WHEN I FIRST heard the call to Occupy Wall St for a few months, I knew this was big. I knew it would be more than just a “protest.” This felt different than the usual march to voice specific grievances. It was a call for something more profound, and much deeper, than even the original participants realized as they gathered their signs and tents.
Films & writing inspired by the most audacious movement of the millenial generation. Launched on Sept 17, 2011 on the streets of New York City in the shadow of 9/11.
Just returned from Occupy Wall St. in New York to catch author and sacred activist Andrew Harvey speaking to the crowd at Occupy Vancouver. Love is the movement people. Check out Occupy Love.org
Director: Velcrow Ripper Co-producers: Ian MacKenzie & Nova Ami SYNOPSIS: Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?” Occupy Love explores theContinue reading »
Notes on how to stop the world.
Director: IAN MACKENZIE “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expandsContinue reading »
On the eve of Occupy Love’s world premiere, The Extraenvironmentalist interviews producer Ian MacKenzie on the journey of the film, his take on the Occupy movement, and why it’s the greatest love story on earth. EXTRAENVIRONMENTALIST: Ian Mackenzie thanks for joining us, from the Toronto Artscape where you are editing down the final cut ofContinue reading »
EARLY ON, I noticed another photographer wandering the tent city of Occupy Vancouver. He seemed like a pretty cool guy… and eventually, when we finally met, I was right. Jonathan Dy is a Vancouver based artist and photographer, inexorably pulled to document the Occupy movement, much like myself. In this piece, I ask Jon aboutContinue reading »
Occupy Vancouver has shifted greatly since the first movement on Oct 15. While widespread public support had been waning, the tragic death of a girl last week at the Art Gallery was certainly a turning point. The mainstream media storm that followed painted the movement has little more than a drug-infested commune. The occupiers onContinue reading »
Yes, Occupy Vancouver is messy. Yes, everyone is not perfect. But they are trying their best. They are asking us to stop ignoring our shadow. Today was moving day, and this is what it looked like. Tell me a part of you doesn’t want to feel this alive.
Listen to a discussion between filmmaker Ian MacKenzie and artist Pravin Pillay covering everything from Burning Man, the emerging paradigm shift, and how your mind has become occupied.
We remembered, for a flicker, the feeling of actually having to depend on each other. Of actually caring for each other, and the willingness to work for each other. To build our homes, to share in our sadness, to stand together in adversity.
“Love is what emerges when we give each other our face.” – Michael Stone SHOT AT OCCUPY VANCOUVER, this short film is an attempt to stop pretending. From species extinction, climate change, community breakdown, economic instability – we are facing the most challenging era of human history. We cannot solve these problems with the sameContinue reading »
ON DEC 1, Naomi Klein joined “Occupy Condos: Take the Pantages!” to show support for affordable housing in the DTES. After the march, members of Occupy Vancouver media team were able to sit down with Naomi and capture her thoughts on the Occupy Movement, the tar sands pipeline, and how to prepare for the largestContinue reading »
Shot on Nov 6, 2011 at Occupy Vancouver “We are failing in our culture from a lack of imagination. And what we’re achieving here is space for imagination.” Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. During theContinue reading »