A feature documentary by Velcrow Ripper
Produced by Nova Ami, Ian MacKenzie and Velcrow Ripper
Executive Producers Betsy Carson and Catherine Tait
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative feature documentary that asks the question: how is the economic and ecological crisis of today a great love story?
From the Arab Spring to the European Summer, to the Occupy Movement, to the global climate justice movement, a profound shift is taking place: humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is collapsing. Endless growth on a finite planet cannot be sustained. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound transformation: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough – the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.
Woven throughout the moving, action oriented backbone of the story, will be a deep exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of love, and concrete examples of just what "another world" could look like, featuring some of world's key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper's signature stunning visuals and theatrical soundscapes. It will be a powerful, transformative and cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.
The film features an incredible cast of visionaries, both well known, and the everyday heroes who are emerging in this fledgling movement. Featuring: Malik Rhassan from Occupy the Hood, visionary Naomi Klein, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, "Horizontal Power" author and early Occupy organizer Marina Sitrin, native elder and activist Tom Goldtooth, climate activist Bill McKibben, Occupy activist and author Rebecca Solnit, author "Empathic Civilization" Jeremy Rifkin, and more.
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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life. Today's global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing and rumbling, just below the surface. Suddenly, from the Arab Spring to the European Summer to the global Occupy Movement, the volcano has erupted. As the popular #Occupy sign reads, "The Beginning is Here."