Joe Macaré originally hails from the UK and resides in Chicago. His interest in people's movements, resistance and police repression dates back at least as far as the time he was "kettled" for seven hours by the London Metropolitan Police in Oxford Circus along with protesters, other observers and bystanders on May Day 2001. He is currently Director of Donor Development and Outreach at Truthout and an editor and contributor at the Occupied Chicago Tribune. He was previously Communications Director at In These Times, where he was also responsible for some of the earliest coverage of Occupy Chicago at a national media outlet. Joe has appeared on WBEZ, Citizen Radio, Radio Dispatch, RT’s Alyona Show and CAN-TV's Chicago Newsroom to discuss Occupy Chicago, the 2011 NATO summit protests and the Chicago Teachers Union strike. He began and maintains the #journobloc listserv, previously known as #NATOjournos and founded to offer an informal network and resource for independent media reporters, photographers and livestreamers covering the protests in Chicago.
Aaron Cynic is the founder of Diatribe Media, an independent cooperative that since 2003 has featured and created in content in forms ranging from zines to panel discussions and podcasts highlighting independent voices and interests. He also writes on politics regularly for Chicagoist and contributes to the Occupied Chicago Tribune, along with other websites like Truthout, Z Magazine, and Shareable.net. He has written about Occupy Chicago extensively for several sources since its inception.
Danielle Villarreal is an organizer and new media lead at Stand Up! Chicago, a coalition of unions and social justice groups including the SEIU, CTU, Grassroots Collaborative and STOP Chicago among others. She also founded the Direct Action Committee of Occupy Chicago in the fall of 2011, and has organized numerous large and small scale actions around Chicago both with Occupy and allies. Her work has taken her around the country, from union organizing efforts in Washington DC, Detroit, Milwaukee & Houston, to the latest RNC in Tampa and to the Occupy Wall St anniversary, performing direct actions & in recent times documenting and transmitting them via social media. The most notable was her recent work on the Chicagoland Walmart strike, where her photos and live stream efforts (along with others) were able to go viral, reaching an audience of millions through independent, no-cost street journalism.
Fragments of a Revolution
Directed by Anonymous.
France, 2011, 52 min; in French and Iranian with English subtitles
Directed by an anonymous Iranian living in exile, Fragments of a Revolution goes beyond the headlines and the tweets to tell the story of the protests that swept Iran in the aftermath of the disputed 2009 presidential election. Through the veil of a “virtual Tehran” the film brings together clandestinely sent emails, online videos and footage shot by protesters in the midst of demonstrations. Fragments of a Revolution alternates between events in Tehran and the attempts to make sense of them, resounding with astounding immediacy and cross-cultural relevance. "My hopes have become ashes, but under those ashes, embers continue to glow.” 2011 Louis Marcorelles Prize and Special Mention Young Jury Prize, Cinema Du Reel Festival, Paris; 2011 Festival DocLisboa; 2011 Best Documentary on Democracy, DOK Leipzig.
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