When Occupy Minnesota sprung up in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street I decided to find a way to apply my filmmaking skills to support the movement. I started with the “Voices From OccupyMN” concept, trying to capture the individual views of people participating. I’m happy with how they turned out but as winter set in and OccupyMN itself evolved, I found myself needing to change with it.
I covered the 99 Tents protest and later the NDAA protest in front of the Obama campaign headquarters and while I was happy with how they turned out, I couldn’t help but notice that there were plenty of other people covering those events and the less “produced” videos that reached the web quickly were more popular. That made sense but I wasn’t interested in just shooting and uploading without polishing so I jumped at the opportunity to work with Occupy Voices. They contacted me based on my previous videos and what they needed was more my speed; less journalism, more narrative.
After Occupy Voices the Occupy movement and I grew apart, mainly because of the fact that their own media team was doing such a good job. That’s ok. I’m glad to have participated when I did and I continue to support the ideas behind the movement.
Occupy Voices Promo
This is by far the biggest project I’ve undertaken for the Occupy movement. This Occupy Voices group, based out of Portland, contacted me out of the blue after watching the Voices From OccupyMN videos. They wanted something more polished for their site and after six weeks, this is what we had. I also talked Casey Nelson into doing some music for it.
OccupyMN NDAA Protest At Obama’s Campaign Headquarters
This protest, organized by Occupy Minneapolis was an odd one for me. In general, I’m an Obama supporter but I also couldn’t deny that parts of the National Defense Authorization Act were really screwed up. I’m also not a huge fan of the whole drone killing thing. Or the failing to close Guantanamo thing. Or the FBI coordinated dismantling of Occupy itself.
99 Tents Protest
I covered the 99 Tents For The 99 Percent protest but posted the video by speaker rather than cutting together one (very long) piece. Rather than post each clip here (which would create a very long page), follow this link to the videos.
Voices From OccupyMN
This is where Occupy started for me. My premise was simply, go there and let the individuals speak. This is what I ended up with and I’m rather proud of them.
Voices From OccupyMN #2
Voices From OccupyMN #1