NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwired) -- 04/22/13 -- Fierce Love Films announces the US theatrical premiere and online launch of Occupy Love starting May 3, 2013 in New York City with screenings confirmed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Seattle and more to come. A feature documentary from award-winning director Velcrow Ripper, Occupy Love explores the cultural uprisings of our time from the Occupy Movement and Arab Spring to the European Summer and environmental protests and asks the question, "how could the crisis we are facing become a love story?".
"Occupy Love is the culmination of a twelve year journey that is both very personal and universal," says director Velcrow Ripper. "It's easy to lose hope in a world where economies are crashing and ecologies collapsing, but as I've witnessed over and over, the most inspiring acts of human compassion can emerge from the darkest of times."
Occupy Love marks the completion of Ripper's Fierce Love Trilogy, which began with 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. It continued with 2008's award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.
The film's message is resonating globally with over 200 community screenings being organized in over 25 countries, and more being added every day. The Porto Allegre, Brazil screening on April 11th attracted over 1,500 people. The tipping point is near.
Occupy Love features interviews from leading visionaries on alternative systems of economics and social organization including Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, bell hooks and Charles Eisenstein.
A moving, transformative, heartfelt film, featuring Ripper's signature stunning visuals and rich soundscapes, Occupy Love is a powerful cinematic experience that will leave audiences inspired.
US THEATRICAL TOUR launches in New York City (May 3-9) at Cinema Village. Screenings continue in Los Angeles (May 7, Laemmle Royal), San Francisco (May 8, AMC Van Ness 14), Santa Cruz (May 11, Rio Theatre), and Seattle (May 12, SIFF Cinema). Filmmaker discussions in each city: http://occupylove.org/theatrical-tour-filmmakers/
AVAILABLE ON DVD and ON-LINE May 3rd internationally (excluding Canada) via OccupyLove.com, iTunes, Amazon.com and cable Video-On-Demand (VOD).
CANADIAN THEATRICAL PREMIERE starts June 2013.
CANADIAN BROADCAST PREMIERE THIS SUMMER ON SUPER CHANNEL, a key partner in the production of Occupy Love. http://www.superchannel.ca/
AROUND THE WORLD community screenings are taking place in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Liberia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, USA and more! This crowd sourced, social media driven approach to distribution is consistent with the theme of the film, which raised $80,000 CAD through the crowd-funding platforms IndieGoGo and Kickstarter.
FOUND LOVE MOBILE APP LAUNCHES MAY 3RD www.foundlove.com
Occupy Love is directed by VELCROW RIPPER. Produced by NOVA AMI, IAN MACKENZIE and VELCROW RIPPER. Executive Producers BETSY CARSON, CATHERINE TAIT & GREGG HILL.
A Community Funded Film, produced in association with SuperChannel and the Canadian Media Fund.
About Fierce Love Films
Fierce Love Films is committed to changing the world through cutting-edge feature documentary films that inspire personal and global revolutions. We produce films that entertain, enlighten and offer transformative perspectives on the world we live in through effective and innovative methods of storytelling. We believe in reaching the widest audience possible, and release our films with a powerful combination of traditional film marketing and the latest social networking tools, transforming movies into movements.
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