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Occupy Sundance Heads to Park City

by Jacob Combs
January 18, 2012 3:45 PM
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Although the protests at Zuccotti Park have subsided since the height of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, it looks like the Occupy movement has a new target: Sundance.

Well, sort of.  The Occupy Sundance Film Festival is the brainchild of filmmaker Daniel J. Harris, who in a late November blog post invited the next eight filmmakers  who received a Sundance invitation to decline and instead host a renegade Occupy festival.  

The truth is that Occupy Sundance will likely be less of an occupation than a literal fringe event like Slamdance started out to be. The organizers plan to set up their alternative festival in Park City, around the official Sundance encampment.  Still, in terms of message, the Occupiers are dead on: all of the films to be screened each night from January 21-24 focus on the OWS movement.

There's certainly an irony to Sundance being an Occupy target--it's hard to make the argument that Sundance is "the man," since it was created essentially to celebrate independent American cinema.  Perhaps Occupy Hollywood is still in the planning stages--or Occupy Sundance's organizers thought indy Park City would provide better focus more, with media hordes on hand, than Los Angeles.

The following films will screen at the Occupy Sundance Film Festival:

"Occupy Wall Street: The Revolution is Love" by Ian Mackenzie

"Hot Chicks of Occupy Wall Street" by Steven Greenstreet

"That Which We Occupy" by At the Hop Productions

"Where Do We Go From Here" by Ed David

"No One Can Predict the Moment of Revolution" by Iva Radivojevic

"Occupy Wall St: The Revolution Is Inspiring" by Tim Schwartz

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  • Dan Harris | January 19, 2012 6:35 PMReply

    As the writer of the blog post on Slamdance re: OccupySundance, "I invited the next eight filmmakers who received a Sundance invitation to decline and instead host a renegade Occupy festival".... should read the NEXT category of eight films at Sundance to host a renegade festival...
    NEXT is a category of films that in Sundance words "defy categorization".

  • seth willenson | January 19, 2012 12:54 AMReply

    with celebrities, majors, sponsors etc how can you say Sundance is not the man whatever that
    is. It is as much a par of the establishment as Beverly Hills and the Peninsula.

    Not that there is anything wrongwith thaat but the sense of independence was coopted a long time ago with thousand dollar fast passes and swag shops.

    dont perpetuate naive views of the world.

  • Samuel Spadino | January 18, 2012 9:19 PMReply

    The Occupy Sundance Film Festival will take place Jan. 21st-24th from 7:30pm-10:30pm at the Park City Yoga Studio-1662 Bonanza Dr. Park City , UT 84068. The event is free. Further info can be found at

  • BGuest | January 18, 2012 6:24 PMReply

    Occupy Movement is harmless...they are just frustrated people wanting their voice and concerns to be heard so I say be nice to them because they are peaceful and would never do anything to stop corporate capitalism from continuing on its merry way.

  • jim fouratt- reeldeal | January 18, 2012 5:48 PMReply

    Landed in Park City to learn that the Occupy movement will also be present, Having particapted in a number of OWS actions as well as General Assemblies and work groups I am happy to find OPC and OSundance up and running. As an accrededed Sundance/Slamdance journalist I am also glad to learn that John Cooper made sure that Sundance staff reached out to the Occupy forces and did not act adversarial. I look forward to seeing how it unfolds ... and suggest that those of you in Park City for Sundance/Slamdance do attend and report on the occupy activities as part of your coverage. I am less critical of the corporate sponsorship of Sundance .. it is how they are able to present Sundance. I see no influence on programming by corporate sponsor and that to me is what matters. Redford has spoken over the last few years about the continued commitment of Sundance to Independent film .. and the competition programming both in the US and World US and World narrative and documentary film still reflects that commitment. The introduction of the NEW FRONTIER which is about the future of film and NEXT which programs low budget digital film as well as the shorts and internet free access (itunes) to some films also shows Cooper's making real Redford's vision. It is the one festival that most matters to me ... and as Redford has also said . "there are two Sundances : the Festival Sundance which we are responsible for and the Main Street Sundance of parties, celebrities and "events" which we are not responsible for but are glad it happens if it can help bring more attention to independent film making. Cooper now in his second year in practice has made clear his commitment to the role Sundance plays. I come for the movies, the panels and the film makers ... Since I live in downtown Greenwich Village .. main street could be any night of the year.... unless of course GaGa or Bruce show up and yes I will fight my way in ...

  • bob hawk | January 22, 2012 3:44 AM

    Hi Jim! This has nothing to do with Occupy anything. Just curious about the "Bruce" mentioned above. I don't think anyone would fight their way in for Bruce Willis, Bruce Vilanch, Bruce Dern or Bruce Beresford. Bruce La Bruce or Bruce Springsteen, possibly. Lenny Bruce, sure, but he's long gone. So, what cultural phenomenon am I not hip to? xo

  • Essentially Indie | January 18, 2012 3:57 PMReply

    "There's certainly an irony to Sundance being an Occupy target--it's hard to make the argument that Sundance is "the man," since it was created essentially to celebrate independent American cinema."

    Glad also to hear that Sundance was created "essentially" to celebrate indies. You could have fooled a lot of people on that point, possibly including the people associated with Occupy sundance, because given the typical budget of the typical Dramatic Competition feature, it's difficult to see what "indie" about these films or Sundance generally. Then again, this is Indiewire, which would also appear to have little or nothing to do with indie films.

  • jingmei | January 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    Here is an awesome website about especially indie films for sure. Money is always a subject matter. Cool indie films financed or distributed by grand companies or partners are well recognized. It's a good recycle hopefully.

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