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The documentary about the most ambitious protest movement in the United Sates in a generation.

OVERVIEW

This October, as the U.S. war with Afghanistan begins its second decade, as the 2012 federal austerity budget slashes entitlement programs, people will once again take to streets.

But this time it is different.

Inspired by events in Egypt, Spain and Madison Wisconsin, WI this time, the protesters are not leaving.

The October 2011 Coalition will orchestrate a sustained occupation of Washington, DC’s Freedom Plaza.

To tell this once in a generation story, I need your financial support.

WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR
Money raised for this project will be used to travel to Washington DC, and other pre- and post protest interview locations, cover expenses for a small crew and cover all other logistical and post production cost up to and including public exhibition and distribution of a completed feature length documentary.


WHAT I WILL DO
As a participant in this protest and a member of the steering committee planning it, I will have a unique perspective and story to tell- a story that will include interviews with organizers, notables and other participants before, during and after the event, as well as up close and personal footage of the ongoing protest, occupation, and police response.

Tens of thousands of people will join with those who have already signed the pledge including Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Cynthia McKinney, Ray McGovern, Rev. Graylan Hagler, The Yes Men, Ted Rall, Jane Hamsher, Matthew Rothschild, Medea Benjamin, Chris Hedges and many others – a pledge to come and NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza in Washington DC until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.

This simple request is what the majority of people in the United Sates want, and yet it falls on deaf ears because our Representative Democracy is broken.

October 6th is the beginning. This is not a single day, carry a cool sign and chant the cool chants protest where we will get back on the bus and go home at the end of the day.

We are staying. We are occupying Freedom Plaza.    

OUTCOME
This documentary will serve as an inspirational early chapter in the evolving culture of resistance that is coming into being here in the United States.

FAQ

  • While logged into your Kickstarter account
    - click on the word "me" in the upper right corner of the page. a sub menu will drop down
    - Under "my backed projects" click on "Taking Freedom Plaza"
    - You should now be looking at the project page
    - To the right of the video, click on the blue button that says MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE
    - You should be re-directed to a page where you can change your pledge amount and directly below that you should see a menu called REWARD SELECTION
    - Select from the menu
    - Click the blue "Continue" button at the bottom of the page

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  • Yes. If/ when fully funded, I will be able to pay a film crew to capture everything happening in Freedom Plaza. Because my strengths are in storytelling, writing, and editing, I will bring on an experienced Director of Photography as well.

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  • Yes, I am one of the organizers of this protest and I have no intention of remaining neutral. I hope you agree with me in that the point of view from which I create this documentary is unique and will result in a very compelling feature length documentary.

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