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C.L.R. James documentary selected to screen at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles

We are delighted that our documentary, Every Cook Can Govern, has been selected to screen for its USA premiere at the Pan African festival in Los Angeles, which runs from  9th-17th February 2017. More details are available on the festival website here. This is the first film to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. For information about future screenings, please visit our knowledge portal here. The DVD is available in our online shop here. We also have NTSC versions for those outside the UK  here.

WORLDbytes feature in Arsenal FC’s Matchday Programme

We are delighted to feature in Arsenal’s Matchday Programme. The Arsenal Foundation has supported WORLDbytes innovative VIEWSBOX project, to upskill young people to film and interview the public on key issues from freedom to homelessness. Click here to read more.

Idox Innovation Awards

It’s not just our volunteers that our picking up awards, our charity is too. WORLDwrite’s ‘Young Citizen TV Makers’ project has been selected as a ‘Rising Star’ at the Idox Innovation Awards. The project was selected by the Awards Panel based on our ability to demonstrate a creative and forward-thinking approach to improving the life of our community.

In the words of the panel, “Young Citizen TV Makers was a professional project which demonstrated wide scope, impressive reach, good partnership working and the ability to teach valuable skills to young people.”

Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Congratulations to Danish Khairul for his Jack Petchey Achievement Award and for all his hard work.

FESTIVAL WINNING VIDEO: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CREW

Congratulations to all crew who helped make our spoof series on immigration. We have just heard that we won Best Activist Fiction at the Radical Film Festival! We’re delighted too with the below comment from the judges. You can watch the video here.

NEW PARTNERS: Bett Futures 2017

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Bett Futures 2017, the home of the world’s most inspiring ed-tech start-ups. This is a very exciting opportunity for our volunteer-learner crews to be part of. The details are here and we hope we’ll see many of you there.

FILM NIGHT: Monday 5th June, 7.30pm

A screening of Le Corbeau, a film banned by the Nazis then the French and the Catholic church, followed by WORLDbytes volunteers’ own programme on the general election. WORLDwrite’s new film library and £1 bookshop will be open on the night. Refreshments will be available. Entrance is free but please contact us to reserve a seat. Our library catalogue of films is also available to browse here.

SHOOT: Views on the Street: Election Results, Saturday 10th June, 10am-5pm

On this shoot, volunteers will be divided into crews and hit the streets to interview the public on the general election results. Persuading the public to speak to you and listening to their views is always an amazing experience and they are always better informed than we imagine. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to attend a preparatory meeting on Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm. Email us to join the crew.

SHOOT: Food For Thought: Tolerance, Sunday 11th June, 3pm-9pm

It was the seventeenth-century English philosopher John Locke who first put the liberal ideal of tolerance. Locke sought to protect religious belief from state coercion. In its developed form, tolerance demands that we not only accept the right of people to live according to their beliefs and opinions, which are sometimes antithetical to our own, but that we also accept the right of people to express views that we may find loathsome. Outwardly today, we live in an era that appears more open-minded and tolerant than at any time in human history, at the same time society encourages intolerance of people who refuse to accept conventional wisdom.  For this shoot we will discuss what tolerance should mean over a buffet with guests. Some volunteers will be on camera and others at the table with guests. To take part in this shoot, volunteers need to attend a preparatory meeting on Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm.  If you fancy the idea, we’d love to hear from you.

FUNDRAISING: Wednesday 14th June, 10am-1 or 2-5pm OR 7-10pm

Our charity relies on fundraising and donations to uniquely provide free training to our volunteer-learners; maintain film equipment and run our volunteer centre in Hackney. Stretched by the number of people who want to have their say and to learn the skills to create broadcast quality programmes, the charity urgently needs support. At these fundraising sessions, we will sort out donated books to be sold online to raise much needed cash for the charity. Interested? We’d love to hear from you.

TRANSCRIBING: Thursday 15th June, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm OR 7-10pm

We need volunteers to transcribe several major interviews which will be used by the post-production team to select from and weave the final Russian Revolution film together. This work will also help you become familiar with this historical documentary project. During these transcribing sessions, volunteers will simply write down what people say in our filmed interviews to enable the edit process to begin.

PROMOTION: Monday 19th June, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm OR 7-10pm

It is tempting to think-“Once we make a good video, it’ll basically sell itself.” But, in reality, if we don’t tell people about a video, how will anyone ever know about it? So at this session, volunteers will help ensure programmes make an impact through practically applying strategies discussed. Promotion is not rocket science, it can be really creative fun and we’ll show you the ropes and you can make a big difference. If it’s your thing we’ll even credit you on future programmes too and in the media world credits are currency! If you can spare a few hours we’d love to hear from you.

PRODUCTION MEETING: Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm

For our Citizen TV programmes to keep pushing boundaries, it’s essential to generate new creative ideas and our volunteers always come up with great ones. At this production meeting we’ll discuss ideas for programmes and line-ups for the year ahead. We will also look at what’s been achieved over the past month and complete evaluations too. Please let us know if you can attend by emailing us.

NEW VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTORY EVENING: Thursday 27th July at 7.30pm

If you are interested in becoming a WORLDwrite-WORLDbytes volunteer and Citizen TV maker, this introductory evening is for you. On the night we’ll give you an overview of our work, explain our training package and answer your questions. This meeting is a must for everyone wishing to volunteer and you’ll need to apply in good time as places fill up quickly. Click here to apply.

PREPARATION FOR SHOOTS: Wednesday 9th August, 7.30pm

At this preparatory session we will discuss the challenging programmes we are shooting on Tuesday 22nd August on British Values and on Sunday 27th August on responses to terrorism and the government’s Prevent strategy. We will need to cover content as well as logistics so this is a must!

VLOG DAY: Saturday 12th August, 11am-5pm

This is a rare one-day interactive masterclass with Roy Heath, a well-known Factual TV producer, which will equip you with the skills to create engaging and newsworthy vlogs – video blogs using a smartphone. We should end up with some great one minute programmes and hope to cover some big issues from ‘stranger danger’ to ‘generation snowflake?’ to ‘hate speech’ to ‘ageism’ and maybe even make a few spoofs. This unique opportunity is open to all volunteers, old and new, but as places are limited, please confirm if you wish to attend, as soon as possible. Please note too, that if you are a new volunteer, you will need to submit an application form available here and attend an introductory evening.

PROMOTION: Wednesday 16th August, 10am-1pm OR 2-5pm OR 7-10pm

It is tempting to think-“Once we make a good video, it’ll basically sell itself.” But, in reality, if we don’t tell people about a video, how will anyone ever know about it? So at this session, volunteers will help ensure programmes make an impact through practically applying strategies discussed. Promotion is not rocket science, it can be really creative fun and we’ll show you the ropes and you can make a big difference. If it’s your thing we’ll even credit you on future programmes too and in the media world credits are currency! If you can spare a few hours we’d love to hear from you.

EVERY COOK CAN GOVERN SCREENING: Friday 18th August, 7pm-10pm

The charity is touring its much acclaimed film, Every Cook Can Govern on the life, impact & works of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. The full film interweaves never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James. This is an epic feature-length documentary which grapples with issues from colonialism to cricket, from slavery to Shakespeare, from Marxism to the movies and from reading to revolution. See the trailer here. This is a unique opportunity to see this epic feature-length documentary for free at the WORLDwrite centre. To book your place, please click here.

CAMERA TRAINING: Sunday 20th August, 10am-6pm

This is an intensive training day where you will learn the basics of camera-work, lighting and sound. Volunteers wishing to take part need to have submitted an application form available here and attended an introductory evening. Existing volunteers, who wish to ‘top up’ on camera skills, please email us, to see if there are spaces.

SHOOT: Views on the Street: on British Values, Tuesday 22nd August, 10am-5pm

Since the outbreak of the so-called war on terror, a succession of British governments has been preoccupied with the question of how to promote national values. But every attempt to initiate a debate about British values has only exposed the absence of such values. More recently, as part of the revamped counter-terror Prevent Strategy, the Conservative government placed a duty on public institutions to ‘actively promote’ what it deemed to be British values, which included ‘democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs’. And yet, in practice, the campaign has rung hollow. So we will be asking members of the public on camera and with a survey, what are the British values we should be defending? This programme has the potential to get taken up everywhere as no one has seriously researched the public’s views to date! Everyone will have a go in front and behind the camera on this unique location shoot. Email us to join the crew.

SHOOT: A Citizen’s response to terror attacks: Picnic in the Park, Sunday 27th August, 2pm

We are hosting and filming a picnic in Millfields Park (E5) with lots of nibbles and drinks, to discuss how as Citizens we can help win hearts & minds to make terrorist attacks unthinkable. Quite a challenge and a challenging outdoor shoot too. We will also discuss the government’s counter-terrorism strategy, known as “Prevent”. In the aftermath of the Manchester attack, it was revealed that the bomber Salman Abedi was referred to the Prevent programme, years before the attack. In response to these revelations, home secretary Amber Rudd said that she will ‘uplift’ Prevent to make sure it has ‘effective outcomes’ in the communities it targets. Prevent already places a legal duty on local authorities, health authorities, schools, colleges, universities and prisons to identify people “at risk” of radicalisation and to alert the authorities or face penalties. With writers and academics as special guest we’ll discuss the limits of this strategy and what a better approach might entail. Let us know if you would like to take part, as we’d be delighted to see you here and hear your thoughts.

BOOKS & BUNS: That Existential Leap: a crime story by Dolan Cummings, Wednesday 30th August, 3pm-9pm

Today we’ll be filming a discussion with author Dolan Cummings on his new novel entitled That Existential Leap: a crime story. This is a novel of ideas about the struggle for self-realisation and belonging in the postmodern West and a novel discussion programme to shoot and be part of too. Volunteers will be given a copy of Dolan’s novel to read and assess in advance and we hope the chat will flow over tea and buns. Some will be in front of the camera and some will be filming. If you fancy the idea, we’d love to hear from you.

BOOKS & BUNS: Equal Opportunities Revolution with James Heartfield, Thursday 31st August, 3pm-9pm

Today we’ll be filming another Books & Buns, this time in discussion with author James Heartfield on his latest book on the Equal Opportunities Revolution. It looks at for example why employers in the 1980s took equal opportunities on board just as they were tearing up union rights at work. We’d like to know why he wrote it too. Volunteers will be given a copy of James’s book and we’ll be aiming for a lively chin wag on this experimental show. Again some will be in front of the camera and some will be filming. If you fancy the idea, we’d love to hear from you.

PRODUCTION MEETING: Tuesday 12th September, 7.30pm

For our Citizen TV programmes to keep pushing boundaries, it’s essential to generate new creative ideas and our volunteers always come up with great ones. At this production meeting we’ll discuss ideas for programmes and line-ups for the year ahead. We will also look at what’s been achieved over the past month and complete evaluations too. Please let us know if you can attend by emailing us.

FILM PROJECT: The Centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution

In 1917, two revolutions completely changed the fabric of Russia. First, the February revolution toppled the Russian monarchy and established a Provisional Government, a popular phenomenon among Western elites. Then in October, a working class revolution put the Bolsheviks in power and Western elites freaked out. October 1917 shook the world, for some years showed great promise and inspired millions. A hundred years on, we appear to be suffering a powerful historical amnesia. Most commentators now discuss it as leading inevitably to Stalin’s gulags or even Hitler’s Holocaust. With this ‘History Matters’ film project, we aim to explore the broader importance of the revolution that ‘shook the world’ and reflect on the West’s reaction to it. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this film project. We’d be thrilled to have you on board!

Call Out For Battle Of Ideas Volunteer-shooters

We are once again key media partners for the Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican, which is taking place on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th October 2017.  If you would like to be part of the film crew and shoot over 50 debates on a wide range of issues, please email us. To be part of the film crew, no camera experience is necessary, as the free film training we provide will ensure everyone is able to operate as a professional at this exciting event. Please note that all volunteer shooters will be provided with a free festival weekend pass, travel expenses within London and refreshments. Full details for the festival and tickets are available here.

ADMINISTRATION VOLUNTEERS WEDNESDAYS 11AM ONWARDS

There is always a voluminous amount of administrative work to be done at our centre, from promotion to research. If you are able to volunteer on any Tuesday or Wednesday please contact us and we’ll rope you in to great effect. We provide references for all volunteers who put the time in to help out. Please email Marisa Pereira if you are available.

Work Experience, placements and internships

As well as our regular volunteer-learner packages, we are delighted to now offer bespoke opportunities to would be interns, students seeking work experience or work placements. You will need to complete our online application here and email us explaining your interest and needs. Opportunities are filling up fast for this summer and even for the autumn, so do get in touch fast, if this interests you.

ON CALL CREWS FOR SHOOTS: WE REGULARLY NEED SHOOTERS & AUDIENCES FOR PROGRAMMES AT SHORT NOTICE

If you would like to join our on-call crew please email Marisa Pereira.

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