”The making of the documentary film Blood In the Mobile and the campaign and website bloodinthemobile.org is addressing the issue of illegal mining in Eastern Congo: Congolese children from the age of 5 to 15 are staying up to 72 hours in narrow mine tunnels. The minerals the children escavate from the mines are bought by the mobile phone industry, and used in the production of our phones.”
Voilà, this strong text piece is taken from the website that has been established by Frank Piasecki Poulsen and Mikkel Skov Petersen, who were here in Riga for a whole day seminar where they shared their experience and thoughts on how to build an audience, how to ”own” your audience, how to do crowd funding, how to build a network. Poulsen, who was behind the film ”Guerilla Girl”, that is now being distributed worldwide on different platforms, had just come back from shooting in Congo and showed strong material from his upcoming film. Skov Petersen invited the ”digital natives” (people born after 1978), as well as the ”digital immigrants” (the rest of us!) to different websites where filmmakers have built an audience and/or raised funding outside the traditional public and broadcast sources.
A very good day and I can warmly recommend the two energetic Danes for presentations and seminars on what they themselves call ”the upcoming new media reality”. Below some sites to visit: