Occupy Los Angeles

September 2011, on social media there was a call to bring tents to the Los Angles City Hall. The demonstrators were calling to permanently occupy the front lawn.

In the calm of the beginning of the event, the film moves behind scenes to explore how the group builds a organizational structure that can withstand the long haul of the demonstration that the organizers have their sites set upon.

The latter half of the film includes excerpts of speeches and interviews that best echo the greater thoughts and feeling of the occupiers. The film hints at the slow deterioration of morale and a weakening of the relationship between the city and the occupiers.

The short documentary attempts to create a time capsule of a small part of the Occupy Movement. And to a larger sense attempts to show that large problems continue to exist in the world, and from one generation to the next, they take different form.

  • Henk Conn
  • Mark Kilmer, Ph.D.
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  • Runtime:
    28 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon HDV
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Director Biography - Henk Conn

BA in Psychology, CSULB
Masters in Social Work, CSULB

I have worked as a novice videographer and video editor (Final Cut) since 2007. I have lived most of my life in Long Beach, California. I worked for many years as a psychiatric social worker, employed as a outreach social worker to help with homelessness, mental illness, and general poverty.

I currently work as a substitute teacher in Long Beach.

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Director Statement

I did my best to document the OLA movement without bias, a objective narrative. I believe that in preserving the legacy of social demonstrations without a malevolent (or supportive) narrative helps our communities remember it's history in a clear as possible way.