What is ‘The Crisis of Civilisation’?:
The Crisis of Civilisation is a new and thought-provoking feature-length documentary film, which, in the words of the film-makers, investigates
how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.
Weaving together archival film footage and animations, film-maker Dean Puckett and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed – author of A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save It – take you on a surreal journey through an alarming tapestry of global systemic failure.
This is also a film about ideas. Ideas that have gotten us into this mess and ideas that can get us out — If we want it.
You can find out more by watching this short video:
The film receives its official world premiere at the Elevate Festival in Graz, Austria on 23rd October 2011 and the British premiere will be at the Leeds International film festival on 9th November 2011 (details to follow) – but I was lucky enough to be invited to a very special ‘friends and family’ sneak preview screening back in June, which absolutely blew me away and left me determined to support the Crisis Team in getting this fascinating and timely film out to a wider audience:
The final home of The Crisis Of Civilization will be online for free. But before that we want to get it seen by as many people who wouldn’t normally watch a film like this as possible by putting on community screenings, getting the film into festivals, and coming up with innovative ideas to highlight the interconnected nature of the crises that we face. We are also working with Mercury Media to try and get it seen on the Television. This film is yours.
Which is why I’m asking for your help…
How you can help:
There are lots of ways you can help The Crisis of Civilisation…
First off, you could help crowdfund the project – Dean, Lucca and the rest of the team have been working on the film for free thus far, and money is badly needed to help promote it, enter it into film festivals, produce DVDs etc. Every little bit of money helps. For more information on how to donate, and the exciting goodies the team are offering in return for your generosity, please visit The Crisis of Civilisation Sponsume page – but please be aware that there is a time limit on this, you only have until October 26th 2011 if you wish to donate!
Or you could arrange an independent screening – get in touch with the Crisis of Civilisation team (see below for more details) and, wherever possible, a member of the team will attend the screening to answer any questions and talk about the project with the audience. If you can’t personally arrange a screening, but you know someone or somewhere that can, feel free to get in touch with the team too!
Or, it would be great if as many of you as possible could please spread the word about the film! Tell your friends and pass the information on to as many folk as you can. If you’re on Twitter, please retweet this blog post (or The Crisis of Civilisation website, or the Sponsume page – or even all of them!), or you could share on Facebook – or even blog about the film yourself. The more people who know about The Crisis of Civilisation, the better – especially if you or anyone you know can help with subtitling in other languages.
Finally… If you can think of any other creative or practical ways you could help, please get in touch!
How you can find out more and get in touch:
‘Like’ the Crisis of Civilisation Facebook page
Follow The Crisis of Civilisation on Twitter
All images and video via crisisofcivilisation.com – many thanks to animation legend Lucca Benney and the rest of the Crisis Team for kindly letting me use them!