an closed source documentary about copyright and remix culture…
In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.
A participatory media experiment, from day one, Brett shares his raw footage at closedsourcecinema.org, for anyone to remix. This movie-as-mash-up method allows these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With RiP: A remix manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle.
Which side of the ideas war are you on?
“About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you’ll get of one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age.” …..Montreal Gazette.
“Gaylor packages a cultural revolution into a thought provoking and sexy 80 minutes.” …..Victoria News.
“…a knockout. Rip is a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression.” ….Maclean’s Magazine.
After the screening Fred Benenson will lead a discussion.
While studying philosophy and computer science, Fred co-founded the Free Culture @ NYU chapter of Students for Free Culture, an international student movement focused on copyright reform, technology advocacy, and digital activism and currently serves on the board of the organization. In April 2008 Fred launched his thesis for his masters at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program named Cause Caller; a web service designed to help citizens organize virtual phone banks using VoIP-based telephony and a semantic media wiki. He currently works as Creative Commons’ Outreach Manager to advocate adoption of Creative Commons licenses by startups, museums, artists, and musicians.
This event is curated by Steve Holmgren ([email protected])