Thursday, December 08, 2011


Gentle Uprising
The 2011 people’s revolt in Wisconsin and
the reanimation of the American working class

Thursday, December 8
MSP Studio in the Hood Plant
187 So. Winooski Ave, Burlington VT

Enter on King Street for door and parking lot

Meet and greet with filmmaker Sam Mayfield
Silent auction of art and political propaganda from Wisconsin
Special guests!
Stories from Madison
Complementary drinks and snacks
Suggested donation at the door: $10-500
No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Please join us for a gathering to benefit the making of the feature-length documentary film Gentle Uprising. This fundraiser is the first broad appeal to our local community to support this project. Media maker Sam Mayfield has recently returned to Burlington from filming in Wisconsin, and is launching into post-production. This event specifically benefits this step in the film making process. You are receiving this invitation because you are a champion of economic justice, of independent media, of Madison, Wisconsin, or the work of Sam Mayfield.

“It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of the mass protests that have broken out in Madison, Wis. . . . This is the largest sustained rally for the rights of public sector workers that this country has seen in decades — perhaps ever.”

Progressive Magazine, February 28, 2011


Following Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of his controversial budget repair bill, the people of Wisconsin rose up, occupied their state capital and took to the streets as never before seen in American History. Many say Walker’s bill is an assault on working people, unions and the poorest most vulnerable people in society. This film introduces you to those most affected by Walker's bill, and the subsequent reanimation of the American working class.

Gentle Uprising tells the story of how Wisconsin became a testing ground for the nation in a political environment where corporations have greater and greater clout and ordinary citizens are losing their ability to obtain redress. At a time when millions of families are feeling the crush of debt and joblessness while large corporations are seeing record profits, Badger state residents are demonstrating the strength that comes from a shared sense of identity and pride and that these bonds can shake even the most powerful political machines.

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