Action Coalition For Media Education - Independent Media enNumen: The Magical Nature of Plants (FILM REVIEW) <p>"NUMEN" FILM SCREENING!: Montpelier's SAVOY at 7:00 on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11.</p> <p>I have sat through many “talking head” documentaries in my years as a film reviewer, but never before have I found so much to laugh, cry and think about as when I screened “Numen: The Nature of Plants" for the first time just a few days ago.</p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/07102009/numen_magical_nature_plants_film_review/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaVideoWed, 07 Oct 2009 14:12:03 +0000Rob Williams268 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgFILM/BOOK Review: The End of America: The Wolf At The Door <p> <em>“Billions of dollars are made in shredding the Constitution. <br /> Not a single penny is made in restoring the Constitution.” </em> </p> <p> Naomi Wolf - January 17, 2009<br /> Big Picture Theater - Mad River Valley, Vermont </p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/23012009/film_book_review_end_america_wolf_door/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaJournalismMedia EducationNews MediaVideoFri, 23 Jan 2009 21:11:12 +0000Rob Williams257 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgBOOK REVIEW: Secession <p>It is always appropriate, in my mind at least, to write one’s last media column of the year about the most interesting media text one has discovered over the past year.</p> <p>For me, that media text would have to be <em>Secession</em>.</p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/30122008/book_review_secession/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaWed, 31 Dec 2008 00:25:19 +0000Rob Williams254 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgMUSIC REVIEW: Frigg-ing Awesome - Scandinavian "Power String" Music <p> What do you name a seven-piece power string band with enough acoustic groove to set the fjords on fire?</p> <p>How ‘bout, well…</p> <p>“Frigg?”</p> <p>Stay with me here.</p> <p>Yes, this band’s name is Frigg. </p> <p>I know.</p> <p>A bit strange, perhaps, until you consider their home turf: Scandinavia.</p> <p>Frigg, as any self-respecting Scandinavian will gently remind you, is the Norse goddess of love and fertility. </p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/15102008/music_review_frigg_ing_awesome_scandinavian_power_string_music/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaWed, 15 Oct 2008 12:29:56 +0000Rob Williams246 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgMUSIC REVIEW: Songwriter Lucy Kaplansky Comes To Vermont.. <p> “A truly gifted performer, full of enchanting songs,” gushes <em>The New Yorker.</em> </p> <p>“The troubadour of modern city folk,” exclaims <em>The Boston Globe.</em></p> <p>“As warm and tasty as cinnamon tea, as hopeful as daybreak,” proclaims <em>Rolling Stone.</em></p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/15102008/music_review_songwriter_lucy_kaplansky_comes_vermont/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaWed, 15 Oct 2008 12:27:21 +0000Rob Williams245 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgMUSIC REVIEW: Singing the Blues, Effortlessly: Chris Smither Plays Mad River <p>Most folks who’ve ever listened to the blues casually assume that this time-worn and much-appropriated musical genre is more or less focused on all things depressing – cheatin’, lyin’, stealin’, boozin’, lustin’, heartbreak, and life’s many other sorrows and woes.</p> <p>While this is certainly true, there is an often-overlooked playful aspect to blues music, as well, and few blues musicians capture the clever side of blues better than Massachussetts blues veteran Chris Smither.</p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/05092008/music_review_singing_blues_effortlessly_chris_smither_plays_mad_river/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaFri, 05 Sep 2008 17:48:12 +0000Rob Williams240 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgTHE DARK SIDE: Life Without Television <p>ROB'S NOTE: Thanks to Frank Baker for passing on this fascinating article.</p> <p>I was asked last week by a local reporter here in Vermont's Mad River Valley how I was coping with the digital set top box conversion, the subject of much consternation and angst in my community these past few weeks.</p> <p>I answered as truthfully as I could - "I have no opinion since I have not owned or watched television since 1985."</p> <p>Now I am trying to decide if I am "crunchy granola," "a religious right ultraconservative," or just a plain cave-dweller.</p> <p>Enjoy, and happy Friday,</p> <p>Rob</p> <p>----- snip ------</p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/05092008/dark_side_life_without_television/index.html">read more</a></p> StudiesIndependent MediaTelevisionFri, 05 Sep 2008 14:48:34 +0000Rob Williams239 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgVlogging from Minny: the 2008 National Conference on Media Reform <p>I've got one word for you.</p> <p>Wow.</p> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><p> It is so good to be amongst old friends and colleagues here at the 4th National Conference on Media Reform.</p> <p>Where to start?</p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/07062008/vlogging_minny_2008_national_conference_media_reform/index.html">read more</a></p> MediaJournalismMedia EducationMedia JusticeMedia ReformNew MediaSat, 07 Jun 2008 18:11:05 +0000Rob Williams229 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgACME Teach-In 2008: MEF's Kendra Hodgson's Screenings <p>MEF's Kendra Hodgson shares some powerful MEF film clips in her discussion-driven workshop about using documentary films for social change.</p> Teach-In 2008ACME Video BlogIndependent MediaMedia EducationMedia ReformFri, 06 Jun 2008 20:14:53 +0000ACME223 at http://www.acmecoalition.orgLetter From Minny: Blogging the 2008 National Conference on Media Reform <p>I am fired up.</p> <p>I am sitting in the Best Western hotel room here in Minneapolis (I like this town, and affectionately refer to it as "Minny") with my old friend - ACME co-founder and co-president Bob McCannon. </p> <p>We are preparing for ACME's first-ever TEACH-IN at the National Conference on Media Reform.</p> <p>ACME has attended all four of Free Press' National Media Reform conferences, beginning with the one in Madison back in 2003, running workshops and an exhibit booth advocating the importance of media education for media reform. </p> <p><a href="/rob_williams/04062008/letter_minny_blogging_2008_national_conference_media_reform/index.html">read more</a></p> SummitIndependent MediaMedia EducationMedia JusticeMedia ReformNew MediaYouth MediaWed, 04 Jun 2008 13:23:53 +0000Rob Williams221 at