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RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO OPENING ON MARCH 6 AT THE AMC AND CINEMA DU PARC

THE AWARD-WINNING DOC FROM THE FRONT LINES OF THE COPYLEFT REVOLUTION

“RiP expands the language of genre and pushes the envelope of creativity. Thought-provoking, passionate, and of contemporary relevance to everyone who consumes media.” – Mark Achbar, director of The Corporation.

“…a knockout. RiP is a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression.”– Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s Magazine

Kinosmith, EyeSteelFilm and the National Film Board of Canada are pleased to announce that RiP: A REMIX MANIFESTO will open this Friday March 6 at AMC Forum in English and at Cinéma du Parc with French subtitles. This EyeSteelFilm/NFB award-winning documentary is a pioneering film that explores the cultural war between the CopyLeft – the remix generation who are no longer asking permission to borrow from the CopyRight – the entertainment giants who dominated the 20th century by concentrating power through ever broadening copyright laws.

Directed by Vancouver native, now Montreal based filmmaker and Web activist Brett Gaylor, and produced by the same team as the theatrical smash-hit Up the Yangtze (EyeSteelFilm/NFB), RiP has received the Audience Choice Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Special Jury Prize at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, and both the Audience Choice and Special Jury Prize at the Whistler Film Festival.

Synopsis

With the advent of digital technology, copyright has become the defining cultural issue of our time. This film follows Girl Talk, a bio-medical engineer turned sample-based pop star who exploded to infamy and hipster adoration in 2008 by creating irresistible mash-up anthems combining hundreds of top-40 favourites. His music has made the the best album lists of Rolling Stone, Blender, WIRED, The Village Voice, PitchFork and The New York Times. RiP challenges copyright law in solidarity with Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, culture critic Cory Doctorow (BoingBoing.net) and Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil. The film cinematically presents how the 20th century’s cultural icons, from Walt Disney to The Rolling Stones, built empires off the creations of others, while at the same time sending lawyers after anyone who dared to remix their “property.” By incorporating contributions from thousands of Web users, RiP is part of a movement to rebuild the public domain and re-think intellectual property.

AMC FORUM: Original English version, audio Dolby 5.1
CINÉMA DU PARC: Original English version with French subtitles, audio Dolby 5.1

RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO, an EyeSteelFilm and National Film Board co-production, is presented by Documentary, and produced in association with Canal D, SODEC, the Rogers Documentary Fund, and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. The documentary is written and directed by Brett Gaylor, produced by Mila Aung-Thwin (ESF), Kat Baulu (NFB), Germaine Ying Gee Wong (NFB) and executive produced by Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin, Ravida Din (NFB) and Sally Bochner (NFB).

For more information: www.nfb.ca/rip and www.opensourcecinema.org

 

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