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RiP!: A Remix Manifesto

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto
File:Rip a remix manifesto-poster.jpg
Directed by Brett Gaylor
Produced by Daniel Cross
Mila Aung Thwin
Ravida Din
Sally Bochner
(of the NFB)
Written by Brett Gaylor
Starring Girl Talk
Lawrence Lessig
Cory Doctorow
Gilberto Gil
Music by Olivier Alary
Cinematography Mark Ellam
Editing by Brett Gaylor
Tony Asimakopoulos
Studio National Film Board of Canada
Distributed by Documentary
Canal D
B-Side Entertainment
Release date(s) November 2008
Running time 86 mins.
Country Canada
Language English

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a 2008 open source documentary film about "the changing concept of copyright"[1][2] directed by Brett Gaylor.

Created over a period of six years, the documentary film features the collaborative remix work of hundreds of people who have contributed to the Open Source Cinema website, helping to create the "world's first open source documentary" as Gaylor put it. The project's working title was Basement Tapes,[3] (referring to the album of the same name) but it was renamed RiP!: A Remix Manifesto prior to theatrical release. Gaylor encourages more people to create their own remixes from this movie, using media available from the Open Source Cinema website, or other websites like YouTube, Flickr, Hulu, or MySpace.


The documentary is particularly interested in the legal grey area of remixing existing works. The film features appearances by:

Festivals and awards

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto made its international debut at the IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) in November 2008.[5] It won the festival's Audience Award.

The film made its US debut at the South by Southwest festival on March 15, 2009.[6]

The Canadian news-magazine Macleans called the movie as "a dazzling frontal assault on how corporate culture is using copyright law to muzzle freedom of expression."[7]

Showing at the Whistler Film Festival that took place 4 to 7 December 2008).,[8] it also won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award.

At the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal it won the Special Jury Prize. It was the closing film at Docs Barcelona It was a Special Selection at the South by Southwest Film Festival, at Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, the Adelaide Film Festival, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Silverdocs, Nashville Film Festival, Victoria International Film Festival, Available Light Film Festival, Buenos Aries Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the Munich Dokfest, and it will screen in 2009 in the New Zealand International Film Festivals.

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto 2.0

On February 27, 2009 Brett Gaylor started a new project on his site, Open Source Cinema, dubbed RiP!: A Remix Manifesto 2.0. With this project, he invites users to take the original documentary, remix it, and upload their contributions to be included in a new, improved version of the film. Each chapter of the original film is uploaded separately for users to view and download to use.

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • RiP!: A Remix Manifesto at the National Film Board of Canada
  • RiP!: A Remix Manifesto 2.0 Project Page
  • EyeSteelFilm
  • "Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age" documentary
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