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Are You With Me? (Louis Reyes Rivera 1945-2012)

[11 minutes, New York 2012]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

This is a follow up of The Time for Action is Now (Occupy CUNY)

The film explores the legacy of the 1969 takeover of City College for the current Occupy CUNY movement. This historical occupation was led by students of color and won open admissions.

The film is dedicated to freedom fighter Louis Reyes Rivera who passed away on March 3, 2012.

Rivera spoke to Students United for a Free CUNY at the AME Church in Harlem on October 27. His powerful words are inter cut with speeches by students from different universities (The New School, New York University and Hunter College) at Union Square as part of the Occupy Wall Street Day of Action on November 17, 2011.

At a stature of less than 5 feet, Rivera literally embodied with his loud, steady, luminous flow of prose-poetry that we, history’s little folks, could galvanize and transform any space we occupied.
Conor Tomás Reed

Louis Reyes Rivera, known as “the janitor of history,” is the type of person who we often allow to fall through the cracks of recorded “official” history, but whose memory is passed on through the African oral tradition.
Hank Wiliams

Documentation is a behavior I learned from him. Archive is a survival instinct he tried to teach us all.
Rich Villar

Learn more about the legacy of Louis Reyes Rivera:
Remembering Louis Reyes Rivera – The People’s Poet by Conor Tomás Reed

Learn more about the …

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The Time for Action Is Now

Occupy Cuny #1

[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

Select Spanish subtitles

In 1969, a group of black and Puerto Rican students occupied City College demanding the integration of CUNY, which at the time had an overwhelmingly white student body. The occupation spread to other CUNY campuses, forcing the Board of Trustees to implement a ground-breaking new admissions policy.

Such occupations also occurred in the 1980s and 2000s.
It’s that time again.

As graduate Film students at Hunter College in New York, we’re very excited to see how the spreading Occupy Wall Street movement is giving new momentum to the militant protest culture of CUNY (City University, NYC).

We filmed the second General Assembly at Hunter College, and the first Occupy CUNY teach-in at Washington Square Park on October 21st, 2011.

During the last weeks, we learned how quickly small protest gatherings can turn into new social movements. This is a document about the struggle of students and adjunct faculty at Cuny.

This local struggle is part of an international student movement against neoliberal dictatorship. This is only the beginning. The time for action is now.

Let’s Make History Repeat Itself  by Alden Burke in The Hunter Envoy

Anthology Film Archive (NYC), CUFF 2012 – City University Film Festival (NYC)

Featured in:
European Platform for Progressive Politics
, Free Speech TVThe Hunter Envoy, The Monthly Review, Occupy Cuny News


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Radivojević & Starosta at Occupy The Media

Iva Radivojević & Martyna Starosta participate in a panel
on the Role of Independent Media

Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective presents:
October 20th, 7:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn

In just under three weeks over 10,000 videos about Occupy Wall Street have been created and uploaded online. These videos – revealing police excess, marches, general assemblies and more formal documentaries covering the nature and processes of the movement – are helping to activate and proliferate the movement worldwide.
The Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective will host a discussion and screening looking at the practice and theory of covering a social movement through video. Four of the most viewed videos from Occupy Wall Street (with over 600,500 views to date) will be presented by the Brooklyn filmmakers who created them.

Guest moderator Martin Lucas, director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the Center for Health Media Policy, will lead a discussion on the role of video in social movements, the coverage of Occupy Wall Street, and the potential challenges of the overwhelming amount of media coming out of Occupy Wall Street today.

Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution by Iva Radivojevic & Martyna Starosta, 8 min
Right Here All Over by Alex Mallis, Lily Henderson & Ed David, 7 min
@OccupyTheHood, Occupy Wall Street by Adele Pham, 3 min
Consensus by Meerkat Media Collective, 8 min


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We The People Have Found Our Voice

Occupy Wall Street #2

[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

We the people have found our voice.
(NYC General Assembly, September 27, 2011)

If it’s our sharing that makes us powerful, why return to normal?
This life is more worth living than the one we left behind.
(Anonymous leaflet, Solidarity March with Occupy Wall Street, October 5, 2011)

How do our voices of dissent encounter each other?
Do we really want to merge our raging cacophony into a unified political agenda?
What if the voice of the people is always in a mode of becoming?
Welcome to the hidden track of Occupy Wall Street:
We are discovering new ways in which our desires can resonate together.
This space is our sonogram of potential.

Union Docs – organized by Rooftopfilms (NYC), ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for for Human Rights and Media – Arsenal Kino (Germany)

Featured in:
99% Videos, European Platform for Progressive Politics, Free Speech TVHarper’s Magazine, The Hunter Envoy, The Filmmaker Magazine, The Polis, Truth Media TV, Reflections of a Revolution, Occupy Videos, Weltnetz TV

Soon on the DVD “Mic Check” – an anthology of short documentaries on Occupy Wall Street. Distributed by the Media Education Foundation.


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Nobody Can Predict The Moment of Revolution

Occupy Wall Street #1

[8 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

Subtitles: Danish, Malayalam, Russian, Spanish (choose language on universal subtitles), German and Japanese

Iva and I, shot this video during the 5th and 6th day of the occupation of Liberty Square. The Occupy Wall Street movement was inpired by recent uprisings in Spain, Greece, Egypt, and Tunisia which most of us were following online. Despite of the initial media blackout by corporate media, yahoo’s attempt to censor e-mail communication and incredible police brutality, the occupation has been growing in numbers and spreading to other cities in the US and abroad.

This video went viral within few days. We received video responses from all over the world, including Berlin and Belgrad!

NYU Gallatin Galleries (NYC), Red Hook Film Festival (NYC), The Commons – organized by The Brooklyn Filmmaker’s Collective (NYC), ONE WORLD BERLIN Film Festival for for Human Rights and Media – Arsenal Kino (Germany)

Featured in:
Brooklyn Rail
, Common Dreams, European Platform for Progressive Politics, Free Speech TV, labournet.tv, Jadaliya Egypt, laournet.tv, The Filmmaker Magazine, The Hunter Envoy, Reflections of a Revolution, Occupy Videos, Occupy.com, Time News Feed, Webdice Japan, ZEIT ONLINE

Soon on the DVD “Mic Check” – an anthology of short documentaries on Occupy Wall Street. Distributed by the Media Education Foundation.

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Protect Me From What I Want – Revisited

[7 minutes, New York 2011]
In collaboration with Iva Rad

In Berlin, I had this poster of Jenny Holzer’s text-installation in Times Square in 1986.
This aphorism stayed with me for a long time.

After having moved to New York, I wanted to visit Times Square 25 years after Holzer’s intervention and find out how people deal with the paradoxical relationship between desire and danger.

It was interesting to learn how our interview partner were relating to the extreme privatization of public space that had occured at Times Square.

The most revealing statement to me was: I don’t need any protection, I don’t want anything that is bad for me. If there is such a thing like “US American mentality” this statement would be emblematic.

Here’s a little quiz: The main character coincidentally shows up in another documentary that Iva and I made. Can you identify the person? Email the answer to: secret@filmdetective.org.

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