"Is Wall Street killing the environment? That’d be one of the big questions posed in the new documentary, Surviving Progress, which opens Friday Dec. 2 at the always funky and fascinating Rio in Vancouver and the Cumberland Four in Toronto." So writes Mark Leiren-Young in his latest blog about the film, which also contains some of his interview with one of the film's directors, Harold Crooks.
Image: directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks on Tribute
Harold is lovely man, and one of writers on The Corporation. There is another 'Corporation connection" on the film, Mark Achbar producer/director of The Corporation was an exec producer. Surviving Progress is the latest in what i've been calling "The Achbar collection" of films. For the last four years Mark Achbar has been the executive producer along with
Vancouver colleague Betsy Carson on 10 documentaries made possible by the box office success of the Corporation.
"In light of the Occupy movement, that this film — 6 years in the making — is being released NOW is some kind of miracle of timing!" - Mark Achbar
When Surviving Progress first launched, #OccupyWallStreet had was only few weeks away. Now, as the film made it's sold out debut on the International scene at IDFA in Amsterdam, the Occupy movement was well underway. The film has been playing now for over five weeks in Montreal, and this weekend opens in Toronto and Vancouver. It will also be coming to the US.
As Achbar adds: "After four weeks, Montreal audiences, both English and French, still rate Surviving Progress the #1 film. Yes, over The Muppets, Hugo, Twilight Saga, and everything else Hollywood currently has to offer. Perhaps because it's a film that is relevant to what's actually going on in the world."
Katherine Dodds AKA "Kat" is the founder of HelloCoolWorld.com, the grassroots team behind The Corporation, and is featured in a "Grassroots Marketing" segment on The Corporation DVD set. She is dedicated to harnessing the power of the film to rein in corporate abuse through the development of the Campaign 4 Corporate Harm Reduction. |
OCCUPY YOUR FUTURE!
We created this image as our response to the Occupy movement - which in spite of the crackdown and evictions continued to be a growing social movement. One of the most exciting things I've seen in my lifetime. There are so many great stories being told about what is going on - we hope to sustain a conversation about what occupying our future might mean. We are on Twitter @CorporationFilm, and using hashtags #TheCorporation and #OccupyYourFuture.
CORPORATION SPECIAL GIFT BUNDLE!
In particilar as we work on getting The Corporation into more high schools and encouraging student and teacher engagement. And now - our "Occupy Your Future" posters, T-Shirts and sweatshirts are availlable on our online store!
We've also created a deluxe holiday bundle that contains the poster, as sweatshirt, button, a copy of the film and BOTH of Joel Bakan's books, including his brand-new release "Childhood Under Seige."
All proceeds from our web-store profits go to support our campaigns. Special prices on ALL our cool stuff for the holidays!
We are very excited to be part of the Reel Canada festival of Canadian films that is happenening at John Oliver School in Vancouver today! And thrilled that the students requested The Corporation be part of it.
Joel Bakan, co-creator of the film and author of the books "The Corporation - The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" and a new just released book "Childhood Under Seige" will be present to do Q & A after the screening this afternoon. The Hello Cool World outreach team will be there too to talk about the new version of The Corporation that is coming for high schools and to ask students their ideas about forming Corporation clubs and what an online engagement platform could look like.
We are encourageing student to sign up to join us and we will be handing out a few draw prizes today too. If you didn't sign up at the school, use this link.
We'd love to know your thoughts. You can also comment on this blog. Read on for our short survey questions!