Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Remembering a better time

Time was, both major parties recognized that the best measure of the economic success of the country was how high the averages climbed on measures of prosperity, not how high the most extreme outliers could go.

If only we had that wisdom today.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Manhattan Short Film Festival returns to Salem Cinema!

Manhattan Short Film Fest BallotManhattan Short Film Fest Ballot (Photo credit: Coldspire)This is another great thing that Salem has. We've gone every year since this started at Salem Cinema and it's been amazing. Don't miss it!

SALEM: Salem Cinema, Screenings:
Sun Sept 30, Mon Oct 1, Tues Oct 2



You Be the Judge!
Over 100,000 Film-Lovers in
Over 300 Cities
Across 6 Continents
Unite for One Week for
One Film Festival

Latest News: New York, NY, September 18th, 2012, Filmgoers in Oregon will unite with over 100,000 film-lovers around the world this week when the 15th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at the venues listed below.

Click Here to View the Official Trailer for the 2012 MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival

This year The Festival received 520 entries from 49 countries and selected 10 Finalists (See Titles Below) whose films will not just entertain a global audience, but be judged by them as well. Audiences at each venue will be handed a voting card and asked to vote for the ONE film they think is best. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ in NYC, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, October 7th, at 10 PM, at

MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world... it's the World's First Global Film Festival, and it gives us great pleasure to invite you to take part in it.

Cinemas hosting MANHATTAN SHORT near you are listed below. Click on the blue links below for show times, tickets and more information. To forward this information to a friend, click on the link on the top right of the page.

SALEM: Salem Cinema, Screenings:
Sun Sept 30, Mon Oct 1-Tues Oct 2


The Devil's Ballroom: (Norway 15:30) Henrik M. Dahlsbrakken
On a perilous journey to the North Pole, an Arctic explorer makes a critical decision with lifelong consequences. Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Henrik

A Curios Conjunction of Coincidences: (The Netherlands 8:34) Joost Reijmers
Bad luck connects three men together even though they live in different centuries.
Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Joost

Where Does The Sea Flow: (Russia 14:00 * World Premier) Vitaly Saltykov
A mother comes to grips with a precocious young daughter and the violent circumstances of her birth. Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Vitaly

Two & Two: (UK 8:25 USA Premier) Babak Anvari
In a school run by an authoritarian regime, a seemingly ridiculous decree becomes a syllabus for terror. Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Babak

Cluck: (Ireland 18:57) Michael Lavelle
Feathers are ruffled at the orphanage when a new arrival threatens to upset the pecking order. Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Michael

Behind The Mirrors: (Peru 12:10) Julio O. Ramos
When one of the night's customers at a disreputable motel leaves an unexpected mess, the young manager sees an opportunity that may change his family's fortunes forever.
Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Julio

The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb: (France/UK 12:50) Clement Bolla, FX Goby, Matthieu Landour
A monster terrorizes a town and induces collective hysteria with hilarious results.
Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with FX Goby

Superman, Spiderman or Batman: (Romania 11.00) Tudor Giurgiu
Inspired by his favorite comic book heroes, a young boy tries to save the day.
Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Tudor

'92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card: (USA 12.00) Todd Sklar
Brothers Jim and Dave sort out their differences in extreme fashion when their father dies.
Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Todd

Voice Over: (Spain 9.50) Martin Rosete
A series of life-threatening experiences pale in comparison to a situation that requires real courage. Click Here to Read the Festival Interview with Martin

View & Download the Trailer
If you would like to view and also download the Festival Trailer edited by Festival editor Vito DeCandia ( for your Facebook Page or any other social-media outlet, simply click on the link below. There are two versions, one for Facebook, and a higher resolution for cinemas.
Click Here to View and Download the MANHATTAN SHORT Trailer for 2012]

Download Posters & Flyers
To download Flyers (8.5 x 11), Posters (11 x 17), and large Cinema Posters (27 x 40), simply click on the link below:

Click Here to Download MANHATTAN SHORT Flyers & Posters
Download Stills at 300 dpi

Attention Press and all media outlets, to download stills of the 2012 Finalists Films, click on the link below: Click Here to Download Stills of Finalists' Films at 300 dpi


Check out the Online-Media-Channels located at—a group of us, bloggers, and reporters, are going to go out and cover some of the locations hosting MANHATTAN SHORT around the world. We'll be asking people what film they voted for and why, and a whole lot more. Hosting Channels this year are:

San Antonio, TX Catherine Lester & Denise Orozco

Oklahoma City Jonathan Shahen & Cait Brasil

Yale University, Orange County Community College & Huntington, NY
Tom See & Nicholas Mason, and hopefully someone else

Mumbai Anil Sadarangani, Smita Deshmukh, Samir Phadnis, Disha Sheth

Kathmandu Anup Poudel, Gaurav Kandel

Sponsors & Partners
We would like to thank and acknowledge the following sponsors and partners for their friendship and support.

Stella Artois: For the eleventh year in a row, Stella Artois has been the official beer for MANHATTAN SHORT. Check out "Up There," a short documentary produced by Stella Artois, screening at Film of the Week at

SpectiCast: Is the fastest growing all-digital private network company in North America, serving both theatrical and non-theatrical venues. SpectiCast provides exhibitors with a low cost and high quality digital delivery system to exhibit the world's best independent film and alternative content, and enables film distributors and content providers to access its network of over 300 art houses, independent and chain theatres, as well as performing arts centers, museums, schools, and other non-traditional exhibition venues.

Voltage Video: Has been a leader in post-production services for over 20 years, serving the Film, Television, and Music Industries, as well as Independent Artists. We specialize in HD Transfers, Closed Captioning, Editing and Digital Distribution, with a production staff that will guide you through the process from start to finish.


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Friday, September 7, 2012

Debunking another big lie from Big Ag

(From Wood Prairie Farm's newsletter)

Buying Influence.
Biotech's war of disinformation heats up.

Prop 37: Biotech and the Stanford Sell Out.

Early this week all the telltale signs were there. Biotech's $25 million massively funded propaganda campaign of disinformation - orchestrated by former tobacco lobbyists - aimed at confusing California voters into voting against their own interests: CA Prop 37, the peoples' Right-To-Know GMO Labeling referendum.

Then, a coordinated, national tsunami-like blanket coverage of suffocating proportions by the traditional media - down to the smallest hamlet including our local country radio station - of a 'new' Stanford compilation study which at once trashed organic, ignored biotech crops and held a no-questions-asked-assumption that the government's chemical-industry-friendly official pesticide tolerance levels were somehow scientifically-based and bulls eye accurate. The subject: under the lens of a narrow 'nutritional comparison,' a calculated unwieldy meta-analysis of 17 human studies and 223 laboratory studies of how does organic compare to conventional.

Within twenty four hours, the cracks in the processional's armor started to appear.

Noted Activist Post: "From Stanford Center for Health Policy's own website it is admitted that 'national' and international foundations and corporations' fund its research and 'outreach activities.' This confirms the suspicions of an increasingly aware public who saw the 'study' as biased, contradictory of both logic and ethics, and the result of insidious corporate-funding.

According to FSI's 2011 Annual Report Agricultural giant Cargill, British Petroleum (BP), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Goldman Sachs, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and many other corporate-financier, Fortune 500 special interests."

Agricultural giant Cargill is in fact in direct partnership with Stanford University. Specifically it has donated at least 5 million dollars for the creation of a Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). The center is allegedly 'committed to helping feed a growing population while preserving the planet's natural resources.' This will presumably be done through the use of patented Cargill biotechnology, have nothing to do with actually 'helping feed' anything but Cargill's bottom line and corporate-financier domination of the global food supply, while Stanford simply leverages its reputation and credibility to give cover and badly needed legitimacy to Cargill's methods and agenda. Stanford's most recent "study" is essentially the university "giving back" to Cargill and others."

Two lessons come to mind which are pertinent to this Stanford news story.
  1. Franklin D. Roosevelt: "in politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

  2. Mythically attributed to Watergate's Deep Throat: "Follow the money."
It is no coincidence that the corporations behind this propaganda coup are the biggest contributors to the biotech disinformation campaign deployed to defeat California Prop 37.

Below are links to some of the more pithy articles exposing the false 'journalism' and study critiques which expose Stanford's embarrassing complicity.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Drop what you're doing, call a sitter, change your plans, and go see this movie TONIGHT, last chance (9/6/12)

What an incredible shame -- this is an amazing, uplifting, wonderful, hysterically funny, serious movie . . . and so few people went to see it that the distributor asked for the print back so it could be taken to other places where more people would take a chance on a movie with subtitles. 

Salem Cinema shows yet again that it's far and away the premiere portal connecting Salem and the larger world out there, a Salem treasure with no equal. 

Treat yourself to a great movie in the setting it was meant to be seen in -- 
go see "The Intouchables" tonight, its last night in Salem. 

(It's a far, far better movie than Exotic Marigold Hotel, which is a decent film.  So if you liked that, don't miss this!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Free this Saturday: Get Vegucated at Salem Public Library!

Vegucated is an award-winning documentary that follows a bachelor, a single mother, and a college student who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. The film showcases the rapid and at times comedic journey towards creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.

Saturday, September 8, at 2:30 p.m.
Doors opening at 1:30 p.m. The audience is invited to stay after the film for an open question and answer session.

Salem Public Library’s Loucks Auditorium at 585 Liberty Street SE.

Event is free with seating available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

This event is sponsored by the Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and neglected farm animals, which is located in Scio, Oregon.

A worthy idea: FoodCorps: a Peace Corps for Child Nutrition in America

King Corn (film)King Corn (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Oregon State Bar: Sustainable Futures Section Special Program –
National Leadership Series

FoodCorps – Connecting Children to Real Food

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, noon to 1:15

Curt Ellis, the co-creator of the documentary King Corn and co-founder of FoodCorps, will share his vision for FoodCorps as an antidote to the epidemic of childhood obesity and as an engine for supporting local food producers. A "Peace Corps for school food," FoodCorps is mobilizing a nationwide team of leaders to implement a three-ingredient recipe for kids in limited-resource communities: (1) delivering hands-on nutrition education, (2) building and tending school gardens, and (3) bringing high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.
Curt Ellis, Executive Director of New York and Portland-based FoodCorps, is a leading voice in America's sustainable food movement. Co-creator of the documentaries King Corn, winner of a Peabody Award, and The Greening of Southie, Curt and his longtime collaborator Ian Cheney received a coveted Heinz Award in 2010. At 31, Curt and Ian were the youngest people ever to receive this award.

The son of Stoel Rives lawyer Barnes Ellis, after graduation from Lakeridge High School in 1998, Curt found his passion for food and agriculture at The Mountain School and Yale. Upon graduation from Yale, he moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic. It was there that King Corn was conceived.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, noon to 1:15 pm
Location: Standard Insurance Center Auditorium
900 SW Fifth Avenue, lower level, Portland

Cost: No cost for SFS members; $10 for others
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Salem Progressive Film Series -- 6 years young and stronger than ever!

One of the best things going keeps going another year:

We hope you are enjoying the final weeks of summer. SPFS starts up again in less than 3 weeks! Please put us on your calendar, for Thursday September 13th.

Our first film of the 2012-13 season, We're Not Broke, is the story about how US corporations have been able to hide over a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam. The film was shown at Sundance Film Festival this year. See the information below for more details.

If you'd like to become a Member of SPFS, for only $50 we will mail you a pass that gives you entrance to all 9 films, from September through May. See the information at the bottom of this email.

We look forward to seeing you in the Grand Theatre on Sept 13th! And as always, thank you for your support. This is the beginning of our 6th year and we could not have done it without you!

Upcoming Film

Thursday, September 13th 7 PM

We're Not Broke!

America is in the grip of a societal economic panic. Lawmakers cry "We're Broke!" as they slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters, crumbling our country's social fabric and leaving many Americans scrambling to survive. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar American corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are making record profits. And while the deficit climbs and the cuts go deeper, these corporations-with intimate ties to our political leaders-are concealing colossal profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. income tax. This film has won numerous awards, including Sundance Film Festival, 2012.

We're Not Broke

Official website and trailer:

Guest Speakers:

Karin Hayes


Via SKYPE from New York

Chuck Sheketoff

Executive Director of Oregon Center for Public Policy

Become a member of SPFS

Help support the Salem Progressive Film Series and become a member today.

Your financial support will allow us to bring high quality films and expert speakers to Salem.

Not only will you have personal satisfaction but you will also be helping to strengthen our community. And your donation is tax deductible.

For only $50, we will mail you a pass for all 9 films, September through May. And, your name will appear as a member/supporter on our loop video.

Mail your check to:

PO Box 13184

Salem, OR 97309

Thank you!