Occupy Wall Street is the first social movement in decades to challenge the growing income inequality in the USA. This film navigates Occupy’s successes and failures, focusing on the people and issues that make the movement tick.
The Occupy movement took America by storm in the fall of 2011, and has since faced police violence, eviction, and failure. What began as a few dozen New York activists quickly grew into a worldwide social movement. Now without a park to occupy and the banks still causing damage, it is gut check time for the most daring American social movement since the Civil Rights movement. Featuring the stories of key Occupy organizers and intellectuals, we discover the biggest threat to Occupy, is in fact, Occupy.
Starring Cornel West, Noam Chomsky, Kalle Lasn, Chris Hedges, Andy Bichlbaum, Sandy Nurse, Liz Evans, Jesse LaGreca, Sandy Nurse, George Machado, Tim Pool, Vlad Teichberg, Makh Aten, Priscilla Grim, Justin Wedes, Aaron Black, Bishop George Packard, Pete Dutro, Michael Premo, Jen Waller, Gideon Oliver, George Martinez, and more key figures from the Occupy Wall Street movement.
FILMMAKER CONTACT FOR PRESS/SALES
Corey Ogilvie – +1 (604) 505-2599 – email@example.com
BACKSTORY OF FILM
After Occupy ignited in the fall of 2011, Corey Ogilvie, a filmmaker who has worked on social justice films before, knew he had found his next project. He tested the waters and released a free short documentary called ‘I Am Not Moving’, which went viral and totaled over 1 million hits in 2 months. (The short doc ‘I Am Not Moving’ can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGRXCgMdz9A)
From November 2011 to September 2012, Corey worked alongside producer Andrew Halliwell and co-producer Liam Leahy to film in Boston, New York, Washington, and other locations, and then edit a 2 hr feature film from 50 interviews and 400 hrs of content. The final edit was complete by Sept 17 2012, one year exactly after the Occupy movement was born.
In addition, the filmmakers have produced a free short film series of documentary sketches and mash-ups, to engage the Occupy audience and express their thoughts about the movement’s direction. (These 7 short films can be found here http://www.occupythemovie.com/web-series/)
Corey does not consider himself an activist, only a filmmaker. He tries to take an objective, sometimes critical stance when exploring the politically charged topics of Occupy and activism.
PREMIERE & RELEASE DATES
The film will have its world premiere at the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Jan 23-Feb 3, and will hit select theaters, TV, DVD and VOD in mid-2013.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
phone: +1 (805) 963-0023
Themes of activism and social change dominate Corey Ogilvie’s work. An acclaimed director, editor, and cinematographer, many describe Corey’s comprehensive style as minimalist, placing emphasis on narrative concision and emotive rhythm. See Corey’s IMDb. He has interviewed prominent world figures including Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hans Blix, Owen Wilson, Kobe Bryant, Ron Howard, Rex Weyler and many more.
Since 2008, he has completed 4 documentaries that have toured international film festival circuits. His most recent directorial work is ‘Nash: A Documentary’, a biographical documentary about the unique life of Steve Nash, set for release in early 2013 by Alliance Atlantis.
PRODUCER / COMPOSER’S BIO
Andrew feels easily at home producing and composing music. In fact, he finds happiness in the balance between them. His motivation to make a documentary film about the Occupy movement came when he attended a march in NYC that followed the tearing down of the encampment at Zuccotti Park. It was clear that there was a determined and intentional wedge being driven into the movement by the powers that be; a divide and conquer strategy that sent a great number of early supporters home to live out their days as swivel chair activists.
Andrew has produced two feature films, a number of award winning short films and has been nominated as a film composer three times. He releases his own music under the moniker Theves and curates his portfolio at alifeinbinary.com
Variety Magazine – Feb 6 2013 – Review from Variety writer Dennis Harvey
KCSB 91.9 in Santa Barbara – Jan 28 2013 – Radio interview with producer/composer Andrew Halliwell
Santa Barbara Independent – Jan 25 2013 – Interview with Corey Ogilvie
Huffington Post Article – Aug 1 2012 – Jason Collett – Rob a Bank Video
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