Archive | August, 2012

Partners On Board!

31 Aug

We are proud to announce our partnerships with the following media organizations in support of Occupy the Film Festival! For more information, please visit Our Partners page. More partners to be announced soon!

Exhibit #1 Announced: The Illuminator!

29 Aug

Over the next week, Occupy the Film Festival will be announcing its artist exhibits and media sponsors.

Today’s announcement is particularly illustrious, and we feel it would be particularly illuminating for you to check out the work of the famous Illuminator here, support them here and visit our new Exhibits page for more information about all of the fantastic artists who will be participating at Occupy the Film Festival on September 15 and 16 at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue at 2nd Street.

Shorts Schedule Set!

27 Aug

We have added the screening times and filmmaker biographies to the lineup of shorts below and at

Support the artists who are bringing you the real stories of the 99% and buy your tickets today!

Curated with a diversity of people, place, content and style in mind, the shorts are a must-see experience for anyone with an interest in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Travel to Spain, Greece, Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hawaii! Hear the voices of vets, economists, artists, and activists in the home foreclosure defense and student debt movements! From playful instructional video and innovative animation, to probing news analyses and moving mini-documentaries, these films tell the inspiring stories of the 99% with depth, creativity, compassion and humor.

Occupy the Film Festival on Saturday, September 15, 6 pm and 8:30 pm, and Sunday, September 16, 7:30 pm at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue @ 2nd Street, New York City.

More information on the media arts festival (photography, poster and newspaper) in the next few days … so stay tuned!

Shorts Lineup Announced!

23 Aug

PLEASE NOTE: Shorts will not necessarily be screened in the order listed below.


Festival Opener [1:10] [Will screen before every program]
More than just a game, this creative short film is a visual interpretation of both the obstacles and the collective strength of the 99%.

MK12 is a design and filmmaking collective founded by artists in Kansas City, Missouri. Their work challenges the boundaries between narrative structure and experimental storytelling though the juxtaposition of live action, graphic design, nostalgia and new technologies and has been featured in many international film festivals, including Sundance, SXSW and the Sao Paulo Biennial.

#12M mai no hem marxat [1:01 min]
From a birdseye perspective, this short film shows the size of the demonstration that took place for the first anniversary of the occupation of Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. On that day the hashtag #mainohemmarxat (weneverleft) showed the world that the spirit of the 15M/Indignados movement never left the city. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets once again to protest against the system that brought a crisis that left 50% of young people jobless.

Born during the occupation of Plaça Catalunya by the Indignados, the video collective documented in real time life on the square, from demonstrations to General Assemblies and other everyday activities. After the eviction of the square, the collective began documenting social movement activities in the broader community, with special attention to the increasing repression against activists in the last few months.

99 Words in Zuccotti Park [1:52 min]
Dir. Jean Thevenin
On 11/11/11, Director Thevenin met 99 Occupy Wall Street occupiers in Zuccotti Park, asking each to choose just one word to express his or her personal meaning of the movement. The result is a stunning display of diversity in all its forms and a celebration of the movement of the 99%.

Jean Thevenin is a musician and filmmaker based in Paris, France. In winter 2011, he spent three months in New York to shoot the Occupy movement. His first short film, Visible Shape, won the Special Jury Award at the Côté Court Festival in Paris in June 2012.

Alejandra and David: Facing Foreclosure [7:01 min]
Dir. Peter Leeman
This heart-wrenching film tells the story of how longtime immigrant rights activists teamed up with Occupy Homes MN to try to save their parents’ home from wrongful foreclosure in South Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family from Mexico City, who worked hard to own their dream house, was evicted due to a banking computing error. After a month long occupation of their home, and multiple spectacular eviction defenses, Alejandra and David reflect on what they gained from the experience.

Peter Leeman is a photographer and filmmaker who recently relocated from Minneapolis to Pittsburgh.

F* the Banks! [2:22]
Dir. Dan Scott McNair
Tired of big money speaking louder than our voices or votes? F* the Banks! This short narrative film shot on the streets of New York City shows you how!

Director: Daniel Scott McNair, Videographer: Jeremy Baron, Editor: Jacquie Soohen. For more information, see and

The Revolution Will Be Televised [14:37 min]
Dir. Livia Santos
Shot in San Francisco, Oakland and New York City, this documentary gives an overview of the movement from its inception to May 1, 2012, focusing on how the movement builds awareness about social change through community organizing.

Livia Santos is a Brazilian student filmmaker who has been living in San Francisco for the last five years. She is currently the cinematographer of Kumba Films and is developing a Vj project that explores Brazilian alternative movies. This short documentary about Occupy Wall Street is her final project for her documentary class at City College of San Francisco.

Voices of Veterans [8:19]
An Occupy TVNY Production
Produced and Photographed by Joshua van Praag
Having taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the U.S. against enemies foreign and domestic, vets across the country see the Occupy Wall Street movement as their opportunity to live up to that commitment. On November 2, 2011, 40 veterans marched through New York’s financial district to address the occupation at Zuccotti Park and share their stories.

Occupy TVNY is an open video collective and subgroup of the Media Working Group at Occupy Wall Street operating in accordance with the principles of horizontality established by the NYCGA. Joshua van Praag has worked with directors Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Woody Allen and Wong Kar-Wei, and his work has been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo and the Raindance Festival in London. He is currently at work on a documentary about the role of independent media in social movements. Sound: Lauri Faggioni, Editor: Zachary Schubert, Co-Producers: Michael Fix, Lauri Faggioni.

Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill Protest [4:22]

Dir. Shahin Izadi
The Wisconsin Uprising began with the historic pro-labor protests against Govenor Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill” that proposed slashing public services, pensions and collective bargaining rights. The festive occupation of the Madison capitol set the stage for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Edited from footage of the first week of protests, this film captures the spirit of the Uprising and the people behind it.

Shahin Izadi is a PhD graduate in philosophy from UW-Madison, where he was also a member of the Teaching Assistants Association. He is now pursuing an MFA in Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

The shorts program will be followed by a feature, the U.S. premiere of Fair Square: Occupy Amsterdam. For more information about the features, please see:


Casseroles – Montréal, 24 mai 2012[3:47 min]
Dir. Jérémie Battaglia
Shot in gorgeous black-and-white with a soundtrack by Avec pas d’casque, this viral video captures the protests in Montréal, Canada, against the rise of tuition fees in Quebec and Law 78, which imposes heavy restrictions on protest and has been called a direct attack on freedom of expression and association. Every evening at 8 people meet in the street with their pots and pans and make all the noise they can in a tradition that began in Chile in the 1970s and is now a popular form of protest in many countries around the world.

Jérémie Battaglia is a photographer and filmmaker.

I Am Not Moving [7:12]
Dir. Corey Ogilvie
A youtube sensation, this film connects foreign and domestic policy, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Using their own words, politicians reveal their hypocritical maneuverings to control the will of the people everywhere.

An acclaimed director, editor, and cinematographer, Corey Ogilvie has completed four documentaries since 2008 that have toured international film festival circuits and have garnered four Leo nominations in 2011. Themes of activism and social change dominate his work, which has been called minimalist with an emphasis on narrative concision and emotive rhythm. He is at work on a full-length feature entitled “Occupy the Movie.”

Occupy: Citizen Journalist Super Suit [5:52 min]
Dir. Angeline Gragasin
Going to a protest? Get prepared! Watch this playful DIY instructional video on how to document at a protest and how to prepare for and react to police brutality or other emergency situations.

Angeline Gragasin is a rising new director whose film style combines performance, music, documentary and animation, and has drawn a cult following on Vimeo. Her stylish body of work has earned the attention of curators and creators at Vimeo,, Kickstarter, Got A Girl Crush, and Smashbox Studios. Angeline is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and the founder and creative director of National Headquarters, a video production and postproduction company based in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

Occupying Paradise [6:40 min]
Dir. Michelle Fawcett
For indigenous communities and for those who live under brutal military occupation around the world, the use of the word “occupy” in the Occupy movement has been a shock and an offense. Occupation has meant genocide, the theft of land and resources, and the destruction of ancient cultures. Hawaii, seen as a tropical paradise, may appear the unlikeliest place for the Occupy Movement. But its dependence on tourism and a troubled history of occupation make the goal of creating a better world for all a challenge for local occupiers.

Michelle Fawcett, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor in the Media, Culture and Communications department at New York University. Over the past year, she has visited over 40 occupations across the country as part of the Occupy USA Today media project and has covered the movement with articles and short films featured in, and Free Speech Television.

Queen Mother of Harlem [3:56 min]
Dir. Adele Pham
Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely and the shareholders and tenants of 477 West 142 Street HDFC in Harlem (low-income housing for women and children for the past 30 years) fight for justice against indicted predatory lenders and mortgage fraud. Occupiers have since joined the fight to defend 477. In this video, Queen Mother visits Zuccotti Park and shares her thoughts about the Occupy Wall Street movement. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” she says.

Last September, like many documentary filmmakers, Adele Pham participated and documented the Occupy Wall Street movement and became closely affiliated with Occupy The Hood (OTH). OTH has generously raised funds to start the OTH Media Workshop which will encompass video production, journalism, and media literacy, and will hold classes twice a week at Chashama in Jamaica, Queens. For more information email Adele at adelepham[at] Camera: Sha Peterson and Messiah Rhodes. Rhodes is working on a full-length feature about the movement; please support his efforts here.

The Tax Dodgers [9:06]
Dir. Z.S. Grant
Gan Golan, street theater artist and co-author of bestsellers “Goodnight Bush” and “The Adventures of Unemployed Man,” leads a mock baseball team called “The Tax Dodgers.” Golan developed his guerrilla art tactics through his student-activist years at MIT, battling the World Trade Organization in Cancun, Mexico, and eventually taking on powerful corporations alongside Occupy Wall Street.

Created and produced by Z.S. Grant and John Carr. Executive Producers: Pharrell Williams, Coleen Haynes and Tom Dunlap. Editor: Brian Kind. Camera: Brian King and Z.S. Grant. i am OTHER entertainment – General Manager: Caron Veazey, Creative Director: Mimi Valdés, Executive Producer: Robin Frank, Associate Producer: Bethany Gould, Assistant Producer: Alexandra DePersia.

The Greek Revolt [7:28 min]
Dir. Brandon Jourdan/Marianne Maeckelbergh
While the government of Greece strangles public spending following European Union and IMF bailouts, large anti-austerity protests continue to spread across Greece. This film details how the people are resisting the troika’s brutal structural adjustment programs.

Brandon Jourdan, an award-winning independent filmmaker, journalist and writer, and Marianne Maeckelbergh, Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, have been traveling, researching, and making short films about responses to the economic crisis and current uprisings in Spain, Greece, the UK, the US, and Egypt at Global Uprisings.

The shorts program will be followed by a feature, American Autumn: An OccuDoc. For more information about the features, please see:


Occupy Economics [3:16]
Dir. Jordan Karr-Morse
On November 13th 2011, economists from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, drafted an open statement to the Occupy Wall Street movement pledging their support. “We are economists who oppose ideological cleansing in the economic profession,” they wrote. “Equally, we oppose political cleansing in the vital debate over the causes and consequences of our current economic crisis.” Since then, more than 400 economists from around the world have added their names. Softbox is a video production company in Portland, Oregon.

Jordan Karr-Morse is a director and co-founder along with Sam Hull of Softbox, a Portland, Oregon, production company that strives to produce substantive, highly accessible, and visually dynamic films that contribute to broader social change. Karr-Morse earned a B.A. (Hons.) degree in visual communication from the Edinburgh College of Art and went on to work as a freelance cinematographer and editor on feature films, commercials and documentaries that have screened at festivals across the globe.

Default: The Student Loan Documentary [26:42]
Dirs. Serge Bakalian and Aurora Meneghello
This powerful film chronicles the stories of borrowers from different backgrounds affected by the student lending industry and their struggles to change the system. In 2005 private student loans were exempted from most consumer protections. Many borrowers find themselves repaying several times the original amount borrowed, with no bankruptcy protection, no cap on fees and penalties and no recourse to the law. The consequences are dire, with stories of borrowers in financial and emotional ruin, who are unable to lead the lives they thought their education would provide them.

The shorts program will be followed by a feature, the New York City premiere of We’re Not Broke. For more information about the features, please see:

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Short Films Selected!

20 Aug

After an extensive review of over 200 films, the selection committee has chosen 18 short films to join three features at Occupy the Film Festival on September 15 and 16 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

The committee curated the programs with a diversity of people, places, content and style in mind, providing a must-see experience for anyone with an interest in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Travel to Spain, Greece, Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Hawaii! Hear from vets, economists, artists, students and other Occupiers everywhere! From instructional video and innovative animation, to probing news analyses and moving mini-documentaries, these films tell the inspiring stories of the 99% with depth, creativity, compassion and humor.

Each shorts program will precede a feature-length film. For information about the feature films, see:

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Occupy movement on the big screen and with a big crowd on the first anniversary of the movement in NYC! Enjoy an exclusive panel with the filmmakers after each screening! Experience outdoor projections by the famous Illuminator, a photography show by award-winning artists, a display of OccuPrint posters and an exhibit of occupied newspapers from around the country in the lobby!

Advance ticket sales are available NOW, and tickets are going fast! So get your tickets today at and Occupy the Film Festival!

The schedule for the shorts program will be published later this week…so stay tuned for more!

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Features Announced!

8 Aug







New York City, NY – August 8, 2012 – We are proud to announce the inaugural OCCUPY THE FILM FESTIVAL, featuring a curated line-up of outstanding films about the movement that captured the public imagination.

The festival will be held on the eve of the first anniversary of the movement at New York City’s premier independent cinema, Anthology Film Archives, on Saturday, September 15 at 6 pm and 8:30 pm and Sunday, September 16, at 7:30 pm.

A panel of veteran media makers and activists considered over 200 films for the festival. “The sheer number of submissions shows the tremendous explosion of creativity the Occupy movement inspired,” says organizer Shannon Vinson of Occupy Cinema, an Occupy Wall Street working group.

“One year after tens of thousands of people occupied public squares around the world, OCCUPY THE FILM FESTIVAL explores the roots of the movement, why it spread like wildfire and how it has since evolved,” says organizer Michelle Fawcett, a co-founder of the Grassroots Media Coalition who has visited 40 occupations nationwide.

In addition to the film schedule, festivities include outdoor guerrilla projections by the Illuminator, a poster collection from the OccuPrint collective, a photography show by award-winning photographers, an exhibit of Occupy newspapers from around the country, informational tabling, guest speakers and a special after-party.

OCCUPY THE FILM FESTIVAL includes U.S. premieres along with exclusive question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers!


An intimate portrait, Fair Square: Occupy Amsterdam follows one encampment from its inspired birth to its many challenges, a story mirrored in occupations around the world. Filmmaker and anthropologist Sara Blom will travel from Amsterdam to New York City for the festival. “I am absolutely ecstatic about participating in Occupy the Film Festival in New York City,” says Blom.


“We cannot wait for the corporate media to tell our story,” says Director Dennis Trainor, Jr. “We have to take on that task for ourselves.” Shot on the front lines in New York City, Boston and DC, American Autumn: An OccuDoc is a fast-paced and and fearless provocation to Occupy! Featuring interviews with Naomi Klein, Prof. Cornell West, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Sgt. Shamar Thomas and many more.


We’re Not Broke unmasks how corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America conceal colossal profits overseas while political leaders claim “We’re broke!” and what one group of ordinary Americans decided to do about it. “We’re happy to be part of honoring the first year anniversary of Occupy Wall St. protests in New York City,” says Co-Director Karin Hayes.

For details on the features, visit


On the first anniversary, come hear the stories of the 99% told by talented filmmakers and artists from around the world, and OCCUPY THE FILM FESTIVAL!


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