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12 items from 2012


Kony2005: tales from Uganda

18 October 2012 8:47 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Listening to the experiences of children abducted by the Lra exposes the dangers of over-simplifying the conflict

I didn't pay much mind to the #Kony2012 kerfuffle when it first surfaced back in March. I couldn't be bothered to watch the film and was a bit blasé about the re-emergence (as it seemed to me) of the Lord's Resistance Army as a topic of wide international interest. But now Invisible Children has released another film that promises the unleashing of a new wave of activism (they're promising to take over the Us capital in mid-November) and awareness-raising. The new film is an ode to martyrdom (a frivolous aside: watch Ben Keesey from 20:02 onward and compare his embattled defense to this one) but I otherwise found no reason to add to the blogosphere's thorough deconstruction of the phenomenon. Instead I went through my notes from a 2005 research travel through Acholiland. Over one month, »

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Kony 2012: Part II video released by Invisible Children

5 April 2012 3:40 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Nonprofit group Invisible Children is back with a new video, titled "Kony 2012: Part II -- Beyond Famous." Their Kony 2012 campaign went viral in March and propelled Invisible Children into the spotlight for extensive criticism -- and after the shocking public breakdown of co-founder Jason Russell, the group is making an effort to renew support and emphasize that their campaign must go on.

In an email released this morning, Invisible Children focuses on the mission at hand -- removing Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony from power, and disabling his Lord's Resistance Army (or Lra). Invisible Children confirms that their "Cover the Night" event on April 20 will proceed as scheduled:

"With new footage from around the world, Part II offers a closer look at Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, the international effort to bring their atrocities to an end, the progress the campaign has made already, and Cover the Night - the »

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Kony 2012 Sequel Released

5 April 2012 3:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Officials at human rights group Invisible Children have released a sequel to Jason Russell's stirring Kony 2012 Internet video - and this time the troubled director doesn't feature.

The documentarian, who is a co-founder of the group and narrated the original film, hit the headlines last month when he was arrested for public drunkenness and indecency in San Diego, California - and he is currently seeking help after being diagnosed with brief psychosis.

Charity bosses and his family insist the public acclaim and pressure placed on Russell following the success of his call-to-arms video, which exposed the brutality of Uganda's Lords Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, was too much for the filmmaker to cope with.

Now, as Invisible Children officials prepare for their 20 April Cover The Night event - when supporters around the world will post up billboards and stickers featuring Kony's face - they have boosted the international hunt for the brutal rebel leader by releasing a second Kony 2012 film online.

The new video addresses criticisms fired at the non-profit organisation in recent weeks since the release of the original, which was viewed over 100 million times on YouTube.com.

Embattled Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey reveals the new video was made to answer questions fired at him by supporters and critics alike.

It also features a new plea for viewers to urge politicians to push for Kony's arrest and then volunteer on 20 April for the planned day of action. »

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Kony 2012 Director's Wife Urges Charity Bosses To Keep Up The Good Work

18 March 2012 6:31 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The wife of embattled filmmaker Jason Russell has urged officials at the charity he co-founded to let her worry about her husband's mental state and continue with their campaign to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice.

Russell, the man behind the hard-hitting Kony 2012 viral video, was arrested for alleged public drunkenness and masturbation in San Diego, California last week.

The father-of-two Russell, who features in the film alongside his young son, was taken in to custody following reports of him allegedly masturbating in public and vandalising cars.

On Friday, TMZ.com reported Russell had been hospitalised on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities could assess his mental state.

Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children - the charity Russell co-founded, released a statement which read: "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized... suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition... He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday."

And, on Saturday, Russell's wife Danica released a statement to the charity's supporters, adding: "Thank you to everyone concerned with Jason and his health. Jason has dedicated his adult life to this cause, leading up to Kony 2012. We thought a few thousand people would see the film, but in less than a week, millions of people around the world saw it. While that attention was great for raising awareness about Joseph Kony, it also brought a lot of attention to Jason - and, because of how personal the film is, many of the attacks against it were also very personal, and Jason took them very hard.

"He did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion. On our end, the focus remains only on his health, and protecting our family. We’ll take care of Jason, you take care of the work." »

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‘Kony 2012′ Director Jason Russell Detained After ‘Meltdown’

16 March 2012 4:09 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Peter Kramer/NBC “Today” show co-host Ann Curry talks with Jason Russell on NBC News about his viral video “Kony 2012

A co-founder of the group that produced a popular online video about fugitive African rebel leader Joseph Kony was detained by police in San Diego and hospitalized after “exhibiting bizarre behavior” while dressed only in his underwear, according to police.

Jason Russell, 33 years old, was detained Thursday afternoon in the Pacific Beach area after he was found having “kind of a meltdown, »

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Kony 2012 Filmmaker Arrested, Hospitalised

16 March 2012 4:06 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The filmmaker behind the hard-hitting Kony 2012 campaign movie has been arrested for alleged public drunkenness and masturbation.

Jason Russell's 30-minute film about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony struck a nerve when it was released online on 5 March. The movie was made to promote charity Invisible Children's upcoming 20 April publicity drive to make Kony so infamous that he'll no longer be able to avoid capture.

But the campaign has taken a hit following the director's arrest in San Diego, California.

Father-of-two Russell, who features in the film, was taken in to custody by police on Thursday following reports of him allegedly masturbating and vandalising cars, according to TMZ.com.

Cops told the local NBC news station that Russell had been transferred to a medical facility for "further evaluation and treatment".

On Friday, TMZ.com reported Russell had been hospitalised on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities could assess his mental state.

Ben Keesey, the CEO of Invisible Children - the charity Russell co-founded, tells the website, "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition... He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday.

"Jason's passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue." »

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Kony 2012 creator 'arrested for public masturbation, drunkenness'

16 March 2012 2:50 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

One of the people responsible for the Stop Kony campaign has been arrested by police for public masturbation, it has been reported. Jason Russell, one of the co-founders of Invisible Children, the group behind the viral Kony 2012 video released last week, was detained in San Diego for touching himself, vandalising cars and being under the influence of alcohol, according to NBC San Diego. Russell, who has two children and calls his wife his "best friend for over 23 years", is described on the organisation's website as its "grand storyteller and dreamer". After the incident, Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said in a statement: "Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. "The past two weeks have (more) »

- By Rebecca Davies

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'Kony 2012' Honcho Jason Russell -- Detained for Allegedly Masturbating in Public [Updates]

16 March 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

3:26 Pm Pst: We just got footage of Jason's naked meltdown on a public street ... pounding his fists in anger and screaming maniacally. 2:15 Pm Pst: Law enforcement sources tell us ... there are No plans to charge Russell with a crime for yesterday's incident. 2:08 Pm Pst: Law enforcement sources tell us ... Russell is being hospitalized on a 5150 psychiatric hold so authorities can assess his mental state. The 5150 hold allows authorities to keep Russell for »

- TMZ Staff

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Kony Founder Jason Russell Detained on Alcohol, Lewd-Conduct Charges

16 March 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jason Russell, the filmmaker behind the Kony 2012 Invisible Children viral video, was detained by San Diego police for allegedly being drunk and lewd in public. Russell, 33, was found wearing only his underwear and was masturbating and vandalizing cars Thursday morning, police Lt. Andra Brown tells NBC7 in San Diego. Russell's video, which has been embraced by a number of celebrities, targets Joseph Kony, the leader of a Ugandan rebel army accused of abducting more than 30,000 children over the past 26 years and forcing them into slavery or sex. Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children, says in a statement that Russell »

- Mike Fleeman

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‘Kony 2012′ Leader Jason Russell Arrested For Shocking Sexual Misconduct

16 March 2012 2:30 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

HollywoodLife.com can confirm Jason Russell -- co-founder of Invisible Children -- was detained by officials for indecent exposure and allegedly masturbating in San Diego yesterday. Can you believe it? After doing so much good, Invisible Children co-founder and the man behind "Kony 2012" Jason Russell fell apart emotionally and wound up stripping, reportedly masturbating and vandalizing cars in the streets of San Diego March 15, reports TMZ.  "We detained Jason Russell for indecent exposure at around 3 Pm on March 15. One of our officers spoke with him," Officer Frank Cali exclusively tells HollywoodLife.com. TMZ reports, "Russell was dancing around the Intersection of Ingraham and Riviera wearing 'speedo-like underwear' ... and eventually removed the underwear and began to make sexual gestures." The CEO of Invisible Children, Ben Keesey, released a statement explaining that the craziness of the last couple weeks, and the wild success of 'Kony 2012,' caused Jason to have an emotional breakdown. »

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Invisible Children releases Kony 2012 follow-up video

12 March 2012 4:29 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Thank you, Kony 2012 Supporters from Invisible Children on Vimeo.

In response to criticisms and questions, Invisible Children released an eight-and-a-half minute video Monday (March 12) as a follow-up to its viral Kony 2012 film.  

The nonprofit's CEO Ben Keesey and charity officials appear in the video entitled, "Thank you, Kony 2012 Supporters" explaining the group's development model and the intent behind the campaign to get Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to surrender.

"When we launched Kony 2012, our intention was to share the story of Joseph Kony with new people around the world, but in the process, there have been a lot questions about us, so we want to be as transparent as possible and answer some of those questions right now," Keesey says in the new video.

He says all of Invisible Children's financial info has been made public, adding, "Any claims that we don't have financial transparency or »

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'Kony 2012': New Invisible Children Video Slams Critics

12 March 2012 12:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Invisible Children, the non-profit group behind the viral “Kony 2012” film, slams critics in a new video released Monday. Despite the title – “Thank You, Kony 2012 Supporters” -- CEO Ben Keesey focuses on the naysayers, responding directly to those who have questioned the group’s finances and transparency. "Any claims that we don’t have financial transparency, or we are not audited every year by an independent firm, or that we don’t have financial integrity, just aren’t true,” Keesey said. Invisible Children had responded to these doubters on the group's blog, but as the »

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12 items from 2012


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