Our 2 hour special on Greece is being printed up now. Copies will be mailed out on Saturday 2nd June – to make sure of your copy, order here.
BN1 4JA (with live bands from Spain)
Greece Films released online from Friday Here’s something we’d like some feedback on. Seeing as Greece has been turned into a big neoliberal experiment to test how far workers wages and conditions can be destroyed before applying it to the rest of us in Europe, we’re going to try a little experiment of our own.
We know that in the run up to the Greek elections and beyond, the mainstream media will be full of lies in order to justify this experiment. So we are going to try and redress the balance a bit by releasing all the films we’ve made online, one a week at the same time for the next 6 weeks. Maybe we can’t compete with the likes of bbc and sky, but maybe we can build up an audience that will go out and do something with the information…
So at the moment we’re thinking every Friday at Midday, (2pm Greece time) starting this Friday June 1. What do you all think out there? Comments please! And please tell us which film you’d like to see first.
By the way, if you’ve been meaning to fill out that standing order form and post it back to us but haven’t got round to it, we’ve just made it a lot easier for you. You can now take out a standing order on Paypal. It’ll take you less than a minute, just click here.
We rely for our funding on DVD sales, subscriptions and donations. This allows us to maintain our independence and reflect the concerns of the ordinary worker. Although we are growing steadily, we still struggle to meet running costs, and can’t afford to pay ourselves more than expenses as yet. So as well as the basic £3 per month subscription, you’ll find options to pay more every month if you can afford to, up to £20 per month.
More and more trade union branches and trades councils are subscribing; again if you can pass a motion to subscribe at yours, that will really help us out too. To subscribe for 1 year (6 issues), send a cheque for £50 payable to Reel News to the address at the bottom of this letter; any additional donation you’d like to make would be very gratefully received. Individuals can subscribe for £30 a year, or take out a standing order for £3 minimum a month. You can download the standing order form here.
If you haven’t heard about us before:
Reel News is an activist video collective that has been in existence since 2006. It was set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles – not just in this country, but across the world. We:
1) Produce a bi-monthly 100-minute newsreel, made up of a number of films short enough to use in union and campaign meetings.
2) Post videos and slideshows of current struggles online every week at our website, reelnews.co.uk
3) Organise screenings around the country with the aim of bringing people together to discuss collectively the issues raised in the films, and then hopefully agree on some form of action.
Reel News has made films covering and publicising a number of campaigns and strikes over the past five years. We were the only people to film the historic victory by electricians recently, as they stopped Balfour Beatty and 7 other major companies cutting their wages by 35% and tearing up national agreements. We worked with the rank and file sparks committee to produce constant video updates to spread the action and get information out.
We’ve made films on the pensions dispute, the fight to save the NHS, the student struggles of 2010, struggles against the cuts, factory occupations including Visteon and Vestas, the campaign against the blacklist and strikes across the public sector, as well as international trade union struggles, environmental struggles, Palestine solidarity, anti-war campaigns and community campaigns. To see the films visit the website at reelnews.co.uk.
We can be commissioned to make campaign films, or to teach people the skills they need to make short films themselves. Price is negotiable – down to nothing if your branch is penniless or on strike!
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Reel News Greece appeal:
Greece general strike:
Among the groups we plan to meet are:
* Hospital workers who are occupying their hospital
* The steel factory that has been in occupation for over three months
* Media workers producing their own newspaper
* Students occupying their universities
* The electricity workers who refused to implement a supplement on electricity bills to pay the deficit
* Migrant workers and the situation at the Greek borders
Let us know if you
know of anything else we should be covering.
Greece general strike 2:
Our first funding appeal by text message has raised £470 – some of which hasn’t come through yet. We need another £1,000 to make this trip happen! Help us by making a one off donation, buying DVDs or taking out subscriptions. We’ve got the flights covered, but will have other expenses for travel, food, phone bills and additional equipment.
We will undertake to provide a full report back on the trip to all trade unions or other organisations and institutions who can sponsor us, as well as of course producing a film of the trip. In addition to the support we have so far gotten to go to Greece, we have raised the £350 necessary to produce the upcoming issue 31. The DVDs should be ready to send out by the end of this week, so if you haven’t got it yet, pre-order now! We rely for our funding on DVD sales, subscriptions and donations. This allows us to maintain our independence and reflect the concerns of the ordinary worker. Although we are growing steadily, we still struggle to meet running costs, and can’t afford to pay ourselves more than expenses as yet.
To subscribe for 1 year (6 issues), send a cheque for £50 payable to Reel News to the address at the bottom of this letter; any additional donation you’d like to make would be very gratefully received. Individuals can subscribe for £30 a year, or take out a standing order for £3 minimum a month. You can download the standing order form here.