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Watch: Full-Length OccuDoc, American Autumn

9:48 am in Uncategorized by Dennis Trainor Jr

In his review of my first feature length field documentary, David Swanson, wrote:

We have the capacity to communicate .  And that capacity just expanded dramatically.  Because 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.  But this is a movie with us in it.  I don’t mean our little group of activist friends.  I mean us, the people of this country, our stories, our hardships, our triumphs, our injustices, our tragedies, our humor.  This is radically different from what you’ll see at your local movie theater. (emphasis mine)

In addition to submitting this to various film festivals, I  have decided to make the entire feature length available for free. If you enjoy it, please share it.

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written, directed & produced by Dennis Trainor, Jr
Associate producer, co-editor, graphics & titles, Aj Russo


What would a world look like that had a culture and an economic system that places human need above corporate greed, and how do we bring that world into being? Who cares what it is called. Call it Socialism, Call it Real Democracy Now, and Call it Chunky-Monkey-Cherry Garcia. The world needs to change radically, it needs to change dramatically, and it needs to change fast.

American Autumn: an Occudoc is an invitation for you to participate in that positive change.

With interviews and insight from key organizers, thinkers and activists including Medea Benjamin, David Degraw, Dr. Margaret Flowers, Lee Camp, Naomi Klein, Nathan Schneider, Ashley Sanders, Vlad Teichberg, Sgt. Shamar Thomas, Dr. Cornel West, Kevin Zeese and many more, writer/ director Dennis Trainor Jr weaves commentary and a fearless style that often puts the viewer right between police and protesters.

The film includes an original score by Goldi (an OWS occupier himself and key member of Guitarmy) with additional original music created by Mike Lawrence-Yanicelli.

The legendary punk band FUGAZI supplied additional songs.

AJ Russo served as the Associate producer, co-editor, and created all of the graphics; James Russo served as sound designer.
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An Open Letter to Non-Occupiers

5:59 am in Uncategorized by Dennis Trainor Jr

Occupy Everywhere (photo: alexhung/flickr)

Occupy Everywhere (photo: alexhung/flickr)

by Dennis Trainor, Jr.

While most debates about the next steps the Occupy movement should take naturally occur among those already engaged in the movement, one population that needs to be further engaged, if the May 1st national general strike (and other Occupy spring and summer related activities) are to succeed and this movement is to grow, is the population of those who are watching from the sidelines.

In other words, the individual members of the 99% who are potentially sympathetic but as yet unmoved to participate in the movement need another open invitation to the dance.

One such individual watching from the sidelines hit me up on facebook recently asking, essentially, what Occupy stands for.

Questions like this and other versions of the “what are your demands” question can sometimes make one go a little postal. What do we stand for?  Really? Are you kidding? However, this recent query was not a joke or a provocation. It came in good faith, unsolicited from one not yet aligned with occupy but seeming at least willing to consider participating in the future. The honest to goodness naiveté embedded in the question is evidence supporting the idea that we have more work to do in providing a more compelling narrative than the dominant corporately controlled media provides.

What does Occupy stand for? One narrative potentially more compelling for new recruits is this: The Occupy movement seeks to be an equalizing force for good in a world dominated by greed. And let’s just get this big elephant out of the way right up front: for some, but not all, that means smashing capitalism.

Smashing capitalism sounds crazy to some, because that makes us sound like a rag tag group of socialists. And socialism, goes the refrain oft repeated in one form or another by a corporate media bent on dredging up a red scare once or twice every century just to keep us in line, is Anti-American.

Without debating the merits of Capitalism versus Socialism, perhaps we can agree that the way capitalism operates right now in our global culture delivers poverty, misery, and is downright homicidal. Read the rest of this entry →

Open letter to the 99%: Time to Make #NoWarWithIran a Top Priority

7:20 am in Uncategorized by Dennis Trainor Jr

A decade ago, in the run up to the war w. Iraq, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in New York and cities all across the country and the world … and war happened anyway.

But was before occupy.

Our creativity, our new way of thinking about protesting, and our crowdsourcing of ideas that make us collectively so much greater than the individual sum of our parts came into being.

If a new world is in fact possible, if we are in fact Unstoppable, we need to leverage our might and bring into being a new type of protest campaign that staves off a war with Iran; that in fact, reverses the homicidal bull in a geopolitical china shop that is US foreign policy altogether and replaces it with a world that places human needs – here and elsewhere above corporate greed.

Discuss. Come together. Act.


Move To Amend and the 99% Movement

4:26 pm in Uncategorized by Dennis Trainor Jr

Should Move to Amend be among the top priorities of the Occupy movement? In a word: yes.

In a few more words: the reason is that contrary to what Gordon Gecko (the fictional character of Oliver Stones tragically misunderstood satire WALL STREET) would have you believe as he embodied the ethos of the Ronald Reagan era, greed is not good. In fact, greed is homicidal blood sucking zombie maniac that has raped and pillaged its away from Compton to Gaza and all around the globe.
And greed long ago hijacked our culture and our political system.
And in many more words + video:

The Cure for the Underwater Mortgage Crisis

2:39 pm in Uncategorized by Dennis Trainor Jr

How far could $144 Billion go towards addressing some of the problems we address today? A report released this morning from The New Bottom Line entitled “Pulling Back the Curtain: Exposing the 1% Behind the 2011 Big Bank Bonuses suggests that with less than 1/2 of $144 Billion (the sum total of salary and bonuses paid out by the nations top 6 banks in 2011) could eliminate all underwater mortgages.