A mobile solar powered ‘micro-cinema’, commissioned by Undercurrents, will be touring the UK this year. The 1960s two berth caravan, which was converted into a cinema using recycled materials, will help bring the work of progressive film makers to diverse audiences.
Inside, Sol Cinema will comfortably accommodate eight people, yet it caters for outdoor audiences of up to a hundred. Power comes entirely from the sun, via two solar panels and is stored in state of the art lithium batteries ready for late night screenings.
Undercurrents is an alternative video news agency that focuses on social and environmental justice issues. Recently, its co-founder, Helen Iles, was named a Digital Hero of Wales at a ceremony in the House of Lords. The award celebrates outstanding people, who are using digital technology to bring about positive, environmental and social change.
“I am so happy to have been voted a Wales’ Digital Hero,” said Helen, who has been producing films and running video training workshops for more than a decade. “The5,000 prize will allow me to tour the UK with Sol Cinema, using films to educate young people about the environment and motivating them into tackling climate change.”
The solar powered Sol Cinema
Photo: © Undercurrents