The Corporation (35)
By Katherine Dodds On May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Corporations are not the architects of my dreams. Corporate globalization is not my religion, though it be worshipped all around me. Profit over every other earthly concern is not my way of doing business. ~Kat Dodds
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In these dark days of climate change, it sometimes feels like a waking nightmare with facebook feeds flashing before my eyes: Youtube visions of factories burning; tales of terminator seeds; the drones of PR as the call to war; waters rising; unceded territories the scene of corporate crimes, citizens rights eroding through government spying; and even oil spilling on the streets of LA — The plundering of our planet does seem apocalyptic.
There is a devil, and it is in the coporate institutions very DNA.
And the devil's advocates say only they can solve the crises they create.
We need to change the entire game.
The Corporation film, and audiences response to it, has given an albeit secular soul to my work. Working with this head & heart felt film alongside the people who made it, has spanned much more than the past decade. I formed Hello Cool World at the turn of this century so that we'd be ready to build the grassroots campaign to launch the film. Which is why we at HCW are a small, collaborative grassroots motley crew of do-gooders.
And now, we need to do gooder, again.
Which is my dream now: To re-launch the film through our activist and educators communities to re-awaken our collective spirit of resistance and rebuild our faith in each other to solve our problems as citizens, as friends, as communities, to reclaim the soul of democracy, which is solidarity.
Who's coming along on this ride?
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CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN COMING SOON...
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By Katherine Dodds On April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of Good Company Communications and HelloCoolWorld.com. Trained in renegade advertising & branding through her work with Adbusters in the '90s, Kat's early induction into the possibilities of the web-world was inspired by the term hypertext, which she immediately found comforting. She is dedicated to cause-related communication and to the development and use of tools that promote democratic processes.
It's National Canadian Film Day!
We of course have many fantastic Canadian films available on our webstore - but as distributors we would be remiss in not tooting the horn of our two major titles:
THE CORPORATION ~ In preparation for our upcoming Off The Couch campaign - do our survey for Fans of The Corporation, and Save the date for the upcoming Vancouver screening on May 26.
65_REDROSES ~ On the heels of Organ Donation Week and the beginning of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month - we are offered deep discounted specials for bulk orders of 65_RedRoses. (only in Canada) Spread our #4Eva Campaign by sharing this remarkable Canadian film with everyone you know!
BIG congratulations are also due to filmmaker Nimisha Mukerji (director of 65_RedRoses and Blood Relative) who is going receive a well-deserved award from Women in Film Vancouver tomorrow night.
By Katherine Dodds On January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Ten years ago, on January 16, 2004 was a busy day for us all. That evening, The Corporation launched in Canadian theatres, was screening at Sundance, and was ALSO playing at the World Social Forum in Mumbai.
Ten years later, we are reflecting back on the film, the launches and how exciting it was to connect with so many amazing people across the world. Most importantly we're looking forward to what we can do to create a legacy for the film's message, and the work that still needs to be done. Because frankly, we've never needed to fight back against corporate omnipresence more than we do now. We're not done yet!
Our plan is to spend the next year celebrating The Corporation's successes, while engaging with even more people to reduce corporate harm, to connect the causes we care about, and to take action for people over profits.
Please support us! Buy from our online store or donate to our anniversary campaign.
Tonight in Vancouver we are having as small think tank gathering to brainstorm how we can mark this 10th year. We'll be updating this blog with ideas and content from this event.
By Colette On April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Help us reach our goal of 5000 boosts by midnight April 25!
Hello Cool World is excited to be working on the media relations for Occupy Love, an inspiring new documentary from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light). Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”.
Check out the trailer HERE.
Occupy Love is being self-distributed by a talented team led by Velcrow and producers Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie. Their crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which successfully raised $80,000 through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter!
The global response to the film has been amazing with over 200 grassroots screenings being self-organized by individuals and organizations in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The largest community screening so far took place in Porto Allegre, Brazil on April 11th attracting a whopping 1,500 attendees!
We look forward to watching the momentum grow!
Occupy Love marks the completion of Velcrow's Fierce Love Trilogy, a twelve-year journey which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. (We've got a special to buy both these DVDs on our webstore for 40% off.)
We worked on outreach and DVD production for Scared Sacred. As with our work with The Corporation, and The Take, we've been inspired by how films with a social message, can find audiences and inspire those audiences to action. All these films are available on our webstore, and all our profits go to our campaigns, and now also to the distribution platform for social cause media we are developing. Check out our proposal to CFC's IdeaBOOST program, and please BOOST us, our dream is to better help films like Occupy Love engage with audiences, and to encourage audiences to organize actions as well as screenings.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes along with interviews from leading visionaries including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
The Occupy Love US theatrical tour starts Friday, May 3, 2013 in New York City, with screenings and special events to follow in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle.
Coming to Canadian theatres starting June 2013! Check out more screenings and opportunities to get involved after the page break...
, Activism & Protests
, Alternative Economics
, Arts and Culture
, Climate Change
, Film Launch
, First Nations
, Hello Cool World
, Local Events and Parties
, Middle East
, Naomi Klein
, Occupy Movement
, Poverty and Economic Justice
, Social Justice
, The Corporation
By Katherine Dodds On December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments
Colette joined Hello Cool World team back in 2003 and was a key organizer for The Corporation and The Take's grassroots outreach efforts across North America.
After being inspired by the organizing and awareness building potential of the internet and social issue films, she returned to school to study Communications and sharpen her skills.
Once graduating, Colette returned to Hello Cool World once again as a grassroots campaign consultant. She is now the Director of Distribution for Hello Cool World's new fair trade distribution arm.
NOW EVEN BIGGER BARGAINS for items from our online store, + NEW products!
REMEMBER TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to order in time for Xmas if you choose express delivery options!
Use the promo code PopUpShop2012 at the checkout for 10% off EVERYTHING on our online store, and since we've also put 5% off our ENTIRE inventory, you save 15%.
Even greater savings for 65_RedRoses fans, 25% off with promo code #4EvaHeart (only works on 65_RedRoses items).
Looking for a SPICY stocking stuffer? Or a scathing critique of the 'orgasm product industry'?
Do gooders like to have fun too! Maybe you are looking for something a little more fun for someone you love? We have organic all natural body candy, lube and oils from Good Clean Love + Liz Canner's entertaining documentary expose of the search for the female viagra.
If you are in Vancouver and order online, our Chinatown warehouse (525 Carrall) will be open for a few hours on Saturday Dec 22 for pick up if you want to choose to save on shipping! Call 604 251 5567 for times.
Besides the well known Corporation and 65_RedRoses products, we have some great new titles just in, some of them brand new films. Read below the line for details on new items!
Thank you for supporting our campaigns!