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by Lela Scott MacNeil
October 20th, 2011

Since its modest beginnings on September 17th, Occupy Wall Street has grown into a powerful movement that even the politicians and mainstream media are being forced to pay attention to. The shift in the tone of the political and economic discorse is palpable, thanks in no small part to the role of independent media (and by that, we mean you).

In just under three weeks over 10,000 videos about OccupyWallStreet have been created and uploaded online. These videos – revealing police excess, marches, general assemblies and more formal documentaries covering the nature and processes of the movement – are helping to activate and proliferate the movement worldwide.

Tonight, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective will host a discussion and screening looking at the practice and theory of covering a social movement through video. Four of the most viewed videos from #OccupyWallStreet (with over 600,500 views to date) will be presented by the Brooklyn filmmakers who created them.

Guest moderator Martin Lucas, director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the Center for Health Media Policy, will lead a discussion on the role of video in social movements, the coverage of Occupy Wall Street, and the potential challenges of the overwhelming amount of media coming out of Occupy Wall Street today.

An informal reception to follow. Oh, and cheap beers.

We’re helping them out by providing equipment for this important event, and we would love it if you would join us in joining tonight’s discussion.

Details, details, details:

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective presents:
OCCUPY THE MEDIA
The Role of Independent Media at Occupy Wall Street
October 20th, 7:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn
$8 suggested donation (nobody turned away)
Watch the trailer.

4 FILMS • 10 FILMMAKERS • OCCUPY WALL STREET

Films:
Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution by Iva Radivojevic and Martyna Starosta, 8 min
Right Here All Over by Alex Mallis, Lily Henderson & Ed David, 7 min
@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street by Adele Pham, 3 min
Consensus by Meerkat Media Collective, 8 min

Directions:
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217
‪Hoyt – Schermerhorn A, C, G / Bergen F, G / Nevins St. 2, 3, 4, 5

Links:
Join the event on Facebook.
http://occupywallst.org
http://occupytogether.org
http://brooklynfilmmakerscollective.com

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