Marquee Film “The Cleaners”

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New FiReFilms Marquee Film – The Cleaners

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Dear SNS FiReFilms member,

We are so excited to share our new FiReFilms Marquee Film, The Cleaners, which we selected from Sundance this year. This is not an “easy” film to watch, but it gives a very important picture of how social-media content is filtered. You will likely be shocked by what you discover about how Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others hire thousands of offshore “cleaners” to remove potentially very disturbing content before global posting – with minimal training and no support.

The Cleaners, while posing the question of who decides what we see on the internet, also spotlights the role of these offshore subcontractors, who receive less than five hours of training to remove what is basically very disturbing or aggressively offensive visual content. Most of the cleaners don’t speak English, but they are tasked with identifying content for removal or deletion. There is a disturbingly high suicide rate among these cleaners, and the filmmakers are seeking support to assist them with psychological help.

As always, we look forward to your comments, which we will forward to the directors and producers.  

The Cleaners

 

Synopsis

When you post something on the web, can you be sure it stays there? Enter a hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like. Who is controlling what we see… and what we think?

The Cleaners unveils a giant shadow industry of digital censorship in Manila, the world’s largest outsourcing location for content moderation. There tens of thousands of people working in 10-hour shifts on behalf of large Silicon Valley companies to delete incriminating photos and videos from Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and more. Complex decisions about censorship or visibility of content are thus outsourced to the ‘content moderators.’ The criteria and guidelines they use are one of the best-kept secrets of Silicon Valley. The cruelty and the continuous burden of this traumatic work changes the perception and personality of the content moderators. But that’s not all. They are forbidden to talk about their experiences.

In addition to the stories of five content moderators, the film tells of the global impact of online censorship and shows how fake news and hate are spread and amplified through social networks. The utopian vision of a networked global internet community is finally becoming a nightmare when high-ranking former social-network workers provide insights into the mechanisms of the platforms. Through targeted amplification and duplication of all kinds of emotions, the platforms become dangerous accelerators, fueling social and political conflicts and driving the threat of division of our society. (Translation by Google Translate, lightly edited)

 


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The Cleaners

Vimeo link:  https://vimeo.com/268766074
Password:  cLn_EnGuT_kInO_180509
Valid until: Midnight PT Friday, July 27, 2018
Trailer:  http://www.gebrueder-beetz.de/en/productions/the-cleaners
Running time: 88 minutes
Directors: Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
Website:  http://www.thecleaners-film.de/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thecleaners.derfilm/
Twitter: #thecleaners

 

Directors’ Statement

In our debut film, The Cleaners, it’s the double bottom of the safe internet, which billions of users experience every day. It appears as a matter of course, but actually comes at a high price: the hidden exploitation of thousands of young workers in the developing world and the silencing of critical thinking in the digital space.

 

About the Directors

Hans Block is a German theater director, musician, and filmmaker. He studied music at the Berlin University of the Arts and directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing, also in Berlin. Moritz Riesewieck is a German theater director, author, and filmmaker. He studied economics as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, followed by directing at the Ernst Busch Institute for Theatre Directing in Berlin.

Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block have been working as a team since 2007 under the label Laocoön, creating theater performances and cross-media work. The legend of Laocoön – who revealed the danger of the Trojan Horse – serves as an example of their work. The Cleaners marks their debut documentary movie.

 

About the Producer

Christian Beetz is the founder and CEO of beetz brothers film productions, one of Europe’s leading nonfiction film, TV, and cross-media production companies. Under his leadership, the company has released more than 200 high-quality documentaries and cutting-edge cross-media formats for the international market, and, according to the leading industry publication Realscreen, has emerged as one of today‘s top 100 international independent film production companies.

The beetz brothers‘ productions compete regularly at all major international film festivals and have won numerous prestigious awards, including the Sundance Special Jury Award, three Grimme Awards, the Cinema for Peace Award, three British Independent Awards, the Prix Europa, the Hot Docs Special Jury Prize, and the IDFA Special Jury Award. In 2013, the beetz brothers‘ co-production Open Heart was nominated for an Academy Award, and the two documentaries The Wagner Files and Gabo – The Creation of Gabriel García Marquez  were nominated for the International Emmy Award in 2014 and 2016.

 

SNS FiReFilms Membership

We always pay filmmakers for allowing us to share their films with FiReFilms members. At the same time, we feel that it’s important to keep our membership fee low, at an annual cost of $195/person, or 2 for $350.

Please share the love of SNS FiReFilms with your friends, and invite them to join at www.firefilms.org. With the new cellphone notification system you have, you can share the trailer of our current documentary with friends and family, and they can sign up on the spot using your phone, gaining immediate access to the full film and receiving all of the annual benefits that FiReFilms memberships provide. These memberships also make great gifts.

Annual benefits include 12-14 Marquee films and 4 Director Call-In Series documentaries and phone calls; invitations to FiReFilms Screening Clubs in your area; invitations to occasional members-only special events, including at select film festivals; and a complimentary 2-month subscription to Mark Anderson’s weekly digital SNS Global Report on Technology and the Global Economy.

Give a FiReFilms membership to loved ones! You can register, renew, or purchase a FiReFilms gift membership at www.firefilms.org. If you have any questions, please contact my assistant, Mary Elders, at mary@stratnews.com.

Sponsorships are welcome!If your company or you are interested in organizing a FiReFilms Screening Club event or participating as an honored FiReFilms Sponsor with great benefits, please contact me at sam@stratnews.com. We’ve had dozens of well-attended evenings where I Skype in to introduce a film, and afterward the director Skypes in for a Q&A. We then post select photos in our next mailing. These make for a fantastic evening with people who care about important subjects, leading to high-octane discussions.

If there’s a documentary you believe we should consider for our FiReFilms members as a Marquee Film or as a Director Call-In feature, just email me and cc: Mary at mary@stratnews.com with the title and an introduction to the filmmaker, if possible.

Please keep sending us your thoughts; we value every comment we receive, and we share (if you would like us to) your feedback with the directors of our featured films.

With warmest regards and thanks to each of you for your passion for film to educate, inspire, and transform,

 
Sharon

 

Sharon Anderson Morris

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Marquee Film “Happening”

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New FiReFilms Marquee Film – Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution
Link is valid until midnight, May 31

 

Dear SNS FiReFilms member,

We’re excited to bring to you the great Marquee documentary Happening for the next two weeks, with answers to many questions about our ability to survive on alternative energy without fossil fuels. My friend and respected documentary filmmaker James Redford asks and reveals in this film, “Can we make enough renewable energy to supply the world and replace fossil fuels? How will we do that, and will we do that?” Answering these questions was Jamie’s mission when he set out on a journey to explore different types of alternative energy vs. big oil and coal industries. I was honored to introduce this film last month at the Park City Film Series, including, with great thanks to Jamie, a Skyped Q&A discussion.

happ_image003.pngAs stated on the film’s website: “Highlighting innovators and entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution follows Redford – grandson of a longtime Chevron worker and son of actor/environmental advocate Robert Redford – on an enlightening cross-country journey to discover the current state of clean energy and see what lies on the horizon. The film reveals pioneering renewable-energy solutions that are making the potential future brighter than ever before, while underscoring notions of human resilience and social justice. Additionally, Redford brings his own personal point of view to this complex, polarizing issue.

“Providing real, comprehensible answers to complex energy questions facing America and the world, the documentary looks at politicians, executives, and activists banding together to reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Highlighted by humor, compelling characters, and insights into incredible technological innovations, this uplifting film spotlights a revolution that is democratic, resilient, and sustainable, despite considerable headwinds and lack of action from the federal government.”

Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution is directed by Jamie Redford; executive producers, Jeff and Laurie Ubben, The Neda Nobari Foundation, James Langer, Todd Clayton Chaffee; produced by Jamie Redford and Jill Tidman. For HBO: Coordinating producer, Jesse Weinraub; senior producer, Nancy Abraham; executive producer, Sheila Nevins.

Synopsis

happ_image004.jpgFilmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful  personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits, and makes communities stronger and healthier across the US.

Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, TX, to Buffalo, NY,  reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while James’ discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audience’s discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival.

Best Environmental Film Award: New York WILD Film Festival 2018

Nominee: EMA Awards

Official Selection (partial list): DOC NYC Film Festival, St. Louis Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, American Documentary Film Festival, American Film Showcase, EARTHxFilm, Sun Valley Film Festival, Tahoe Film Festival

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Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution

Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/268289192
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Valid until: Midnight (PT) Thursday, May 31
Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/244134710
Running time: 71 minutes
Website:
www.happeningthemovie.com
Facebook:
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Twitter:
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Happening newsletter signup:
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Director’s Personal Statement

Today, most Americans understand and accept the reality of climate change. But as disturbing evidence and imagery continues to mount, many of us feel increasingly uncertain about what we, as individuals, can do. For many of us, solutions to climate change seem out of reach, out of scale, and fatally entwined in partisan politics.

Nonetheless, the clean energy revolution is quietly but spectacularly underway.  The clean energy industry now employs more people than the fossil fuel industry. Electricity generated from wind and solar is increasingly more affordable than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and the growth curve for the generation and storage of renewable energy now resembles the exponential curves seen with the advent of radio, TV, and the internet. The revolution also reveals another intriguing fact: politically speaking, the clean energy revolution is increasingly color-blind. As we see in Happening, when something is cheaper and better, political divides often begin to collapse. 

Although this information is encouraging, information alone is not enough. I spent a considerable effort working with The Redford Center to determine the most impactful and engaging way to tell the story. Key to the strategy was casting myself in my true colors: a semi-knowledgeable Luddite who prefers plain English. As such, I journey through Happening with three questions in mind: Can we meet our energy needs with renewable energy? How would we do that? And, most important, will we do that?

Happening chronicles my quest to answer these questions. Although I have traversed the country meeting the inspiring people leading the revolution, the most significant journey involved my own heart and mind. At the start of Happening, I was feeling pretty cynical about the value of civic engagement and the political process. Three years later, I have witnessed first-hand the enduring value of political engagement, active citizenry, and reason over ideology.  In spite of the turbulent political waters we are currently enduring, I feel more hopeful today than ever about our ability to combat climate change, and I am excited to share this with audiences so that they may feel this way as well.

James Redford

About Director James Redford

James Redford writes, produces, and directs for film and television. Prior to completing Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution for HBO, James’s other HBO films have included Toxic Hot Seat, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Mann v. Ford, and The Kindness of Strangers. While completing Happening, James has been traveling the world as an American Film Showcase ambassador with his two award-winning documentary films, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope and Paper Tigers.

James is the co-founder and chair of The Redford Center, a nonprofit media entity that engages people through inspiring stories that galvanize environmental action. Among many of its functions, the center’s documentary film projects include Watershed, Fighting Goliath, and The Art of Activism. James lives in Marin County, California. His interests include playing lead guitar for Olive and the Dirty Martinis as well as yoga, skiing, surfing, and cycling.

 

SNS FiReFilms Membership

We always pay filmmakers for allowing us to share their films with FiReFilms members. At the same time, we feel that it’s important to keep our membership fee low, at an annual cost of $195/person, or 2 for $350.

Please share the love of SNS FiReFilms with your friends, and invite them to join at www.firefilms.org. With the new cellphone notification system you have, you can share the trailer of our current documentary with friends and family, and they can sign up on the spot using your phone, gaining immediate access to the full film and receiving all of the annual benefits that FiReFilms memberships provide. These memberships also make great gifts.

Annual benefits include 12-14 Marquee films and 4 Director Call-In Series documentaries and phone calls; invitations to FiReFilms Screening Clubs in your area; invitations to occasional members-only special events, including at select film festivals; and a complimentary 2-month subscription to Mark Anderson’s weekly digital SNS Global Report on Technology and the Global Economy.

Give a FiReFilms membership to loved ones! You can register, renew, or purchase a FiReFilms gift membership at www.firefilms.org. If you have any questions, please contact my assistant, Mary Elders, at mary@stratnews.com.

Sponsorships are welcome!If your company or you are interested in organizing a FiReFilms Screening Club event or participating as an honored FiReFilms Sponsor with great benefits, please contact me at sam@stratnews.com. We’ve had dozens of well-attended evenings where I Skype in to introduce a film, and afterward the director Skypes in for a Q&A. We then post select photos in our next mailing. These make for a fantastic evening with people who care about important subjects, leading to high-octane discussions.

If there’s a documentary you believe we should consider for our FiReFilms members as a Marquee Film or as a Director Call-In feature, just email me and cc: Mary at mary@stratnews.com with the title and an introduction to the filmmaker, if possible.

Please keep sending us your thoughts; we value every comment we receive, and we share (if you would like us to) your feedback with the directors of our featured films.

With warmest regards and thanks to each of you for your passion for film to educate, inspire, and transform,

 

Sharon

Sharon Anderson Morris
Managing Director, SNS FiReFilms
Director, SNS Programs and FiRe Events

e: sam@stratnews.com
p: 435-649-3645
mobile: 704-651-1238

SNS:
www.stratnews.com
FiRe:
www.futureinreview.com
FiReFilms:
www.firefilms.org

 

 

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FiReFILMS PARTICIPATING IN SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Representing world-changing documentary films at the renowned film festival

PARK CITY, Utah – January 5, 2018

FiReFilms is the documentary film branch of the Strategic News Servicetm (SNS) Future in Review (FiRe) Conference Corp. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” the annual FiRe conference, which each year selects one important documentary film to screen for its attendees in addition to year-round FiReFilms benefits, features global speakers and leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others.

FiReFilms creates awareness of documentary films in which technology improves the human condition, and promotes them throughout the year to the SNS / FiRe global corporate community of C-level executives in technology and finance, as well as to world press, select partner film festivals, and members of the global subscription-based FiReFilms initiative, from creation through distribution to education.

 This year during the opening week of Sundance, from January 18-22 FiReFilms will host up to six specially member-priced events at a luxurious private home and screening room located in Deer Valley, just minutes away from all Sundance venues. Filmmakers, new and long-term FiReFilms members, and other world-changers will be able to mingle in this beautiful, private view setting over food, wine, and other beverages, along with other special surprise events. General membership registration is at www.firefilms.org.

“For the fourth Sundance in a row, we are excited to be able to provide for our FiReFilms members great content and discussions about globally important subjects with filmmakers and producers,” said Sharon Anderson Morris, FiReFilms Managing Director.

FiReFilms, created in 2012 after four years of screening an annual selected documentary to FiRe’s world-changing audiences, unites members who believe that documentary filmmaking is a powerful tool for world and social improvement, and who wish to be informed of and share unique benefits made possible by their relationship with FiReFilms – including important inputs and personal, early access to cutting-edge movers and events in documentary film. FiReFilms is led by a Steering Committee comprising specially invited technology, film, and investment experts.

‘Alive Inside’ Documentary to Be Featured at Annual Future in Review Conference

FiRe 2014Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that ‘Alive Inside‘ has been selected as the FiRe Featured Film for the 2014 Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. The documentary, which won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary, will be screened for FiRe’s audience of 200 global leaders in technology, finance, communications, and world press including the BBC. Filmmaker and Director Michael Rossato-Bennett will also speak at FiRe, which The Economist has called “the best technology conference in the world.”

Each year, the FiReFilms team selects one world-changing documentary film to screen at FiRe and bring to the attention of the SNS and FiRe network to help filmmakers achieve their goals “from completion to distribution to solution,” as a powerful tool for world and social improvement.

‘Alive Inside’ (www.aliveinside.us) shows the trans-formative effects of personalized music on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The film focuses on one man’s journey to awaken memory among our elderly, while raising deep questions about what it means to still be “alive inside.” It questions when we stop “being human,” and what it takes to re-start a life that has faded away; how we see our elderly, and how we are going to treat an epidemic of these degenerative diseases.

“I wanted this documentary challenge us to ask: how ‘alive inside’ are we as we age in our culture? From the first day of shooting, it was obvious to me that just making this film would change life for more than 1 million elders with dementia. We had stumbled upon the only ‘good news’ story ever told about Alzheimer’s disease,” said Michael Rossato-Bennett, Director and Producer of ‘Alive Inside.’ “I want this film to ignite a passion in individuals to reach out to this population of innocent and forgotten elders starting with the simple question, ‘What was your favorite music when you were young?’ It is amazing that something as simple as deep-memory music can make an epic difference in the life of someone with dementia — a cheap and enormous good deed is just sitting there, waiting for us to wake up and be part of it.”

“When I experienced this film at Sundance, I knew right away that it should be the FiRe 2014 Featured Film,” said Sharon Anderson Morris, Managing Director of FiReFilms and Director of Programs for Strategic News Service and FiRe events. “Not only does ‘Alive Inside’ touch everyone personally — we all know or know of someone who has a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease — but the film also shows that technology + music = a solution in the healthcare space. We are thrilled to be showing this at FiRe and know that our audience of leaders in technology, finance, communications, and world press will find great value in this documentary. I am sure we’ll have many action items from our audience as a result of showing this at FiRe 2014.”

Future in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy, and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 12th year, FiRe 2014 will take place May 20-23 at the Montage hotel in Laguna Beach, California.

To register for FiRe 2014, and to see bios of the speakers and participants at FiRe 2014, go to www.futureinreview.com.