Skip to main content


Running Time 41 min.

Film by Annie Spell

Music by Brian Stoltz

Film Synopsis:

MASHED POTATOES documents the occupation of the Texas bar ditches by antiwar activists outside of Crawford near the Presidential Ranch in August 2005.  

Recorded in it's entirety by one of the attorneys who was on the scene primarily to defend the rights of those directly involved in the uprising, the film captures that aspect of the event which could only be uncovered by one working deep within the organization managing the month long rebellion.

The main stream media missed the true story of Camp Casey.  

MASHED POTATOES serves it up here for history.  

Filmmaker's Statement:

The true patriots of the Crawford uprising were the unnamed individuals who were drawn to a dusty, lonely highway to rise in resistance against the Iraq invasion under the blazing Texas summer sun. Not unlike the protagonist in the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, who carved a mountain out of mashed potatoes, many of these people felt compelled to live and sleep in the ditches, each driven by internal passions they could not fully understand or explain.  I was moved by the commitment of these ditch dwellers and I believe their stories must be heard in order to completely comprehend the deep sincerity of the antiwar movement, the historical significance of the occupation of Crawford, and the American patriotism displayed by these heroic, everyday citizens.

This is what democracy looks like.

Peace soon,


Originally posted to Annie Spell on Sun Aug 26, 2007 at 11:24 AM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site