from press release I just received — this sounds good. make it to the screening if you can, if you’re in the Portland area.
DIRECTOR OF FULL SIGNAL CHALLENGES LEGISLATORS AND THE CELLULAR INDUSTRY TO LOOK AT THE REAL DANGERS OF WIRELESS
Talal Jabari, documentary filmmaker, available for interviews and speaking engagements in Portland February 12-22
Portland, OR–February 9, 2010
“FULL SIGNAL,” a controversial documentary about the health impacts of cellular technology and the huge industry behind it, premieres at the Hollywood Theater in Portland at 4 pm February 21. Filmed in ten countries and six US states, FULL SIGNAL talks to scientists who are researching the health effects related to cellular technology; to activists who are fighting to regulate the placement of antennas; and to lawyers and legislators who represent the people wanting those antennas regulated. Director Talal Jabari will be in Portland starting February 12 to spread the word about his new film.
“There are 3.5 billion cell phone users in this world. So the chances are, if you are alive, you are being touched by electromagnetic radiation related to cell phone frequencies.” says Jabari. “An increasing number of studies are starting to correlate certain ailments with cellular technology, ranging from dizziness to tumors.” “FULL SIGNAL” takes the position that it is highly unlikely that these scientist’s findings are all incorrect.
In Portland, hundreds of cell antennas are already mounted on and around schools, churches, commercial buildings and water towers. City ordinances allow wireless companies to use any existing utility pole to mount cell antennas. The City of Portland expects 800 new cell towers in the next few years; many will be on residential streets.
The film showing is sponsored by RespectPDX, a group of Northeast Portland residents who are working to stop a Clearwire cell tower in the Beaumont Wilshire neighborhood. The proposed site at 37th and Fremont was the first application after new ordinances about cell antennas in the public right of way were approved in May 2009. Neighbors crowded into a standing-room only meeting called by Clearwire on January 13 to voice their opposition. On January 28 the Beaumont Wilshire Neighborhood Association voted to officially oppose the tower.
RespectPDX is bringing “FULL SIGNAL” and director Talal Jabari to Portland to raise awareness about the health, legal and financial aspects of wireless technology in our city and surrounding areas. The group invites the media, elected officials from neighborhood association boards to Governor Kulongoski, as well as the larger community, to meet with Talal Jabari during his stay in Portland and attend the February 21 “FULL SIGNAL” premiere.
For a “FULL SIGNAL” press kit, contact RespectPDX.
“FULL SIGNAL” details:
“AWARD of MERIT” Accolade Competition 2010
“BEST DOCUMENTARY” 5th Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
“OFFICIAL SELECTION” 7th Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula MT
“OFFICIAL SELECTION” 18th Environmental Film Festival, Washington DC
“OFFICIAL SELECTION” 10th Santa Fe Film Festival
Director Talal Jabari’s biography
Talal Jabari is a Palestinian/American who upon completing his Master’s degree studies in 2000 and returning to Jerusalem, found himself thrust into the world of journalism by the onset of the Second Intifada. First as a fixer, then as a reporter, he covered the escalating violence for such prominent news sources as BBC World Service, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Al Ahram Weekly.
In 2002, Jabari started his TV career as an associate producer for CBS News as well as a field producer for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. His next career jump was as line producer and production coordinator of a 5-documentary film series entitled “The Shape of the Future,” which has won several awards. He also produced 4 episodes and did a portion of the filming, for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel’s flagship 8-part series: “Israel from Within”.
Since then, Jabari has continued to specialize in factual programming traveling to Lagos, Nigeria, Antigua, Guatemala and Belgrade, Serbia among other places, to work on various documentaries and doco-reality TV shows.
Jabari has worked on numerous award-winning documentary films as a producer or as a sound designer. “FULL SIGNAL” is his first film as the director.