Indie Stupid Nation

Date 2nd Jun 2009

Feedback from some of the 71 Indie Screening venues who tuned in for the launch event from the RSA in London.

Meadow Screenings
>> So our Screening in the Meadow is over and we're reeling from how successful it all went. Even though all our equipment was stolen the day before, we didn't let it dampen our spirits; so we cobbled together a load of other kit, made a little paradise in the meadow and put on a great show.
The film engaged and the webcast went off without a hitch. Nobody could believe it was all happening live, because we were sitting in a field on the outskirts of London and yet we felt connected to it. It's like people have become disillusioned with cinema because of the internet and this just hit the spot in giving everyone something special you only get when you bring people together.
We all had great fun coming up with probing questions for the panel, but we argued too much to get anything contructive tweeted. I can't wait for McLibel and other films to go onto Indie Screenings so I can have as much fun showing important films to my friends and neighbours as I did with The Age of Stupid. 
Tim - Barnet, London
>>We had a great screening on Friday last at Clayport library we must have had upwards of 90 people. I think it is the most we have ever had at the library for a film screening. We actually ran out of chairs, couldn't believe it they just kept on coming.
The webcast worked brilliantly, it was the icing on the cake. We do appreciate the e-mails from Fran and send them out to our networks.
Best wishes, Geoff
>> The screening in our front room was a huge success. We managed to cram in 28 people (some sitting on window-sills). The audience was very mixed, mostly neighbours (some of whom we didn't know but invited anyway) and no committed environmentalists.
My initial nervousness was blown away by the spontaneous applause at the end of the film. We were so happy with how it went that we're considering holding another for people who couldn't make it. 
Olly - Oxford
>> Great show in Ullapool last night. 55 people turned up which is not bad for a little village in the north of Scotland. Reduced one of the audience to floods of tears: not exactly the effect I intended but everyone agreed it is a very powerful film. Keep up the good work.
Best wishes, Irene, Ullapool 
>> Advertising our Indie Screening as a fundraiser for the 'Nottingham Thought Criminals', otherwise known as the 114 people who are currently on bail for possibly maybe conspiring to do nothing seemed like a risky tack to take, but in the spirit of all things Stupid we went for it anyway.
The screening was a huge success, with the film being projected onto a sheet suspended in a beautiful little warehouse venue, called the Stoke Newington International Airport, full of old sofas and mismatched lamps. We ate handmade popcop hot off the barbecue and engaged in a lengthy discussion once the film was finished, with much of the audience leaving full of inspiration to take further action. We raised 125 pounds for our campaign.  
Lily - Stoke Newington, London
>> All went smoothly with viewing, except that the subtitles were too small (on the non-sub-titled version) for one of our viewers to read on the tele. We had a very lively discussion in the living room where one of our viewers was a Bush supporter! 
Cheers and best wishes, Peter A-W
>> The New Economics Foundation designed an amazing Indie screening on a floating cinema, but this proved so popular that a second, simultaneous venue was found at Bash Studio in Hackney. The second screening at Bash Studio completely sold out (70 tickets) and the refreshments were barely enough for the keen crowd. 
In an intimate setting, the film had its full effect with laughter and tears. Although the weblink didn't quite workout, a Q&A from Nic Seton (Not Stupid) and Kirsty Schneeberger (UKYCC) facilitated a lively discussion about next steps. From the discussion it was clear that people want to see change and to overcome the usual "single action bias" that is directed toward climate issues. 

The fundraiser was a great success. All funds went into the Otesha Project UK Wales project.


>>Hello - yes, the DVD was fine - no emergency back up needed at all. I had an extra room all ready to go just in case but was very happy that the DVD worked and the webcast test was all fine as well. It even all hooked up to the projector already and worked with no hitches. Amazing.

Yes, we watched the paid for webcast and all was well. We also tweeted the free one so hopefully some people checked that out too. The only thing that was a bit odd was the connection to the Met Office - the speech was very garbled on our end so we couldn't understand him. However, the festival connection was very clear. The exchanges between he and George were fantastic - when can I elect them to run the country?

The webcast was definitely very inspiring. The whole thing is inspiring. We got a Friends of the Earth and a Powershift rep. in as well for a post webcast discussion - it was quite a late one. We got some emails for your mailing list :)

I have quite a few connections with the West Midlands arts/digital media scene so we're planning a screening asap to raise some awareness in those circles and build momentum leading up to Copenhagen. The whole group is quite close-knit, progressive and also keen to get involved, so I think we could be on to a winner, West-Midlands-climate-activist-wise, if we get all those people to a screening and discussion. It might kick off something quite magical.