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Fourteenth Busiversary (2004-05)
This show celebrates 14 years since Flying Focus' weekly half-hour program
premiered on November 18, 1991. On the "Busiversary" six volunteer
producers you do not ordinarily see in front of the camera introduce clips
from their 2004-2005 shows. Many introductions are in the form of
interviews by field footage coordinator PC Peri. The producers have been
with Flying Focus for between three and fifteen years; they were Barb
Greene, Dan Handelman, Yvonne Simmons, Martin Evans, Daniel Webb and Adam
Bernstein. Other volunteers contributed to this year's shows by
videotaping, interviewing or assistance in editing.
Once again there were a large number of shows revolving around the
occupation of Iraq and related issues (Iraq Labor Tour, Iraq and US
Foreign Policy teach-in and analysis by Daniel Ellsberg/Medea Benjamin,
Voices in the Wilderness in federal court). Two shows specifically
spotlighted the Israel/Palestine situation (Israeli pilot
Yonatan Shapira, one of many who refused to fight in the occupied
territories, and the parents of activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed
while protecting a Palestinian home by an Israeli soldier operating a
Other shows included a focus on Biodiesel, fuel made in part or in whole
from vegetable oil, as an alternative to waging war for gasoline; the
importance of independent media (featuring Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!);
issues of animal rights, copyrights, and women's rights; women in times of
war (taped in Europe) and human rights work in Peru; and the past and
current history of post-apartheid South Africa. There's also a show
considering the since-withdrawn proposal to gut the nation's social
Also included are clips from a 5-part, 9-hour "Speakers and Events"
program which covered the 2004 National Conference on Police
Accountability, held in Portland.
This program was once again partially edited on our Macintosh G4 computer
and compiled by Flying Focus founding member Dan Handelman.
Part 1 (29:45):
For your information, the chapter breaks we assigned for this video are: