Interview for the Driftless Film Festival

Driftless Film Festival interview with director Katherine Acosta


It was by luck that I met Michael Billeaux, a TAA activist and former co-president of that union, who was centrally involved in the capitol occupation.  He connected me with other TAA activists and I began to realize that the more interesting story was the dynamics of the Uprising itself.

The TAs were also the ones most willing to offer a critical analysis in interviews.  As scholar-activists centrally involved in the capitol occupation, they are ideally positioned to give an analytical account of what happened.  So I decided to tell the story primarily from their perspectives.  I should say that it also helped that they were all sociologists and that is my training as well.  We were able to have some great conversations because we spoke the same language.

Read the whole interview here.