Occupation: Dreamland won the Working Films content + intent = change award at the 2005 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, in recognition of the film's potential to engage audiences to meaningful action that results in concrete impact and social change. The award, sponsored by Working Films with support from the Ettinger Foundation and Tides, is now the largest given at Full Frame.
Occupation: Dreamland is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraq city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A collective study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squads activities Occupation: Dreamland provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the citys waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.
Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of the Armys 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.
Director / Producer
Garrett Scott is a writer and filmmaker who was featured prominently by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the “20 new faces in film to watch" in 2002. His directorial debut, Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story, premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. Cul de Sac also screened at numerous other festivals before being acquired for broadcast by the Sundance Channel in 2004, and ARTE-France in 2005. In addition to Occupation: Dreamland, Garrett is working on a documentary about city politics in San Francisco in the 1970's.
Director / Editor
Ian Olds edited and co-wrote of Cul de Sac: A Suburban WarStory, which premiered the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired for broadcast by The Sundance Channel in 2004 and ARTE-France in 2005. Ian also directed the short narrative film Two Men, an adaptation of a Denis Johnson short story, which premiered at the 2005 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival as one of only five American films in International Competition and went on to win the Best Short Film award at the Woodstock International Film Festival. Ian won a 2005 Princess Grace Award and will receive his MFA from Columbia University’s film division in 2006.
Selina Lewis Davidson is Co-Executive Director of GreenHouse Pictures, formerly known as Mixed Greens Documentaries, a New York-based film production company. Selina was Director of Documentary Programming at Mixed Greens for four years, where she produced films including Macky Alston’s Questioning Faith, George Ratliff’s critically-acclaimed Hell House, Hannah Weyer’s La Escuela, Bryan Gunnar Cole’s Boomtown, and Sarah Price’s Caesar’s Park. Prior to joining Mixed Greens, Selina produced documentary film and television in L.A. and New York for more than ten years. Her credits as a producer include the feature documentary Family Name, which premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and won the 1998 Freedom of Expression Award. The film was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming after it aired nationally in 1998 on PBS’s documentary series, POV/American Documentary as part of the Television Race Initiative. Selina also produced several projects with the production company World of Wonder, including LA Stories: From the Eye of the Storm, a feature-length documentary commissioned by the BBC that aired in 1994, following the Los Angeles riots. For more information visit greenhousepictures.com
Nancy Roth is Co-Executive Director of GreenHouse Pictures, formerly known as Mixed Greens Documentaries, a New York-based film production company. She joined Mixed Greens Documentaries in 2000 and co-produced Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which had its broadcast premiere on the Independent Lens Series on PBS in October 2003. She was the Supervising Producer on three documentaries, Slumming It: Myth & Culture on the Bowery, 156 Rivington, which premiered on the Sundance Channel in October 2003, and The Federation of Black Cowboys. Prior to joining Mixed Greens, Nancy Co-Produced Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball and the United States, which was produced in association with ITVS and Thirteen/WNET, had a national broadcast in 2000 and received the Banff Rockie Award in 2001. For more information visit greenhousepictures.com
Working Films is a national nonprofit organization that links high quality documentary filmmaking and serious grassroots organizing. Their work supports efforts for social, economic, and environmental justice. Working Films supported theatrical releases in North Carolina beginning in Fayetteville, home to the Army's 82nd airborne division. For more information visit workingfilms.org
RUMUR RELEASING is a Brooklyn-based distribution company focused on delivering thought provoking documentaries and cutting-edge narrative feature films to audiences around the world. Their previous releases, Horns and Halos, Radiation and Half-cocked all garnered international acclaim. RUMUR's upcoming slate includes Occupation: Dreamland and CODE 33. For more information visit rumur.com
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