RiP! A Remix Manifesto


Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers. Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow also come along for the ride.

Meet Girl Talk. Today we're going to make a mash-up, find out who Girl Talk is, and why his music holds the key to the future of culture.

From the playlist : Manifesto for Interventionist Media - because Art is a Hammer

Manifesto Point # 2: The filmmaker’s role is to experiment and adapt documentary forms to the original idea. Break stereotypes. Push the boundaries of what documentary means.RIP: A remix manifesto (trailer) not only has the word manifesto in its title (!), it is a great example of experimenting with and adapting documentary ideas. It is a cinematic argument for the right to use other people’s material in your own creations without being penalized. Director Brett Gaylor and the great gang at Eyesteele Film, in co-production with the NFB, use really innovative tools of the digital revolution to MAKE this film. Through their process called “open source cinema” Brett invites users around the world to upload, remix and reinterpret the actual film itself on his Web site. Winner of the prestigious 2008 audience award at the largest documentary festival on earth, IDFA.

— Katerina Cizek

From the playlist : Tré Armstrong on dance, music and passion

So this would have to be my favourite flick of them all. I love the use of the word mash-up. It applies to so many aspects of life in general--interracial relationships, dance hybrids like Bollywood (bhungra & urban dance together), chicken and waffles. At any rate, dance is all about taking different worlds, combining them and enjoying the explosion from that partnership. I hope I get the opportunity to watch Girl Talk live one day. He creates stimulating sounds, perfect for a dancer or any artist's palette. He's got an irresistible drive and his passion gives him this attractive energy that other people want to be around. He knows how to rock a party! And as for copyright? I would have to say I'm copyleft...

Note: You can watch all 13 chapters of RiP! A Remix Manifesto here.

— Tré Armstrong