American Autumn | Full Doc {2020 Reissue}

Occupy Wall Street: A View From the Inside

American Autumn is available to rent or buy on iTunes or YouTube, but in the interest of introducing (or re-introducing) myself, this will remain available here for free.

Click that play button and enjoy. To mark the launch of my new series, Dear Joe Biden, I’ve made my feature documentary film American Autumn available for free, right here.

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The Enemy Is The Ruling Class

This is an excerpt from American Autumn: an Occudoc. Get the full movie for FREE by emailing at with American Autumn in the subject line.

Text, Animation & graphics by AJ Russo:

Original; music by Goldi:

Written, produced, and Directed by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
“The Labor Movement has been kicked around now for quite a while and they have to fight. They see people fighting, and they see they are fighting the same enemy. This (Occupy) movement has show such an eagerness to reach out to the mainstream of the American public- and the Unions represent the organized part of that… The focus on the 1% and the first time in an American movement (I don’t think even in the 1930’s that the communist party did this in their mass work. I don’t think even they identified the enemy as the ruling class.” – Jackie DiSalvo | Occupy Wall Street Organizer

American Autumn | Reviews

This is not amateur hour. This is a movie as well made as any Hollywood blockbuster.

(American Autumn) is calm and smart, offsetting its stridency with discussion, music, even humor, while issuing a call to arms.-The New York Times

American Autumn impresses most where many docs disappoint, expanding its scope without short-changing the wider subjects it covers.​​ –Variety

… this necessary and informative documentary looks at the faces behind the Occupy Wall Street movement… it is an effective, and heartfelt, clarion call. -New York Daily News

An impassioned celebration of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

-The Hollywood Reporter

“Dennis Trainor, Jr, is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events.”

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Spread the good news – watch and share American Autumn with all your friends and family.​​

-Round Tree 7

Gordon Gekko back for the global recession

From Wall St. Wiz Kid to Global Revolutionary | Vlad Teichberg Interview

This is a full and uncut interview with Vlad Teichberg, of Global Revolution TV, shot in December 2011 at the squat in Bushwick, Brooklyn where Global Revolution TV had set up studio space, just days before an NYPD raid would rout them from the space. Portions of this interview appear in the documentary American Autumn: an Occudoc (available on iTunes, or set your own price for the DVD).
A New Yorker feature article described Vlad and Global Revolution TV in the following way:

“Global Revolution brands itself as non-hierarchical, but if anyone is in charge it is Vlad Teichberg, a thirty-nine-year-old former derivatives trader. (…) Teichberg was born in Moscow, and moved with his parents to Queens when he was ten. He attended Princeton, where he wrote a thesis on number theory, then headed to Wall Street, where he worked for Deutsche Bank. “I thought globalization was going to create equality around the world,” he said. After 9/11, his views changed. “The politicization of it—using it to start wars, and the Patriot Act and everything—it was obvious we were heading down the wrong path.” He left finance, helped found a grassroots media collective, and poured his savings into the resistance.”

Get American Autumn: an Occudoc  DVD (pay what you will)
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American Autumn: an Occudoc, was the first feature length film to be released on the Occupy movement, receiving critical praise, including:

The New York Times: “(American Autumn) is calm and smart, offsetting its stridency with discussion, music, even humor, while issuing a call to arms.” “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.”

Variety: “American Autumn” impresses most where many docs disappoint, expanding its scope without short-changing the wider subjects it covers.”

Hollywood Reporter “an impassioned celebration of the Occupy Wall Street movement”

New York Daily News: “… this necessary and informative documentary looks at the faces behind the Occupy Wall Street movement… it is an effective, and heartfelt, clarion call.”


USA is #1 …in jailing its population

This clip is an excerpt from American Autumn: an Occudoc. Get it on iTunes today.

The question of whether persons convicted of a crime should be imprisoned or not is now increasingly influenced by economic interests. While prisons have long tended to be located in rural communities because of the availability of cheap land, this trend has accelerated in recent decades as a result of lobbying by rural officials. With declining economic prospects in many of these communities, many local leaders have come to view prisons as their best hope of economic opportunity through the jobs that are generated. In practice, this has not proven to be beneficial to these areas, but nonetheless rural legislators continue to seek such opportunities. Perhaps not coincidentally, many of these officials are also strong supporters of harsh sentencing policies. – Marc Mauer

Fuck You Gordon Gekko

This is an excerpt from “American Autumn: an Occudoc
Get the DVD on a “pay what you can” basis by clicking the link above.

text animation & graphics by AJ Russo
original; music by Goldi
written and narrated by Dennis Trainor, Jr.

You know that scene from the Oliver Stone film Wall Street when Gordon Gekko- played by Michael Douglass in a role that would win him an Oscar, appears at a shareholder’s meeting of a company- TelDar paper- to defend his actions and his grotesque world view and delivers the now famous speech where he says:

The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed—for lack of a better word—is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. And greed—you mark my words—will not only save Tel Dar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA!”

Audiences flipped out.

They cheered.

Every body in the 80s wanted to be Gordon Gekko.
But the thing is this: Oliver Stone wrote it as a piece of Satire. But nobody got it. Just the opposite.

While Oliver Stone was trying to send up the excesses of the Reagan Era, Michael Douglass’s portrayal helped inspire a whole generation of slick backed hairdos in double breasted suits adopting the “greed is good” ethos, and fast forward to today and pursuing the American Dream as it has come to be defined, now delivers obscene wealth for a very few while raining poverty and misery down on many and serving as a homicidal force for others.

Because People do, in fact, die for lack of access to health care in the richest country in the world (that’s the US of A). Human consumption is, in fact, accelerating the destruction of our planet.
People do, in fact, die in wars waged based on lies that profit a precious few.
Over 5 million children globally each year do not reach their 5th birthday because they die of starvation.
All of this is not because the system that puts man on the moon or can squeeze an entire library onto a computer chip the size of a thumbnail has failed to find a way to solve these problems, rather our system, without apology, places corporate greed above human need.

And greed, to take back the popular phrase, is not good.

F*Ck you Gordon Gecko

Is The War On Terror Worth The Price?

As the sequester kicks in, automatic cuts will kick in across the board- including cuts to the defense budget. However, when one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries- combined.

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein breaks it down this way:

Over the past decade, we’ve been at war. And our spending went way up. In 2001, under President George W. Bush, the military budget was $287 billion. In 2012, after accounting for the military budget and the war spending, it was about $700 billion. That’s a bigger increase in spending than we saw for either the Vietnam War or the Cold War.

And here’s where it left us: $700 billion is more than China, the U.K., France, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Brazil, Italy, South Korea, Australia and Canada spend on their militaries combined.

The video below (from my documentary American Autumn – steal it here) examines different ways we could have spent the money spent on the Iraq and Afghan wars alone.