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Arts & Culture, Peace, Environment
‘Culture Unplugged’ is not just a name of a studio, it is a mission - a vision and aspiration to integrate disparate parts of the self and the global human society. It aims to achieve this, primarily by leveraging the power of new media and extending the effort to offline events and actions. But above all, achieve the mission by being the seeker of truth ‘herself’ on the journey ‘her’ vision charts ahead - not just be an organization, but be the way of being - as referred here as ‘She’.
At present, Culture Unplugged efforts are focused on enabling networks of socially & spiritually conscious content and its creators. With presence in India, USA, UK, Indonesia and New Zealand, we are dedicated to bring authentic/independent voices of diverse cultures to global audiences. We are committed to contemplate and contribute to our personal as well as collective spiritual need of the time. Our focus is on the inner+inter cultural expression. Our aim is to work toward unity & harmony through all kinds of man-made divisions.
In brief, Culture Unplugged, by and for global community of conscious storytellers, culture explorers and world citizens to reflect on issues and life experiences in contemporary world - a new media studio focused on producing as well as promoting socially & spiritually sensitive stories/films that does not merely express but pulsate to energize, enchant, enlighten, engage or embrace the humanity in us all.
Festivals : We debuted in May 2008 with first online film festival. Till date, we have launched 4 festivals. This festival site will continue to host four theme-based festivals : We Speak, Here ; Humanity Explored ; Green Unplugged and Spirit Enlightened. These festivals explore the present forms of individual being, the currents of our collective humanity, the earth/nature/environment, as well as the ever-evolving spirit/consciousness. With these festivals we aspire to facilitate the divine impulse to shift our collective consciousness and co-create our culture and nature, within and without, that leads our present to awaiting future.
These festivals are non-commercial. For this effort, we are in gratitude for the partnership with all participating film-makers and other organizations who has or will join the mission. If you are film/media producer and wish to participate, please submit film(s) here. If you wish to watch films in current festival, please visit here.
Content Production : We are focusing on producing digital/HD content. Our productions aspire to be low Cost & global without any preconceived limits on form or length of the content which presents creative spirituality at work. We also invite collaborations across borders on documentary productions on specific social issues. We believe in innovation through peaceful subversion of the proverbial precepts. We DO NOT wish to produce to fill the spaces in media channel, but fill spaces within us.
filMedia network : We have also launched another online platform recently, that caters to upcoming as well as established film-makers, looking to reach out to wider audience for social mission and/or find new markets & connect with global producers. With this platform, we wish to facilitate cross-pollination of ideas, spirit and knowledge among storytellers, content producers, professionals from social/scientific arena and global audiences.
Distribution : Our studio wishes to distribute films/media which shares Culture Unplugged’s vision & mission, from willing independent artists and filmmakers primarily from Asia, MiddleEast, Africa but certainly not limited to these regional borders only. As our efforts are non-commerical at present, for distribution, we work with our partner distributor who is global and shares our mission, vision and understands our intention to offer transparent, fair and just partnership to film-makers/producers.
It is our intent to promote the content inspired by true events/stories or those innate cultural expression by storyteller touched by local life experience (in all forms : short films, shows/pilots, features, documentaries and music videos). At present, we promote & distribute the talent + content from the participants of the Culture Unplugged festivals to television & alternative distribution channels across the globe. If you wish to distribute with us but haven’t participated in festival, please send us your screener copy. Our distribution model is designed to provide a fair and democratized platform that is transparent and open.
Partners : International organizations such as Link TV, IRIN, NDTV, MTV EXIT/USAID are our core partners. Other partners include Art for the World/OHCHR , the Aspen Institute, Avadhuta Foundation, Cassiopeia Project, Duke University, Emory University, FAO, Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama, FTII, Global Oneness Project, ILO, Inter-news Europe, Krishnamurti Foundation of America, Labour File, India, MAM Movies, MIT OpenCourseWare, Oxfam Hong Kong, Pop!Tech Institute, Plan India, PSBT, Reel Grrls, Reel Works (UK), Save the Children (UK), SPARROW, Stanford University, STEPS International (South Africa), Television for the Environment, TED Ideas Worth Spreading, TERI, Tree Media, University of Michigan, UNDP (India), UNODC, Vanderbilt University, WWF, etc.
Individual partners include Dr. Amit Goswami, Andrew Cohen, Asma Jahangir, Barrie Osborne, Edna Adan Ismail, Elza Maalouf, Eva van Beek, Gene Hashmi, Hadi Ghaemi, Kim Spencer, Michael Levin, Michael Peyser, Dr. Parvez Hassan, Patrick Tam, Raji Sourani, Shekhar Kapur, who have participated as part of the festival panel for Film-Maker's Choice reward.
Inner Workings : We enjoy innovation, experimentation, exploration, through live meditation - in short organic creative thinking is our faith. Keeping our system true & pure is our duty-bound pledge. Embracing all is our fundamental precept.
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English parts of ShuvoGrontho - 2008, one of the Bilingual Literatures from underdeveloped societies - the unheard songs (other parts may be found at http://shuvogrontho.blog.com AND at http://shuvogronthona.blog.com )
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Posted January 27, 2013
By S.A.K.M. Shamsul Hauque, Shuvo
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