OUR PROJECTED STORYBOARDS
"Radiation Filters" cares. We don't just want to highlight the problems, of which (in the nuclear energy world) there are many. We are a solution-based narrative and documentary film project, the most creative approach we could imagine, to looking into the heart and soul of radiation and how we can charge our bodies with a healthy resistance to its damaging affects. This is the story of healing. Our bodies, our minds, and the environment can all benefit from this journey we are embarking upon. Come with us? Certainly the government and power companies won't be the ones leading the way . . .
Self-financed for its first 10 months. Please enjoy the "Radiation Filters" trailer and all the goodness we've collected and created since January 2014. We have gotten this far funding it ourselves, and now we need your help to take it to the next level. We're talking travels, BIG NAME ACTORS and public figures, DVDs to be shared in theaters, classrooms, and corporate office buildings worldwide. Because we could all use the love.
OLIVER MELLAN is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and artist born in DC and raised in Maui and Tokyo, who more than dabbles in visual arts, mixed media, 3D sculpture, and experimental film techniques. Founder of the VIDEOWAYS film production company, Oliver encompasses most every role in the filmmaking process, including screenwriting, acting, editing, special effects, and sound design, with further expertise in directing, cinematography and lighting. He has an effervescent personality, bitingly good sense of humor, and a heart of pure gold. His work as an art activist took off with the creation of his latest film and web series Radiation Filters, where his love of the film media coalesced with his vision of bettering the planet through art and healing practices.
MINEA HERWITZ is a San Francisco-born and bred filmmaker, artist, writer and musician who has written and directed several short films that have played in film festivals. Her cross-cultural roots provide her a unique perspective on world cultures and an interest to understand the intricacies of human nature. With degrees in Creative Writing and Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, Minea’s artwork takes a healing approach, seeking to find ways to fulfill our greatest potentials and to explore the connection between mind and body. Her art activist career took shape through her co-creative efforts on Radiation Filters, the medium through which she wishes to spread humor, compassion, and love to create a better world for generations to come.
FUNDING WILL GO TOWARDS
Research + travel to and in Japan + a hard drive to store all of the amazing footage + editing + editing + editing + motion graphics + animations + mastering sound + color corrections + DVD prints + posters + cards + film festival submission fees + distribution representation + + + making sure this film is beautifully and soulfully created + BUILDING A COMMUNITY of artists & activists like YOU!!!
Movie night. Imagine going to the shelf of DVDs and picking out the film "Radiation Filters." You're drawn to the reminders of your place in the cosmos, your role as a being of LOVE and light on this planet, and how powerful and moving this life can be. But you want to LAUGH. And you want some DRAMA. (And a little bit of ROMANCE...) You want to be inspired at what people can do when they are driven by love for the earth. You want to marvel at a piece of ART. You want to know how you can make a positive difference, even if simply in the way you feel at this very MOMENT. Ahh.
BEYOND THE FILM
THIS IS A MOVEMENT. A new form of ecology, art, activism, health awareness and film making. We wish to continue the exploration of healing and education in Nuclear Power, energy, and global healing through a sequel, TV, show or Public speaking tour.
We want to visit places like Finland, where the world's largest nuclear power plant is being built (in Minea's second country of citizenship) and Germany, who has gotten completely off of nuclear energy. We want to expose the use of depleted uranium in Iraq, explore nature's takeover at Chernobyl, and work toward integrating our vision with the larger theme of Climate Disruption.
NEWS UPDATES + The NOW
October 29th, SF Gate posts:
"Federal regulators secretly and illegally revised the license for California's last nuclear power facility - PG&E's Diablo Canyon - to mask the aging plant's vulnerability to earthquakes, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by environmentalists." (http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Regulators-broke-quake-rules-at-PG-E-nuclear-5854229.php)
October 13th, NBC Bay Area reports on San Francisco's Hunter's Point radioactive dump site:
A Navy contractor tasked with cleaning radioactive soil at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco admitted in an internal report obtained exclusively by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit that it mishandled soil samples and submitted false data. (http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Contractor-Submitted-False-Radiation-Data-at-Hunters-Point-279025911.html)
This is happening now . . .
Risks and challenges
We told an anti-nuclear activist / renewable energy advocate that we were going to Fukushima. His response: "Why would you want to go there? I would never step foot in Japan again." Although his message of a clean energy world was full of love, his approach to us about our project was fraught with fear and doubt. Oliver and I looked hard at each other and knew that we would have to overcome the onslaught of negativity in our mission to positively encounter the powerful energies of radioactivity and of those who control the energy industries. Since our project is about health, we, as the filmmakers, cannot make space for doubt, fear, or stress. Stress is a known killer, and fear will get in the way of this worldwide healing.
Certainly we will run into doubt. What "Radiation Filters" is exploring walks the line between "accepted" science and the realm of the metaphysical, of consciousness, of mind-body connection, and areas very softly touched by the rigorous scientific method of the last 400 years of modern science. For our film to be smiled upon by some of our favorite fact-based, scientific, and journalistic organizations (such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel), we will need to keep a healthy balance of hard-facts, sound data, see-it-to-believe it images, and more. Humans have been exploring the mind since the dawn of humanity, and "Radiation Filters" wants to build a bridge between the "pseudo science" of spirituality and the "science" of mind, body, and the biological world.
We will run into government issues as we try to put into play some of our grander projects for healing the areas around Fukushima. For example, mycelium mushrooms have been proven to absorb, if not thrive on, radiologically contaminated soils. To build mushrooms walls around the ghost town of Fukushima Daiichi would lead us to the doorsteps of some challengers. In general, STARTING A MOVEMENT may be laden with difficulties to overcome, especially in a culture like that of the Japanese, who have enough on their plates and tend to frown at the idea of "meditation" (I know, that surprises me, too!). In the worst (and ultimately BEST) case, we would run head-on into the power companies, challenging their practices, shutting them down, and paving the way for a green economy that thrives on renewable energy. (Remember, in the hostile take-down of nuclear power plants, one must keep a balance by providing all those employees who get laid-off with new jobs, hopefully in sustainable energy!)
Reaching into the hearts of our parents is a personal challenge for me. I often ask my father, a baby boomer and child of the Western diet and capitalist mindset (P.S. I love you): "What are you going to do today to progress in life and to create a healthier planet for me and my children to come?" He'll answer, "I'm fine the way I am." Shifting people's minds into thinking about the future, and not just the instant gratification of today, is like climbing a mountain on a horse with no legs. Must we wait until there are no fish in the ocean to stop eating fish? As humanity matures, so must our use of our brains. We evolved to be able to think abstractly, about the future, and now we must see the consequences of our actions before it's too late. I look at my dad and say, "Save some fish for your grandkids." Perhaps it strikes a chord.
Connecting with the youth is another challenge. How do we get young people (and as a 26-year old myself, I mean elementary, middle, and high school aged dudes and dudettes) to care about these issues? "Radiation Filters" has arranged to talk at a high school in Oakland, to show some episodes and to put on some fun, artistic activities to awaken and inspire the activist in today's students. They are called activists because they act. You can't lead a movement by sitting still. Hopefully, doing a tour of schools is not a challenge, because our goal is to share this work with kids of all ages.
Thank you for reading. If you have any questions, please be a part of our community. Write to us at radiationfilters.info.
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