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RNC 2008 documentary needs your help

by Glassbead and Twin Cities IMC
Were you disgusted, frustrated, enraged and/or disheartened by the abusive police crackdown in the Twin Cities during the 2008 Republican National Convention? Are you 'not okay' with preemptive arrests and detention of journalists and law-abiding citizens peacefully expressing their dissent? Do you believe that our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Expression and our Fourth Amendment Right to Peacefully Assemble are worth protecting and restoring?

Here is something you can do about it:

A group of filmmakers, videographers and citizen journalists are very quickly putting together a documentary film about the manner in which preemptive psychological intimidation and unlawful force were used before, during and still now after the 2008 Republican National Convention to suppress Constitutionally protected dissenting voices in and around the RNC and to intimidate protesters. We intend to get this film finished and distributed widely in time for November's election.

Here are ways in which you can get involved to make this happen:

1). Help us find an appropriate, affordable office or home space that can be used to do the bulk work on this project
Help us find a centrally located space to set up shop and do the major editing, story-boarding and other work on the film.

2). Go over some of the hours of rough film footage and identify the usable segments
Volunteer as a rough film editor to go over raw footage and timecode the important events to supply the film's producer/directors.

3). Write the narrative for this film
Volunteer as a writer to help describe the images captured on video to put them in context for the viewer.

4). Use your strong, professional sounding 'voice over talent' voice
Volunteer to do some of the narration for the film. Multiple voices are likely to be used.

5). Contribute your money or fundraising skills
Donate money and/or help raise money to fund the effort.

6). Design graphics for the film
We need graphic designers to work on transitional scenes and titles. This actually takes forever so they will need to start next week to finish in time.

7). Create music for the film
A musical score is a critical element to making this all come together. This can be original music and/or existing music with permission from the artists.

8). Write poetry to send out a powerful message in the film
We are looking for someone or some people to write an amazing poem or poems about the loss of freedom. Interested poets should see Watch This! for some inspiration. Watch This! is not a model for this film, but the poetry in this film added a lot to it 4 years ago. (link to watch this!:

9). Help us create a list of contacts for future distribution of the finished film either on the web or by mail
The wider the audience, the broader the film's effect.

10). Give your free time to whichever tasks need to be done
There are always things that need to get done and it is wonderful to have extra helping hands, feet and vehicles to run errands.

11). Share your stories
If you or anyone you know was arrested, detained, harassed or otherwise had their rights violated during the the week-long Police State in Saint Paul during the RNC, please share that with us and your story may be a part of this film. Get video footage, still photographs and/or your story in writing or on video to us ASAP for consideration to be used in the film.

For Glassbead Collective and IndyMedia Twin Cities,

~ Mikael Rudolph

contact: rnc2008-video [at]
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