|8:00PM||Live Music by Maria Minerva|
|10:00PM||Panel discussion with Naomi Wolf, founding director/producers Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, and director Nina Krstic; and representatives from Move to Amend/Occupy Student Debt, Represent.Us, and Education Trust|
|10:30PM-1:00AM||Reception courtesy of Red Stripe|
on the pier along the water
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.
A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Naomi Wolf, founding directors/producers Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, director Nina Krstic; Pam Brown of Move to Amend/Occupy Student Debt, Josh Silver and Eddie Geller of Represent.Us, and Iris Maria Chavez of Education Trust
Rooftop Films, Pivot, and The Fledging Fund presents an evening of discussion, activism and celebration, including live music and a special sneak preview of this acclaimed collaborative film, made by several filmmakers, about the causes of social injustice in contemporary America and the ongoing spirit supporting social change.
99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film will be released theatrically by Participant Media in New York and LA on September 6, 2013 and will air on Pivot, Participant Media’s new TV network, on September 17 9pm EST. Spread the word! www.takepart.com/99percent
Naomi Wolf (moderator) – author, social critic, political activist and featured expert in 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Wolf's numerous accomplishments include the international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, the New York Times bestseller The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, as well as consulting to Al Gore during his presidential campaign on women's issues and social policy.
Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites (filmmakers) – Directors, producers, and founders of 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Ewell and Aites' past achievements include their first feature documentary, Until the Light Takes Us, which won several audience and jury awards at domestic and international festivals.
Nina Krstic (filmmaker) - Director of 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. Krstic has worked as a head researcher on Helen Whitney's PBS special Forgiveness: A Time to Love, and a Time to Hate, Afghanistan: Defying Silence, and has received numerous fiction and documentary cinematography credits.
Pam Brown (panelist) - Founding member of the Occupy Student Debt Campaign, and board member at Move to Amend. Brown has been involved in campaigns and writing projects including the student debt pledge of refusal, the Debt Resistors Operations Manual, the Rolling Jubilee, and Shouldering the Costs.
Iris Maria Chavez (panelist) - Assistant Field Director at Education Trust, where she oversees the organizations field and outreach operations. Chavez previously served as a Deputy Director for Education Policy & Outreach at the League of United Latin American Citizens, where she oversaw LULAC's state and federal education policy work.
Josh Silver (panelist) - Director at Represent.Us, and veteran election and media reform executive. Silver was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative campaign and is the cofounder and former CEO of Free Press, a leading media and technology reform advocacy organization.
99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Krstic | New York | 97 min.)
In Zuccotti Park, at the height of the Occupy Wall Street protests, amid the black baklava-clad protestors, a man in a suit proclaims “This is the proudest I’ve ever been to be an American in my life.” While the police beat and pepper spray peaceful protestors, a retired police officer in uniform commits himself to being arrested in solidarity and military veterans shout, “This is the only occupation I believe in.” Occupy Wall Street began as a meme and morphed into a movement, but while many people (including much of the mainstream media) marginalized the campaign as aimless, greedy, the rantings of the young and angry, this collaboratively-made film makes clear that the issues raised really do affect the majority of Americans, and the 99% truly do represent the breadth and diversity of our citizenry.
From the unemployed in Mississippi to the working poor in Oakland, from students with advanced degrees crippled by student loans to soldiers returning from war unable to find their footing in an unstable society, the majority of Americans are finding it harder and harder to get by. The income gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country is growing. While ordinary citizens are prosecuted for such infractions as taking a second job while on welfare, corporations and their executives who carefully orchestrated massive fraud on a global scale go unpunished. This sort of inequality is leading to an increasingly instable nation, and this insightful, emotional and powerful documentary reveals the interconnected web of political, financial and systemic abuses that disenfranchise average people from all walks of life, seen through the lens and recent history of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The spirit of the movement continues, but what can be done? How can individuals continue to affect positive change? 99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film asks difficult questions and points toward possible solutions. Come join us for an extraordinary evening of activism that will inspire and engage people from all walks of life.
- Mark Elijah Rosenberg
"Considering her biography, it's surprising that no one saw it coming. Maria Juur, or the artist known as Maria Minerva, was born in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn a few years before the country achieved independence from the USSR. The daughter of an Estonian music critic, she gravitated to the more theoretical side of the arts, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Tallinn University. Like many a member of the post-communist generation, Maria eventually grew restless in her hometown. A year ago, she moved to London to pursue a Master's in Aural & Visual Cultures at the city’s prestigious Goldsmiths college.
Maria did not begin making music until fairly recently, but her distinctive and zeitgeist-embracing lo-fi disco-pop quickly piqued the interest of the blogosphere when MP3s like "Disko Bliss" and "California Scheming" started circulating in early 2011. On the heels of a 12" on 100% Silk and her Tallinn At Dawn cassette on Not Not Fun, Maria recently dropped her first proper LP, Cabaret Cixous. Two more Maria Minerva releases are also on the way: a second EP on 100% Silk called Sacred and Profane Love, and a collaborative effort with Amanda Brown's LA Vampires. Last week, I spoke to Maria on the phone about Cabaret Cixous and the theoretical underpinnings of her music."