council’s Arts Office, Tallaght Young Filmmakers (TYF).
Noreen Walsh from Killinarden Community School stated, “We are very excited at being nominated for Fresh Festival. Jonny Splitz was our first venture into film making. It has been a wonderful experience for the students involved and for the whole school. We could never have imagined, at the outset that we would be sending students to a Film Festival!”
Produced by Dublin Community Television (DCTV), the film was originally screened as one of the first featured shorts for the launch of DCTV during the summer of 2008.
Johnny Splitz will be screened in Limerick on March 25th.