2012 Republican Convention: 'Occupy' Screening Brings Cheers, Protests
“This is Andrew Breitbart’s legacy,” Rep. Michele Bachmann declared Thursday at the premiere of Occupy Unmasked at a tent-theater a few blocks from the Republican National Convention.
Occupy Unmasked is a negative take on the Occupy Wall Street movement and stars Breitbart, the new-media rabble-rouser who died earlier this year.
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About 250 Occupy Wall Street demonstrators attempted to obtain tickets to Thursday’s premiere, but organizers canceled them after a security check. In the end, several dozen protesters showed up, but police kept them about 200 yards away from the festivities.
As the film unspooled, the crowd of several hundred Republicans cheered at the sight of Breitbart, considered a hero for being “fearless,” as Bachmann put it, in taking on the mainstream media’s mostly positive portrayal of OWS.
The film features footage of many familiar faces – Bill Maher, Wolf Blitzer, Rachel Maddow, Tim Robbins, Keith Olbermann, Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and Janeane Garofalo -- most of whom are portrayed as sympathetic toward OWS, or, in the case of a New York Times reporter and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, as "orchestrators” of the movement.
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One particular scene that drew laughter from the audience consisted of video of documentary filmmaker Michael Moore blasting the wealthy while addressing an OWS crowd. With Moore still speaking in the background, the scene shifts and a camera slowly pans across the liberal filmmaker’s mansion.
A few liberals who made it into the screening engaged in heated debate with the filmmakers after the show.
Video of Bachmann introducing the film is above; below, the trailer for Occupy Unmasked. The movie, produced by Citizens United Prods., will be released Sept. 21 by Mark Cuban’s Magnet Releasing.