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."
is a provocative social critique and relentless piece of engaged journalism. Up against institutionalized corporate greed, Dennis Trainor's documentary doubles down on the vision of an equitable economy; he demands you pick a side."
- Matthew Bolton | Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pace University New York and Co-editor of Occupying Political Science: The Occupy Wall Street Movement from New York to the World
"...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
"In the fall 2011, Occupy Wall Street encamped just three blocks from the front doorstep of the university where I teach. We had a front seat to a revolution. Quickly the movement went viral, as Occupy encampments sprouted up in nearly 100 counties and more than a thousand cities around the globe. With clarity and earnestness, American Autumn
by Dennis Trainor, Jr. explains why the movement is so powerful and so necessary. From health to education, from corporate greed to student indebtedness, from unsustainable levels of inequality to unsustainable levels of military spending, American Autumn
gets Occupy right and provides us with a document that lays bare the times we are living in."
- Dr. Christopher Malone | Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Political Science at Pace University
"an impassioned celebration of the Occupy Wall Street movement"
- Hollywood Reporter
"If you want to understand why millions joined the Occupy movement in the US watch American Autumn.
The film successfully connects many different causes to one huge movement for change, making clear that it is one struggle no matter where we stand."
- Dario Azzellini | Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Johannes Kepler University, Linz
"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
"Dennis Trainor, Jr, is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events"