Open Source
A Documentary Project by
Greg Elmer and Andy Opel




The creative commons documentary Preempting Dissent (2014) builds upon the book of the same name written by Greg Elmer and Andy Opel. The film is a culmination of a collaborative process of soliciting, collecting and editing video, still images, and creative commons music files from people around the world. Preempting Dissent interrogates the expansion of the so-called “Miami-Model” of protest policing, a set of strategies developed in the wake of 9/11 to preempt forms of mass protest at major events in the US and worldwide. The film tracks the development of the Miami model after the WTO protests in Seattle 1999, through the post-9/11 years, FTAA & G8/20 summits, and most recently the Occupy Wall St movements. The film exposes the political, social, and economic roots of preemptive forms of protest policing and their manifestations in spatial tactics, the deployment of so-called ‘less-lethal’ weapons, and surveillance regimes. The film notes however that new social movements have themselves begun to adopt preemptive tactics so as not to fall into the trap set for them by police agencies worldwide. An extended interview with Greg Elmer can be found here.

 An Infoscape Lab Production, 2014


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11/2/2013 11/28/2013 1/15/2014 2/25/2014 3/1/2014
San Francisco Istanbul Montreal Boston Florida
Union of Democractic Communications Conference, University of San Francisco SALT, Istanbul Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec At 1:30 – 3:30pm Northeastern University, Film Screening and Discussion 2014 Room 370
Dodge Hall
At 3pm Florida State University: Act! Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice, Between Academy and Community Conference


3/17/2014 3/18/2014 3/19/2014 3/20/2014 4/3/2014
Cambridge Cardiff  Manchester  London Halifax
At 5pm Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge Ruskin Building, Room RUS 203, At 6pm Cardiff University, School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies. Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building. At 3pm The Egg , University of Salford, Media City At 5pm Department of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London, New Academic Building (LG01) At 7pm, Lecture theatre of the Dalhousie Architecture School


5/21/2014 7/10/2014 9/8/2014 10/3/2014 10/9/2014 10/20/2014 11/7/2014
Washington Toronto Ottawa Utica, N.Y. Salt Lake City, Utah Seattle, WA Vancouver, B.C.
At 6pm, Bothell campus, University of Washington Thursday, July 10th, 4pm
CSI- 215 Spadina Ave, Toronto
Sponsored by
Monday 7pm at
Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, 10am 7pm Room 1100 LNCO Building, University of Utah Social Justice Film Festival, 730pm Media Democracy Days, 7:00 PM
Segal Rooms, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver 



1/30/2015 2/27/2015 3/7/2015 6/2/2015 6/3/2015
Berlin Belleville, Ont Saltspring Island, B.C. Toronto Worldwide
Transmediale Festival, 20:30, Room K1, House of Worlds Cultures in Berlin Docfest, Friday 12:30 pm Library Screen 1 Saltspring Film Festival Cinema Politica, Hot Docs Cinema, Bloor St Public, Online Launch



“The ability to enact one’s citizenship is ever-more constrained by the barbed forces of law and order that seek to ‘manage’ the possibility of protest and demonstration before it has even begun. Pre-empting Dissent is a must-see documentary for all those who would like to believe that democracy is already with us and even more important for those of us who believe that a democracy-to-come is worth struggling for. Prepare to be shocked as the curtailment of our democratic freedoms to object are laid bare. Show it to your students, your family, your friends and your enemies – then go out and protest some more.”

Professor Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths College


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Professor Greg Elmer, 
Bell Globemedia Research Chair

Ryerson University
80 Gould Street
Room 351, Rogers Communications Centre
Toronto, Canada M5B 2K3
(416) 802-2182