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[MAINSTEAM] Documenting Occupy - Media Release

[MAINSTEAM] Documenting Occupy - Media Release

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Published by: Media Demomcracy Project on Sep 26, 2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOne Year Later: Did Occupy Wall Street Change Us?Vancouver – September 20, 2012.
Filmmakers, journalists, and activists from across Canadawill take part in DOCUMENTING OCCUPY
,
a film screening and discussion taking place onOctober 3. One year after Occupy first began, the event looks back on the protests that capturedworldwide public attention.DOCUMENTING OCCUPY kicks off with a screening of short films,
The Evolution is Love,
atSimon Fraser University’s dowtown Harbour Centre campus. The program will conclude with apanel discussion and Q&A session on the challenges of documenting Occupy with journalistDavid P. Ball, SFU professor Kathleen Cross, and rabble.ca editor Derrick O’KeefeNova Ami, Ian MacKenzie, and Velcrow Ripper, the filmmakers behind
The Evolution is Love
,will host the screening and take attendees on a journey deep into the protests with footagecollected during the filming of their upcoming feature documentary
Occupy Love.
 In addition to
The Evolution is Love
and the panel discussion, the event will be introduced bylong-time Canadian activist and author of 
Occupy This!,
Judy Rebick.DOCUMENTING OCCUPY is the first in the new CounterCulture Speakers Series, apartnership of The Media Democracy Project and SFU’s Institute for the Humanities.The event will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at the SFU Harbour Centre Campus(515 West Hastings St.) and is free to the public. Doors open at 6:30PM. Register to attend athttp://documentingoccupy.eventbrite.com/or head towww.mediademocracyday.orgfor more information.
About the CounterCulture Speaker Series:
CounterCulture is a discussion and screening series aimed at engaging interested members of thepublic in critical debate on issues relating to art, media and political change. CounterCultureaims to promote the democratic ideals of dissent, debate and discussion, constituting a point of contact between the university and local communities with free, public events held at SFU’sdowntown Harbour Centre campus. Sponsored by SFU’s Institute for the Humanities,CounterCulture will help to create a significant presence for non-commercial alternative,independent, and democratic media in Canada.
About The Media Democracy Project (http://www.mediademocracyday.org/) 
The Media Democracy Project is a group of people from both academic and activist communitieswho are committed to democratizing the media. We believe that the media are central to thequestion of democracy for at least three reasons: (i) they are a significant source of political andcultural information for Canadians, (ii) they make some perspectives or messages part of thepublic discourse and neglect or omit others, and, (iii) they are owned by large corporateconglomerates, who wield significant political and economic power. Our project is to promote

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