In 2011, seemingly overnight, Occupy captured the imagination of our nation—and the world. The sweeping story of the birth of a movement, 99%—The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film follows a disparate group of activists who converge on lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to build a society organized by nonhierarchical decision-making structures. Inspired by the idea that wealth and political power are dangerously concentrated, grassroots groups from Minneapolis to Mississippi to Oakland soon follow suit, converging to focus on issues crucial to their own communities. After confrontations, expulsions, and mass arrests, the movement finds itself at a crossroad. What’s next?
Designed in part as an experiment modeled on Occupy’s process, the film employs multiple cameras around the country to capture the kinetic, immediate experience on the ground, peppered with a comprehensive range of viewpoints from activists, experts, and detractors. In an era of hopelessness and resignation, this film is a reminder that another world order is still possible. - S. S.
About the Directors
In 2009, Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites’s first feature documentary collaboration, Until the Light Takes Us, won several audience and jury awards at scores of international film festivals before being widely released and was acquired for broadcast on Sundance Channel.
Ewell got her start in film in San Francisco, where she coproduced the comedy A Sign from God, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
In addition to directing and producing documentaries and visual art installations, Aites is the singer/songwriter behind the acclaimed rock band Iran.
Lucian Read is a news producer, photojournalist, and cinematographer. His work appears regularly on Dan Rather Reports, including the Emmy-nominated “Excerpts from Afghanistan.”
Nina Krstic studied the effects of new media on revolutions at NYU and directed a short documentary called Grannies Against the War.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic
Executive Producers: Brian Devine, Brooke Devine, Tyler Brodie
Producers: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Williams Cole
Coproducer: Stephen Dotson
Editors: Jeffrey K. Miller, Brad Comfort
Codirectors: Katie Teague, Peter Leeman, Aric Gutnick, Abby Martin, Doree Simon
Contact: Audrey Ewell / Field Pictures / firstname.lastname@example.org