First Full-Length Film on Occupy Will Be Screened in D.C.
DVD sales to Benefit Occupy Our Homes DC
**** Update, August 20: 50% of DVD sales in person and online all week, (here https://www.wepay.com/donations/164735 ) will benefit Occupy Our Homes DC . American Autumn DVDs are available on a “pay what you can basis” *** click here to claim your DVD. ***
What: Screening of American Autumn: an Occudoc, with director Dennis Trainor, Jr., present to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. A number of activists featured in the film will be present as well and available to speak to the media.
Where: Busboys and Poets (5th and K Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.)
When: 7 p.m., Monday, August 20, 2012 – FREE admission. Cash bar and dinner menu available. Media welcome. (On DVD sales all week, 50% of gross proceeds benefit Occupy Our Homes DC )
ABOUT THE MOVIE
American Autumn: an Occudoc is the first feature-length documentary on the Occupy movement. This fast-paced, fact-filled production was filmed in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C., beginning in the earliest days of the movement. The film recounts recent history in a manner quite different from what many viewers may recall of it. American Autumn answers those who continue to ask “What does the Occupy movement stand for?”
American Autumn features footage of numerous actions and comments from many of those involved, including interviews and insight from key organizers and thinkers such as Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, and Kevin Zeese.
Kit O’Connel, writing at Fire Dog Lake, raves, “Dennis Trainor, Jr., is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events. . . . He’s intimately involved. Autumn features footage of Trainor’s arrests and his involvement in many other actions. However, he never monopolizes the screen. Lengthy interviews and engaging speeches are included by political pundits like Dr. Cornell West and Michael Moore, but also organizers, comedians, union representatives, veterans, Verizon workers and regular people who occupy.”
David Swanson, reviewing the film on MichaelMoore.com, writes: “We now have a film of our own. This is not amateur hour. This is a movie as well made, in technical terms, as any Hollywood blockbuster with Pentagon funding. . . . American Autumn moves, like Occupy, beyond the streets. We watch home foreclosure resistance in action. We see a movement building the demand for Medicare for All. We see the activism and the personal stories of horrendous and unjust, unnecessary suffering — combined with the determination to push back and to do so long-term, relentlessly. We see labor come into the movement and the possibility realized of persuading organized labor to act on its own behalf and all of ours. War and the war economy take the stage as central opponents of peace and justice. Student debt, the environment, energy, agriculture, homelessness, the prison business, and money in elections: these crises and the organizing around them are brought together by resistance to government by the 1%.”
The film includes an original score by Goldi (an OWS occupier and key member of Guitarmy), with additional original music created by Mike Lawrence-Yanicelli. The legendary DC area punk band FUGAZI supplied additional songs.