Occupy Love: A Journey to the Heart of Global Revolution
An Interview with Velcrow Ripper
Velcrow Ripper is a Canadian Academy Award-winning filmmaker, writer, web artist, and sound designer who is known for creating powerful cinematic documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times.
With dozens of films and videos under his belt, including Scared Sacred, named one of Canada’s Top 10 movies of 2004, and winner of the 2005 Genie (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. Ripper’s newest movie, Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action, has been wowing audiences around the world with its investigation of how we are connected to each other and the planet.
In this dialogue, Velcrow and I explore his journey as a film-maker who has dedicated his life to documenting and shining light on the myriad movements of spiritual and social-political activism occurring around the globe.
We then engage an intimate discussion about Velcrow's upcoming film, Occupy Love, a movie that will take us deep inside the global occupy revolution that has erupted around the planet.
Velcrow has been filming the Occupy Wall Street Movement since day one, and says he has discovered a revolution rooted in compassion, direct democracy, and shared power.
In addition to covering the Occupy movement in NYC, Velcrow has been on an exciting global journey, tracing the roots of the European Summer through the Indignado’s of Spain, the Arab spring during the second wave of the Egyptian Revolution, the global Occupy Movement at Occupy London, England, as well as the historical General Strike at Occupy Oakland, Occupy Canada, the global climate justice movement and beyond.
Occupy Love is a deep exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of love, and concrete examples of just what “another world” could look like, featuring some of world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy, including: Visionary Naomi Klein, sacred economist Charles Eisenstein, “Horizontal Power” author and early Occupy organizer Marina Sitrin, Climate activist Bill McKibben, Egyptian revolutionary Asmaa Mahfouz, Author “Empathic Civilization” Jeremy Rifkin, and many more.
"We have captured the material to create one of the hottest documentary projects of the year, a film, and accompanying inter-media project, that will act as both a reflection and a catalyst to the “heart of the times.”
Occupy Love Goes Global~ Dispatch from Velcrow Ripper
Velcrow Ripper is a lot like his movies — friendly, hopeful, full of electrifying ideas. Visit his website at: www.velcrowripper.com
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This Dialogue was recorded on June 12, 2012