Occupy LA: Scenes from the New Revolution // Part 2: The Outliers

 

Part-2 of the series addresses the voices on edge of the movement. The people who occupied City Hall who were the subject of much negative attention in the media. These are people who are relegated to the bottom of the 99% in the American class system. They embody the issues that propel the movement.

 

I spent 7 weeks in a tent at City Hall shooting a doc series as the ideological mercury congealed on the steps of just outside the Mayor’s office attracting an endless chorus of relevant causes. OCCUPY LA: Scenes From The New Revolution is a 5-part series that digs deep into the meaning of the movement through the voice of the people were there.

Shortly after the end of the physical Occupation at City Hall the beginning of the next phase of the people’s movement ensued, beyond the chaos that always precedes order. The largely dismissed, mostly misinterpreted orphan child of the Occupy Movement in Los Angeles became the largest and one of the longest standing major US Occupations.

 

Sam Slovick, whose research into Occupy Wall Street led to his living in a tent at City Hall in Los Angeles alongside the 99% Movement for the better part of two months.

Slovick accessed Occupy Los Angeles at ground level, illuminating stories and faces that were either overlooked or misrepresented by the mainstream media. Told from the epicenter of the year’s biggest story, Slovick articulates the global movement through interviews with its activests, footage from the inner sanctum, and stories from its foot soldiers, bringing the sometimes chaotic picture of Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles into focus.

Scenes From The New Revolution was produced with the help of Slake, a highly-acclaimed literary journal based in Los Angeles. A companion piece to the series will appear in the journal’s fourth issue.