The Politics of Apathy & Activism
A film by Phillip Montgomery
Ryan Gosling narrates this engrossing film about social activism, the forces that galvanized the Occupy movement, and how a new generation of young people is coming to terms with a rapidly changing world. The film skillfully weaves commentary from some of the country's leading political and social analysts with personal observations from a collective of young musicians, a tight-knit group of suburban high-school students, and a young conservative family, providing a nuanced look at the myriad challenges facing the next generation of Americans. The result is as personal as it is political, as much a portrait of the contemporary political scene as of a generation of young people finding their way in uncertain times.
Features Noam Chomsky, the late Howard Zinn, Adbusters
' Kalle Lasn, Andrew Bacevich, Amy Goodman, Talib Kweli, Sut Jhally, and music from STS9.
Writer and Director: Phillip Montgomery
Produced by: Matt DeRoss, Ryan Gosling, Joel Goulder, Jeremy Goulder
Narrated by: Ryan Gosling
Executive Producers: David Kanter, Paul Green, Eric Pirritt, Whitney Kroenke
Co-Produced by: Chris Baker, Blake DeRoss
Director of Photography: Kevin Krupitzer
Edited by: Brian Dickett, Phillip Montgomery
Original Music by STS9
Production Companies: Anonymous Content, Engine 7 Films
Praise for the Film
"A well-rounded documentary. Deconstruct[s] the way that people, and especially teens,
absorb information from the media."
- Common Sense Media
"A timely documentary that takes an in-depth look at the reasons behind the Occupy movement, and the current state of social activism in the US."