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Occupy TV Spots
Fri, 5/11/2012

Last fall, the Occupy Movement amplified the voices of the 99% around the country, and in doing so literally changed the national conversation. In October, two filmmakers uploaded a 30 second video to YouTube with voices from Occupy Wall Street, and then it was posted on the crowdfunding advertising platform LoudSauce, and 168 people pledged mostly $25 each, placing that ad on national television. 3.2 million viewers were reached with a message straight from occupiers themselves. It even aired during Fox News's O'Reilly Factor.

With the 2012 political campaign season underway, the national dialogue is again being controlled by the super wealthy. The 1% is channeling its voice powerfully through Super PACs, funded with an average donation of $88,000.

So this spring, let's re-awaken the nation not only in public spaces, but also through the country's television sets. Filmmakers, activists, and people like you are creating and sharing 30-second spots capturing a message from the streets, a condemnation of the status quo, and a vision of what's possible if we come together as a people.

Your mission: Create a 27-second spot that tells the world what Occupy stands for. Shoot your own footage or use existing footage in agreement with fair use policies. Production value is important. Use a high quality camera and include high quality graphics and music (and make sure you have the rights to the music). Be clear, concise and convincing.

Deadline: May 21, 2012 at 11:59PM PST

On June 1, the project will be open to public funding. Any spot receiving at least $1,000 will be aired on national television. Based on how much a spot raises, the makers can even receive up to $3,000 to cover their production costs.

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