Winter 2014 Conscious Activism Schedule
Feb 12 Occupy Love directed by Velcrow Ripper, Q&A w Velcrow following screening
Feb 26 Fort McMoney, a documentary game Directed by David Dufresne, Q&A with Vas Bednar and others
March 5 Insurgence directed by Groupe d'action en cinéma Épopée, documents the Quebec student uprising
Directed by Velcrow Ripper, 2012, 86 minutes
February 12, 2014, 6.30 pm, Debates Room, Hart House
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 the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening: millions of people are deciding that enough is enough - the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life. The film connects the dots in this era of rapidly evolving social change, featuring captivating insider scenes from the Egyptian Revolution, the Indignado uprising in Spain, Occupy Wall Street in New York, Indigenous activists at the Alberta Tar Sands, the climate justice movement, and beyond. Woven throughout the action oriented backbone of the film is a deep exploration of public love, and compelling stories of an emerging new paradigm. It features some of the world's key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy, including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein. - See more at: http://occupylove.org/about/#sthash.4DiojDmq.dpuf
Fort McMoney, a documentary game
Directed by David Dufresne, 2013
February 26, 2014, 6.30 pm, Hart House Debates Room
Fort McMoney is part documentary, part choose-your own adventure style massively multiplayer online game. It allows users to take control of the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and decide the virtual fate of the world's largest energy project. The screening will use clips from the docu-game to explore this new form of participatory democracy, and provide options for the audience to learn more about the results of the game, explore alternate forms of participatory decision making and citizenship, and experience emerging forms of political engagement.
Q&A to follow the screening with Vas Bednar and more
For more information see http://blog.nfb.ca/blog/2013/11/25/fort-mcmoney-take-control-of-the-city-and-make-your-vision-triumph/#sthash.MwKsi54z.dpuf
Trailer at http://vimeo.com/78823735
Fort McMoney will be screened in conjunction with the Hart House Hancock Lecture programme, featuring Vasiliki Bednar.
This screening is sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada
Directed by Groupe d'action en cinéma Épopée, a collective of filmmakers and film craftspeople, based in Montreal.
2013 / 137 ' / French - English / S.T. English
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 6.30 pm, Hart House Debates Room
This film is a co-presentation by Cinema Politica U of T and Hart House
Insurgence is a documentary about the vast social mobilization that took place in Quebec during the spring of 2012. Initially propelled by the student strike for accessible education, the scope of the movement soon broadened to take on the government, the impunity and violence of the Montreal police force, the exploitation of untapped natural resources, and the current economic system.
The strength of the "Printemps Érable" is rooted in anonymity. The movement allows the common to flow through dispersal, reaching into the solitude of each protester. Each one recognizes her situation in that of the others; affective resonance is transmuted to a point of fusion. Repression can only break up linear collectivities; here, at every turn, at every corner, the common returns in a swarm.
View the trailer http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/insurgence
The Hart House Conscious Activism Documentary Series presents:
Hart House continues its tradition of free programming that engages the mind, awakens the spirit and acts as an incubator of thoughtful exchange, and a call to action for the curious and the concerned.