10 New Portland Indymedia Videos Available Online
In 2001 Portland media activists began showing videos throughout the city of Portland to raise awareness of local issues and events. In 2004 some of these videos began to appear online, available to the world for download. Since this began videos have been downloaded in dozens of different countries (more than 40 at least) tens of thousands of times. The demand and appreciation has been so great that more videos have subsequently been released online. The most recent set of 10 videos covers a wide variety of subject matter from genetic engineering and forest defense to religion and dumpster diving, as well as the more common protest coverage and media criticism. |
This release includes the popular "A22 Bush Protest" video that has been distributed widely on vhs and its companion piece about the "A30 Critical Mass" following the protest, the new "Fuck the Corporate Media" video which highlights how the corporate media distorts and outright lies in their coverage of protests, both parts of the DIY Dumpstering series, "The FrankenWedding" video about genetic engineering, which is pertinent to the Reclaim the Commons events currently underway, The "Killer-Coke: Corporate Crimes in Colombia" video, short forest defense pieces on Tre Arrow and Cascadia Summer, and the more experimental "Misunderstandings" which explores the conflation of religion and nationalism.
Fuck The Corporate Media (20:05)
"Fuck The Corporate Media" analyzes the tactics, both subtle and blatant, employed by the corporate media to control your mind. This video covers just one day in the lies of the corporate media. See for yourself how they sell us out in this startling comparison between what really happened on August 21st, 2003 in Portland, Oregon, and what they say about what happened. Fuck the corporate media!
A22 Bush Protest (27:44)
On August 22nd, 2002, the people of Cascadia came to the streets of Portland, Oregon, in the first post-9/11 protest against the illegal bush regime. People still believed in the US constitution back then, so they brought their children to an event that was supposed to have been a non-violent expression of their right to dissent. Although the crowd was peaceful, they were met by phalanxes of armed riot police, snipers crouching on rooftops, and helicopter gun ships threatening from the sky. To their horror, they and their children were assaulted, beaten, arrested and attacked with chemical weapons. Even the most entrenched liberal came to realize it was the end of democracy in America. Riot porn to write home about.
A30 Critical Mass (8:05)
A week after the A22 Bush protest Critical Mass took to the streets as it does on the last Friday of every month in Portland, Oregon. In the wake of the Bush protest the police decided to crack down hard on the bicyclists using random arrests and physical violence. Watch 8 minutes of almost solid riot porn.
The FrankenWedding (14:14)
what happens when your friendly neighborhood chain store falls into bed with a giant biotech firm and doesn't want to tell you about it? weird things indeed. "frankenwedding" covers the marriage between betty, the biotech ear of corn, and safeway ceo steven burd. presiding over the ceremony is the bizarre cast of characters including the monstrous monsanto. (you remember monsanto: they brought you the atomic bomb, round up, and now unsafe and untested genetically engineered ingredients at your local safeway store.)
DIY Dumpstering 101 (18:28)
One thing about rampant consumerism: It breeds unimaginable waste. Taking more than you need and never being satisfied are symptoms of the disease known as The American Way of Life. We can do better. Learn to reclaim some of that waste and live more sustainably in DIY dumpstering 101 and 102. Dumpstering 101 is the first of the DIY series, in which The Portland Indymedia Video Collective goes in search of video supplies. Along the way, they find lots of great stuff and meet some interesting people. 101 covers the basics, including dumpster etiquette, beginning dumpster security, and basic food safety tips. (For more on food, though, see 102.)
DIY Dumpstering 102 (13:08)
Dumpstering 102 builds on the basic skills learned in 101. This time, we go after food, and we find it. Lots and lots of great appetizing food from the bins of capitalism's underbelly. Feeding the revolution without compromise is easier (and tastier) than you might think. Learn why gloves are a good thing, how to breach dumpster security, and how to live like a king from the unwitting largesse of a greedy and wasteful society.
Killer-Coke: Corporate Crimes in Colombia (17:14)
If you missed Juan Carlos Galvis' recent talk in Portland, watch this video to learn about Coca-Cola's crimes in Colombia and throughout the world. Find out why an international campaign has been launched to boycott Coke products. And learn what you can do to help!
Solidarity Benefit for Tre Arrow (6:51)
On April 13th, 2004, forest defender Tre Arrow was arrested in Canada. The FBI and the timber industry have attempted to brand Tre an "eco-terrorist," whatever that is. If he's extradited to the U.S., he could be tried under the USA PATRIOT act, and in that event he could face up to 80 years behind bars. But the people of Cascadia stand with Tre. We know who the real eco-terrorists are. The real terrorists are those who are razing the forests and burning down the planet, not those who are trying to stop them. People from Portland to British Columbia and beyond stand in solidarity with Tre and with all forest defenders. This short video covers just one of the many events going on all over Cascadia to raise awareness and to free Tre Arrow.
Cascadia Summer (short version) (4:27)
The Cascadia Summer video is a poetic call to action to defend the last old growth forests within the United States over the summer of 2003 in the pacific northwest. Drawing upon the last 10 years of forest video, set to music with commentary, showing before, during, and after the cutting this video highlights various tactics used to defend forests successfully and mentions the challenges that are currently being faced in attempts to preserve the last of the ancient forests.
Who really speaks for God? Does anyone? How can we all be so confused? "Misunderstandings" is a cathartic exploration of the tension and the irony that arise when political ideology and self-interest are mistaken for the Word of God. Using the ravings of a group of bible-thumping patriots, combined with original and found footage from various sources, this video exposes the realm of damage and confusion that erupts from misunderstandings about God and country.
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