ACTION ALERT: JUSTICE FOR BRAD WILL PROTESTMon, 07/13/2009 - 17:32
A Philosophers Take on Fierce LightMon, 06/29/2009 - 18:33
In Fierce Light: where spirit meets action, Velcrow Ripper aims to reconcile the two so as to renew and reinvigorate progressive political movements across the globe. Drawing from a variety of movements, activists, leaders, and intellectuals, he shifts our ways of thinking about politics towards a more holistic and sustainable view of activism. At times heartbreaking and at times uplifting, the viewer is taken from war zones to urban gardens, from the March on Washington to Vietnam to South Africa in a storyline linked by a clear sense of vision and narrated by the director himself.
Through a combination of powerful footage, dramatic music, and compelling narrative this film brings out themes of community, resilience, and hope in the face of despair, violence and power. Stillness within is required to sustain political engagement so that one's motives are not simply reactionary but rather motivated by a positive vision of political alternatives. The "Fierce Light" of the title emerges from that stillness, and sustains and inspires those who seek justice in this world and hope to keep alive the bright light of hope. But the Fierce Light is also something larger, not so much nestled within us as hidden in the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate political movements.
HELP SHUT DOWN THE SCHOOL OF THE AMERICA'S!Wed, 06/24/2009 - 18:58
Please add your voice to the chorus and call your Representative now at 1-800-473-6711 (toll-free). Urge your Representative to vote YES on the McGovern-Sestak-Bishop (GA)-Lewis (GA) amendment, to vote FOR human rights and FOR transparency (see the email below for a sample call-script). To also send an email and a fax to your Representative, click here!
Please email me at email@example.com with the response that you are getting from your Representative's office! Thank you!
A World That Works for EveryoneSat, 06/06/2009 - 17:54
Every Monday, the box office is added up, and we find out if the film will get another week in the theatres. Our run has been extraordinary so far. We are still number two in the box office for Canadian films, and have remained in the top ten at Cinema Clock, Canada's national viewers ratings, throughout our run, often beating out Star Trek!
What's particularily exciting to me is that this provides concrete evidence that audiences are hungry for this kind of meaningful cinema, that they are ready for films that offer positive solutions, and a vision of "a world that works for everyone", as Michael Beckwith says in the film.