About The Film
What the film shows, triumphantly, is that love can unite as much as greed can divide. – Vancouver International Film Festival
The journey began with SCARED SACRED
The spark ignited with FIERCE LIGHT
The time is now to OCCUPY LOVE
THE FIERCE LOVE TRILOGY ARRIVES!
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. Meet the full cast here.
Occupy Love is a moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper’s signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes. A powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Occupy Love is the movie I have been waiting to make, all my life. Today’s global awakening is what my earlier films have been anticipating and fostering – a current of potential that was pulsing and rumbling, just below the surface. Suddenly the volcano has erupted. As the popular Occupy sign reads, “The Beginning is Here.”
86 minutes ~ 2013
A feature documentary by VELCROW RIPPER
Produced by NOVA AMI, IAN MACKENZIE and VELCROW RIPPER
Executive Producers BETSY CARSON, GREGG HILL and CATHERINE TAIT
Visually stunning, politically incendiary, audaciously inspiring. Occupy Love is a masterpiece. – Ethan Cox, Rabble