<videovortex> RiP: A Remix Manifesto

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Wed Apr 22 09:48:21 CEST 2009

A Remix Manifesto

a documentary about copyright
and remix culture
Wednesday May 13 - 7pm
Greater Union, Bondi Junction (Sydney)

PLUS: an audience Q&A after
the movie with director and web activist
Brett Gaylor
Live from Poland (of all places!)
Hosted by
Lindsay McDougall
("The Doctor" JTV, Frenzal Rhomb)

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 indeed the Pied Piper of piracy?

Examining the ambiguity of copyright law throughout the entertainment  
industry from Walt Disney through the brazen 'borrowing' of the blues  
via The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, the Napster Vs Metallica  
watershed legal feud, The Verve not getting a cent for their biggest  
single ever, right through the lesser known acts such as Negativeland  
who've felt the legal wrath of those with more power and money than  

Ultimately pondering the question - when is art not legally classified  
as art. Which side of the ideas war are you on?

This kinetic, visceral and wildly entertaining and enlightening mixed-  
media documentary was recently the talk of the SXSW Film Festival and  
is ruffling corporate feathers the globe over.

Join us for what's sure to be a heated and engaging debate between  
morality and commercial reality - a night not to be missed.

More on Brett Gaylor:
Brett Gaylor is a documentary filmmaker and new media director.  He is  
the creator of opensourcecinema.org, a video remix community which  
supports the production of his feature documentary RiP: A remix  

He is also the web producer of the Homeless Nation.org, a web project  
dedicated to bridging the digital divide - allowing everyone to  
participate in online culture.

Brett is one of Canada’s first videobloggers and has been working with  
youth and media for over 10 years, and is a founding instructor of the  
Gulf Islands Film and Television School.

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