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Hibiscus Red, Deaf and Disabled Filmmakers’ Event

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Hibiscus Red, Deaf and Disabled Filmmakers’ Event


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Where will the next generation of Deaf and disabled filmmakers come from?

Hibiscus Red is a new charity created to inspire and support Deaf and disabled filmmakers and run  the London Disability Film Festival in 2010 (website coming soon). For our inaugural event a panel of experienced industry professionals will discuss the current state of Deaf and disability filmmaking in the UK – and what we can expect for the future. They will also consider the ongoing value of Disability Film Festivals all over the world.

Hibiscus Red are holding the launch event at The Delegate’s Centre, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XT on Tuesday 9th June 2009, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Anyone with an interest in Deaf and disabled filmmaking is welcome to attend – whether you just want to find out more about the new charity, are a fledgling filmmaker or already established in the industry, please come along and join the debate!

Chair:
Nik Powell           National Film and Television School, Director

Panel:
Peter Kinkead      Hibiscus Red, Director
Julie Fernandez             Actor (The Office) & Disability Campaigner
Rebekah Polding            Film London, Audience Development Manager
Daniel Cormack             Actaeon Films, Director

If you’d like to attend, the event is free but spaces are limited and you must book a place by emailing your name to sarah.hibiscusred@gmail.com with HIBISCUS RED / BFI LAUNCH EVENT in the subject field.

This event is kindly supported by BFI Southbank, a fully accessible venue. Hibiscus Red are providing BSL interpreters on the evening.

** UPDATE: Hibiscus Red hav started a Fan Page on Facebook

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Do Facebook and Twitter make us ‘bad’…?

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Do Facebook and Twitter make us ‘bad’…?


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Do Facebook and Twitter really make us bad? There was an article in the Metro on April 13th that says it does… According to London’s free paper:

‘Fast-paced modern media, such as Facebook updates and news feeds on Twitter, do not give us time to reflect and could make us indifferent to human suffering, according to a group of researchers.’

I also recall an article, around the same time, that suggested the same, after a landlady saw video posting of her flat being trashed by the tenants – the implication being what? That without the advent of the internet and video streaming, the party would never have happened?!

I think it is worth reminding ourselves that people come in good, bad and indifferent flavours and that each and every medium can be used to demonstrate or enhance those traits.

Twestival would be a clear case in point and cmash and the case studies hosted here are testimony to the fact that social media can, and does create and contribute real and measurable social good, in ways and with reach that would have historically taken obscene ad budgets and mountains of precious trees for snail direct mail.

Covered in the Guardian, there is clear and compelling evidence that people can, will and want to use new social mediums for good, the success of Twestival being clear. The Guardian writes:

The team’s (behind Twestival) 10-page guide on how to hold a Twestival has inspired Twitterers in every continent, franchising the charity event.

Volunteers have found venues, offered design services, put together maps and found drink sponsors for all 175 official Twestivals. There is even a Live Aid-style Twestival radio project called Twestival FM which aims to raise $200,000 through donations for music downloads from artists including Bloc Party, Erol Alkan and Imogen Heap. See here for full aricle

Surely to suggest that a medium can ‘make us bad’ is nonsense? And yet, perhaps those of us in the world of social media should simply see the accusation as a compliment, being one that has been levied for years at television for years?…

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Google & YouTube anounce Non Profit Program

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Google & YouTube anounce Non Profit Program


Online video has emerged as a key tool for grassroots organizing on the Internet and now YouTube is offering US not for profits a chance to capitalise on their video content via thier YouTube NonProfit Program . They have put up a video (see below) with a bunch of useful tips on using their platform for outreach, awareness and fundraising.

Google, the owners of yotube, have tied in their new  Checkout for Non-Profits payment system (with more info on Google’s blog.)

The free service is currently US only with no indication if or when it may be extended but Google aren’t silly. They will, most likely, be using the non-profit route to test and  evaluate the popularity of the service and grab market share. If it takes-off, it would make sense for them to open the integrated video/transaction service to everyone using Google Checkout which means charities won’t have the edge for long!

The video below is taken from the YouTube charity channel and is full of ideas on how to use the platform.

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