Posted by: ableanna | October 8, 2008

Remix Manifesto

Girl Talk

Girl Talk

Photo courtesy of Thomas Purves photostream

My friend Brett has been making “RiP: A Remix Manifesto” over the last six years and it’s screening in Montreal this week.

Seeing as it’s early in the morning and I’m generally distracted by a tiny person with a loud voice… my Facebook invite explains the film better than I can. So here is that invite:


Cinéma Impérial, Friday Oct. 17 at 7:30 PM
Parallèle Ex-Centris, Saturday Oct. 18 at 7:20 PM
Fellini Ex-Centris, Wednesday Oct. 15 at 11:15 AM
(press screening)

Imagine a world where ideas and culture, from “Happy Birthday” to Mickey Mouse, are horded under lock and key by copyright laws. Even ideas that could lead to a cure for cancer would be off-limits. Stop imagining now, because this is the world you live in.

Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor’s feature documentary, Rip: Remix Manifesto, explores the concept of copyright in the era of Napster, Bit Torrent and peer-to-peer file-sharing. Rip is the world’s first Open Source documentary, shattering the wall between consumers and producers, and challenging the thresholds of “fair use.” At the outset, Brett threw his raw footage up on the Internet, at, for anyone to remix. Rip’s movie-as-mash-up method allowed these remixes to become an integral part of the film. With Rip: Remix Manifesto, Gaylor and Girl Talk sound an urgent alarm and draw the lines of battle. Which side are you on?

The premier of ‘RIP: Remix Manifesto’ is the beginning of a conversation that will continue around the world, with a film that depends on YOUR participation. We want everyone to keep on remixing!

RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO is produced by EyeSteelFilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada. Produced in association with Documentary and Canal D.

Click here to see the trailer.



  1. […] excited to see the screening of this film tonight. The Montreal Gazette gives a pretty awesome review! (You can find more media on […]

  2. What would be crazy ironic is if we could get a fing torrent of this instead of special screenings in countries on the other side of the world!?

  3. man, can’t agree more Tibbs. I’ve raved about this film to my friends since I saw it and since then, they’ve lost faith in the film since it doesn’t follow in its own fundamentals – and the message at the end of the film, saying it’s available for download and sharing! Sooooo frustrating!!

  4. this film needs to be uploaded already no one wants to be called out on their hypocrisy, maybe they do?

  5. I’m digging Rip!.. I want an MPC/SP/ASR/etc documentary. Maybe I make my own??

  6. I realize that a reply to your comments is waaaay overdue, but I’m happy to provide a link to a site where you can view the film in full:

    and there are plenty of clips you can mash/remix/play with over at – become a part of the film!

  7. IM form argentian and i think this is the best film of the year!!!!
    im developing an art concept based on ideas.
    (im a nerd??? jaja)

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