Friends in high places?‏

Location | Mood | Date 29 April 2009
Author (full name): 
Franny Armstrong
29 April 2009
1.33am in Camden Town. Too tired to write anything decent, so here's a list: 
- Dream job still going at Stupid Towers, deadline tomorrow. "Web-minded Project Leader for Not Stupid campaign". Details here
- Organised your Indie Screening for May 22nd yet? Attached is the spanking new Guide To Holding An Indie Screening, which is worth looking at for Tom's adorable illustrations alone. Or here's the website. 
- Does anyone have friends in high places? Daniel is getting together a load of high profile screenings for the Indie Screenings launch on May 22nd. If you know the caretaker of Windsor Castle or the manager of Old Trafford or the boss of the Aquarium - and if you think they may be game for hosting a screening of Stupid - please hook them up with
- Had a sneak preview of the brilliant new Yes Men movie the other day. They're the cool dudes who announced live on the BBC that Union Carbide were taking responsibility for the Bhopal disaster after all. We're hoping to convince them that their new movie should be Indie Screening's second featured film later in the year
- Zeina is in need of volunteers to help transcribe interviews for the DVD commentary track. If you have a laptop and DVD player and think you could survive listening to me and Lizzie harping on for several hours, please contact
- Pics of World Service interview session here:
So many buttons. 
- Perks of the job 17: teacakes and plotting with David Puttnam at the House of Lords last week
- Perks of the job 18: the Vogue photo shoot last week was, I'm ashamed to say, one of the most entertaining three hours of the whole Stupid experience. We're going to be gracing the pages of their July issue, along with lots of other eco-gals (all of whom managed to take along "Coal Kills" placards etc. Whereas we totally sold out within ten minutes and were strutting and preening like a pair of teenagers. Still, Lizzie got her comeuppance the next day when her face did an impression of Viola from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Seems she's allergic to Vogue's makeup.)
- The Not Stupid site is going to be launched very, very soon... Maybe even tomorrow...
- Looks like we're going for our Global Premiere in Paris (hooked up to loads of other countries) on the 7th or 8th of July. Just got to raise a hundred thousand quid or so, but how hard can that be? 
- 21 different groups (21 different groups!) had information stalls at the Nottingham Not Stupid day last week. 
- The film is still on in lots of cinemas in the UK. Please tell your friends in these places (easier list here): Belper, Derbyshire Ritz Cinema. Bradford National Media Museum,  Brentford Watermans Arts Centre, Brighton The Duke of York’s Picture House, Builth Wells, Powys Wyeside Arts Centre, Cambois, Blyth Cambois Miners Welfare Institute, Cardiff Chapter House Cinema, Cardigan Theatr Mwldan. Chesham, Bucks Elgiva Theatre, Chichester New Park Film Centre. Clwyd Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Coventry Warwick Arts Centre. Derby, Derbyshire Quad, Dublin Movies@ Dundrum. Dumfries Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, Eastleigh The Point, Edinburgh Festival of Politics. Eynesham, Witney Eynsham Village Hall, Fishguard Theatr Gwaun. Grimsby Whitgift Film Theatre,Haslemere Haslemere Hall. Hawick Heart Of Hawick, Hay Guardian Hay Festival. Helmsley Helmsley Arts Centre. Lancaster The Dukes. Leamington Spa Royal Cinema. Lewes Lewes Cinema. Lincoln Lincoln Drill Hall. Llanfyllin, Powys The Llanfyllin Workhouse/ Milford Haven The Torch Theatre. Monmouth Savoy Cinema. Narberth, Dyfed Queens Hall. Newbury The Corn Exchange. Newcastle Upon Tyne The Star and Shadow Cinema. Newport The Riverfront. Nottingham Broadway Cinema. Oxford Ultimate Picture Palace. Pontefract Pontefract Library. Saffron Walden Saffron Screen. Shrewsbury The Old Market Hall. Stirling Macrobert Arts Centre. Stoke-on-Trent Stoke Film Theatre. Street Strode Theatre. Stroud, Gloucestershire The Space Cinema Club. Swindon Swindon Arts Centre, Tewkesbury Roses Theatre, Totnes Barn Cinema, West Hallam, Derbyshire West Hallam Methodist Church, Winchester Screen Winchester, Wolverhampton The Light House
- The Coal Caravan is off, screening Stupid as it goes pedalling round the country
- Can't think of any more. 
Three hours sleep, then I'm off to conquer America. Big screening in Washington at the Center for American Progress tomorrow night, followed by loads of Stupid events at the San Francisco Film Festival, then to LA to meet various obvious and not so obvious people, on to Denver to persuade the coolest distributor to take us on, then to New York for, hopefully, a screening at the UN, then back to Washington for a summit with all the NGOs we're hopefully going to be working with, organised by lovely Working Films. Yes, I am feeling suitably guilty that I will be setting foot in my first aeroplane in two years (the last being to film that scene where Jeh the Indian airline dude is flying the simulator at Airbus HQ). 
Will be kayaking back to the UK in three weeks time for the launch of Indie Screenings. See you then.