Archive for the ‘opensourcecinema’ Category

Free screening: RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

“Mashing Up Copyright” – a screening of the new NFB film RiP: A Remix Manifesto and a discussion. Presented by the NY Film and Video Council.

WHEN: Friday May 1st; 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Cooper Union’s Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place.

RSVP: 212-330-0450. The event is free.

RiP: A Remix Manifesto in the tradition of mainfestos past

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

I recently got a chance to check out RiP: A REMIX MANIFESTO, the Canadian documentary that takes a look at copyright (and the mashup artist Girl Talk) in a kind of method way- the producers, EYESTEELFILM, and director, Brett Gaylor decided that since the costs of licensing all the expensive music in the film would be prohibitive, and since the film was about these costs, it would essentially be fair use to go ahead and use whatever they wanted (including network footage, usually very expensive) and just see what happens.

It’s a pretty interesting concept, and though the film does paint the issue in overly black and white terms (the CopyRIGHT vs. the Copy LEFT), by the end, Gaylor has raised some interesting issues about the state of copyright, though I’m not sure many of them are answered. Hope to have a discussion with one of the producers which will be here soon.

It’s definitely worth seeing especially if you enjoy the Girl Talk phenomenon- I met him a few weeks ago at a show and was impressed- he’s totally into giving a great performance- which is all the more remarkable given that his performance is pushing some buttons. And, in keeping with the mashup philosophy, if you don’t like the film (or especially if you do) you can make your own version at OpenSourceCinema.

Open Source- coming to a laptop/portable/mobile device near you

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The Internet Archive hosts something they call Open Source Cinema, which is difficult at first pass to distinguish from YouTube in terms of content- though it is less fun to navigate. Apparently, all the media they host is user generated, with a Creative Commons license, so that it not only is free to download and watch, but presumably to use in other noncommercial projects.

A few feature-length films have been created in an Open Source model- one coming up in December is called THE LAST DRUG. I can’t say this approach has yielded films I’d want to sit through for any length of time, but it’s a concept that will no doubt be explored more thoroughly as social networks and cheap technology allow for experimentation.

Breakin' the LAW

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Are you a “criminal”? Or are you influenced by over-the-top rhetoric? Either way, you might want to head over to OpenSourceCinema where you can voice your opinions photographically.

HT: Agnes Varnum.