On Occupy Love

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It seems so long ago, OWS. So it was moving to see Velcrow Ripper’s footage from the midst of things: from Tahrir Square, from the rainy October night at Zucotti when everyone grabbed brooms and cleaned the plaza after the landlords had claimed unsanitary conditions; from the vicious night in Oakland when Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was shot. All the beautiful young people the world over standing up and demanding that things change, even if they weren’t quite clear into what…

I was a little disappointed in the film, though. I’m really getting tired of this format (see 2012: Time for a Change, Thrive, etc.): inspiring footage interspersed with predictable interviewees: Barbara Marx Hubbard, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben… much as I admire each of them. Among the fresher voices, Charles Eisenstein was a star– it was his quote from the trailer that made me want to see the film in the first place:  “an economist says that essentially more for you is less for me, but the lover knows that more for you is more for me, too.” Love Charles. Still, yawn.

I want the next film about the new world that is not only possible, but already breathing, to be something different. Get to it talented filmmakers. Make something to grab the attention of millions, not just our beautiful little church.

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