Sunday, 8 March 2009

RiP: A remix manifesto

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, 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 the film)

How to participate?

We want you to help us make this film. You can do this in several ways.

Go to Open Source Cinema [] to find out how to remix my footage, add your own stuff and see what others are doing.

You can also help create the soundtrack for the film at CC Mixter [].

Even if you’re not tech savvy, there are ways for you to participate: by commenting on my video blog or making your voice heard at one of our many public screenings. (Brett Gaylor)

++RiP: A remix manifesto
++Open Source Cinema

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