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Wikileaks Weekender: THE MOST DANGEROUS FILM FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD would be a cinematic extravagaza celebrating the people who seek to bring truth and justice to the world through the power of film over one weekend in several major cities around the globe.

Some of Wikileaks' benefactors namely: John Pilger, Ken Loach, Michael Moore are arguably the most noteworthy in their fields: journalism, social-realist drama, and documentary film. Could this be be exploited?

'Wikileaks Weekend' would both celebrate and expose some of the many miscarriages of justice that much of the viewing public do not see from emerging new talent and celebrated filmmakers.

Most of the films of all three benefactors bar Michael Moore, receive limited exposure due to film distribution companies who regulate what box offices show and pander to the lowest common denominator with the likes of 'grmmmph! Slap II' or some such heinous crime against cinema. 'WLW' would offer up exciting, new feature length and short socially conscious film alongside the work of Pilger, Loach and Moore, that most would otherwise go unseen in theatres.

Wikileaks would acquire an independent cinema or two in a major city to host a weekend of films that address the subject of the disenfranchised/corrupt that Assanges benefactors have been relentless dedicated to for many years.

Some cities just to get us started with some major celebrities who currently support Wikileaks for wide exposure:

London: Pilger, Ken Loach, Alan Moore

New York: Michael Moore, Oliver Stone

Madrid, Barcelona: Pedro Almadover

Paris, France: Who here?

Stockholm (has to be one in Stockholm right? ;) )

Wikileaks weekender could start in say London then progress as a tour as it hits major cities first, building momentum and exposure as it goes. As the tour progresses through the four major cities, others become involved and independent cinemas offer up their services appreciating free worldwide exposure. With celebrity fans attending the small indies, we shun the multiplexes and celebrate the independent. The owners of the cinema would offer their venue for the day or weekend for gratis as the celebs and fans aligned with Wikileaks sweep through their premises and present awards. Revenue from tickets go to Wikileaks, while refreshments sold at the venue go back to the cinema. Official Wikileaks merchandise can be sold and the venue with the bar open for networking and making new friends, or rubbing shoulders with the odd director or two. Two good centrally located Indie cinemas in London are: 'The Prince Charles', and 'Notting Hill Gate'. Or perhaps a bit further afield the wonderful art deco 'Phoenix', believed to be Britains oldest cinema.

Films screened would be both nonfiction/fiction feature length and shorts. The public purchase tickets with a saving online or at the box office; purchasing per film/guest speaker, for the whole day, or for the whole weekend.

As Saturday and Sunday are traditionally days of rest cheap Egg/bacon sandwiches could be provided till the afternoon, with free tea/coffee and blankets provided to nurse any hangover. Special prizes would be given for getting out of bed and turning up in their PJ's (very Prince Charles cinema)

Relevent ideas for films to be screened:

John Pilger's 'The War you don't see', 'The War on Democracy'

Ken Loach's 'The Navigators'

Adam Curtis' 'The Trap'

'Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911'

'The Corporation'

'Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism'

'Wikileaks Rebels'

Alongside new shorts/docs by upcoming filmmakers.

If all filmmakers (special guest and emerging) could give a short description/anecdote of why/how the film was made before screening commences this would be most welcome!

Relevent notables that come to mind who have spoken in support of Wikileaks:

Alan Moore: legendary author of comic books some made into films: V for Vendeta, Watchmen, 2000AD,
Oliver Stone: No introduction needed here. Pedro Almadover. And surely many more.

Film is an important medium that can be digested quickly with strong messages brought about in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours or days as the written word.

The event could be sponsored/in association with organisations such as: Amnesty and/or 'ethical' businesses like The Body Shop etc that will garner advertising from television/press coverage.

Every year the 'Wikileaks Weekender' would grace our cities and screens, capture our hearts and enlighten our minds. In it's second outing emerging independent filmmakers dedicated to making peoples voices heard also get to showcase films with a 'Wikileaks Award' (fashioned in the shape of a leaking egg timer of course) for the coveted 'in pursuit of truth and justice' award up for grabs at the worlds most alternative and most 'dangerous' film festival.


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