October 22, 2013 by Latasha Myers
Participant Media has helped produce “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaboration Film”, which details the gripping accounts of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Student debt-- something 1.2 trillion of the 99% are facing-- is a main focus of the documentary. It’s a must-see film telling the story of how disenfranchised youth, many of whom have debts they can’t pay, created a powerful voice for the 99 percent.
The film, a which was spearheaded by over 60 award-winning filmmakers and artists, was also selected to be screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The project began with a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, and quickly achieved its fundraising goal. According to the New York Times:
Led by a pair of filmmakers from Brooklyn, Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, more than 50 people from more than a dozen American cities are pooling material for a feature-length documentary. The organizers said they envisioned a film told from many perspectives, tapping into the enormous supply of on-the-scene footage from protests around the country.
“I’m interested in finding whatever truth is to be found from whatever angles there are,” Ms. Ewell said…
Since then, the project, currently titled “99% — The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film,” has expanded at nearly the same speed as the movement itself.
And they seem to have accomplished just that. TakePart's Shaya Tayefe Mohajer describes the documentary as one that “really puts a face on a movement that was often in an adversarial tussle with media."
Occupy Wall Street sprung up out of disconnect with politics and money, which obviously appealed to college students, many of whom are struggling to afford a college education. With college tuition growing faster than the rate of inflation, students are fed up, and would appreciate the same benefits –such as low-interest rates- that large corporations receive.>
Check out the website for more information and to watch the trailer.