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Audience members react to a screening of HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH last Monday night in Montreal.
Last night we were a little worried about turnout at our end of the year screening of The Yes Men Fix the World. A massive snow storm hit Montreal and the city seemed to grind to an eery (but also pleasant) halt. Cafés were empty and so were the streets. But alas, our intrepid audience braved the weather and with mitts, toques and scarves showed up in droves for the screening. In total we had about 700 in attendance, including of course the two Yes Men themselves, Andy and Mike. It was a fantastic screening, complete with a standing ovation that may have gone on all night if we hadn't stopped it, and a great Q&A afterward that lasted an hour. Andy and Mike are pictureed above at the screening, and in the shot below is the whole Concordia crew of volunteers, employees, Svetla Turnin (Executive Director of Cinema Politica), the Yes Men and myself (Ezra Winton). We're ready for the holidays!! Photo Credit: Thanh Pham 
On Monday, October 12th, Cinema Politica premiered Liz Marshall's documentary Water On the Table in Quebec, at Concordia University. We were estatic to have the subject of Liz's doc at the screening, Maude Barlow, who was fantastic in the Q&A that followed the screening. Before the event we had a chance to do a short interview with Maude about her work, documentary, and her feelings on CP! Big thanks to intrepid videographer Thomas Szacka-Marier for camerawork, sound and editing.
This is a nine minute edited version of the 40 minute Q&A that followed the Cinema Politica screening of Bas! Beyond the Red Light at Concordia University on Monday, September 20th, 2010. The conversation got pretty heated a few times, as some in the audience had some pretty tough questions around Western "rescue missions" to the third world, but Wendy did a fantastic job answering and defending her beautiful film. Thanks to Thomas Szacka-Marier for a great editing and filming job!
Fresh was screened by Cinema Politica as part of a sustainable food festival at Concordia University under the Montreal night sky on Monday night (Sept 14). More than 300 people crowded the terrace, snuggling in for the show (with popcorn and hot chocolate), despite the lack of chairs for everyone. It was a fabulous screening - so many people stayed after and talked in groups about the film, as well as sustainability, food security, organics, farming, and more. The film provided new information for some, compelling support for the organic and sustainability movement, while for others it reinforced a resolve to keep organizing, to keep building community, and to keep fighting corporate food and farming culture.
Cinema Politica Concordia (the CP ConU Crew is pictured at right - Svetla, Davi, Ezra, Caroline, Elani), where the CP Network started, operates with its own budget that comes from fee levies. This means that when each student registers they pay a little bit to Cinema Politica in exchange for free weekly screenings on campus. Students can choose not to pay as well. The fee levy at Concordia for CP has been the smallest, at two cents per credit per undergraduate student (some are as high at two dollars). This, combined with a fee levy from graduate students, has added up to a decent budget for the last few years, but as rights for films increase and as CP expands its services on campus to include a Resarch and Archives Viewing Library, among other things, more resources are needed. There is also the idea of hiring a part time Coordinator to run the project once Svetla Turnin graduates - she currently runs CP Concordia on a volunteer-basis, which other than being insane, isn't sustainable. As activists know, it's always difficult to find someone to dedicate so much of their life to a project that isn't "theirs" (CP is close to Svetla and she also is the Network Coordinator).
 

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