FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN – NYC Premiere at Rated SR Film Festival On March 18

FORWARD 13: WAKING UP THE AMERICAN, a documentary film about the mortgage crises and its aftermath, will have both a Festival Premiere and National Broadcast premiere this week. The 8500 mile trek across the U.S. took Lovell and his cameraman sidekick to big cities, small towns, rural areas, and suburbs where they interviewed those hardest hit by the collapse as well as those who benefited from it. Coinciding with the exponential growth of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, Lovell’s eye-opening journey shakes his faith in the Founding Fathers’ ideals of freedom, equality and democracy. Continue reading

FIVE RING FEVER The Sochi Games and Celebration Capitalism.

Sports as metaphor for human solidarity, or sports as vehicle for human greed?

Mega sporting events such as the Olympics are increasingly used to redevelop cities, displace populations, and quash internal dissent. Meanwhile, international governing bodies like the IOC and FIFA turn blind eyes to human rights violations by host countries, instead considering only who can provide them with the best party favors. The Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil and upcoming World Cups in Brazil and Qatar, represent prime examples of this trend toward what Jules Boykoff calls “celebration capitalism.” Continue reading