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Let us help filmmaker Leila Jarman afford to travel to the world premier of her documentary, Voice of the Valley, at the Freedom Film Fest in December. Watch the trailer above, read about her film and consider donating anything that you’re able to throughout the next 7 days…
Almost four years ago I went to the Middle East (Jordan more specifically) to make a documentary film about two amazing women. At great risk to themselves and their families, these women produce and broadcast a groundbreaking radio show called "Voice of the Valley" in which they expose economic, social, and political injustices that plague the inhabitants, farmers and agricultural workers in the impoverished Jordan Valley. I wrote, directed, produced and have become a one-woman production company for this film. Four years of financial stress, blood, sweat and many tears later, I began to submit to film festivals around the world. During that time I was only able to submit to no-fee festivals and paid for postage and shipping of DVDs out of my own pocket. This pocket, however, is now tapped and I need your help.
"Voice of the Valley" has been accepted to the Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia. This is exciting on many levels, but especially so because it will be the WORLD PREMIERE of the film!
This is an important human rights festival in South-East Asia. It’s a nine-day festival with lectures, workshops, film screenings and more. The Freedom Film Festival “creates a vital platform to showcase outstanding human rights films, often unseen by the public due to little commercial backing and the control of mainstream media.”The screening of “Voice of the Valley” will be hosted by the gender studies department of a top university and a women’s NGO calledAWAM, an independent feminist organization committed to improving the lives of women in Malaysia. The festival and the organization have asked me to speak about the film and be on a panel for discussions on various topics of feminism, activism and media at the university. They have graciously offered to pay for my accommodation for 4 of the 7 days, but cannot afford to cover the cost of a ticket to Malaysia…
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MadAsHell is a video and music collaboration between Leila Jarman & Mike Leisz.
Shot in Berlin, Germany in June 2013.
From Laughing Squid, 3D-Printed Paintings of Nanomolecular Structures by Shane Hope.
Shane has a pretty interesting website:
Q: Is your work deliberately trying to be opaque, and if so, what are the benefits of hyper-complexity (both conceptual and aesthetic)?
A: Many have been too hypnotized by technocratic solutionism to see that not all clarity is benevolently about accuracy and not all lack thereof should be immediately suspect. Getting obsessive-compulsive about the future can be counterproductive inasmuch as it often precludes a greater gamut of adaptability. Ambiguity, opacity, allusion, metaphor and semantic slippage can all serve as really important tools when making artwork, or realities for that matter. From the butterfly flap you choose, emerges the superstorm you deserve.
Some stuff i made with Mike Leisz
This is a reel for the first visual projection project by Mad As Hell, a collaboration between myself and Leila Jarman.
Made with Processing and Perlinger Archive footage.
At approximately 3pm PST, the Syrian Electronic Army seemingly hacked into Twitter, Huffington Post and NY Times’ registry accounts altering contact details, and more significantly, DNS records. Modifying DNS records of a domain will allow SEA to redirect visitors to any site of their choosing.
First reported by Matthew Keys, this is the latest of many attacks by the pro-Syrian government computer hackers who align themselves with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
The flurry of DNS hacks began when the group initially posted a tweet with a screenshot of the whois records for Twitter.com and a link for others to verify its authenticity. […]
Contact details for the Twitter.com domain were changed, but it’s reasonable to assume that if the SEA had the ability to change contact information, they may very well have had the ability to change DNS records and point the Twitter.com domain elsewhere, redirecting visitors and users.
The SEA also altered the DNS records for twimg.com which Twitter uses for virtually all CSS, JS, images, cookies and more. This means for many users, Twitter.com wouldn’t load correctly and avatars were unavailable across many Twitter clients.
For the NY Times, the situation was (and remains) equally serious with subdomains being created and even reports of the homepage being redirected. The NY Times has since issued a statement claiming the issues were related to an attack on the company’s domain name registrar Melbourne IT.
If you’ve not heard of the Syrian Electronics Army, then you might find it interesting to know that this is the group that is responsible for cyber attacks against the BBC, the Associated Press, the Guardian, and, obviously, Twitter. It says that its aim is to go after those that oppose Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, although in some attacks, the motives are questionable. The Verge recently analyzed the group and says that the SEA frequently departs from its original message and shifts towards a more comedic front, akin to something you might see from Lulzsec.