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Ustream Goes to Sundance and Other Upcoming Events

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Ustream is bringing the Sundance Film Festival to you this year!

As the live streaming provider for the official Sundance Channel, click here to watch complete Sundance coverage from the organizers of the Sundance Film Festival. On Sunday, January 24th, they’ll be streaming the Composers Night Concert with special musical guests. On Tuesday January 26th, it’s Official Short Film Awards Party, and on Saturday, January 30th, they’ll cover the Official Closing Night Awards Show. Be sure to check out the recorded video of Robert Redford at the Opening Day Press Conference here.

Tune in to The Room Live on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to see live coverage of all the panels, parties, and celebs. They’ll be live from 9am to 3pm PST on Friday and Saturday, and from 9am to 12pm PST on Sunday. Watch here.

On Saturday at 10:30am PST, tune in here to watch actress Shira Lazar interviewing celebrities at Sundance from the Tweet House. There will also be additional panels focusing on the impact of real-time web on the movie industry, and a slew of celebrity appearances. Don’t miss it!

Saturday at 12pm PST, watch musician Jake Coco perform an exclusive 24-hour concert to promote his new album “I.LIVE.TO.LOVE”! He’ll be joined by other artists along the way to help him make it through, including Eric Baines, Jennifer Quiroz, and Ronnie Day. He’ll also be giving away free downloads of his new album, so be sure to tune in here to see who’s dropping by!

On Saturday at 1pm PST, tune in to Realtime Realite here for a live teleconcert benefiting Haiti’s earthquake victims. In a show of worldwide support, artists from all over the world will be Skyping in a live performance to the channel page here. Don’t miss this good music for a good cause.

On Saturday night, you might want to cancel all your plans and stay in to watch the live streaming coverage of the SAG Awards brought to you by Entertainment Tonight. They’ll be bringing you all the red carpet coverage with stars like Justin Timberlake, Felicity Huffman, and more, so don’t miss it. Show starts at 4:05pm PST right here.


Relief for Haiti

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In the days since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people all over the world have been coming together to help fund and provide emergency assistance needed in the area. For those wanting to stay in touch with what’s going on and provide assistance, here’s a quick rundown of some of the events happening on Ustream that aim to help the Haiti relief effort:

Keep updated with the latest live coverage from our partner, CBS News. From statements by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, President Obama, and others, tune in here for breaking news updates.

On Saturday, One By One Media is hosting a Haitian Assistance Relief Telethon on their channel page here. The Telethon will be broadcast live from WS Radio’s offices in San Diego and be hosted by One By One Media’s Jim Turner. The program will raise money for the relief effort and help ensure that tens of thousands of Haitians who need help acquiring such basic items as food, medical care, and shelter are able to recover in the wake of the disaster.

Zedalza, one of Ustream’s oldest regularly programmed shows, is also doing a special for Haitian relief. They’ll be fund raising until Jan. 29th, so be sure to tune in to their channel page here between 6pm and 8pm PST during the week to show support and donate.

Gaming fans can tune in to the Gaming for Haiti channel, where community members at TheSpeedGamers.com have come together to do what they do best: play video games and raise money! Tune in here to catch them taking turns playing Yoshi’s Island by Carnage.


Golden Globes Live and Other Events for the Week of 1/11

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It’s a big week at Ustream! Here’s a breakdown and schedule of all the events we have going on:

All day on Monday Jan. 11, tune in to The CW’s channel here to catch an extended sneak peek of their new show “Life Unexpected” premiering next Monday, January 18th on The CW. The series follows the story of “Lux” a teen from Portland, Oregon, who has been bounced from foster home to foster home all her life. Lux decides to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor, so tune in and get a taste of what the series has in store for this courageous young woman.

Starting Monday, Jan. 11th and going through Sunday, Jan. 17th, tune in to our full Golden Globes coverage here to watch exclusive pre-show footage and a live interview with the host of this year’s Globes Ricky Gervais. The coverage culminates in a live Red Carpet broadcast from the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan, 17th, and the broadcast of the entire awards ceremony starting at 5pm PST on Sunday. For a complete schedule of Golden Globe events, click here.

Tuesday at 12:15pm PST/3:15pm EST, tune in for a special broadcast brought to you by our partner CBS News. They’ll be broadcasting the first in their “Where America Stands” series exploring everything that’s happened in the past year and offering analysis and reflections by some of their top news correspondents. Tuesday’s episode will feature CBS Medical correspondent Jonathan LaPook. Tune in to CBS’ show here to watch.

On Tuesday at 4:30pm PST/7:30pm EST, tune in to watch celebrity fitness trainer and author of “The Belly Fat Cure” Jorge Cruise as he doles out helpful advice for those hoping to lose weight and eat healthier from his channel page here. Jorge has been featured on The Today Show, Oprah, and CNN. People pay thousands of dollars to receive personalized one-on-one coaching from him, but you can tune in on Tuesday and get it for free!

Wednesday, January 13th at 12pm PST/3pm EST, tune in here for a live chat with reality TV’s favorite person, Kim Kardashian. She’ll be chatting with fans for a “lunch date” courtesy of Carl’s Jr. She’ll be updating fans on her latest gig– sexy commercial spots she’s been filming for Carl’s Jr. called “Salads are Sexy.” Make sure to tune in!

Beginning Friday and going through Monday, tune in here to catch the Swimnet Grand Prix series live from Long Beach, California. You’ll be able to see US Swimming champ Michael Phelps and others compete in the first Grand Prix of 2010. It all gets started Friday at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

Spend Saturday with Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers! Tune in on Saturday afternoon to watch “Nike Live with Kobe Bryant.” It will be the third Nike Sports event on Ustream featuring a top athlete. Kobe will bring Ustream viewers along as he unveils his latest shoe collaboration with Nike, and he’ll be taking questions from viewers along the way! Don’t miss this opportunity to interact live with one of the greatest athletes of our time!

Tune in daily at 4pm PST/7pm EST to see The Young Turks Live, a talk show that brings live news coverage from a liberal perspective. Their podcasts and daily Sirius Radio broadcast is seen/heard by millions, but they’re relatively new to the Ustream scene. Tune in here to see why they’re the winner of the 2009 Mashable Open Web Award for Best Political News Site.


Gotham Independent Film Awards on Ustream

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Creativity is a common thread within the Ustream community, and we’re thrilled to be part of an awards ceremony that brings together the best of film for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday, Nov. 30. The nominees for these awards were announced live by The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on Oct. 19–watch the video here.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be streamed in its entirety to a worldwide audience on Ustream from the Cipriani Ballroom in New York City starting at 5p PT/8p ET on Monday, Nov. 30. The evening will include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, the Coen Brothers, Willem Dafoe, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig and more. Watch and interact here, or on our free viewing applications on the iPhone or Android platform, which are available by download from the iTunes App Store or Android Market.


The Twilight Saga: New Moon Red Carpet Webcast sets New Ustream record

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Ustream may be playing a part in making history with its involvement in The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie. On Monday, Nov. 16, more than 2 million unique viewers tuned into our exclusive red carpet broadcast with partner MySpace as the stars made their way into the first screening of the film, which hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

The webcast was the farthest-reaching event Ustream has streamed to date with more than two million unique viewers. The event was also the largest number of total viewers for any Ustream red carpet broadcast with an astounding nearly three million viewers, exceeding a previous record set by our broadcast with Sony Pictures of Michael Jackson’s This is It red carpet several weeks ago.

If you missed seeing Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other stars on Monday, check out the recorded video here.

Going to watch New Moon on opening night? Broadcast or record your experience live using one of Ustream’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android or Nokia phones! Check out details here.

Courtney Glynn, the winner of MySpace’s Red Carpet Correspondent contest, was granted the opportunity to interview the stars during the webcast and attended the premiere. The broadcast was co-hosted by Anya Marina, writer and performer of “Satellite Heart” on The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Quddus, current host of “The MySpace Music Feed.” In attendance from the film were Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed, Noot Sear, Jamie Campbell Bower, director Chris Weitz, author Stephenie Meyer, along with celebrity guests 50 Cent, Richie Sambora, Joan Jett, Cat Deeley, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy and more.


Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Be Live On Ustream.TV

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Have you heard of this company called Google? In case you haven’t, we have something special for you.

Ustream.TV proud to present a live broadcast of the New America Foundation’s interview-style discussion and Q&A session with Google Co-Founder and President Larry Page. And guess what, you can participate!

During the discussion, Mr. Page will describe Google’s strategy for expanding access to the Internet and allocating spectrum more efficiently — and explain why opening the vacant TV channels for unlicensed access after next February’s DTV transition is the most important thing the FCC can do this year to promote broadband deployment and tech sector innovation.

Larry Page will take questions live from the chat room and preselected questions from the comment section of this blog post. So be sure to post your questions in the comments here or be there live to ask.

You can watch the live stream from the New America Foundation’s Ustream channel page:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/naf-live-events

For more information on the event please visit:

http://www.newamerica.net/events/2008/google_unwired


A Live Lesson on George Washington – Pulitzer Prize Winning Author David McCullough

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The Constitutional Sources Project, the only free, fully-indexed online library of Constitutional sources, is partnering with the History Channel, the New York Historical Society, Ustream and Verizon Thinkfinity in hosting an online President’s Day event with David McCullough February 13, 2008 webcast at http://ustream.tv/channel/david-mccullough—george-washington-presentation from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. This event will mark the addition of approximately 20,000 letters, speeches, and other documents written to and from George Washington in raw format to ConSource and the launch of a new public proofreading tool.

During the live stream, David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will teach a nationwide audience of students about George Washington using documents newly accessible on ConSource.org. Any student who participates in the live webcast will be able to ask questions of Mr. McCullough. The recorded stream will be permanently available at www.ConSource.org, and will also be available on Verizon’s Thinkfinity website.

The New York Historical Society will play physical host for the event, to which high school students from the Academy of American Studies and the High School of American Studies in the New York area will attend. Ustream.tv will provide streaming technology for the live stream, while the History Channel will video and sponsor the event and provide free George Washington footage for participating teachers. Verizon’s Thinkfinity will sponsor the event and provide teachers lesson plan materials through its partners.

“We are pleased to partner with these organizations and to host David McCullough in creating another opportunity for students to interact with the Constitution,” said Lorianne Updike, President and Executive Director of ConSource.org. “This event represents a significant step in providing the public free access to all of our Founders’ documents which created the Constitution.”

To watch the webcast with David McCullough on February 13, or to review the documents that David McCullough will teach with, the lesson plan materials provided by Verizon and its partners, or the George Washington video clips provided by the History Channel, go to www.ConSource.org.

About The Constitutional Sources Project

Founded in May of 2005, The Constitutional Sources Project launched the only free fully-indexed online library of Constitution sources for “We the People” at www.ConSource.org on September 17, 2007. This new medium will give the Founders, Reconstructionists, and original Feminists voices in the classroom and courtroom, providing everyone from the sixth grader to the Supreme Court justice with the best history of the Constitution. Current collections include James Madison’s handwritten notes of the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers, the Anti and Pro-Federalist Papers, state ratification debates for seven states, and the Bill of Rights’ legislative history.


Blogger Turned Politican- A Interview With Josh Wolf

Josh Wolf As early as the 5th century Athenian efforts to banish Socrates, political campaigning has been a prevalent, at times, ugly part of government. In America campaigning has evolved from the days of riding horseback door-to-door to the multi-million-dollar TV ads we see today. Needless to say, campaigning continues to evolve and Ustream is part of that evolution.

One interesting example of Ustream’s involvement in today’s political process is Josh Wolf. We had time to catch up with Josh, a blogger turned politician running for the Mayor of San Fransisco, to learn more about his fascinating story and how it is unfolding on Ustream.TV:

What made you decide to run for Mayor?

As July approached, I realized that there weren’t any visible candidates to challenge the incumbent. The mayor represents the interests of machine politics and big business and the city needs a mayor to represent everyone else. I’m running to hold the incumbent accountable for his failed policies and to demonstrate a new model for community democracy and the future of San Francisco.

So tell us a little about your background?

I’ve been an activist most of my life and a journalist in recent years. I was subpoenaed by the FBI in 2006 to assist the government identify political dissidents I filmed as a journalist at a rally against the G8 summit and ended up spending over 7 months in a federal prison for invoking the journalist privilege and refusing to help identify protesters in what amounted to a McCarthyist witch-hunt.

Given these type of challenges you went through and your past experience, how are you using New Media, and Ustream in particular, to connect with your supporters?

As part of my campaign I have launched a show on Ustream called Tuesday Talks where I interview other mayoral candidates to examine where I align and where I differ with the various challengers for mayor as well as provide a forum to interact with visitors to the show. I’ve also organized a weekly debate series that we had planned to stream live through Ustream, but have not yet been able to achieve due to a broken municipal wifi access point that the city refuses to repair or even acknowledge it’s existence.

My campaign site is a community site built-on Drupal and I will be launching SFDemocracy.net as a much larger initiative which will continue past the election no matter who wins or loses. SFDemocracy is designed to be not only a resource for all things San Francisco but also a “sunshine government” providing a means for the people to weigh in on every issue that comes before City Hall.

What do you think is the single most important issue facing San Fran voters?

The most important issue facing the people of San Francisco is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. The pervasive poverty in California’s richest city is deplorable and this tale of two cities manifests itself in the rising homicide rate, the omnipresent homeless population and a government that increasingly serves the wealthy elite by neglecting our working class residents and the poor.

You have committed to a open and transparent government upon election? Why do you feel this is important?

An open transparent government is crucial to a democracy. If the government is to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, then the people need to have full access to what their government is doing. Instead our government revolves around back room deals and quid-pro-quo compromises that are negotiated outside the view of the public eye. This approach to government must end now. As mayor, I will build an administration that is committed to open government; not only will I wear a mounted web camera to demonstrate my commitment to transparency, but I will also stream all public meetings online and make them instantly available to the public to share and discuss. I will make all city documents currently available under the Sunshine Act searchable and accessible through the city’s website as opposed to disclosing such information only when these requests are filed.

What are you thoughts on how the US is moving more towards more surveillance, much like London? How do we find balance with this and personal privacy?

I am opposed to the erosion of our civil liberties and personal privacy perpetuated under the auspices of strengthening national security. San Francisco too is seeing an influx of cameras throughout our streets to combat crime. There is scarce evidence that these cameras will reduce crime, but the potential for abuse is rampant. Finding a balance is difficult because the justice department will always oppose any limitations to surveillance; civil liberties groups oppose all encroachments on personal privacy.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but first and foremost all new approaches to surveillance should be public; the subjects of the operations obviously cannot be disclosed but the general methods should be public so that people can voice their concerns about anything they find objectionable. Additionally, I feel that any new surveillance policies adopted must have adequate research to demonstrate that it’s assets outweigh both privacy concerns and the potential for abuse.

Raiders or 49ers?

I’m more of an X-Games kind of guy myself, and as mayor I will work to see the X-Games return to San Francisco after 2009 when their Los Angeles contract expires. Although it will have been ten years since the last X-Games were held in San Francisco, I’m sure the city would like to see them return again.

Any last thoughts? Where can we find out more about you?

You can find me at www.joshwolf.net; my campaign is all about DIY and grass-roots democracy but we can still use all the contributions we can raise. If you believe in building a new democracy and you support my efforts to run for mayor of San Francisco then please consider contributing today. Thank you.