First Full-Length Film on Occupy Will Be Screened in D.C. on August 20

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—August 14, 2012.  The documentary film ‘American Autumn: an Occudoc’ will be screened in Washington, DC on Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m.  Director Dennis Trainor, Jr., will be present to introduce the film and answer questions afterward.  A number of activists featured in the film will be present as well.  The event will take place at: Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets, NW.  Admission is free.  A cash bar and dinner menu will be available.

‘American Autumn: an Occudoc’ is the first feature-length documentary on the Occupy 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

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.

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.

Trailers of the film can be viewed at:

http://youtu.be/IeMbERJggt4

http://youtu.be/EWeVOgeKzVw

Event on Busboys and Poets site: http://bit.ly/NuIbnG

Event on FaceBook: http://on.fb.me/P81ovT