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Call To Occupy The Oscars?

Written by: FFT Webmaster | December 5th, 2011

With the Occupy Wall Street movement growing into a multi-country phenomenon, the Brooklyn, New York based production company Skylight Pictures has called on documentary filmmakers to occupy the Oscars ceremony in February. The production shingle found out last week that their highly praised film GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR did not make onto the “short list” for the Oscar documentary nomination. With their Oscar hopes dashed, the company has suggested via a mass email “what if we occupy the Oscars?  Other worthy social justice films out there on the circuit with us this year didn’t make the “short list” either: THE INTERRUPTERS, THE BLACK POWER MIXTAPE, NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, TO BE HEARD, INTO THE ABYSS, WHERE SOLIDERS COME FROM……what if we all show up with our tents at the Oscar ceremony on February 26?” It is not clear if this call to action will mean a serious turnout by those filmmakers who feel snubbed by the Academy arbitrators, but revolutions have been started for much less. Stay tuned to see if this actually gets some traction, making the next Oscar ceremonies a celebration of the 99% instead of a gawking at the 1%. For more information, visit:

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