Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Project Spotlight: "This is Not a Conspiracy Theory" by Kirby Ferguson

Over the past year or so, Kirby Ferguson has been releasing installments of a four-part short film series entitled Everything is a Remix.  The series covers the artistic roadblocks regarding such issues as sampling, infringement, trademark, intellectual property, and so on - specifically the legal entanglements that comes along with them.  It asks questions without clear answers: when is something infringing?  Is it using a two-bar sample of someone's song in your own?  What about when Star Wars recreates a scene from an Akira Kurosawa nearly identically?  Are trademark lawsuits causing more harm than alleged infringement?

It's really an insightful series and, on top of that, has a very high production value.  You can watch the whole thing on their website, and even if you aren't in the entertainment industry (the series' primary focus) I recommend it highly for its thought-provoking content.  That's why I was excited to see Ferguson's new film project, funded through Kickstarter, called This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

In Ferguson's own words, the film will be "a multi-part series that will explain the major ideas, events and human quirks that have shaped where we are right now politically."  Considering the current state of politics, namely the dissatisfaction felt by many, I'm excited to see the finished product.  Everything is a Remix was informative, entertaining, and, most importantly, clear and easy to understand.  I have no doubt that This is Not a Conspiracy Theory will be the same.

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