WE ARE WISCONSIN

SYNOPSIS

A feature documentary film that follows the day-to-day unfolding of public outcry against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget-repair bill, focusing on the human story behind a remarkable popular uprising forged on the floor of the Madison Capitol. The film asks the question “Why should we care about what’s going on in Wisconsin?,” on multiple levels, through an in-depth profile of six leading individuals central to the story: a UW- Madison student leader, a county social worker, a nurse, a high school teacher, a police officer and an unemployed electrician who come out to protest what they see as a direct attack on their livelihood. They all meet inside the capitol over the course of what became an historic twenty-six days, February-March, 2011. The film will also amplify why Wisconsin has become ground zero for so many disparate groups, awakening a sleeping giant of collective voices, alarmed and angry at the new hyper-conservative wave of local government sweeping the Midwest. At a time when mass demonstrations have become increasingly rare in America, this film will explore what it takes to spark a social movement. Some are calling what happened in Wisconsin an Egypt-like uprising in American politics, where collective public outrage transforms a nation.

WE ARE WISCONSIN from Amie Williams on Vimeo

AWARDS & FESTIVALS

HOT DOCS LAURELS

We Are Wisconsin premiered at Toronto’s HOT DOCS to sold-out audiences and received standing ovations at all three screenings.

Amie on KPFK

Cinema blographer Named it “Best Film at Hot Docs”
“Wisconsin deserves the title for how perfectly it captures the cultural and political atmosphere of contemporary AmericaThe fiery conviction of its subjects is inspiring and I think that Wisconsin is a film that can really make a difference…” www.cinemablographer.com

ArT and Threat
“The film is magnificently shot…”

We Are Wisconsin In the News
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/politiscope/madison-politiscope-vigil-commemorates-passage-of-bill-limiting-collective-bargaining/article_9e6262ee-6a5b-11e1-83be-001871e3ce6c.html

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Cap Times
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/politiscope/madison-
politiscope-vigil-commemorates-passage-of-bill-limiting-collective-

Dane 1010 Blog
http://dane101.com/arts/2012/03/05/documentary_film_we_are_wisconsin_takes_teamwork_up_to_the_last_minute

The Peoples Mic – WXXM-FM
www.themic921.com

International Labor Radio
Podcast Night of Madison Screening
http://www.themic921.com/player/?station=WXXM-
FM&program_name=podcast&program_id=thepeoplesmic.xml&mid=21895561

The Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1165099–10-hot-docs-documentaries-to-
watch

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1165101–toronto-s-hot-docs-
documentaries-bear-witness-to-history “A doc that makes you want to occupy”

WisconsinTractor

Art Threat
http://tinyurl.com/6lrju3s
“This is what documentary filmmaking is all about…one of the strongest films to screen at Hot Docs so far. This is a provocative, convincing story of about the power of democracy and what every individual can do to effect change.”

Cinema Blographer
http://tinyurl.com/7lds2jc

Press+ 1 Interview
http://www.pressplus1.com/hot-docs-2012/interview-amie-williams-we-are-wisconsin

Best of the Fest
http://tinyurl.com/cpftrkm

Traverse City
http://peoplesworld.org/progressive-cinema-occupy-stars-in-traverse-city/
http://www.mynorth.com/My-North/August-2012/Traverse-City-Film-Festival-2012-
We-Are-Wisconsin/

New Horizons, Iran
http://www.payvand.com/news/12/sep/1071.html

Swedish Review
http://www.manifesttidsskrift.no/filmomtale-we-are-wisconsin/

Wisconsin_Miss Forward

Canada
Hamilton, Ontario Panel and Screening, Audio Podcast
http://www.staffroomradio.com/srr-02-civics-pd

http://www.thespec.com/news/local/article/817633–activists-accuse-mcguinty-of-
worsening-poverty-with-changes-to-benefits

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9jiokdcqh4

http://flixchatter.net/2012/10/15/tcff-day-3-reviews-of-quartet-and-we-are-wisconsin-
documentary/

http://www.qpsactionnow.org/news/canadian-tour-we-are-wisconsin-documentary-
arrives-northern-ontario

The Concordian
http://theconcordian.com/2012/11/the-wisconsin-uprising-a-democratic-fight-for-
workers-rights/

St Louis
http://tinyurl.com/d3rlf2s

Reel life with Jane, Best Docs of 2012
http://www.reellifewithjane.com/2012/12/best-20-documentaries-of-2012-jiro-dreams-
of-sushi-queen-of-versailles-more/

Peoples World, Top Ten
http://www.peoplesworld.org/top-ten-films-from-2012-progressives-should-see/

Daily Kos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/08/1192582/-See-We-Are-Wisconsin-Free-Online-through-3-11

WisconsinFlag and Capitol

MoveOn.org
http://front.moveon.org/warning-you-may-actually-weep-while-watching-the-film-
version-of-wisconsins-epic-uprising

The Nation – John Nichols article 
http://www.thenation.com/blog/173272/recommitment-american-ideal-labor-rights-are-human-rights#

Storify
http://storify.com/wearewithefilm/31113

Major Screenings

  • Premiere: Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto (named Top Ten Audience Winner)
  • Hammer Museum Theatrical Screening, Los Angeles
  • World Premiere: Toronto Hot Docs International Film Festival, Winner: Top Ten Audience Award
  • Winner: Best Documentary, New Horizons Film Festival, Tehran, IRAN
  • Nominated: Ridenour Film Prize, The Nation Institute
  • Nominated: IDA Award, ABC/News Source
  • Theatrical Release: Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin
  • Hammer Museum Special Screening, Los Angeles
  • American Federation of Teachers National Convention Screening
  • Canadian Association of Labor Lawyers Convention Screening
  • Canadian Autoworkers Union National Screening, Local 444
  • Capitol Hill Screening, Sponsored by AFL-CIO and AFSCME
  • Cinema Politico, College Campus Screenings, ongoing
  • Cass City Cinema, Theatrical Release, Detroit, MI
  • Canadian Labor International Film Festival
  • Americans for Democratic Action, National Convention
  • Detroit Autoworkers
  • AFSCME National Convention Screening
  • Buffalo State College Screening
  • DC Labor Film Festival
  • Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
  • IBEW Local 636 Convention Screening
  • NEA National Convention Screening
  • Occidental College Screening and Seminar
  • Public Services International Canadian Tour (Four cities: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Montreal)
  • Portland, ME International Film Festival
  • San Francisco Labor Film Festival
  • Twin Cities Film Festival
  • Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto
  • St. Louis International Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Traverse City International Film Festival
  • USAA National Convention Screening
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Unison, London Union Screening and Festival
  • Scripps College Screening and Seminar
  • Canada, IBEW Local 338
  • Missoula Labor Festival
  • IBEW, Winnipeg, Canada
  • CUPE, Ontario Screenings (6 small-town screenings all over Ontario, Canada, purchased 400 DVDS)
  • Hunter College Screening
  • Autoworkers Union, Niagara, Canada
  • Netroots Nation (Amie appeared on a panel there)
  • United States Student Association, Screened at National Convention
  • Uppity Wisconsin Community Screening
  • Private Hollywood Screening at J.J. Abrams Studio
  • World Community Development Education Society

Organizations that Supported, through tweeting, blogging, featuring on their home page, sending out email blast, and supporting:

  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California
  • 350.0rg
  • 99% Sporing Movement
  • Advocates for Choice, UW Madison
  • ACLU UW-Madison
  • AFL
  • AFSCME
  • AFT
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • Campaign for America’s Future
  • Bend the Arc So. California
  • Amnesty International UW-Madison
  • Campus Progress
  • Change Nation
  • Common Cause
  • College Democrats of America
  • Change.org
  • CLUE-LA
  • CWA
  • Canadian Teachers’ Association
  • Center for Media & Democracy
  • Center for American Progress
  • Common Cause
  • Credo Working Assets
  • Faith in Public Life
  • Fair Share Alliance
  • Empowerment Institute
  • Democracy NOW
  • Free Press
  • Freedom House
  • Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
  • Jeff Dowd
  • Interfaith Coalition of Worker Justice
  • Jobs with Justice
  • LAANE
  • Living Liberally
  • Labor Heritage Foundation
  • Madison Professional Police Association
  • Madison Teachers Inc
  • MidWest Academy
  • Move to Amend
  • National People’s Action
  • Moveon.org
  • National Lawyers Guild-Madison Chapter
  • NEA
  • One Wisconsin Now
  • People for the American Way
  • PCCC-Bold Progressives.org
  • Pro-Labor Alliance
  • PSI International
  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Progressive Media Project/The Progressive
  • Progressives United
  • Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund
  • Religious Action Center
  • Sidney Hillman Foundation
  • Sierra Club UW-Madison
  • SLAP
  • Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC)
  • Sly in the Morning
  • South Central Federation of Labor
  • TAA-Madison
  • The Black Institute
  • The Nation Institute
  • The Other 98%
  • The Real News Network
  • The Young Progressives
  • UFW
  • United Republic
  • United States Student Association
  • UniteWomen.org
  • Voices of Change
  • WI Voices
  • WI Farmers Union
  • WISPIRG
  • We Are Wisconsin.org
  • WEAC-Madison and Milwaukee
  • Wisconsin Professional Police Association
  • Workers Independent News
  • Workers Voice
  • Working Class Studies Association
  • Young Progressives