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General News · 28th March 2009
Cortes Cinema Club
Manson's Hall Tueday April 7
Doors open 7 pm, show starts 7:30 pm, $7 Refreshments by Elizabeth.

We are proud to present RiP: A Remix Manifesto a controversial new Canadian documentary that has only played at a few film festivals so far. They've been talking it up on CBC radio and Cortes may be the first small community to see it.

Film is 90 minutes long and may be of interest to teenagers and older kids as well as adults.

"About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you'll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age." - Montreal Gazette

"a forceful, vibrant and immensely entertaining call to action ... This highly sampled film flows seamlessly." - The Globe and Mail

"High energy...engaging and hyper-articulate. 4 stars" - Toronto Now

"The sexiest film about copyright infringement I've ever seen" - Jian Ghomeshi, CBC

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, as well as an artist who has been in trouble with Disney for drawing his own version of Mickey Mouse.

Audience Choice Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Special Jury Prize at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
Audience Choice and Special Jury Prize at the Whistler Film Festival

from Macleans Magazine:
"This Canadian documentary, directed by Montreal filmmaker and web activist Brett Gaylor, is a knockout. Rip is a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression. It’s central character is a young Philadelphia mash-up artist named Girl Talk (aka Greg Gillis), who performs and records material sampled from myriad sources, and defends his right to do so without paying royalities. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just mining the pop culture that engulfs us and creating something original out of it. It’s basic collage, and as the film points out, it’s an art form that long predates digital sampling technology, going back to the Surrealist movement and the cut-ups of William Burroughs.

Walking a fine line (gangplank?) between fair usage and piracy, in his documentary Gaylor uses scads of music and film clips—from Disney cartoons to Rolling Stones hits—without permission. So RiP becomes a meta movie about defying copyright—an example of the phenomenon that it’s documenting. It sounds remarkably risky, especially considering that this is not an underground project but a movie backed by the National Film Board and the I talked to Gaylor and he asked if he was trying to turn his movie into a test case by pushing the envelope of the law. But he claims that everything he’s done is within the legal bounds of fair use. We’ll see if Disney and the Stones concur. Both can be very litigious when it comes to protecting rights to their material. A good chunk of RiP is devoted to Disney’s vindicative campaigns to prosecute anyone who dares to reproduce the likeness of Mickey Mouse. And one of it’s subjects is Dan O’Neill, cartoonist leader of the Mouse Liberation Front.

As for the film itself, it has some shortcomings. It addresses only one aspect of the copyright issue—the right of artists to plunder pop culture to create new work in a world where every acre of cultural real estate has been bought up and fenced off by large corporations. But even progressive filmmakers, such as Ron Mann (Comic Book Confidential, Grass), temper their admiration for RiP with questions about its failure to address the issue of artists’ rights, which is not a simple one."

_About the Filmmaker_
Brett Gaylor is a documentary filmmaker and new media director. He is the creator of, a video remix community which supports the production of his feature documentary RiP: A remix manifesto. He is also the web producer of a web project by and for the homeless. Brett is one of Canada’s first videobloggers and has been working with youth and media for over 10 years, and is a founding instructor of the Gulf Islands Film and Television School.

This is the last regular movie night of the season although we may occasionally surprise you with special movie events. Regular first Tuesday of the month screenings will resume next September. Thank you to the SCCA and Walter Nugent for supporting C³ (Cortes Cinema Club) and to our volunteer team Sylvie Moreau, Elizabeth Anderson, Rebeka Carpenter, Ian LeCheminant, Norberto Rodrigez, Jim Murphy, Scott & Diane Lawrence, Shannon Jonassen, Catherine Tableau and everyone else who helped out.