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Twentieth Busiversary (2010-2011)
Portland's Flying Focus Video Collective celebrates 20 years of creating social justice videos on these two episodes of the Video Bus. The show begins with an eight-minute look back at Flying Focus' first 19 years, featuring audio from an interview
on KBOO's "Behind the Screen." That is followed by 2 minute clips from recent programs.
The "Buisiversary" gives viewers an idea about Flying Focus' participants, history, and the 14 new shows (made up of 24 half-hour episodes) created between November 2010 and October 2011.
Topics include the history of the Black Panthers (in Portland and nationally), Portland gentrification talks, America's education system (cultural diversity and attacks on public schools/unions), alternatives to psychiatric medications, universal health care (Rep. John Conyers and expert
Dr. Margaret Flowers), the dangers of cell phones, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, organizing against right-wing ideology, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, and US policy in the Middle East (Iraq peace march, Kathy Kelly in Afghanistan). The Busiversary was compiled by Flying Focus
founding member Dan Handelman, with clips from Dan, Barb Greene, Mike Brown, Daniel Webb, and field coordinator PC Peri, who worked on 13 of the 14 shows. Each appears to introduce the clips. Also on the show is long-time FFVC producer Frank Mahoney looks back to the group's early days. The
studio introductions were directed by longtime FFVC member Moss Drake.
The Video Bus has been running weekly since November 18, 1991.
Part 1 (28:26):
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