Hello Cool World (of The Corporation outreach) is excited to be working on the media relations for Occupy Love, an inspiring new documentary from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light). Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”.
Check out the trailer HERE.
Occupy Love is being self-distributed by a talented team led by Velcrow and producers Nova Ami and Ian Mackenzie. Their crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which successfully raised $80,000 through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter!
The global response to the film has been amazing with over 200 grassroots screenings being self-organized by individuals and organizations in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The largest community screening so far took place in Porto Allegre, Brazil on April 11th attracting a whopping 1,500 attendees!
We look forward to watching the momentum grow!
Occupy Love marks the completion of Velcrow's Fierce Love Trilogy, a twelve-year journey which began with Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. It continued with 2008′s award winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action. (We've got a special to buy both these DVDs on our webstore for 40% off.)
Hello Cool World also worked on outreach and DVD production for Scared Sacred. As with our work with The Corporation, and The Take, we've been inspired by how films with a social message, can find audiences and inspire those audiences to action. All these films are available on our webstore, and all our profits go to our campaigns, and now also to the distribution platform for social cause media we are developing. Check out our proposal to CFC's IdeaBOOST program, and please BOOST us, our dream is to better help films like Occupy Love engage with audiences, and to encourage audiences to organize actions as well as screenings.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes along with interviews from leading visionaries including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
The Occupy Love US theatrical tour starts Friday, May 3, 2013 in New York City, with screenings and special events to follow in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle.
Coming to Canadian theatres starting June 2013! Check out more screenings and opportunities to get involved after the page break...
Coming soon to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, Portland OR, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Columbus OH, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia & Boston - CLICK FOR U.S. PLAYDATES
From the Surviving Progress opening at the Lincoln Center Film Society in New York City, April 6th, 2012. From left to right: Mathieu Roy (Director), Martin Scorsese (Executive Producer). Photo credit: Rachel Lowery
Surviving Progress opened in New York this past weekend, and crowds were able to enjoy Executive Producer and veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese introduce the hit documentary. The film has been getting phenomenal reviews and is currently polling with a higher audience rating—88%— than The Hunger Games on Rotten Tomatoes!
“Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ film beautifully pieces together bits of history into an overarching discussion about the meaning and value of human progress, much in the same vein as Adam Curtis’s lyrical documentaries … a visually and intellectually engaging film.”- Film-Forward
Earth Island Journal - "Surviving Progress is essential viewing. It’s among the best eco-docs since 2006’s Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth. The interviews and archival footage are spliced with cinematically splendid close-ups revealing the wonder and splendor of a natural world that we must save — along with ourselves."
Film-Forward - "Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks’ film beautifully pieces together bits of history into an overarching discussion about the meaning and value of human progress, much in the same vein as Adam Curtis’s lyrical documentaries … a visually and intellectually engaging film.”
New York Times - "Zippily edited and nicely photographed, 'Surviving Progress' is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess." — MANOHLA DARGIS
Village Voice - "A who's who of great thinkers... are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress"
NPR - "provocative"
Film Journal - This visually impressive Canadian documentary, rich in expert ideas, is a terrific resource for those who think and really care to know.
Slant - "By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall." Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
Rotten Tomatoes - 77% critics based on 13 reviews, 86% audience - based on 513 reviews
Sandy is part of The Corporation's grassroots team and has been working on the film's outreach efforts since 2003.|
Coming soon to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego, Portland OR, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis, Columbus OH, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia & Boston
SURVIVING PROGRESS is a stunning new feature documentary that connects the financial collapse, growing inequity, and the Wall Street oligarchy, with future technology, sustainability, and the fate of civilization.
Please spread the word as it's so important for films to do well on opening weekend in order to stay in theatres!! The film has already been a big success in Canada and we're thrilled to see it hit the big screen in the US.
You can contribute to the success of Surviving Progress by joining the event on Facebook, following @CorporationFilm, and tweeting #SurvivingProgress to stay involved in the conversation. Forward our email too!
Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center
Intro by executive producer Martin Scorsese!
Q&A w/director Mathieu Roy and co-director Harold Crooks at the 7:15 pm show on Friday, April 6th
144 W 65th St b/t Broadway & Amsterdam | 212.875.5600
Showtimes: 10:30 am, 2:50 pm & 7:15 pm daily
Q&A w/co-director Harold Crooks at the 7:00 pm show on Saturday, April 7th!
22 E 12th St b/t 5th Ave & University Pl | 212.924.3363
Showtimes: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 & 9:10 pm daily
Trailer & more info: www.firstrunfeatures.com/survivingprogress
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/firstrunfeatures/events
We're excited to be starting to focus test the new cut of The Corporation film for high shools with teachers and students who want to help us relaunch the film to activate a new generation of Corporation fans. (We hope).
We are calling on students and teachers to help us launch Corporation clubs and a social media campaign across North America. Check out the video we did with a Grade 8 class in Essex Ontario!
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. |
Joel Bakan, writer of the award-winning film and internationally best-selling book The Corporation, just released a brand new book called Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Free Press) about how we, as a society, have allowed corporations to take over childhood.
Bakan reveals the astonishingly callous and widespread exploitation of children by profit-seeking corporations-and also society's shameful failure to protect them. Bakan shows how corporations pump billions of dollars into rendering parents and governments powerless to shield children from a relentless commercial assault designed solely to exploit their unique needs and vulnerabilities. Despite the unfortunate reality, the book is hopeful and offers readers ways of fighting back and reclaiming their children’s lives.
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE WITH JOEL BAKAN - Sat, Oct 1 in Vancouver
Joel's North America-wide book tour touches down in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday, October 1 at the University of British Columbia. Joel will be giving a free public lecture at the Vancouver Institute at 8:15pm. Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, UBC. More info here.