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Vote for Two Open Air Cinema Entries on!

Two Open Air Cinema systems are in the running for the best Football Home Theater Contest on! The six contestants are vying for one of two Cisco Flip Ultra HD Camcorders, and whoever has the most votes will walk home with the prizes. We’re proud to see two Open Air Cinema Systems in the contest, and we’re asking the readers of the blog to vote for the Open Air Cinema systems! Here are the links to the two entries:

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One contestant has entered a photo of an OAC Home 16′ System, and it sure looks great! Vote for this Backyard Theater!

Another contestant submitted a photo of an OAC Pro 16′ System. This particular system was donated by Google to the Kenya Field of Dreams project and was used by an organization called Moving the Goalposts to screen the FIFA World Cup this summer to the villagers that otherwise would have not been able to view the World Cup! The system remains in Kenya for use by the local organizations. Vote for this Backyard Theater!


Program to Bring FIFA World Cup, Technology and Life Skills to Kenyan Youth

Google Internet Classroom Brings Skills to Kenyan Youth

Open Air Cinema & Google Internet Classroom

Google’s Internet Classroom in Kilifi, Kenya

Each evening during the World Cup, the remote village of Kilifi, Kenya is lit up by a giant inflatable Open Air Cinema movie screen. Hundreds of villagers watch the World Cup games as they are beamed in by satellite as part of a special educational event called Kenya Field of Dreams.

Kenya Field of Dreams is supported by a non-profit organization in Kenya called Moving the Goalposts (MTG), which uses soccer and other innovative programs to educate girls and young women, helping them to fulfill their potential both on and off the field. The event is designed to instruct villagers, specifically the local girls, about technologies and empower them to share their stories and expand their horizons.

During the day, girls from several schools around the area attend workshops at the MTG Centre to learn how to use the Internet and receive other skills training.

Stuart Farmer, founder of Open Air Cinema, went to Kenya to train some of the female footballers from MTG on how to use the outdoor cinema system.

“This village in eastern Kenya is so remote, the people don’t even have access to television,” Farmer said. “Thanks to the generous support of Google, which is donating the outdoor cinema equipment to MTG, the people have had an educational and entertaining experience that will not end when the World Cup finals are over. With these newly trained young technicians in Kenya, the outdoor cinema system will benefit Kilifi and the surrounding community for years to come.”

Open Air Cinema has been instrumental in bringing outdoor cinema to communities throughout Africa including Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa.

For photos and more information about the programs, please visit:
Moving the Goalposts website
Kenya Field of Dreams blog
Open Air Cinemas photo album

About Open Air Cinema
Open Air Cinema is the premier global supplier of outdoor cinema equipment. Open Air Cinema has taken its expertise in outdoor productions to produce the highest quality, most concise, easiest to use, theatrical-grade outdoor theater systems on the market. It is also a leading innovator in providing developing nations with educational outdoor screens and open air cinema equipment.


BBC Reports on World Cup Screenings in Kenya

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BBC Reports on World Cup Screenings in Kilifi, Kenya

For weeks now countless millions of us have been captivated by the World Cup. There have been moments of extraordinary passion and excitement, triumph and defeat. And the cameras can bring every second of the drama right into your living room…that is, as long as you’ve got a television. Because there are still places that are largely beyond the reach of television, places where they’ve seen nothing of the World Cup. But BBC correspondent Annie Caulfield watched salvation come to one lucky village in Kenya.

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Entertaining the Audience Before the World Cup Screening

Open Air Cinema’s founder, Stuart Farmer, has been in Kenya with Google and the Field of Dreams project. He is helping train the students at the Moving the Goalpost school in operating and maintaining a 16′ CineBox system donated by Google and the Field of Dreams project. Stuart provides the following update to his work.

It’s nice to see how quick the Kenyan people enjoy themselves with dancing and singing. At every event the students grab the mic to create impromptu dance parties. Due to the games being rear projected, the girls can’t hear their karaoke voices very well as they stand behind the speakers, which are pointed at the audience. Once in a while the girls turn up the volume on the mixer so they can better hear their own singing. They’re not realizing that the sound is becoming extremely loud up front, blasting the audience! We have a good laugh as we fight to control the volume knob. I keep saying, “those cute little kids up front! you’ll make them deaf!”

I’m impressed by the natural MC talent here in Kilifi. The girls are becoming more bold and confident at addressing the audience at each subsequent event. Nearly every time, Janet invites local kids up to take the mic, such as the two Kilifi boys in this video freestylin’ for the crowd.

It’s great to get a chance to listen to the local African pop music. A couple days into the project, I asked our driver to take me into town to get the best music. We went to a little shack lined with tapes and obviously pirated CD’s. I brought back 8 handmade CDR’s full of MP3‘s and .wav files. I loaded them into the laptop and transferred them onto the iPad. At the event, the girls looked at me with surprise when I opened a playlist on the iPad with hundreds of songs that they all know and love. So that’s our music, all their own stuff. We make sure to play it before every event. Outdoor cinema is a celebration — you gotta have some thumping good music to get people in the mood. I’m glad I could pick up the music. I have a feeling I’m not going to find these artists on iTunes. Who knows. As for now, I won’t go home without Lucky Dube’s Greatest Hits.

Time Lapse of Open Air Screen in Kilifi, Kenya

The Field of Dreams team has posted some timelapsed video footage of the installation of their Open Air Cinema screen in Mnarani football field in Kenya. The footage was taken over a period of 2 hours as the team set up the CineBox system for a screening of World Cup football matches to local villagers.

Stuart Farmer from Open Air Cinema has been in Kenya training a team of young local girls to operate the CineBox system. In cooperation with Google and the Moving the Goalposts program the girls have passed through the training courses and are now setting up the inflatable screen by themselves every night.

You can see how excited the children are as they mug for the camera while impatiently waiting for the outdoor projector to light up. Also watch for the downpour of Kilifi monsoon rain about half way through.

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