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    Watch: Looking at Occupy Wall Street From All Angles in the Trailer for Collaborative Doc '99%'

    Mirroring the collaborative effort of Occupy Wall Street, over 100 filmmakers have contributed footage to "99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film," a doc that covers the causes and implications of the 2011 movement.

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    Baz Luhrmann's Glitzy "Great Gatsby": Out of Step with America's 99%

    Still struggling with the Great 2008 Depression, enduring economic inequality and Congressional intransigence, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" looks as if it will become a major miscalculation--not only a box office disappointment, I expect, but a significance misjudgment of where the country is a...

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    Spiritualist Activism? Occupy Meets "What the Bleep Do We Know?"

    Ever since the success of "What the Bleep Do We Know?", the 2004 spiritual self-help documentary, a cottage industry has developed around films that cater to spiritual-minded audiences. "Occupy Love" (opening Friday), a new film from a director who goes by the name Velcrow Ripper ("Fierce Light," "S...

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    Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #2: The Team Behind '99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film' Peel Back the Curtain on the Movement

    The team behind "99% - The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film" -- Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Krstic -- have between them a very diverse resume, from feature doc producing ("Until the Light Takes Us") and songwriting, to war photography and film ethnography. Below they discuss...

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    "Gasland's" Josh Fox Unleashes "Occupy Sandy: A Human Response to the New Realities of Climate Change"

    Is Josh Fox the new Michael Moore? Or perhaps Brave New Films' Robert Greenwald is the better analogy. From fracking to climate change, the "Gasland" filmmaker is turning into a one-man agit-prop movie machine, unleashing short films to activate his nearly 10,000 Twitter followers and effect the deb...

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    The Perils of the 1%: From the Dark Knight to the Queen of Versailles

    In this week's Docutopia column over at the SundanceNow website, I look at the strange confluence of similar themes existing in this week's new releases, Lauren Greenfield’s indie documentary "The Queen of Versailles" and Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster "The Dark ...

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    The Mixed Politics of "The Dark Knight": Anti-Occupy Critique or Attack on the 1%?

    The reviews are in, and just as I suspected, the politics of "The Dark Knight Rises" are all over the map, with Christopher Nolan's morally ambiguous, maverick perspective bringing a mixed bag of ideologies that are difficult to parse. On one end of the spectrum, the Dark Knight is ...

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    10 Things You Might Not Know About Occupy Live Streamer Tim Pool

    Occupy Wall Street made it all the way to Sheffield, England over the weekend when Tim Pool -- the online videographer who became a phenomenon the night Occupy was first evicted from Zuccotti Park, attracting more than 250,000 unique visitors to his live stream throughout the course of the day -- dr...

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    Is "Killing them Softly" First Truly Anti-Capitalist Occupy Film?

    "America isn't a country -- it's a business." The quote comes from Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt's new crime film "Killing Them Softly," which premiered in Cannes for the public on Tuesday and is already being dubbed an anti-capitalist screed. The L.A. Times' St...

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    Economic Crisis Looms Large and Small in Cannes Films

    Watch out for the trend pieces: By the end of the Cannes Film Festival, mark my words, people will be talking about the global economic meltdown as thematized by Cannes' top cinematic offerings. While the festival is only in its first few days, it's not hard to find a latent sense of economy...

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