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The WG Film co-production "The Man Who Saved the World" from director Peter Anthony will be shown on SVT starting today (Oct 5th)! The film has been screened around the world and locally at Doc Lounge, CPH: DOX and Nordic Panorama.
Check out the website to see the trailer and read more about the movie!
SVT1 & SVT Play Monday Oct 5th 2015 at 10pm
SVT1 Wednesday Oct. 7th at 11:45pm
SVT1 Thursday Oct. 8th at 2:30pm
For almost five years, WG Film has been working on a feature documentary about land-grabbing. The title of the film, to be released 2016, is “Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas” and it takes place in Ethiopia, one of many African countries that suffer from land grabs.
“Land-grabbing” is the practice by which foreign investors buy or lease large areas of land – often in developing countries – to grow products for the international market. In many cases this has a negative effect on the local population. Promises can be made about benefits like roads, schools and healthcare that rarely are delivered upon. But even worse: to give room for large-scale farming, local small-scale farmers are forced from the land they have been living on for generations, left to depend on food-aid.
For the making of the film, director Joakim Demmer has been traveling clandestinely in and out of Ethiopia to capture stories from inside the country. Stories from people who are directly affected by land-grabs. Earlier this year, one of these participants was arrested and now faces absurd charges. This is what Demmer has to say about the arrest and following charges:
“During the past few days, news has reached me that Omot Agwa, a longtime friend and participant in our film, Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas, will be charged by the Ethiopian government under the anti-terrorism law for attending a workshop on food security.
If convicted, Omot faces between twenty years and life in prison.
Omot has devoted his life to preserving the national park and working for the rights of the indigenous Anuak people in the western region of Gambella. In 2014, Omot acted as translator for the World Bank’s internal investigation into its own violations of the bank’s policies in Gambella.
This February, Omot told me that security officers had been approaching him and that he feared for his safety. On March 15th, those fears were realized: Omot and six others were on their way to Nairobi to attend a workshop on food security organized by an indigenous rights group, with the support of two reputed international organizations, Bread for All and GRAIN, based in Switzerland and Spain.
After the arrest, Omot has been held in solitary confinement for three weeks in the notorious Maekelawi prison where Human Rights Watch has documented torture. When Omot at last was permitted limited access to his family, he did appear in very poor health.
Now after nearly six months of detainment, the authorities are charging Omot and the two local activists Ashinie Astin and Jamal Oumar Hojele under the anti-terrorism law. The charges brought against the three focus on their participation in the food security workshop in Nairobi, which in the charge is referred to as a "terrorist group meeting."
This is of course an absurd charge, symptomatic of the deteriorating human rights situation in Ethiopia. During our years of filming, we have often experienced how the Ethiopian government has increasingly cracked down on civil society, independent activists and media representatives, creating a climate of silence and fear. This repression had already affected another one of our film participants; in 2012, the journalist Argaw Ashine had to flee the country to avoid being arrested.
So far, the World Bank and its shareholders, the United States and the EU, have not come forward to defend Omot and the others against these outrageous charges. This silence saddens us, as it sends a chilling message to all those who dare to stand up for indigenous rights, the environment and aid accountability.”
For information on the current situation in Ethiopia, see Human Right Watch’s reporting: http://www.hrw.org/africa/ethiopia
For more information on the documentary Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas, visit our website: http://www.deaddonkeysfearnohyenas.com/
Yesterday, the journal Miljöaktuellt published their list of Sweden's 101 Most Influential Environmentalists. Included on the list is our very own Fredrik Gertten! The list has been produced partly by open nomination and partly through a jury process. According to Miljöaktuellt, the purpose of the list is to "lift up role models and people who set the agenda on environmental and sustainability issues that are driving the development of more sustainable path." Congratulations, Fredrik!
See the full list here (in Swedish).
BIKES vs CARS, a new film from Fredrik Gertten, will have its world premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on March 15th!
Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic.
Fredrik will be attending the festival, along with producers Elin Kamlert and Margarete Jangård and US executive producer Chris Paine. Learn more about SXSW here.
The Man Who Saved the World, a WG Film co-production directed by Peter Anthony, will have its Swedish premiere on Tuesday, January 20th at Doc Lounge Malmö and Göteborg.
The film introduces us to former Russian commander-in-chief Stanislav Petrov. Few know his name, yet hundreds of millions are alive because of his crucial decision, which saved the world from nuclear warfare during the Cold War.
A gripping story about the man who saved the world and what his life is like today.
See the full list of Doc Lounge screenings here.
Big Boys Gone Bananas!* continues to reach people around the world! On December 10th, Human Rights Day, the Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria hosted a screening of Big Boys in Anuja, Nigeria. The film was followed by a great discussion on democracy and freedom of speech.
Wish we could have joined, but we have felt your support from abroad. Thank you to all who attended and reached out to us!
We want to send a huge thank you to the Swedish company Spacescape for their recent 10.000 SEK (1,500 USD) contribution to BIKES vs CARS. Spacescape, located in Stockholm, is an urban planning company which focuses on creating more sustainable urban development. As we work on finishing up the film, their donation comes as a huge help. Thank you so much for your support!
Make sure to check out their website to learn more about the great work they are doing.
From Spacescape: “The problem today is not the lack of knowledge about the relationship between urban planning, transport and sustainability. The problem is finding solutions to rebuild the city, which during the past 50 years built up a dependence on cars. That's why we want to support "Bikes vs. Cars", precisely because it draws attention to one of today's major societal challenges, but also constructively points out a different path, a path that unlike the highway is accessible and available to all."
In honor of his past work and forthcoming film, BIKES vs CARS, director Fredrik Gertten has been nominated for a Green Ribbon Political Award.
The award, founded in 1992 by Environmental Policy Consultants (EPC), recognizes environmentally active parliamentarians, businesses, NGOs and the media. It aims to "inspire others into best practice and cajole backsliders into action."
The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 18th at the House of Commons in London. More information about the award and nominations can be found HERE.
In November, we'll be heading to Copenhagen for the SWIM LAB at CPH:DOX with two of our films, BIKES vs CARS and Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas. SWIM, Scandinavian World of Media, is a two-year initiative launched by CPH:DOX, with the goal of stimulating media innovation in the Oresund region. Check out their website for more information about SWIM and the other participating projects.
During the festival, on November 11th, we'll be pitching both projects at the SWIM FORUM, where there will be a few open seats for observers. If you're interested in attending, you can find more information here.
One of our co-productions, The Man Who Saved The World, a documentary by Peter Anthony, will be having its premiere at the festival. There are three chances to see the film and one chance to meet Peter himself. See the full schedule here.
Both BIKES vs CARS and Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas are currently in their last stages of editing. Check back in the upcoming weeks for important updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to make sure that you don't miss any news!
Yesterday, June 22nd, marked exactly 5 years since Bananas!* had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. As you may remember, the day did not go quite as planned. The film was kicked out of competition and a disclaimer was read in front of the screenings. They also held a debate on "truth in film" in order to defend the festival from a lawsuit.
Below is a link to a video that Jesper Osmund edited in his LA hotelroom during the festival. Take a few minutes and relive some of the crazy memories with us.
Yesterday evening, WG Film hosted a get-together at the office to celebrate the DVD and VOD release of Fredric Ollerstam's latest documentary, "Maria and Her Shadow." The film follows Swedish boxer Maria Lindberg, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 21 and although now recovered, has since been forbidden from boxing by The Swedish Boxing Federation.
Fredric and Maria were joined by family and friends, as well as many other WG Film supporters. Thank you so much for stopping by!
If you'd like to watch "Maria and Her Shadow," you can stream it on distrify or purchase the DVD at our webshop. To learn more about the film, visit the website.
After 20 years at Västergatan 23, WG Film has changed addresses. We have not moved far though. You can now find us just down the street at Västergatan 22A. Cheers to 20 more years of documentary filmmaking from our new office!
WG Film's short "The Invisible Bicycle Helmet" has had an enormous success the past week, with over 6 million views on Vimeo. Since the premiere one year ago almost 10 million people have seen the film.
Watch it you too!
WG Film just ended a really successful Kickstarter campaign for BIKES vs CARS. 2021 people from over 50 countries backed the project! If you missed to donate to the campaign you can still do so, and get great rewards, on BIKES vs CARS website.
We are overwhelmed! Thank you so much for supporting and joining our BIKES vs CARS community!
We are so happy to announce that we have reached the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter goal. We are overwhelmed by the amazing support we've received. So far, over 1800 backers from almost 50 countries. Now, with 22 hours remaining, a generous friend has offered to back all remaining donations and increased pledges up to 10,000 USD.
There are 9 days remaining of the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter campaign. So far we have over 1000 backers in 40 countries and we have reached 63% of our goal. Help us show that WE ARE MANY by contributing today. Even 1 dollar makes a statement.
This coming Thursday, October 17th, Swedish viewers will get a chance to catch WG Film's most recent production, ”Maria and her shadow” on national broadcaster SVT2. The film follows professional boxer Maria Lindberg, who suffered an aneurysm in the boxing ring in 1999, and now is banned from boxing in Sweden. Maria refuses to resign and seeks a career abroad. The film is directed by Fredric Ollerstam who has followed Maria for six years.
Stay tuned for more international screenings and read more about the film at www.mariaandhershadow.com
Photo: Roger Hansson
Since 2008, director Fredric Ollerstam and WG Film has followed prizefighter Maria Lindberg through her ups and downs. Now it's finally time for the world premiere of the final movie, "Maria and her shadow."
The premiere screening will be on September 17 at 19:00 at Babel in Malmö, Sweden, in collaboration with documentary film club Doc Lounge and Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.
Maria will be present at the screening to answer questions from the audience!
More info about tickets and prices are available here.
Monday Fredrik Gertten presents his new film with a work-in-progress for the Swedish film journalists. Bikes vs Cars will be released in 2014. Check out the trailer and read more at bikes-vs-cars.com!
After s successful tour through Chile in April, director Fredrik Gertten now visits again, with screenings of Big Boys Gone Bananas!* in Santiago and Valparaiso. The film will screen once in each city, starting tomorrow July 2nd at Bar The Clinic, Santiago.
Later Fredrik will continue to Peru with both films. There will be screenings in Lima, Arequipa and Iquitos!
See the schedule HERE!
We can proudly announce that our short The Invisible Bicycle Helmet has now been launched at the Google forum Solve for X! Solve for X is a think tank project, which aims to promote discussion about radical technological ideas for solving global problems. Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, founders of Hövding and the stars of our film, were in New York last week to attend a special Tribeca edition of Solve for X.
You can now watch The Invisible Bicycle Helmet, as well as other short films about innovative ideas, on Solve for X’s website!
Anna and Terese with Morgan Spurlock in New York.
In January, Big Boys Gone Bananas was the Documentary of the Month with screenings all over Spain. Now the tour continues to Chile! The first screening will be held in Santiago the 16th of April followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten. The tour continues for two weeks with screenings also in Valparaíso, Panguipulli, Puerto Montt and Valdívia.
Read more about the Santiago premiere HERE!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet in international competition at Aspen Shortfest that will take place April 9-14 in Aspen, CO, USA.
Haven't seen the short yet? Watch it here!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet finalist in VELOBerlin's online bike film competition "Cycling and the City ". Out of more than 300 short films entered from over 60 countries, 20 finalists were choosen. Now it’s up to the online audience to elect the three winning films. The online vote is open from 18 February till 22 March 2013. The winners of the VELOBerlin Film Awards will be presented on 23 and 24 March 2013 at the VELOBerlin Trade Fair.
In January Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be a part of the screening network The Documentary of the Month (www.eldocumentaldelmes.com), a network consisting of approximately 40 venues all around Spain, Chile and Argentina. It was initiated by production and distribution company Parallel 40, with the aim of bringing documentary films closer to the people.
This month Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be screening as The Documentary of the Month in 27 venues throughout Spain, starting the 8th. Some of the screenings are for free! Check out the schedule here.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is hitting UK and Irish cinemas on September 21st and Fredrik Gertten will be coming over to the UK for the release. Dochouse will be hosting a special preview Q&A screening with Fredrik and Sven Hughes and chaired by Jen Robinson on Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Book tickets here.
Cambridge Picturehouse will also be hosting a preview and Q&A with Fredrik on the 19th September as part of the Cambridge Film Festival. The film is presented by our UK disitributor Dogwoof, who also gave out previous film BANANAS!* in UK 2010. Read more on bigboysgonebananas.com.
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS JOINS FREDRIK GERTTEN FOR US SCREENING DISCUSSIONS OF BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES! The film will be screened exclusively for one week at Quad Cinemas in New York City, July 27th - August 2 and at Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Laemmle's Monica 4 in Los Angeles August 3-9th.
Oscar® Nominated Directors JOE BERLINGER (PARADISE LOST 3) and MORGAN SPURLOCK (SUPER SIZE ME) will moderate the New York Q & A’s and LUCY WALKER (WASTE LAND), ELISE PEARLSTEIN (FOOD, INC.) together with ONDI TIMIONER (DIG!; WE LIVE IN PUBLIC) will lead the Los Angeles discussions. "I am so grateful and honored to have my US filmmaking colleagues joining me in these events where we can discuss freedom of speech, corporate intimidation and the future of making non-fiction films”, says Fredrik Gertten. For information and tickets go to (NYC) www.quadcinema.com (LA) laemmle.com/comingsoon.php
WORLD PREMIERE OF SHORT FILM THE INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET BY FREDRIK GERTTEN AT MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL AUGUST 2-9. Focus Forward- Short Films, Big Ideas, is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention.The initiative comes from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that has invited filmmakers across the globe and Fredrik Gertten is one of them.
The invisible bicycle helmet is about swedish design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin (photo) that lives in Malmö and started the company Hövding. Aware that bicycle helmets are one of the issues standing in the way of other cities having the same number of bikes on the streets, the pair took on a very special exam project... An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol for the impossible. If you can swing it everything is possible.
We are honored to present that BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is officially selected to screen at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival founded by filmmaker Michael Moore. The festival runs between July 31st - August 5th this year and is located in Traverse City, Michigan, US. Fredrik Gertten and lawyer Lincoln Bandlow will be at the festival August 1 to present the film.
Founder Michael Moore, winner of an Oscar (“Bowling for Columbine”), an Emmy (“TV Nation”), a Palme d’Or at Cannes (“Fahrenheit 9/11″), and the British Book of the Year award (“Stupid White Men”), was the first 18-year-old elected to public office in Michigan. He operated the art-house film series East Village Cinema in his native Flint, Michigan, for eight years. Moore serves as the board president.
Both Love Always, Carolyn (dir. Maria Ramström & Malin Korkeasalo) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (dir. Fredrik Gertten) will screen at Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy between June 8-18, the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. This will be the Italian premiere of Love Always, Carolyn.
The films, that are both biographies in some way, have won great recognition on festivals all over the world and will soon aslo be release on DVD. Look out on our webshop for more details. You can read more about Biografilm and watch theor whole programme on www.biografilm.it.
Fredrik Gertten was invited to Italy yesterday to receive the award for Best International Documentary and Best Film at MIFF Awards in Milan, Italy for his documentary BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*. The film was screened to a closed jury last month and was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best Editing. Yesterday the winners was announced at a ceremony, where Fredrik received the prize with the motivation "For the courage to tell his own 'David & Goliath" story, involving the audience from the beginning on a hot pro-environment issue."
Director Fredrik Gertten with the award for Best Documentary. Photo: MIFF Awards
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is selected to UK's biggest documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest between June 13-17. This will be the UK premiere of the film, and the start of the UK launch of the film. BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is distributed in the UK by London based disitributor Dogwoof, who also worked with BANANAS!*. The DVD will be released this summer. Read more on Sheffield Doc/Fest webpage.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* came second in the Top Ten Audience Favourite at the Canadian premiere at HotDocs last week. Every year the festival presents a selection of more than 150 documentaries from all over the world. Since the film received the Audience Award at One World Human Rights Fim Festival in Czech Republic in March, the film has been the audience favourite at several festival. Most recently at Sarasota and Full Frame Film Festival in US where the film was in the top five of audience choice.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is facing it's greatest International launch so far with Canadian premiere at HotDocs in Toronto, followed by DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver. Then the film opens theatrically May 11. Director Fredrik Gertten will be in attendance in Canada during the whole launch, toghether with the Canadian distributor Kinosmith. Kinosmith is an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. See all the screening dates in the films calendar or read more on Kinosmiths webpage.
I became a perfect end to the US tour of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* when he film was awarded for Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, US. Now the film is off to Canada, wiht screenings on Canadas two biggest documentary film festivals Hot Docs in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver.
The film won the Audience Award and the Rudolf Vrba Jury Award at One World in Prague in March. It's also nominated for Best Documentary and Best Editing at MIFF (Milan International Film Festival) in Milan, Italy.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* returns to the US after the premiere at the prestegious Sundance Film Festival in January. On Thursday April 12 the film begins its three week tour and the first screening is set to Yale University in New Haven, followed by Sarasota Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durhamn and The Washington DC International Film Festival. In the beginning of May the film premieres in Canada at Hot Docs in Toronto followed by DOXA in Vancouver. Director Fredrik Gertten will attend all screenings. For more details about the screenings, please visit the films screening calendar.
The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature. These nice people have been impressed by BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* and has granted us £10 000 to support our ongoing legal costs.
From their site: "We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. This new fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists".
If you are curious about the other grantees and their films, you can read more about them here. Thanks a lot, BRITDOC!
We have together with Cykelfrämjandet, Region Skåne and Malmö stad launched an app in connection with Bikes vs Cars. The app stores the user’s cycling trips and converts the distance into CO2 emissions and oil saved. The collected data of all users will be displayed on the site Bike Data Project. The aim is to create impact by showing where and when people actually bicycle and in that way be able to help improve the infrastructure for bikes in the cities.
You can download the app in App Store or Google Play.
Fredrik and Margarete are attending TEMPO Documentary Festival in Stockholm march 4-6, where they will be presenting a work in progress screening of BIKES vs CARS.
Fredrik, Margarete and Elin will be attending the Berlinale film festival between Feb 7-11th. The main purpose is to attend the European Film Market, a meeting place for industry professionals, that WG Film usually attends. We are looking forward to meeting with new and old friends, present our coming films and hear about what our colleagues are up to. Hope to see you there!
MARIA AND HER SHADOW
The second screening of our new film Maria and her Shadow will take place during Nordisk Panorama, on Saturday 21/9 10am at Spegeln!
Fredrik Gertten Retrospective
This year, Nordisk Panorama will host a special retrospective from Fredrik Gertten:
Just a Piece of Steel (Bye Bye Malmö), 2002
Saturday, 21/9 4pm at Spegeln
The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, 2005
Saturday, 21/9 4pm at Spegeln
An Ordinary Family, 2005
Sunday, 22/9 10am Spegeln
The Way Back- True Blue 2, 2002
Tuesday, 24/9 7.30pm at Spegeln
My Dinner with Joe Berlinger
On Sunday, September 22nd, Fredrik will host a dinner and discussion with American director Joe Berlinger. The dinner will take place at 4.30pm at Inkonst Theatre, served by the master chef Dennis Johansson.
BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter Launch
Before Fredrik’s dinner with Joe Berlinger begins, around 4.30pm (GMT +1:00), Joe will officially launch the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter campaign in front of the audience.
NOW MORE THAN 3 MILLION VIEWS! Our short film The Invisible Bicycle Helmet directed by Fredrik Gertten had its world premiere on Melbourne International Film Festival last fall and is now avaliable online - for free! Click on the player below to watch!
WG Film's co-production Love Addict screens on SVT 1 (Swedish National Broadcast) on October 16th 10.30 pm. The film is produced by Denmark based Danish Documentary and directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær.
From 1 of September to 31 of October you can watch BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* on Air Canada. The genre of documentaries is growing stronger, now we hope other airlines will get inspired. Let's hope Scandinavian airlines will follow!
Now we sell both films BANANAS!* (2009) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (2012) at a cheap package price. Buy both films for 25 EUR in our webshop. If you order for more than 50 EUR you get the shipping for free!
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* WILL HAVE ITS KOREAN PREMIERE IN COMPETITION AT EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. In past eight years, EIDF has grown as an International recognized film festival that also are broadcasting documentaries. After the premiere at the festival, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is one of the films that will be aired at the channel this fall. The EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL IN SEOUL runs between August 17-24. Read more...
It's time for the Italian audience to meet BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* as the film will have it's Italian premiere at Bellaria Doc Film Festival between May 31 - June 3. This will be the first public screening of the film since it won the award Best International Documentary at MIFF Awards in the beginning of May. Read more about the screening on www.bigboysgonebananas.com.
Our new film BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* will have an audience in the UK and Ireland as the distribution rights yesterday was sold to London based distribution and sales company Doogwoof. Doogwoof was also the distributors behind Fredrik Gertten's previous film BANANAS!*. The film will be avaliable on cinemas and DVD soon. Read more on Dogwoofs website.