WHAT WE’RE DOING:
Part I of #whilewewatch recorded the events that
started on September 17, 2011 but since the movement continues, so does the
documentary. As the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street nears, the grievances of the occupiers continue to go unanswered. They want to impact the 2012 election so
we want to follow them to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
where they will continue their protest. To do this, we need YOUR help to cover
traveling costs, film equipment, crew, eight weeks of editing, legal expenses,
music rights, social media, and mainstream media file footage. Besides
traveling to the conventions, we will be filming in New York up until the
movement’s one year anniversary. We are also looking to conduct follow-up
interviews with OWS leaders Priscilla Grim, Jesse LaGreca, Tim Pool, and Justin
Wedes as well as interview prominent members of the community such as Cornel
West, Tom Morello, Tom Brokaw, Pete Hamill, and Ben Cohen.
BRIEF HISTORY OF OCCUPY WALL STREET
October 3, 2008 - President Bush signs Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to purchase troubled assets to promote financial stability. Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs Group are just a sample of the corporations that were bailed out by the government.
2008 - The National Bureau of Economic Research declares the US was in a recession since
17, 2009 - President Obama signs economic
stimulus package worth $787 billion. The plan uses federal spending and tax
cuts to save and create jobs as well as rejuvenate the economy.
July 14, 2009 - President
Obama signs the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to
promote transparency in the financial system, to end “too big to fail”, and to
protect consumers from problematic financial services.
13, 2011 - The Adbusters, a Canadian
anti-consumerist magazine, blog says, “On September 17, we want to see
20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful
barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.”
September 17, 2011 -
About 150 people march on Broadway to Zuccotti Park, which becomes Occupy Wall
Street’s home for the next two months. One
of the movement’s main goals addressed the gap between the rich and poor or the
1% versus the 99%. Their agenda includes making more jobs, relieving student
debt, and reforming the influence of corporations on politics.
September 29, 2011 - Slogans
like “We are the 99%” emerge.
October 1, 2011 - More
than 700 are arrested at a march on the Brooklyn Bridge. Protesters say they
were led onto the bridge’s roadway and trapped by officers, which ultimately led to the
arrests. Police release footage showing verbal warnings of arrest.
October 5, 2011 - Over 50 Occupy movements emerge around the country.
October 15, 2011 - The
movement goes global! Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea start
November 15, 2011 -
Mayor Bloomberg effectively diffuses the Occupy
movement when he orders the NYPD to raid Zuccotti Park and bar protesters citing
health and safety conditions as the cause for the eviction.
March 17, 2012
- Occupy Wall Street’s six month anniversary. Protesters return to Zuccotti
Park where dozens more were arrested.
ABOUT #whilewewatch Part 1:
A gripping portrait of the “Occupy Wall Street” media revolution, #whilewewatch is the first definitive film to emerge from Zuccotti Park – with full access and cooperation from the masterminds behind the #OccupyWallStreet movement.
The #OccupyWallStreet media team had to contend with a critical city government, big corporations, hostile police, and unsympathetic mainstream media to tell their story. They endured rain, snow, grueling days, and uncomfortable nights - to inspire the world to take action. Fueled with little money, they relied on the power of social media: setting up Wi-Fi hotspots, sending out live video streams, and promoting international participation. As the film unfolds, we witness the birth of a new era of direct journalism.
WATCH THE FULL MOVIE ON SNAGFILMS: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/while_we_watch
WHY WE’RE DOING IT:
The film looks at the formation of citizen journalists who used new media and their First Amendment rights to get their voices heard. With cell phones, computers, and social media, a group of discontents, without formal training in journalism, challenged the mainstream media by using the Internet to make their message viral. We appreciate their passion to fight for their right to be heard and look forward to telling Part II of their story.
WHERE & WHEN:
The 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions are soon!
Republican National Convention: August 27 to August 30, 2012 in Tampa, FL.
Democratic National Convention: September 3 to September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, NC.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Make a pledge! We sincerely appreciate any amount you’re able to donate. We also encourage you to spread the word! Retweet our tweets, or share us on Facebook. One click can go a long way!
Panel discussion following the April 26th, 2012 online premiere of While We Watch. Panel is moderated by Sam Alcoff (Democracy Now), and includes the film's director, Kevin Breslin, David Fagin (Writer & HuffPo Blogger), and film subjects, Tim Pool (Journalist & Technologist), Priscilla Grim, (Journalist, The Occupied Wall St. Journal), Jesse LaGreca (Journalist, Daily Kos), Justin Wedes (Educator & Activist).
Director Kevin Breslin discussing #whilewewatch on MSNBC