A free film festival on the Occupy Wall Street movement is happening from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 25, 660 Van Ness Ave.
The "Occupy Zeitgeist Film Festival" mostly features political remixes, projects that use existing footage to make a political point. The event also includes a screening of the feature-length documentary "American Autumn" by Dennis Trainor Jr., which includes footage and interviews from every major Occupy site in the United States. It premiered in New York earlier this week.
"There wasn't a shortage of films to use," says Diran Lyons, a Reedley College video art and digital filmmaking instructor who organized the event.
"When I contacted the filmmakers about their films, they were all very happy to let us show their work."
The idea for the event came from a conversation Lyons had with fellow Reedley art teacher Janice Ledgerwood. They were talking about how often politics and art are woven together and how that would make an interesting exhibit.
Lyons decided to narrow the focus to the Occupy Wall Street movement, including showing his own work, "Road To Perdition: Occupy Wall Street (Project 12, 10/12)" and "Live Free Or Die Hard (Project 12, 8/12).
Other films in the festival include "Go Forth And Revolt," "UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives," "E-Trade Baby Loses Everything," "Mixed Messages," "Owners -- aka Occupy Your Head," "I am Not Moving," "Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up," "Mad Men: Set Me Free," "Wayne Enterprises TV Commercial" and "How To Resist Police Intimidation."
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