On the last days
of August, 2004 and the first days of September, New York City experienced
the largest non-violent demonstrations directed against a political
convention in American history. NYPD listed 120 separate protests.
1821 people were arrested. On a single day, half a million persons
marched up Eighth Avenue towards the Republican National Convention
in Madison Square Garden. Almost none of these protests reached
the American people or the world via television.
FIVE DAYS is a documentary shot on DV by photographer Danny Lyon
assisted by his twenty year old daughter Rebecca Lyon and edited
by Anne Barliant, with audio mix by Jason Martin, in Kingston, New
York.The 60 minute documentary, was filmed, and edited in twenty
one days, and was broadcast on FreeSpeech-TV Net Work, where it
had the potential to reach eight million viewers on Monday Nov.
1st the day before the election and on Tuesday, Nov. 2nd., Election
Day. For a work of cinematic art and history, to be created and
reach the public in a matter of weeks, is an event in itself. It
is also another example of individuals, and small groups of people,
working on their own and without corporate funding, or any funding
for that matter, replacing the traditional media as a source of
truth and news.
Five Days is full of music and features the dramatic appearance
of the Infernal Noise Brigade from Seattle at the historic Fox New
Protest on 6th Avenue. Later the entire band was arrested. Five
Days is a testament to real democracy in action and an homage to
New York City.
FIVE DAYS. A NEW 60 MINUTE DVD BY DANNY LYON.
AVAILABLE FROM BLEAK BEAUTY.
For Individuals US: $33.00
Individuals International: $40.00
For Institutions US: $100.00
Institutions International: $110.00
(Includes Universities, Museums, classroom and in-house broadcast use.)