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Is "The Hunger Games" Anti-Capitalist Cinema for the 99%? Or Anti-Gov't Agit-Prop?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • March 16, 2012 9:58 AM
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While I'm loathe to promote a pop cultural event such as "The Hunger Games," it'll be interesting to see where the culture wars take positions on the new teen fantasy franchise, which according to early reviews, is going to be seen by lots and lots and lots of people. I'm not familiar with the books, and my only interest in the film is its politics, not its entertainment value, but the very premise suggests an attack on much of what our infantile culture worships: reality TV, celebrity, fame and material wealth. And sure, this baby is all about making money for studio Lionsgate and the other investors in the film, but I do believe it is possible--though rare--for a corporate film to have its capitalistic cake and choke on it, too. See "V For Vendetta" or "FIght Club."

Where are you going to #OCCUPYTHECINEMAS today?

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • March 2, 2012 9:18 AM
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While I can't say my grassroots cinephilic political action has gotten the kind of wide-reaching attention as I had hoped, I'm happy to report that #OCCUPYTHECINEMAS was picked up by the Canadian press in recent days, in the country's largest urban weekly, the Georgia Straight, and Toronto's Globe and Mail. Why have the U.S. media not championed this Day of Action, in which moviegoers have been charged with giving their support to indie films and art-house theaters in protest of Hollywood and the MPAA's restrictive policies towards copyright laws, Internet piracy, movie ratings, international quotas and a host of Machiavellian strategies to dominate the media-sphere.

Cinemas in Solidarity: Standing Together Against the Corporatization of Movies

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • February 28, 2012 9:06 AM
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Now that we can move beyond the shallow, desparate spectacle of the Academy Awards, I want to direct your attention on the eve of the #OCCUPYTHECINEMAS Day of Action this Friday to a new initiative called Cinemas in Solidarity, a grassroots movement of independent movie theaters standing in solidarity with OWS and against the corporate multiplexing of America.

OCCUPY THE CINEMAS Day of Action: March 2, 2012

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • February 15, 2012 1:19 PM
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Hey you, film-lovers, filmmakers and film fans:   Are you ready to make a statement about the movies you want?   Are you ready to take a stand and tell the powers that be that you want a free Internet and more fair copyright provisions?   Are you ready to join the Occupy Movement and "reclaim our voices and challenge our society’s obsession with profit and greed by shutting down the corporations"?

Occupy Sundance? Park City Activists Embrace Coming Media Storm

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • January 3, 2012 8:16 PM
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What better place for the Occupy Movement to gain further publicity than the liberal-minded, media-inundated ski slopes of Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival? Long a haven for films with potent social causes and political agendas--see "An Inconvenient Truth," "Super Size Me," and a slate of important docs in 2012--this year's Sundance will play host to a group calling itself Occupy Park City, which has been encamped since November, according to ParkRecord.com.

Co-opting Occupy Wall Street: "The Dark Knight Rises" vs the 99%

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 20, 2011 11:04 AM
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No disrespect to Christopher Nolan, who I'm sure has his anti-capitalist political leanings in the right place, as revealed in the new trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises," which has bloggers all over the web salivating about the film's ominous call for class warfare: “You think this can last?" says the would-be Catwoman. "There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne.... when it hits, you’re all going to wonder how you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.” But this is Hollywood, my friends, and at its best, the film will communicate a conflicted message; at its worst, it will make us all forget what OWS is really about.

Michael Moore Proposes "Occupy Winter"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 7, 2011 9:10 AM
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Last night, Michael Moore posted a proposal to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street to keep the movement alive during the cold months of winter. Many in the media had long questioned whether the 99% agenda would be able to endure the cold, but now that most of the encampments in public spaces are no longer making headlines, winter weather isn't so much an issue as how to keep the message alive.

Occupy Cinema Occupies Wall Street "Charging Bull"

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • December 6, 2011 12:13 PM
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Long considered off-limits for Occupy Wall Street, the famous charging bull statue in Wall Street has become a symbol of the brutal ways of American Capitalism, and as reconfigured in Adbuster's imagery, a symbol worth reclaiming and co-opting for the OWS movement. Tonight, starting at 6pm, the Occupy Cinema group has come up with an intriguing way to get around the police barricades and make Adbuster's image a reality.

Michael Moore Gives 10 Goals for Occupy Movement

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 22, 2011 6:35 PM
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Michael Moore offers this platform for the Occupy Wall Street movement:

"Punishment Park" Screens for Defiant Occupy Wall Street Protesters

  • By Anthony Kaufman
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  • November 15, 2011 6:33 PM
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Tonight, at Zuccotti Park, a group calling itself Occupy Cinema has announced a last minute screening of Peter Watkins's incendiary 1971 classic "Punishment Park." The event will follow the 7PM Occupy Cinema working group meeting, which will take place at 60 Wall Street.

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