Links & Contacts

Here is a list of other organisations involved in community and atavist media worth checking out. They should be all active current projects, if not please Contact Us and we will remove them. If you want to be included please Contact Us.

Bristol & Southwest

  • Bristol Indymedia - Bristol and southwest independent news website.  Focused on actavisum, protest and community issues.
  • Southblessed Community Channel - St Pauls based community channel focusing on community news and music in the southweast.
  • Bristol Community Channel - A video channel bringing together video from all over bristol including the above organisations.  Is focused mainly on community news and documentery but also covers arts and culture.

UK & Ireland

Film & Video

  • Undercurrents, Swansea - Video activist group in Swansea.
  • Groovy Movie Picture House - The worlds first Solar Cinema - Hosted in a Big Top Circus Tent.
  • Severn DeltaFilms - We facilitate production and related media arts projects and aim to broaden access to film media, recognizing its value as a tool for social inclusion and personal empowerment.
  • Spectacle Productions, London - Spectacle is an independent television production company specialising in documentary, community-led investigative journalism and participatory media.
  • Reel News - An activist video collective, set up to publicise and share information on inspirational campaigns and struggles - not just in this country, but across the world. We are doing this through producing a bi-monthly newsreel.
  • Worldbytes - WORLDbytes is a unique online Citizen TV channel set up and run by the education charity WORLDwrite. Dedicated to advancing new knowledge, skills and ideas, the charity promotes excellence in citizen reporting and provides free film training to young volunteers to make this possible.
  • NvTv - NvTv is a not-for-profit community venture in Belfast whitch runs a local TV Station whitch "participation is inclusive of all under represented communities (whether geographical, racial, ethnic, cultural or generational)"
  • Deptford TV - an audio-visual documentation of the urban change of the Deptford area in collaboration with SPC.org media lab, Bitnik.org, the OWN, Southspace and Goldsmiths College.
  • Revolt Video Collective, Dublin - video Activist Collective Open to All! Our goals include…Physical and Virtual Distribution of Irish Activist Video. Workshops and Skill Sharing. Ambitious video projects chosen via consensus and tackled collectively.
  • Camcorder Guerrillas, Glasgow - Since 2003 The Camcorder Guerillas have been making hard-hitting, entertaining and award winning films on various social justice issues that are affecting our local communities. Based in Glasgow, Scotland we are a voluntary collective with a strong membership of skilled individuals who are committed to making high quality video tools for groups and individuals campaigning on social justice issues.
  • Fenceline Films -  a small video group based in the UK. These pages will bring together several projects made with and by people living with the impacts of environmental and social injustice. Alongside this, Fenceline Films participatory video workshops aim to give individuals or local groups the skills to plan and make their own films.
  • Spanner Films, London - Makers of McLibel, Drowned out and Age of Stupid
  • British Documentary Filmmakers - Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to "document" reality. Images organization and structure, sounds (text and interviews) as much as the author point of view determines the type of documentary.
  • Commonality Channel - Broadcast of Freeview in the UK, this channel is run by The Media Trust (a not for profit company).
  • Media Trust - 'We Believe Everyone Should Have A Voice & the Opportunity to be Heard'.
  • TrueTube - Lots of videos to inspire young people to get involved. TrueTube is a free, award winning education site for schools with videos, lesson plans and assembly plans for PSHE, RE and Citizenship at Key Stages 3 & 4.
  • InsightnewsTV, London - INTV is a group of passionate fim makers who make documentaries for broadcasters like Channel Four (UK), the BBC and CNN.  what really matters is that our films make a difference - that's what we're here for.
  • UK Screen - Non profit-making, on-line, film show case. Many films to view.
  • White Dot - International campaign against television.
  • Television for the Enviroment, London, England - Acts as a catalyst for the production and distribution of films on environment, development, health and human rights issues. Fairly mainstream in some ways they have sponsers such as WWF, ITV and Bloomberg.

Print & Web

  • Schnews - The free weekly direct action newsheet produced in Brighton, UK, since 1994 covering environmental and social issues, direct action protests and campaigns, both UK and abroad. For this week's issue, party & protest events listing, free SchMOVIES, archive and mor.
  • Corporate Watch - We are a research group supporting the campaigns which are increasingly successful in forcing corporations to back down. Corporate Watch is part of the growing anti-corporate movement springing up around the world.

Europe

  • AK Kraak, Germany - Berlin Video Activists.
  • Autofocus, Germany - The work at autofocus Videowerkstatt e.V consists in the production and distribution of independent politically committed documentary films. Besides, we advise and support institutions and socio-politically committed initiatives that wish to draw attention to matters of their concern using participatory film.
  • Kana lB, Berlin, Germany - German internet video magazine "featuring a trash videomagazine and doing documentational stuff."
  • Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium - Alternative Cinema in Brussels run by volunteers.  Has a great Bar to hang out in. Tends to be more French than Flemish.  Well worth a visit.

Americas

  • Termite TV, Philadelphia / Buffalo / New York, USA The mission of Termite TV Collective is to produce, distribute and facilitate the creation of experimental and activist media that challenges the status quo and provides an alternative to corporate media.
  • Big Noise Films, USA - Big noise have been making high energy hard hitting documentaries for over 10 years. Makers of Zapatista, also created segments for "Showdown in Seattle" and "Breaking the Bank"
  • California Newsreel, USA - Film and video for social change since 1968. California Newsreel produces and distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences. Founded in 1968, Newsreel is the oldest non-profit, social issue documentary film center in the country, the first to marry media production and contemporary social movements.
  • Chiapas Media Project, Mexico - For many people who live in the developed world use of video cameras, VCR's, TV's, and computers is a daily occurrence. But when one speaks with indigenous peoples about access to this technology they say it is only a dream. This is what the Chiapas Media Project (CMP)/Promedios is attempting to do in Southern Mexico.
  • Deep Dish TV, USA - Since 1986, Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media.
  • Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), NY, USA - Founded in 1972. Holds over 150 free or low-cost video training workshops for more than 2,000 students a year, provides access to video equipment for some 300 community-based videographers, conducts workshops and other programs that facilitate the work of community video producers and artists. 
  • The Empowerment Project, North Carolina, USA - produces and distributes its own documentary films and videos, and provides facilities, training and other support for independent producers, artists, activists and organizations working in video and other electronic media. Its purpose is to work towards democratizing access to the media.
  • The Flying Focus Video Collective - Activists using video as a tool for social change, voicing the voiceless. Charatable educational organization, has produced over 700 programs since January, 1991 dealing with public policy issues have been cablecast and shown at occasional public screenings.
  • Globalvision, NY, USA - At Globalvision, we believe in telling stories from the inside out. That means working with other people -- not at them -- and helping them tell their own stories in their own way, to a world that's getting smaller every day.
  • Green Fire Productions, Oregon, USA - Green Fire Productions is a leading organization for creating award-winning video communication tools and social marketing campaigns in the U.S. Our clients include non-profit organizations, natural resource agencies, Native American tribes, universities, and educators.
  • Labor Beat, Chicago , USA - Our productions document many issues of importance to workers -- issues usually ignored or distorted by the corporate media, including 'public' broadcasting. Labor Beat advocates the development of new media with a rank-and-file workers' viewpoint.
  • Paper Tiger TV, NY, USA - Paper Tiger has been creating fun, funky, hard-hitting, investigative, compelling and truly alternative media since 1981! The programs produced at PTTV have inspired media-savvy community productions and activism around the world. Our archive includes shows that provide critical analysis of media, educate about the communications industry and highlight issues that are absent from mainstream information sources.
  • FreespeechTV, USA - Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported, non-profit TV multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.
  • Democracy Now!, USA - A daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 900 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the United States.
  • DVRepublic, NY, USA - Black filmmakers network.  We exist as a self-validating, self-supporting online community of "citizens" who monitor the intersection of media, technology, and social justice. As informed citizens, we engage in active online discussion in the "public square" of the DV Republic liberated zone.
  • Working Films, USA - Linking nonfiction film to cutting edge activism. Working Films leverages the power of storytelling through documentary film to advance struggles for social, economic, and environmental justice, human and civil rights. With offices in the U.S. and London, we offer consultation, strategic planning for alternative distribution, website and social media development, and complete campaign management services to filmmakers to ensure the content of nonfiction media truly meets the intention for change.
  • Bay Area Video Collective, USA - BAVC (pronounced “bay-vac”), is a nonprofit media arts center that was founded in 1976 by a coalition of media makers and activists who wanted to find alternative, civic-minded applications for a new technology - PortaPak video. Our continuing mission is to inspire social change by enabling the sharing of diverse stories through art, education and technology.
  • Off Center Video, California, USA - Produces and distributes advocacy and political videos at low cost.  Our award- winning documentaries aim to increase activism and social awareness on the important progressive concerns of today.
  • Third World Newsreel, USA - Founded in 1967, one of the oldest alternative media arts organizations in the United States. Committed to the creation and appreciation of independent and social issue media by and about people of color, and the peoples of developing countries around the world.
  • Witness, USA - an international human rights organization co-founded in 1992 by musician Peter Gabriel and the Lawyer Committee for Human Rights and funded by Reebok Foundation. Puts video cameras in the hands of local human rights defenders and trains them to use video technology as well as computers, imaging and editing software in the fight for basic human rights.
  • Women Make Movies, New York, USA - National non-profit media arts organization dedicated to the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of films and videos made by and about women. Largest distributor of women's films and videos in the world.
  • Working TV, British Columbia, Canada - a labour television program broadcast weekly on community access television in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Between 1995 and 1998 the Vision network broadcast 30 of our shows to a national audience across Canada.

Non Geospecific

  • Global Village CAT (Directory) - Directory of Community Access TV (and other not for profit media orginisations).
  • Documentary Guide - Documentary Guide is conceived to bring to its audience the widest collection of documentary films from around the World Wide Web. It is one of the few CURATED search engines on the Internet. We have researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of sites and numerous databases from around the globe. We have organized them, tagged them and curated them for education and awareness. This platform is made for film makers, researchers, filmgoers, students, educators and all individuals who strive to learn more, know more and do more.

Build your own / DIY Projects

People

The following section lists some of the people involved in iContact Video Network
  • David Bekkevold - Sound/Camera
  • Ben Edwards - Freelance Filmmaker
  • David Greenhalgh - Director Procuces
  • Anita Hummel - Photographer/Filmmaker
  • Video Tony (Tony Cribbs ) - Camera