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Anarchist Documentary Project

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by Scott N., Oct 4, 2012.

  1. Scott N.

    Scott N.New Member New Member




    Oct 4, 2012

    I am a documentary filmmaker and member of the Anarkos media collective.

    We are in the process of creating a multi-part, non-profit documentary series on anarchism. It will be a collaborative effort involving potentially dozens of different groups.

    We recently created a crowd-funding page on Indiegogo, which can be viewed here:


    At that link you can watch 20 minute short film I created to support the project; the film also serves as a brief introduction to anarchism.

    Approximately ten percent of the interviews have already been conducted. Among those interviewed so far are Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn (interview conducted a few months before his passing), Russell Means (Oglala Sioux Activist), John Trudell (Poet; Activist, American Indian Movement), Sharon Smith (A History of Working Class Radicalism), Glen Ford (Black Agenda Report), Alfie Kohn (No Contest: The Case Against Competition; Unconditional Parenting), Carole Pateman (The Sexual Contract) and others.

    Among those who have so far agreed to be interviewed for the series in future: Martha Ackelsberg (Free Women of Spain); Allan Antliff (Anarchy and Art); Harold Barclay (People Without Government); Peter Coyote; Chris Ealham (Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Spain); Douglas Fry (The Human Potential for Peace -- An Anthropological Challenge to Assumptions about War and Violence); Ruth Kinna (Anarchism - A Beginner's Guide);

    Peter Marshall (A History of Anarchism); Mark Leier (Bakunin; Rebel Life - The Wobblies); Harold Pepinsky (Crime and Conflict; Geometry of Violence and Democracy); Judith Suissa (Anarchism and Education); Kristian Williams (Our Enemies in Blue -- Police and Power in America); Joseph Zornado (Inventing the Child)...and others.

    Ultimately we intend to showcase an even balance of "scholars in front of bookshelves" and "everyday activists" working on the ground to create a better world. By the same token, the series will explore not only the history of anti-authoritarian movements and philosophy but current positive models.

    Also at the link is a detailed and evolving outline (which will become more refined over time, through collective process). Although we had originally planned for a single feature-length documentary on anarchism, we ultimately decided to do the subject proper justice and aim for a highly expansive, multi-part series.

    We are now in the process of reaching out to fellow anarchists for support.

    The crowd-funding model provides an alternative to corporate/foundation backing, which would have been impossible (and undesirable) to begin with, and is based on the premise that many small donations add up to large ones.

    There are "perks" available in the form of eg a DVD for the first entry. We also encourage maximize participation, and have created the website Anarkos.info to serve as a forum for everyone who is interested in becoming part of the process.

    Anarchists aren't exactly known for their deep pockets, so this is going to be an uphill battle, to put it mildly. The last crowd-funding effort for an anarchist documentary only achieved around $1000. We have already tripled that, so believe the time may finally be ripe a truly in-depth documentary treatment of the subject. Even if we just make enough for the first couple of entries (then have to repeat the process) we will consider the fundraiser a success, but we are not quite there yet.

    Please check out the web page at


    Thank you.

  2. punkmar77

    punkmar77Experienced Member Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member




    Nov 13, 2009
     United States
    Sounds great (except for the Chomsky interview) happy to help and thanks for the heads up...cheers.
  3. Feliz

    FelizMember Forum Member




    Oct 4, 2011
    Very ambitious project I have to say. But it looks very interesting, already looking forward to the first releases :D . The trailer already is amazing.

    THEBLACKNOVAExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Aug 11, 2011
    WOW what a crazy editing time you will have...

    How many people are signed up to be part in the post production of the series?

    I wish you the best of luck and look forward to the series being released :ecouteurs: