Sunday Links

I’m still getting my thoughts together for the promised “Part Two” to my “Cinema, Video Games, Art” post.  Some of the questions I addressed there are brushing up against an essay I’m currently writing, but hopefully I will be able to get my thoughts together soon.  For now, here are some film and media links:

  • This story has begun to receive quite a bit of national attention, but it sounds fascinating: Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and Kevin McDonald (Last King of Scotland) are teaming up to make a crowdsourced documentary using footage recorded on July 24 and uploaded to YouTube.  It’s an attempt to create a day-in-the-life snapshot of global culture via the global center of user-generated video, one that is very much in keeping with utopian characterizations of the site as a networked community of everyday people (such as the Where is Matt phenomenon).  People who contribute footage will be credited as co-directors, and the filmmakers are working with Against All Odds Prods, an organization focused on delivering cameras to remote locations.  You can submit your footage at the documentary’s YouTube page starting on July 24.  Mashable also has an interesting write-up on the film.
  • The Documentary Tech blog has an interesting discussion of how to crowdfund your documentary.  It’s a pretty solid assessment, one that addresses the possibilities and limitations of using a resource such as Kickstarter.
  • Documentary Tech is also discussing another intriguing YouTube project, this one spearheaded by the Guggenheim, which is calling for submissions of videos that demonstrate the creativity of user-generated video.  The Guggenheim will post approximately 200 videos to their channel on YouTube, which will then be reviewed by a panel of experts who will choose a selection of 20 for display in the Guggenheim Museum in New York alongside of simultaneous presentations at other Guggenheim Museums in Berlin, Bilbao, and Venice.  You can submit a video at their YouTube Play channel.
  • David Poland responds to half of Ted Hope’s “38 Reasons the Film Industry is Failing Today” list.  Poland is obviously far more skeptical about the “truly free” model that Hope has been championing.  There are some points I’d like to discuss in detail, especially point #8, where Poland takes Hope to task for suggesting that film’s greatest strength is its ability to function as a “community organizing tool” (Poland’s phrase), with Poland instead arguing that film’s greatest strength is its ability to “make people feel things.”

Hoping to revisit some of these ideas later this week.

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