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Occupy Sundance Heads to Park City

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2012 at 3:45PM

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.
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.