SURGE Film Festival Interview with Award Winning Director and Screenwriter Rio Collier




Award Winning Director Rio Collier is interviewed by Sara. Rio's film screened at the Historic Academy Theater during the Fifth Annual International S.U.R.G.E.! Film Festival. The name of her film is "Armed with Art: A New Revolution is
Necessary - "Armad@s Con Arte. Una Nueva Revolucion es Nescesaria." It was screened En Espa├▒ol with English subtitles.

As Rio described it, ""Armed with Art: A new revolution is necessary" crisscrosses Mexico in a conversation with muralists, printmakers, musicians, and philosophers, exploring the dynamic relationship between art and
social transformation. The role of art spans from the perseverance of
marginalized cultural traditions within the forces of globalization,
to the communication of the voices of the people against state
corruption. Exploding into a resurgence of vibrant visual resistance
in Mexico, artistic practices have a stronghold on social critique in
the public sphere. Creative expression is changing the face of
revolution in Mexico. If another world is possible, a new revolution
is necessary.

This film is part of the Art and Resistance film series from the B
Media Collective about artists who use their creativity to promote
mutual aid, solidarity and self determination.

B Media Collective is a Portland based video art collective that
stands in solidarity with local and global people's movements through
the socialization, documentation, creation, and exchange of media
between communities in the global north and south. Founded in 2004 as
a working of the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, and
inspired by the democratic media movement integral to the
revolutionary process in Venezuela, B Media began as a media exchange
to distribute independent media in solidarity with people's movements
throughout the Americas. Today B Media is not only interested in the
exchange and socialization of media, but in the active creation and
documentation of people's movements in our midst, with the explicit
goal of cross-border collective to collective solidarity.

"Brought to you by:
The Annual International Social Uprising Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (SURGE) Film Festival http://www.WeSurge.org

and
the Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference Organizers
http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

part of
the Year Round Africa Needs Free Justice School
http://www.AfricaNeedsFreeJustice.org

SURGE Film Festival Interview with the Co-writer, Co-director and Performer Ken Lori




Ken Lori, Co-Director, Co-Writer, and Performer is interviewed by Sara. Ken's film screened during the Fifth Annual International S.U.R.G.E.! Film Festival. The name of his film is "Out of Character."

Ken and his Co-Director and Co-writer Ann Bonifacio have described their film in the following manner:

"Most films rarely uncover the human's 52 sides. This attempts to do just that. Out of Character contains an actual conversation about being yourself in a society that solicits you to be anything but, 'and more'. It's about identity, religion, the war, neurosis, compassion, competition, school, church, indulgence, socialization, school shootings, the Sun, Time, self-hatred, repetition, History, pain, loneliness, wealth, immaturity, pollution, the word of God, individuality, oppression and depression."

The SURGE Film Festival would like to give special thanks to our amazing volunteer videographer, Will, who provided and used his own professional video equipment to film this interview as well as very quickly taking care of the video editing within a couple days after the interview was filmed. SURGE would also like to thank Sara and all the other many participants, including the organizers at The Variant, the Film festival venue, who helped to make this interview possible. SURGE welcomes volunteers from all over the world on a year round basis who want to help with interviews, graphic design and all the many aspects of organizing that make this film festival with free of charge admission and free snacks possible each and every year in several cities throughout the world.




This interview is brought to you by:
The Annual International Social Uprising Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.!) Film Festival http://www.WeSurge.org

and
the Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism Conference Organizers
http://www.aworldbeyondcapitalism.org

part of
the Year Round Africa Needs Free Justice School
http://www.AfricaNeedsFreeJustice.org