Manchester Film Cooperative http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:12:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 22 January – Home http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2015/01/22-january-home/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2015/01/22-january-home/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:12:16 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1159 Home Flyer PrintManchester Film Co-op are pleased to invite you to a screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film ‘HOME’.

This documentary film, narrated by Glenn Close, is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.  This visually stunning footage has now been seen by over 6 million people worldwide.

The film will be screened in Manchester Museum’s Living World Gallery, which also inspires us to think about humanity’s actions and the fine balance needed for all living things to share this world.

Book your free seat(s) by emailing museum@manchester.ac.uk or ringing 0161 275 2648 – donations for Manchester Film Co-Op will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Further info is available on the University of Manchester website here.

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9 December – The Light Bulb Conspiracy http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/12/9-december-the-light-bulb-conspiracy/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/12/9-december-the-light-bulb-conspiracy/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 21:10:45 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1145 The-Light-Bulb-Conspiracy-WebManchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to a screening of Cosmia Dannoritzer’s film ‘The Light Bulb Conspiracy” and post screening discussion. This is the story of companies who engineered their products to fail. As the Christmas season approaches and we spend spend spend, take an evening off to contemplate planned obsolescence.

Once upon a time….. products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’ (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born. Shortly after, the first worldwide cartel was set up expressly to reduce the life span of the incandescent light bulb, a symbol for innovation and bright new ideas, and the first official victim of Planned Obsolescence.

Doors: 18:30 (Film begins 19:00 sharp).

Entry: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF.

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28 October – The Brussels Business http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/10/28-october-the-brussels-business/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/10/28-october-the-brussels-business/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1125 BrusselsManchester Film Co-operative would like to invite you to a screening of the documentary film The Brussels Business.

In the early 90s two young men discover the enormous influence of lobbying in Brussels. One becomes the leading lobby-watchdog in Brussels, the other one becomes a top lobbyist on world trade issues, representing 50% of the EU’s economy – banks, insurances, telecoms, touristic operators and a wide range of business federations.

By following one’s investigations and the other’s career this film takes us on a journey into the corridors of power of the biggest economy on earth – the European Union. In the form of a docu-thriller, THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS tries to answer a question millions of Europeans ask themselves: Who runs the European Union?

 

Following the screening we have a post film discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). If you want to know more about TTIP and the EU we will have speakers from 38 Degrees, the University of Manchester and Ethical Consumer to ask any questions you might have.

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2014, 7pm.

Admission (includes free popcorn):
£7 – solidarity (optional)
£5 – waged
£3 unwaged/student
Low/No Wage – donations only

Venue: Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme, Manchester. M15 5RF

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Be A Part Of Manchester Film Co-op http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/07/be-a-part-of-manchester-film-co-op/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/07/be-a-part-of-manchester-film-co-op/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:07 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1106 Dear Manchester Film Co-op Audience Community! We are looking for applicants to immediately join our Board or assist us in preparing for The Bigger Picture – our Film Festival which will be screened across Manchester venues during March 2015.

In particular we are seeking board members who can offer skills, time and a passion for raising consciousness of social and environmental issues through the medium of film. Additionally, we would like to attract people with fund-raising and accounting skills & experience (initially unpaid until funding is successful). Familiarity with co-operative organisations desirable but not essential.

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(July 2013 pedal-powered screening of Bag It at Plattfields Boathouse)

We hope you have enjoyed attending some of Manchester Film Co-op’s screenings from September 2012 after the organising group was reformed – the incorporate 2 previous members – in the summer of that year. Hopefully you will agree that we have screened a lot of high quality, thought -provoking films, involved you in engaging discussions on very topical big themes, at a range of exciting venues over the last couple of years.

A couple of the key movers and shakers in our organising group have had to move on in recent months. In anticipation of curating and coordinating a very networked, modular style Film Festival, MFC are now ready to get organised in a more formalised way. We plan to meet before 13 August with candidates who are successful in putting themselves forward. To signal your interest, please send an email including at minimum a paragraph about your self and background ASAP to: Sarah Redman – sahara6363@ntlworld.com

With thanks & best wishes
Manchester Film Co-op

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24 June – GMO OMG http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/06/24-june-gmo-omg/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/06/24-june-gmo-omg/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:41:48 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1055 gmo omg posterManchester Film Co-op, in association with GM Free GM and Ethical Consumer, presents the UK Northern Première of GMO OMG, a film by Jeremy Seifert, taking place as part of the Levenshulme Food and Drink Festival.

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate?

 

Date: Tuesday 24th June 2014

Time: Screening to begin at 8pm prompt.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

 

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20 May – Blood In The Mobile http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/05/20-may-blood-in-the-mobile/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/05/20-may-blood-in-the-mobile/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 07:34:57 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1034 Manchester Film Co-op would like to invite you to our screening of ‘Blood In The Mobile’ by Frank Poulsen, Winner of Berlin’s Cinema for Peace Award for Justice in 2011.

Blood In The MobileThe documentary Blood in the Mobile shows the connection between our phones and the civil war in the Congo. Director Frank Poulsen travels to Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to see the illegal mining industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.

Most of the minerals used to produce cell phones are coming from the mines in DR Congo. The Western World is buying these “conflict minerals” and thereby financing a civil war that, according to human rights organisations, has been the bloodiest conflict since World War II. During the last 15 years the conflict has cost the lives of more than 5 million people and 300.000 women have been raped. The war will continue as long as armed groups can finance their warfare by selling minerals. Blood in Mobile is a film about our personal responsibility and corporate social responsibility for the conflict in the Congo.

 

Time: Screening to begin at 8pm prompt.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Venue: Levenshulme Inspire Cafe, 747 Stockport Rd, Manchester, M19 3AR

Optional RSVP: Facebook.

 

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23 April – More Than Honey http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/04/23-april-more-than-honey/ http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/2014/04/23-april-more-than-honey/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:08:34 +0000 http://www.manchesterfilmcoop.uk/?p=1027 More than HoneyManchester Film Co-operative – in association with Manchester Friends of the Earth – would like to invite you to a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary film, More Than Honey.

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.

In the US, the latest estimates suggest that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared across 27 states. In Germany, according to the national beekeepers association, one fourth of all colonies have been destroyed, with losses reaching up to 80% on some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where this syndrome has been nicknamed “the Mary Celeste Phenomenon”, after a ship whose crew vanished in 1872.

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.

Should we blame pesticides or even medication used to combat them? Maybe look at parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? Travelling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bees’ abdomen? So far, it looks like a combination of all these agents has been responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses.

 

Time: Screening to begin at 7pm.

Admission: £3 waged, £2 unwaged/student.

Venue: On the Eighth Day Cafe, Oxford Road, Manchester.

Optional RSVP: Facebook (soon).

 

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