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Documenting a Movement

blog_occupyLocal filmmaker makes video about Occupy Santa Cruz

"I really tried to capture something more than just 'Join the rally, everyone come march!'" local filmmaker Jesse Clark, 24, says about his Occupy Santa Cruz video. "[I wanted to ask] 'Well, what are we marching for?'" Clark shot the video at the group's Wednesday, Oct. 12 "Corporate Ball"-themed march on Downtown Santa Cruz. The local protests, which are an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, resonated with Clark, who showed his support by making the video. "This is my way of applying my skill set to the issue," he says. For others looking to make a statement, Clark points to the upcoming "Transfer Day" on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Transfer Day calls for people to remove their money from corporate banks and transfer those funds to local banks and credit unions. "Because our money is what's used to conduct [corporate banks'] business, and they're making money off of our money, by removing your money from their banks you're weakening their power," says Clark. "If this is something you believe in, you should take your money out on Nov. 5 and put it a local bank."

 

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