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 debate on energy issues. This Wednesday, Fox will join Occupy Sandy Relief organizers, 350.0rg, The Other 98%, and The Illuminator for a secret premiere of his new short film “Occupy Sandy: A Human Response to the New Realities of Climate Change.” According to its Facebook page, the film “viscerally shows the damage left behind by the storm, highlights the heroic grassroots efforts of Occupy activists, and draws the connections between the storm, climate change, and the reckless greed of the fossil fuel industry.”
As a counterpoint to the recent anti-Occupy doc “Occupy Unmasked,” produced by Citizens United Productions, which I’m happy to report only earned $53,000 at the box office after two weeks in release, Fox’s “Occupy Sandy” short doc looks as if it accomplished several major goals for the Left: Show that the Occupy movement is not just a ragtag gaggle of dirty anarchists but an effective group of community organizers; that climate change is real; and that new energy policites are necessary to avoid increased global warming and further catastrophic environmental events.
As a statement on their website declares: “New York City will forever be changed by these events, as it should be. Now is the time to break the climate silence, and shine a light on the climate crimes that made Sandy inevitable.”