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Occupy Love: The beginning is here!

By Colette On April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Help us reach our goal of 5000 boosts by midnight April 25!

Hello Cool World is excited to be working on the media relations for Occupy Love, an inspiring new documentary from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light). Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”.

Check out the trailer HERE.

Occupy Love is being self-distributed by a talented team led by Velcrow and producers Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie. Their crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which successfully raised $80,000 through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter! 

The global response to the film has been amazing with over 200 grassroots screenings being self-organized by individuals and organizations in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The largest community screening so far took place in Porto Allegre, Brazil on April 11th attracting a whopping 1,500 attendees!

We look forward to watching the momentum grow!

Occupy Love marks the completion of Velcrow's Fierce Love Trilogy, a twelve-year journey which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. (We've got a special to buy both these DVDs on our webstore for 40% off.)

We worked on outreach and DVD production for Scared Sacred. As with our work with The Corporation, and The Take, we've been inspired by how films with a social message, can find audiences and inspire those audiences to action. All these films are available on our webstore, and all our profits go to our campaigns, and now also to the distribution platform for social cause media we are developing. Check out our proposal to  CFC's IdeaBOOST program, and please BOOST us, our dream is to better help films like Occupy Love engage with audiences, and to encourage audiences to organize actions as well as screenings.

Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes along with interviews from leading visionaries including Naomi KleinBill McKibbenJeremy Rifkinbell hooks and Charles Eisenstein

The Occupy Love US theatrical tour starts Friday, May 3, 2013 in New York City, with screenings and special events to follow in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle.

Coming to Canadian theatres starting June 2013! Check out more screenings and opportunities to get involved after the page break...

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Colette joined Hello Cool World team back in 2003 and was a key organizer for The Corporation and The Take's grassroots outreach efforts across North America.

After being inspired by the organizing and awareness building potential of the internet and social issue films, she returned to school to study Communications and sharpen her skills.

Once graduating, Colette returned to Hello Cool World once again as a grassroots campaign consultant. She is now the Director of Distribution for Hello Cool World's new fair trade distribution arm.


Collaborating for the Cause

By Colette On September 01, 2011 | 0 Comments

KENSINGTON & HELLO COOL WORLD - STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN HYBRID DISTRIBUTION

Robert Lang

I recently had the privilege of meeting with the talented folks over at Kensington Communications that created RAW OPIUM: PAIN PLEASURE PROFITS, one of the documentary projects Hello Cool World has been involved with over the past year.

I was eager to sit down with producer Robert Lang and Kensington’s social media lead Amanda Connon-Unda to get a full update.

Kensington first approached Hello Cool World (HCW) last fall looking for strategy advice on self-distributing their film. In May, we worked with Kensington to host the world premiere of RAW OPIUM at DOXA and to strategize grassroots outreach across North America.

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Peace It Together - Gala on August 2!

By Katherine Dodds On July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

EMPOWERING YOUTH TO PROMOTE PEACE IS WHAT PEACE IT TOGETHER IS ALL ABOUT.

Youth from Palestine and Israel join Vancouver youth and an international group of faclitators and film mentors to work together to make films. WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING OF YOUTH FILMS- AUGUST 2 - VOGUE THEATRE VANCOUVER. Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm.

The project is about dialogue, filmmaking and multimedia and the public is invited to support the project and view this year's crop of fllms. On Tuesday, August 2nd come and watch the short films these youth have co-created about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Join us for this World Premiere at 7:00pm at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street.

Info & tix on Peace It Together's blog.

Hello Cool World joined the program on the first day of fllming, which happened this year on campus at the University of British Columbia. We also did interviews with founder and exec director Reena Lazar and others including our own HCW cohort, Atef Abdelkefi,  who has been volunteering for Peace it Together for many years. Pictured above, Atef is showing the group of youth the filming equipment on day 1 of the filmmaking part of the project. We will be at the premiere and doing a few follow up interviews, then watch for our own mini-doc 'Vlog" (Video blog!) Check out the other community support the project is also getting, I saw this mural on Water Street at Ishara while wandering around on the weekend!

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A New Year to Work For Justice and Peace

By Katherine Dodds On January 01, 2010 | 0 Comments
It's a time of reflection on where the need is, and on what one can possibly do to have any kind of impact. I prepared for the new year by having a donations frenzy yesterday afternoon for a number  of alternative media venues that I regularly read. (List and links at the end of this blog). And thank you to all you HelloCoolWorld.com supporters that donated to GiveSomethingBig. If you missed the chance to send holiday cards, you can donate to Inter Pares anytime! We think they are worth supporting.

Now my thoughts my heart goes out to Gaza.

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Death to No One! Rallying Cry today in Tehran as Sea of Green Takes Over Hostage-taking Anniversary. Media Democracy Day coming this weekend in Vancouver.

By Katherine Dodds On November 04, 2009 | 0 Comments

#IranElection is  trending topic on twitter again. 30 years after the Takeover of the US embassy and hostage taking in Tehran, the green movement hijacked the traditionally govn't sanctioned event.  Photos and videos are pouring in from the demonstrations that have been going on. Reza Sayah was on CNN (now on Youtube) -he describes what has been going on. And for a great history of US-Iran relationship going back to the pre-Shah era check out this short youtbube mini-doc.

Important in it's own right, the twitter 'revolution' that #iranelection  is a shining example of, is also a great case study for the power of social media in the struggle for media democracy. HelloCoolWorld will be at this Saturday's Media Democracy Day in Vancouver.

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