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Our film MASHED POTATOES wins Short Documentary Award at Ozone Film Festival.  Film by Annie Spell and Music by Brian Stoltz.

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.  

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.

Originally posted to Annie Spell on Wed Oct 10, 2007 at 06:01 AM PDT.

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