It's too bad neither the Occupy Wall Street movement, nor its supporters, have created a compelling full-length narrative documentary to define themselves yet. Because it looks like the rightwing group Citizens United have beat them to it, with a film called "Occupy Unmasked," directed by Stephen Bannon (maker of the "Undefeated" Sarah Palin hagiography). With his trademark lack of subtley, Bannon is sure to deliver a highly biased, rightwing diatribe against Occupy. Mark Cuban's Magnet Releasing, it was anonunced today, will give the film a limited theatrical release day and date with VOD in late September.
“This film is controversial, and that’s exactly the reason we want to ensure it can find its audience prior to the November elections,” said Cuban. “I look forward to our partnership with Citizens United Productions and to getting this film out to the masses.”
Cuban has heretofore kept himself largely out of politics, except in his attempts to recruit New York mayor Michael Bloomberg for a Presidential bid. That has now changed.
Cuban, who also owns Landmark Theatres and Magnolia Pictures, the two indie film mainstays, may have to brace himself for a political backlash, in line with what happened to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. If word spreads about Cuban's partnership with Citizen United, a major enemy of liberals since the organization helped define corporations as citizens in its landmark court case, enterprising Occupiers might try to fight back with a Landmark boycott or Occupy Landmark Day (just saying).
According to a press release, the film aims to examine "who’s at the heart of the movement, documenting criminal activity and raw brutality in the camps – much of which has not been reported by the mainstream media."
The film features late conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, Brandon Darby (whose credentials are immediately put into question by another recent documentary, "Better This World"), David Horowitz, Pam Keys, Anita MonCrief, Mandy Nagy, and Lee Stranahan.
“I am proud to announce that Citizens United Productions is teaming up with Mark Cuban and Magnet to distribute 'Occupy Unmasked,' and elevate the film the Left does not want the American people to see,” said producer and Citizens United president David N. Bossie.