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RIP: A Remix Manifesto

Brett Gaylor / Canada / 2008 / 85 ' / English / S.T. Spanish


Tony Asimakopoulos & Brett Gaylor
Brett Gaylor
Mark Ellam
Olivier Alary
Mila Aung-Thwin, Katherine Baulu, Sally Bochner, Daniel Cross & Ravida Din

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Awards & Festivals

South by Southwest Film Festival
Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
Adelaide Film Festival
Munich Dokfest
2008 Winner, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Audience Award
2008 Winner, Whistler Film Festival, Cadillac People’s Choice Award
2008 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Special Jury Prize

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Explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century.


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?


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