Archive for documentaries


rip: a remix manifesto

Synchronicity. After obsessing over Girl Talk all weekend, I just received an email from Tripwire about Brett Gaylor’s documentary Rip: A Remix Manifesto, which received a standing ovation at the International Documentary Film Festival held in Amsterdam this past weekend (and received the Dioraphte Audience Award.) The film “explores the legal and artistic ramifications of the mash-up using Greg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk as the central figure.”

Here’s some more about the film:

Imagine a world where ideas and culture, from “Happy Birthday” to Mickey Mouse, are horded under lock and key by copyright laws. Even ideas that could lead to a cure for cancer would be off-limits. Stop imagining now, because this is the world you live in. Although pop culture giants such as Walt Disney and the Rolling Stones built on the past to produce their art, the door is closing behind them.

I’ve been making a documentary for over 6 years that explores this issue: RiP: A Remix Manifesto.

Digital technology has opened up an unprecedented global economy of ideas. RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across this new frontier as the film journeys from the hallways of Washington to the favelas of Brazil. Our central protagonist is Gregg Gillis, the Pittsburgh biomedical engineer who moonlights as Girl Talk, a mash-up artist rearranging the pop charts’ DNA with his incongruous entirely sample based songs. Along the way, I met key figures on the complexities of intellectual property in the digital era, among them Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, culture critic Cory Doctorow, Brazilian musician and Minister of Cultural Affairs Gilberto Gil, and Jammie Thomas, the single mom successfully sued by the RIAA for illegal downloading.

*P.S. If you’re fascinated by this ‘conversation,’ you might also enjoy this presentation by Lawrence Lessig wherein he addresses a range of subjects from Free Culture to corruption (with Net Neutrality, privacy, cyberlaw, copyright and Democratic politics in between).

Posted at 2pm on 12/1/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, film, music | read on


american teen


Speaking of John Hughes’ 80’s teen movies, here’s a documentary I’m excited about. American Teen. It was directed by Nanette Burstein who won a directing award for it at Sundance 2008. Everything I’ve read about this film says that it’s a funny, hopeful, engrossing film that follows a group of Warsaw, Indiana high school kids from September to graduation their senior year. Love the obvious poster riff. Marketing is everything, isn’t it? Opens this July in the states.

Update: watch trailer “>here.

Posted at 3pm on 4/10/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on


second skin

Uh-huh. This is why I can never go near World of Warcraft.

A SXSW documentary.

Posted at 9pm on 2/19/08 | 1 comment | Filed Under: documentaries, trailers | read on


where in the world

In effort to make the world a safer place for his baby, Morgan Spurlock (of Super Size Me) goes looking for bin Ladin in his next film, Where in the World Is Osama? I like it.

Posted at 4pm on 1/10/08 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on


come undone


Me, dealing with music licensing. (Painting by Neil Faber.)

Posted at 4pm on 6/14/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, documentaries, music | read on


A Man Among Wolves


National Geo is running a show about wolfman, Shaun Ellis, on April 16. Watch this preview!

[Photo: Jim Bradenburg]

Posted at 6pm on 4/6/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on



“Remind me never to do another documentary. It’s just so much work — so much editing. You spend your whole life in postproduction. It’s all about the editing. I know so many documentary filmmakers and it’s like, ‘Man, they’ve been working on that thing for five years.’ Now I know why.” – Richard Linklater

Posted at 12am on 3/19/07 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on


Indie Craft

indiecraftdocjpg.jpgJust bought this cool t-shirt in support of the Indie Craft Documentary. The filmmakers are selling buttons and tees on to raise money for their doc about the indie craft community! Personally, I find the fast-growing, far-reaching DIY movement a fascinating sociological trend — evidence of a shift away from the (insane) corporate model toward a more communal, creative and autonomous way of life :)
(Thanks to No Good For Me for posting about this project.)

Posted at 1am on 6/29/06 | 1 comment | Filed Under: documentaries, the shift (of ages) | read on


Jeff Buckley movie

Cinematical writes about the new Jeff Buckley biopic in development (and snags a photo from our website.)

Posted at 12am on 6/29/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries, music | read on


Fame, glamour, ego, politics, money, war, love… and dance

Cinematical posts a glowing review of the Sundance screening of Ballet Russes, a documentary I’ve so been looking forward to!!

Here’s part of the Zetigeist Films synopsis:

“Unearthing a treasure trove of archival footage, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine have fashioned a dazzlingly entrancing ode to the revolutionary twentieth-century dance troupe known as the Ballets Russes. What began as a group of Russian refugees who never danced in Russia became not one but two rival dance troupes who fought the infamous “ballet battles” that consumed London society before World War II.

Posted at 5pm on 1/22/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: documentaries | read on

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