Imagine that a single voice carries as much weight as the CEO of Goldman Sachs.
In this gripping first-hand account of the Occupy Wall Street movement, filmmaker and former high school teacher Dennis Trainor Jr. takes an inside look at how a New York-based protest against corporate greed and economic inequality in the autumn of 2011 sparked a full-scale street revolution that continues to send shock waves through the American political system.
Trainor weaves commentary from organizers, activists, and leading progressive thinkers with riveting street-level dispatches from New York's Zuccotti Park, Washington DC, and beyond. The result is a passionate and clear-eyed look at a movement founded on the core belief that the American political and economic system should "place human need above corporate greed" and do something about growing inequality.
Narrated by Trainor, the documentary features filmmaker Michael Moore, Dr. Cornel West (Princeton University), comic/author/activist Lee Camp, journalists Nathan Schneider (Harper's, The Nation
), Naomi Klein (The Nation
) and more.
A film by Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Executive Producer: Peggy Kimble
Associate Producer: AJ Russo
Edited by AJ Russo and Dennis Trainor, Jr.
New Filmmakers New York 2012
Twin Cities Film Festival 2012
Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival 2012
New Hampshire Film Festival 2012
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2012
Montana CINE International Film Festival 2012
Louisville's International Festival of Film Critical Selection 2012
Orlando Film Festival 2012
Eugene International Film Festival 2012
Polygrind Underground Film Festival 2012
Move to Amend New England Regional Convergence 2012
Occupy The Film Festival 2012
New York Times
New York Daily News
The Hollywood Reporter
Praise for the Film
"This is not amateur hour. This is a movie as well made as any Hollywood blockbuster."
) is calm and smart, offsetting its stridency with discussion, music, even humor, while issuing a call to arms."
- New York Times
impresses most where many docs disappoint, expanding its scope without short-changing the wider subjects it covers."
"...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"
- Hollywood Reporter
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- Round Tree 7
"Dennis Trainor, Jr, is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events"