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If you're not able to get out and about and participate in Occupy Wall Street, here's an opportunity to see that the story gets told straight up.

Frankly, I don't know how I missed this video. Perhaps the original title, "We are all Scott Olsen" was a bit off-putting. Seeing Scott Olsen shot and bloodied once was enough. The people who put that video together seem to have recognized the problem because now it's been re-titled as OCCUPY THE MOVIE--JFK Talks about the Occupy Movement, as indexed on VodPod. And that's actually totally accurate since the video is composed of Occupy images and a voice over of JFKs words.

The video is well worth watching.  But, even more important, I think, is the project Corey Ogilvey and Andrew Halliwell have underway to do a full-length feature documentary of Occupy. From the OccupyTheMovie home page:

What We Need & What You Get

A high quality, artistic indy documentary requires 750 total work days to complete between all involved.  Add to this budgets for travel, accommodations, news archives, marketing materials, etc, and you begin to see the cost of film.  Even if we only needed $200 p day to operate, this would have us at $150,000.  

To our best abilities, we are recording every key cinematic moment of the Occupy Wall Street movement for its first year of existence. This requires daily attention, scrutiny, and context.  We have done this so far on credit with a bank, but that only lasts so long. The film will be released to the public late 2012-early 2013.

They're looking for money.  At present, the goal is $75,000 by February 25 and only $2400 has been donated, so far.  So, I encourage you to visit their home page, check out the perks and claim one for your honey for Valentine's Day!

Also, for evidence of their expertise, check this out.

Originally posted to hannah on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 08:40 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Also, to get updated on Occupy doings, (6+ / 0-)

    check this out
    http://likethedew.com/...

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 08:54:15 AM PST

  •  Occupy reports on itself (2+ / 0-)
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    infinitely better than corporate media reports on it.  If it were up to establishment media, needless to say, the Occupy movement would be blacked out and would wither away.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 09:54:06 AM PST

  •  The movie is weak... (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially the opening scenes, which depict "violence" in the streets, without making it clear that the violence is coming from the cops...leaving an impression of milling mobs, fighting the police...whether that's really what happened or not.

    The voice-over by Kennedy is cool...but due to the poor image context, which does Not emphasize a depiction of peaceful non-violent demonstrators being vamped on by vicious cops, but seems instead to glorify the conflict, in and of itself, I think the movie just represents more of the same hypocritical manipulative "revolutionary" jive that has turned most people off to large scale protests and demos.

    As long as this kind of agitation predominates, merely playing into the hands of monopoly corporate fascist commercial mass media, which is only too happy to focus almost exclusively such memes, Occupy will lose support, both here on dkos, and in the masses.

    The video instructing how to record events is somewhat better, in that it has much more compelling and vivid imagery of clearly unnecessary police brutality, like the pepper spray cop against the non-threatening, sitting protesters ...

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    THAT is the kind of propaganda that will elicit sympathy and support for OWS...but then there are other clips, like the crowd pushing and shoving against the line of cops, that do NOT appear "peaceful" or non-"violent", but leave a stark image of provocation by the protesters, regardless of their intentions, or what may have caused them to behave in such a manner.

    When you're dealing in short clips and sound-bites, this kind of stuff matters, a lot.

    Attempting to glorify the conflict, AS IF "this is what democracy looks like" is simply NOT going to get the material result that we need, which is actual real democracy, the beginnings of which is what we saw with the "mass uprising" to elect Obama and Democratic Majorities in '08 (even such as they were, with all those remnant Blue Dog ilk still in there).

    THIS is what democracy looks like:

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    The Occupy info webpage linked also is heavily laden with "anti-partisan" (ie: anti-Democratic), electoral boycott jive, which is simply NOT going to get the material results that we need, unless you think allowing the Republicans to regain and consolidate their power is some kind of "solution", in which case you will ultimately earn nothing but contempt and animosity from the vast majority of the population, especially here on dkos.

    Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

    by Radical def on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 10:23:52 AM PST

    •  Democracy has many faces (0+ / 0-)

      The Democratic Party is only one of them. In fact, as splintered as the party is, it is several of them.

      If only donkeys could have elephant balls... Occupy!

      by chuckvw on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 10:48:52 AM PST

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      •  Bullshit...and I'll tell you why (0+ / 0-)

        Rather than just bringing flippant one-line dismissals, devoid of any substantiation whatsoever for your..."position".

        As I've stated many times, I am not against protests and demonstrations, nor against Occupy, per se.  I think such actions Can be a viable component, in the quest for more better democracy, depending on how they are conducted, and what the actual objective for them is...

        But they are NOT democracy, in and of themselves.

        They are a reflection of a profound LACK of democracy.

        An...interesting contradiction, in a country that is, in fact, democratic "enough" to Even allow such manifestations...as it's main claim to fame, lol.

        Indeed, democracy is the most poignant and vulnerable contradiction of capitalism, as evidenced by the abject fear of it on the right, reflected in their present increasingly hysterical and draconian calls for political assassination, mass murder and civil war.  

        They wouldn't be weaseling and cheating and lying through their teeth like they are, trying to suppress likely Democratic voter turnout, by hook and by crook, with every dirty trick in the book, and spending billions of dollars on the elections, if that wasn't so.

        They know that real actual democracy will ultimately spell the death of Capitalism as we now know it, and of it's moribund form, Fascism.  

        They are politically incorrect, heh, and they know it, as Faux "News" so loves to scream and snivel and mewl and puke over...the vast majority of the "American" peoples are now staunchly against racism, sexism, eco-rape, murderous monopoly corporate fascist ripoffs and imperialist warmongering.

        Indeed, the right sees the writing on the wall much more clearly than many on the purported left, it would seem.

        A popular democratic electoral revolution is at hand, and they know it, even if you refuse to recognize it, or to accept the leadership of the masses in this regard.

        To the extent that protests and demonstrations mobilize the electorate to rise up, electorally, to purge the right, and to bring forward more progressive elements, to wrest the levers of power away from the right, they can be a good thing.

        To the extent that they agitate against electoral struggle, in favor of some vague, nebulous, abstract concept of "revolutionary" insurrection, they will continue to have no material effect on the fundamental issues they purport to address, except in the negative.

        Press the contradictions, by all means...but unless that's ALL about the need to vote, for more better democracy, to seize the power, for real, for a change, as the ONLY material solution, then you're just blowing it out your ass.

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        Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

        by Radical def on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 11:38:05 AM PST

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        •  The next Presidential election (1+ / 0-)
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          will be against a crazy on the right and the status quo on the left. I see no signs that anyone running for office at any other level is part of a radical electoral revolution. In all likelihood my right wing senator, being challenged by a Democrat who is a good person but underfunded, will be re-elected. What signs am I missing?

          •  Watching too much TV, maybe? They lie. (1+ / 0-)
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            Everything is relative, especially in politics, heh.  

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            The primaries are coming up, and now is the moment, to determine the field going into November.

            This is not about Obama, so much.  He seems unlikely to lose the presidency, heh.  It's ALL about the relative right/left plurality in the House and Senate, and down the ladders of power, coming out of November.

            The changes we need are not going to occur overnight, in every district, all at once, but will develop unevenly, in patches and spots, cumulatively.

            In '08, due to the massive electoral turnout, of virtually ALL people of color and greater percentage and numbers of youth than ever, many districts and even states that were considered hopeless ended up voting for Obama and the Democrats.

            This was accomplished by resolute determination to do the grassroots, face to face organizing required to make it happen.

            The largest and most viable portion of the eligible electorate is the "likely non-voters", who have traditionally seen no material self-interest in the process, perhaps for good reason, before now.

            Our job, as revolutionaries, is to seize the power, not merely to march around in circles complaining that we haven't accomplished that yet.

            Promulgating electoral boycott and splitting, and sowing cynical defeatism and demoralization sure aren't going to help anyone, except the right.

            We can set the tone, and have an effect, on who runs, who wins the primaries, and who wins the general elections, but only if we actually try, hard, and keep at it, ongoing.

            Will this immediately result in utopia?  I think not.  

            But it will be far better, relatively speaking, than giving up, and letting the right prevail, guaranteed.

            Even a dog of a Democrat is "better", relatively speaking, more or less, than a pig of a Republican.

            But we can do better than that, in many districts, if enough people get on the bus to make it so.

            Either you're working, for all that you're worth, to be part of the solution, or you're part of the problem.

            Revolution demands no less, anywhere.

            Millions will die, horribly, if we fail.  What more incentive do you need?  

            History will judge us based on the material results, Not on our emo "good intentions".  

            Either we seize the power, or the whole world is screwed.

            Call me simplistic, or idealistic, but there it is, plain and simple.

            You have to start someplace, or you'll never get anywhere.

            Seize the Time!

            Seize the Power!

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            nowhere

            Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

            by Radical def on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:10:05 PM PST

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        •  What was flippant about saying (0+ / 0-)

          that the Democratic Party isn't the sole fount of American democracy? I've been an active Democrat - as a poll watcher, precinct committee officer, member of a district executive board, and contributor - for 40+ years.

          Your hostile tone doesnt serve your "position" particularly well.

          If only donkeys could have elephant balls... Occupy!

          by chuckvw on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:38:35 PM PST

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          •  sorry...I've grown a bit testy... (0+ / 0-)

            considering the shit-headed oppositionalism so prevalent here.  If you aren't among those spewing cynical defeatism and demoralization, AS IF that's the last word, then I wasn't necessarily talking to you, personally, so much.

            Whoever you are, and whatever your history, which is impossible, really, to ascertain in an anonymous venue, I'm loath to take at face value such assertions as you make in rejoinder.

            While there are other aspects and facets to the democratic process, the one that ultimately really matters is the vote, and I see no viable alternative to the Democratic Party, which means, regardless of splinters, lol, we must grab the tool at hand, as the most appropriate one, even if we may have to wear gloves, heh.

            It's not that apparent to me what your point was, or what other means you have in mind.  

            While I don't dismiss the value of, say grassroots issue organizing, I do think that ultimately, unless that work includes mobilizing the electorate to bring forward the best candidates for the primaries, and to select them for the general, and to then actually get them elected, then all that grassroots work is essentially for naught, because it has not reached the root of the problem, or it's real solution, but will remain in the realm of doing nice things for poor people, or merely trying to get a few more crumbs from the rich man's table for our "interest" group.

            Hopefully you can see my point, here and above, without taking personal umbrage.

            Democracy is the most fundamental revolutionary principle.

            by Radical def on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 03:22:16 PM PST

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    •  While lots of people turning out for a (1+ / 0-)
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      speech is impressive, that's a rather static situation. If we're going to have government BY the people that's an on-going enterprise that doesn't just show up when the sun shines.

      Occupy Oakland making a foray into the chambers of City Hall is impressive because that's not an enterprise most people tend to undertake on their own.  Property owners are more likely to be familiar with the processes and procedures because property gets noticed quite regularly when there's a proposed change.  Nobody informs the citizenry when public facilities are arbitrarily closed or standing on street corners is suddenly considered a criminal offense (loitering).

      We do need to reclaim our public spaces, instead of letting "public" be a designation for whatever the propertied class doesn't want to be exploiting at the moment.  "Public" is not a holding category.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 12:44:19 PM PST

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  •  Great diary, Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 02:31:45 PM PST

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