As many of you are aware, DCTV supported the production of a feature documentary about the Concerned Parents Against Drugs movement in the 1980′s. We broadcast this last November as part of our drugs weekend – in its original TV format of 2 x 40 minute episodes under the name Pushers Out.
The piece was also released in a 70 minute feature documentary version and has been shown at a number of film festivals including Dublin and
Galway and currently is being screened in San Francisco. DCTV is now planning to screen this version in communities around the city – in
particular communities that were featured in the film or fell that the lessons from the CPAD movement are particularly relevant today.
The first screening is tomorrow evening at 7pm in the St John Bosco Youth Centre in Drimnagh. The producer of the film, Brian Gray, will be in attendance along with community activists with a memory of the events in the film. DCTV members are all invited, subject to an RSVP
so we can let the Bosco know about numbers. In particular we would welcome attendance by anybody who may be interested in organising a
screening in their part of the city or with their local group.
Email MeetingRoom@dctv.ie for any further details or to RSVP.
Under the auspices of our Dublin Diaries project last year, we put together a unique TV calendar. It was packed with nuggets of forgotten histories, of names and events lost in the past and resurrected to populate each day of the year. All of these historical nuggets were be dug up from several primary archives located in Dublin such as the Irish Times, specialized collections in The National Archive, the registrar at Kilmainham Jail and the records at Glasnevin Cemetery.
Members of the public helped us narrate the scripts produced as a result, and then down in the dungeons of DCTV, our team of skilled video technicians worked night and day to churn out the end products. For the first time, these are being made available for you to view on our Vimeo page.
Our look at left wing publications, produced by the Alternative Media History group, has been one of the successes of the Community in a Studio project. Now they are thinking about making series 2 in the Autumn. One of the things they think is they’ll need more people involved – as researchers, as studio crew, as panelists, as editors etc. If you liked the show or just want a go at making some television contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’ll be representatives of Looking Left down at the Greaves School http://www.greavesschool.com/ with copies of the DVD and you can watch the first series online.
Community radio is about involving people in local communities. It is designed to engage and empower people giving them an opportunity to explore their sense of identity and reflect the positive aspects of communities that are often considered too small to be featured in mainstream media.
In this documentary, The History of Community Radio in Ireland, we travel across Ireland visiting a variety of different community radio stations and investigating the work they do. We also get an insight into the history and evolution of the Community Radio Movement in Ireland by charting it’s struggle to be officially recognised as a legitimate form of broadcasting and the challenges it faced.
The documentary draws on the experience of many practitioners of community media over the last 30 years some of whom are still actively engaged in the continued development of the movement today.
Funded by the BCI under the Sound and Vision. Produced by Martin McGee and broadcast on DCTV
In this award winning short, Connor McBride digs back at the history of Montgomery St, an area that was once Europe’s biggest red light district. The piece was nominated for the Royal Television Society Undergraduate Factual category, and ‘Monto’ was the overall regional winner, which will go on to represent the ROI at the competition in London.
NvTv presents the first ever televised history of James Mackie & Sons, once the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturer. Former Mackie employees and local historians tell their stories and explain how Mackies grew from humble beginnings to become a world leading engineering firm. The programme has sad stories and plenty of legendary Belfast humour, as people explain what it was like during Belfast’s industrial heyday.
Daniel Finn returns to present the fourth episode of Looking Left. Produced as part of Community in a Studio, this DCTV series uses historical journals of the left as a hinge to explore the issues that animated the movements and politics of the past. In this edition, we take a look at The Irish Socialist. The panel includes two people involved in the production of the paper, Noel Redmond and Mick O’Reilly. Dr Anne Matthews, a historian familiar with the communist movement here and our regular man on the labour beat, Connor McCabe also sits in on the panel.
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.