Occupy.com Celebrates Launch at Arrow Bar

IMG_3168Lauren Carol Smith The site’s founders, Seth Cohen and David Sauvage.

Frustrated with the media’s portrayal of the Occupy Wall Street movement, two veterans of the film industry aim to bypass it entirely with a website that aspires to be a portal to all things O.W.S.

Founded by David Sauvage, who last year co-produced a promotional spot for the movement, and Seth Cohen, Occupy.com celebrated its launch last night at the hot and crowded Arrow Bar on Avenue A. With substantial financial backing from west coast lawyer and producer Larry Taubman and a staff of around 10 people, the polished site is trying to reach an audience beyond the protesters familiar with Zuccotti Park and Union Square.

“If the mainstream media is going to spend millions smearing the movement, we’re going to have to spend a little to tell the other side of the story,” said Mr. Cohen, 34. The Occupy.com domain name was rumored to be on the market for over $100,000.

The site will aggregate content from the fractious movement, accept submissions from anyone, and solicit donations to keep it going. Think Huffington Post, Occupy-style, as Mother Jones noted. “We’re trying to magnify other content,” Mr. Cohen said. “The more small groups that are doing this, the better our site will be.”