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2 Years Breaking our Couches!

Break The Couch team blowing its second candle on the 11th of May 2014.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

It's fun to be two

In May 2013, we celebrated together the first year of Break The Couch. Having the experience of one year full of dreams and plans we entered to the second year of our life. The Second year we have to say that it was a bit more demanding but also rather fulfilling. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them: Read the rest of this entry

1 Year Anniversary!

Break The Couch team blew its first candle on the 11th of May 2013.

All this 365 days we were working on different levels, in different projects and most of the time from different countries. Greece, UK, The Netherlands were some of the bases of our team. We did several things and we want to brag a bit about them, if it is ok with you.

Fun to be oneStarting that day of May 2012 in Athens we had lots of dreams. Time show to us that we have to make small steps in order to achieve the a big step. We can say we are kinda multitasking since we end up having several projects and for some of them you are not even aware of. Most of them though, you already know them so, we can just count them:

  • By the end of 2012 we managed to finish our first documentary named “More than a Marble Path/Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι”.  ( http://www.MoreThanAMarblePath.com )
  • We made our first official video clip for the composer Nicolas Livaditis on his song “Nanourisma” (Lullaby) sang from Krinthi Zira (>>click<<)
  • We present Break The Couch as an initiative in several trainings. Specifically:
    • November 2012: “Share and Promote” training (Miltenburg, Germany)
      We presented a first cut from our documentary since the training was about how to promote your voluntary work
    • February 2013: “I See Green” Youth Exchange (Ommen, The Netherlands)
      We presented on a workshop Break The Couch as a New Media initiative. How we use social media and the best practices so far.
    • April 2013: “Taking Changes!” training (Arnhem, The Netherlands)
      Break The Couch was invited from the organizers in this training for Youth Entrepreneurship along with other people 3 people working on the non-profit world to explain about Break The Couch as an informal group, what we did, how we did them and which are the future perspectives of the whole project.
  • We became partners with Olde Vechte Foundation in the Netherlands in the Youth Exchange dealing with the usage of media and a sustainable lifestyle named Levers of Change. So in August 2013 we will send 5 Greek people to attend this event.
  • We took part in the initiative Re-Think, Re-Act organized by the Citizens in Action with the support of the European Youth Foundation which focus on the Youngsters of Greece and how they deal with the financial crisis. Our initiative by itself it has been mentioned as a good example on a self-motivation and paradigmatic idea overcoming the jobless economy and being productive on a booklet. (>>click for the booklet (only in Greek)<<)

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Apart from that we travelled in several places with our camera, even on the summit of Greece, Olympus mountain, we hitchhiked a pick up van in a Greek island, we worked several hours without a break, we consumed many bottles of wine, countless “gyros” and most of them not sitting on a couch. We mainly used a round table, some other times on Google Hangout, sometimes through WhatsApp and of course many times while doing something else but we got distracted on how to break the couch.

We hope that soon we will be back with news an updates that will signify a new prosperous year full of creation, fun and learning.

Stay tuned many surprises are coming soon!

“More Than A Marble Path” Documetary 2012

We have posted many things and media for our documentary “More Than A Marble Path” all this time like images comments and articles about the various projections. Now you can all enjoy our first documentary because it is available online for everyone to watch for free!

The movie is under this Creative Commons  License.

Description:

After 2 weeks of shooting in July of 2012 and 5 months of post-production the documentary “More than a Marble path” is ready. It is about 18 people from every corner of the planet who decided instead of holidays to travel at their own expenses in the small village of Isternia in Tinos island, Greece. Instead of spending 2 weeks on a sunbed with sunscreen they spent 2 weeks with a shovel and a rake. They wanted to join one of the hundreds of workcamps taking place each year around the world. The purpose of the program was to give life to a marble build path of unique historical importance that connects the village on the side of the hill with the sea and it was organized by the NGO Citizens in Action.

Produced by: BREAK THE COUCH team (Spyros Anastasiadis, Vasilis Dendrinos, Panagiotis Mamouzakis)
Directed by: Vasilis Dendrinos
Narrated by: George Siountas
Duration: 30′
Language: Greek-English-French
Subtitles: Greek, English
Production: Greece 2012 © BREAK THE COUCH

For all the latest News and Information don’t forget to visit the official website of the movie here.

News from the projection at the New Year’s pie of “Brotherhood of Tinians in Athens”

IMG_1682On Sunday (13 January 2013) the “Brotherhood of Tinians in Athens,” cut their New Year’s pie. With great pleasure, we accepted the invitation of their president, Sotiris Kourvaras to present there our documentary. He had been present at the “Vryssaki” and attended our first projection held there.

The cutting of the New Year’s pie was a pleasant surprise for us with an idea of Greek island traditions that have been pasted.  Children of all ages from 5 to 95, had come to see their friends, to tell the news, to have fun, to gossip and slowly all together, sat down to begin the celebration.

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Νέα από την προβολή στη κοπή πίτας της “Αδελφότητα Τηνίων εν Αθήναις”

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Την Κυριακή (13 Ιανουαρίου 2013) η “Αδελφότητα Τηνίων εν Αθήναις”, έκοψε την πρωτοχρονιάτικη πίτα της. Με μεγάλη μας χαρά, αποδεχθήκαμε την πρόσκληση του προέδρου του συλλόγου, Σωτήρη Κουρβαρά, να παρουσιάσουμε το ντοκιμαντέρ στους συντοπίτες του. Ο ίδιος είχε παραστεί στο “Βρυσάκι” και παρακολούθησε την πρώτη προβολή που έγινε εκεί.

Η κοπή της πίτας, μας εξέπληξε ευχάριστα. Είχε μυρωδιά απο νησί από παλιά Ελλάδα. Παιδιά κάθε ηλικίας, από 5 έως 95, είχαν έρθει να δούν τους φίλους τους, να πουν τα νέα τους, να κάνουν πλάκα, να κουτσομπολέψουν και σιγά σιγά όλοι μαζί, κάθισαν για να ξεκινήσει η γιορτή.

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News from the Avant Premiere of our kickstart documentary.

more_than_a_marble (95)Last Tuesday (8th January 2012) was the first screening of our kick start documentary “More Than A Marble Path”. This completed a months-long effort that set the rules and self-defined us as a group of ambitious filmmakers.

The success was beyond our expectations, as friends, acquaintances and fellow citizens, who also heard us on the radio (Athens 98.4), wanted to give us the opportunity to show them our effort. In fact, we had to do three screenings for everyone to see. Read the rest of this entry

Νέα απο την Πρεμιέρα του πρώτου μας Ντοκιμαντέρ.

more_than_a_marble (95)Την περασμένη Τρίτη (8 Ιανουαρίου 2012) πραγματοποιήθηκε η παρουσίαση του πρώτου μας Ντοκιματέρ “More Than A Marble Path| Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι”. Αυτό, ήταν η ολοκλήρωση μιας πολύμηνης προσπάθειας με σκοπό να θέσει τους κάνονες και να μας αυτοπροσδιορίσει, σαν παρέα φιλόδοξων κινηματογραφιστών.

Η επιτυχία ήταν πέρα απο τις προσδοκίες μας καθώς, φίλοι, γνωστοί αλλά και συμπολίτες, που μας άκουσαν στο ραδιόφωνο (Αθήνα 98,4), θέλησαν να μας δώσουν την ευκαιρία, να τους παρουσιάσουμε την προσπάθειά μας. Μάλιστα χρειάστηκε να γίνουν τρεις προβολές για να την δούνε όλοι. Read the rest of this entry

Official Trailer

The official trailer of our documentary is now released.

More than a Marble Path / Κάτι Περισσότερο απο Μονοπάτι
Greece 2012 © Break The Couch team


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