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Blog post: “99 %-The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”
First Published Jan 21 2013 09:50 pm • Last Updated Jan 21 2013 09:55 pm

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With its four directors, five co-directors, three editors, three co-editors and about 100 collaborators, "99%-The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film" is a marvel of collective film effort. As such, it proves its own ideological assertion that collaboration and hierarchy can co-exist to produce a marketable good, whether it’s a social movement or film. Other than that, this extensive document of the protests that gripped the nation in the fall of 2011 is another installment in the long-running story of angry people out to change the world. Passion runs high throughout, as directors Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Krstic take us into the belly of the protest beasts at One Liberty Center and Zuccotti Park in New York City, and even such unlikely places as Jackson County, Miss. When we’re not treated to first-hand witnesses , we get journalistic and academic perspectives from such luminaries as Matt Taibbi and Naomi Wolf. Curiously, the film is most compelling when it turns to these experts, and less so when it focusses on the protestors of its "hive mind." On the whole, they come across as either naive or, in the case of Oakland’s brand of militant Occupy protesters, blatantly antagonistic. When "99%" offers rare insights into the forces driving economic inequality, such as student loan debt, or documents how social media and Internet skills kept protestors cohesive, it finally balances the equation of its outrage.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Redstone Cinema 2, Park City

• Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:45 p.m., Broadway Centre Cinema 3, Salt Lake City

• Thursday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m., The Marc, Park City

• Friday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m., Screening Room, Sundance Resort

• Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, Park City

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