Date: September 29, 2012 through October 4, 2012
Time: 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 and 9:30pm
Venue: Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011, ph: 212-255-2243)
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Written, produced & directed: Dennis Trainor, Jr.
Running time: 1:16
In September of 2011, a few hundred protesters began a conversation in Zuccotti Park that now includes several hundred million people. A year later writer & director Dennis Trainor, Jr. delivers American Autumn: an occudoc. The first feature length documentary on the Occupy movement not only offers answers for those who continue to ask: “what does the occupy movement stand for? What are our demands?” – it offers a challenge and an invitation to engage with the movement.
The influence of Occupy is still felt a year later. The Movement changed the conversation by raising issues like wealth inequity, health care reform, predatory bank practices, and the war on unions, among other issues. Occupy has also revolutionized the way dissidents organize their protests. As Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink observes, there will be no more Saturday afternoon gatherings in a deserted Washington, D.C. where everyone marches in a circle and then leaves. Instead, Occupy brought the protest to the town square and “occupied” the space in a very public way.
Although Occupy has waged a campaign of civil disobedience and nonviolence, the film includes scenes of brutal police practices such as indiscriminate pepper spraying and physical aggression that were used against the crowd. About 7,000 protesters were arrested within the first six months of the movement, including Trainor, who was jailed twice.
Narrated by Trainor, the documentary features speeches and interviews from filmmaker Michael Moore, Dr. Cornel West (Princeton University), comic/author/activist Lee Camp, journalists Nathan Schneider (Harper’s, The Nation) and Naomi Klein (The Nation) and more.