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Live streamer Patti Beers was banned from Twitter even as she’s turning the filmmaking of resistance on its head

Live streamer Patti Beers was banned from Twitter even as she’s turning the filmmaking of resistance on its head

The videos by live streamer Patti Beers vary in length from seconds to hours. Played back to back, however, they become one endless movie documenting political resistance in Los Angeles. She may be L.A.’s most independent filmmaker, and she’s part of a movement reinventing the political documentary in real time.

Beers started live streaming at City Hall in Los Angeles during Occupy L.A., which began in 2011. “I went 18 hours on May Day, 2012,” she says. She’s since streamed thousands of hours and seen her social media reach expand to what she says is “about 5 million people in a variety of accounts.” More than a job, it’s a personal mission.

“I felt like there was a...

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