Occupy Documentary’s Unique Distribution Model – ‘Pay What You Will’ for DVD’s

“(American Autumn) is as well made, in technical terms, as any Hollywood blockbuster with Pentagon funding.”  David Swanson, -MichaelMoore.com

Massachusetts—(ENEWSPF)—August 17, 2012.  DVD’s for American Autumn: an Occudoc are now on sale. Individual purchases can be made on a “pay what you will” basis by clicking here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/american-autumn-dvd-pay-what-you-will 

“I did not want cost to be a barrier to the distribution of the movie,” says writer, director & producer Dennis Trainor, Jr.” Proceeds from DVD sales will allow me to embark on my next documentary project, where I will travel, camera in tow, to the RNC, the DNC and to New York for the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.”

American Autumn: an Occudoc is the “film everyone is talking about” and is set to headline the Occupy The Film Festival (September 15- tickets here) on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the OWS movement. This fast-paced, fact-filled production was filmed in New York, Boston, and Washington D.C., beginning in the earliest days of the movement.  The film recounts recent history in a manner quite different from what many viewers may recall of it.  American Autumn answers those who continue to ask “What does the Occupy movement stand for?”

American Autumn features footage of numerous actions and comments from many of those involved, including interviews and insight from key organizers and thinkers such as Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, and Kevin Zeese

Kit O’Connel, writing at Fire Dog Lake, raves, “Dennis Trainor, Jr., is no outsider, but a gonzo journalist at these events. . . . He’s intimately involved. Autumn features footage of Trainor’s arrests and his involvement in many other actions. However, he never monopolizes the screen.  Lengthy interviews and engaging speeches are included by political pundits like Dr. Cornell West and Michael Moore, but also organizers, comedians, union representatives, veterans, Verizon workers and regular people who occupy.”

David Swanson, reviewing the film on MichaelMoore.com, writes: “We now have a film of our own. This is not amateur hour.  This is a movie as well made, in technical terms, as any Hollywood blockbuster with Pentagon funding. . . .  American Autumn moves, like Occupy, beyond the streets. We watch home foreclosure resistance in action.  We see a movement building the demand for Medicare for All.  We see the activism and the personal stories of horrendous and unjust, unnecessary suffering — combined with the determination to push back and to do so long-term, relentlessly.  We see labor come into the movement and the possibility realized of persuading organized labor to act on its own behalf and all of ours.  War and the war economy take the stage as central opponents of peace and justice.  Student debt, the environment, energy, agriculture, homelessness, the prison business, and money in elections: these crises and the organizing around them are brought together by resistance to government by the 1%.”

The film includes an original score by Goldi (an OWS occupier and key member of Guitarmy), with additional original music created by Mike Lawrence-Yanicelli. The legendary DC area punk band FUGAZI supplied additional songs.

Dennis Trainor, Jr. is currently the host of http://AcronymTV.com  He has been writing and producing editorial video commentary since 2007, publishing over 800 videos during that span.  His videos have garnered over 30 million views on Youtube alone. He formerly published under the alias “Davis Fleetwood” and while doing so was an embedded Youtube personality/ media advisor on the staff of Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign. American Autumn: An Occudoc is his first full-length field documentary.