RiP: A remix manifesto

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-12-23

Sam’s Video Jam will host a special screening of RiP: A Remix Manifesto, a Canadian filmfest circuit fave directed by firebrand Brett Gaylor, of the EyeSteelFilm collective, whose projects include “Homeless Nation,” a website by and for Canada’s homeless, the weed grow-op doc Puff Daddy, which won over the Banff World Television Festival in ’05, and Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I Am Alive, a documentary by eight Inuit high-schoolers. RiP: A Remix Manifesto claims to be “the world’s first open-source documentary,” an exploration of remix/sampling/mashup culture, with hundreds of collaborators contributing their video mixes to for the project. The filmmakers also interview Gregg Gillis (aka mashup-DJ maestro Girl Talk, left), attorney/open-source defender Lawrence Lessig, and Gilberto Gil, Brazilian musician and arts administrator who worked with Creative Commons on dynamic arts programs for his home country. Open source began as an attitude toward source code, and has grown exponentially to include new aesthetics, new ethics, and new commerce. What does this sample-driven revolution look like? Hell, let’s find out. Free, 8pm Tuesday, December 22, Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson. — Sarah Fisch