1 November 2011

Those of you who are artists, or who consider themselves as creative, is your self-confidence burdened by the feeling that you’re a fraud, only copying works that have been invented before?

Don’t worry, no one has ever had a truly novel idea. Even Thomas Edison.

Everything is a Remix, a short series by filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, presents influence and appropiation as an integral part of human creativity. Spanning from Led Zeppelin to George Lucas and from Johannes Gutenberg to Xerox, the series explains in exhausting detail how progress is based on mutations and combinations of pre-existing works.

Another important video in the theme is Nate Harrison’s story about a drum beat called Amen Break, certainly the most remixed sample in music history, which tells several essential details of musical development after the 70′s and insights about the vague border between appropiation and creation.

In the words of Alex Kozinski, “Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new”.

7 October 2009

I was handed this clip from a 2005 HBO documentary titled Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (imdb). This is pure gold: loudmouthed “straight” males are guaranteed to feel stupendously uncomfortable. All of this is based on a study conducted at University of Georgia in 1996. The study showed that 54% of a group of homophobic, self-described heterosexual men were, while denying it, sexually aroused by watching gay porn. Non-homophobic, heterosexual males who participated in the study revealed little signs of arousal.

Watching the whole film is strongly encouraged. It provides a well presented summary of how traditional (western) views on gender and sexuality are hideously alienating and evil, based on examples from all over the world.

At the time of writing, a split-up version of the 54 minute piece is available in fairly decent quality on Youtube.

Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (credits).

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21 August 2009

Movie trailer: Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” (720p)

According to Wikipedia, the film centers on the financial crisis of 2007-2009, the transition from the Bush administration to the Obama administration, and the stimulus and bailout package. IMDb link, official site, Apple trailers. The US theater release date is set to October 2.

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15 March 2009

The Crisis of Credit Visualized

Great school work by Jonathan Jarvis. If your computer can handle it, watch the HD version.

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6 August 2008

International Documentary Association’s 25 Best Docs List

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30 June 2008

Movie to watch: Waltz with Bashir (animated Israeli anti-war documentary)

Waltz with Bashir, ex teenage soldier Ari Folman’s attempt to put together pieces of suppressed memories from his possible participation in e.g. a massacre during the Lebanon War of the early eighties, seems like an important movie. From Times:

“… the film’s most damning moment is reserved for the then Israeli Minister of Defence, one Ariel Sharon. An interviewee recalls that when he informed the minister in a late-night phone call that a massacre was suspected, Sharon said “Thank you for bringing it to my attention” and promptly went back to sleep.”

Official site
Trailer
Scene from the movie

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