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.
|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|
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