a film by COREY OGILVIE
produced by ANDREW HALLIWELL

HotDocs 2013
Phoenix Film Festival 2013

Announcement

To all of our supporters, contributors, collaborators and interviewees, thank you. This has not been an easy journey to get this film from September 17, 2011 to now but I feel like all the hard work and persistence will be worth it once the message within the film gets out into the world. I'm sure many of you have been wondering why the hell it's taken so long for this film to come out and it's my responsibility as the producer to give you the long overdue response to that question.

So, what happened?

In the summer of 2013, we were coming off what was, by all accounts, a successful run through the festival circuit. We were in the fortunate position of having a number of distribution companies interested in working with us on releasing the film. Based on the subject matter of the film and knowing what would best appeal to the sensibilities of our fanbase, it was important to me that an emphasis be put on distributing the film via streaming services since this is a film that needs to be seen by the young and poor as well, a demographic that doesn't necessarily have the means to watch video-on-demand content.

I saw eye-to-eye with a man by the name of Tim Sparke who headed a distribution company called Mercury Media in London, UK. He was on-board with my ideas and brought many great ideas of his own to the table, like streaming the film on the Guardian newspaper's website or something similar for a few weeks. Tim got it. Corey and I worked steadfastly to get the film's deliverables and paperwork prepared and sent over the pond. Within not too long, everything was set to go and we'd signed on the dotted line

This is where everything went terribly wrong. Within the first 6 weeks of signing, we get a very distressing email from Tim saying that he'd been diagnosed with four different types of cancer. Despite the prognosis and spending half of his time in hospital, he insisted that he keep working as he loved his job and wanted to persist. We noticed that employees at the company, having seen the writing on the wall, were jumping ship as email addresses began to bounce messages. Tim and I stayed in communication until his last visit to the hospital. The week prior, he had met with Netflix on our behalf but I never knew the outcome of that meeting.

After the dust had settled, the company dissolved, we were back at square one. Completely wiped of energy and finances, we took some time to regroup and pay down our debts. Coming out of the slump, I didn't feel inclined to pursue another distributor as new avenues were becoming available that seemed much more promising with regard to the the freedom that they provided. I tried to peddle the film around to different online entities like Vice, Guardian, CBC etc. but as a lowly documentary film producer with little weight to throw around, I didn't have much luck.

Despite the fact that it's only a paywalled streaming service, Vimeo-on-demand was looking like the best option to get the film out to an, albeit limited, audience for the time being. Which is where I leave you with this: It's out there now and I think it's more important now than ever that people watch this film since nothing significant has happened to the bankers and politicians that caused the financial collapse. Despite what perceptions you might have of the film from the title, don't watch this as a hindsight into what Occupy Wall Street was but as a lesson in what happens to movements of civil unrest, if you think another will occur in your lifetime.

I want nothing more than for this film to go out to as wide an audience as possible but the power to do that does not wrest with me, it's with you. If you have the means to rent or purchase this film, let an organization like PBS, Vice, CBC know through social media that you think it's important that others learn from this film, they'll listen to you.


Thanks for sticking with us. Andrew, producer

P.S. Please don't pirate this film. I understand the ideologies surrounding the freedom of information etc. but we're just two filmmakers who self-financed this film and we would feel the financial impact if this film was pirated. Thank you.