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Tribeca Interactive: Manifestos and More

Baratunde Thurston At Tribeca Film Festival's Interactive Day, the fest's interactive strand crackled with energy, as filmmakers and developers traded insights.  Read more...

Fair Use Fearmongering, from Friends?

Kind of BloopCreative geek Andy Baio had a hellish experience with copyright and fair use when he made "Kind of Bloop," a weird and wonderful electronic cover of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue. It’s maddening to hear his story, told in a compelling video, of acceding to astonishing payments in an out-of-court settlement. But he’s drawing the wrong lessons from it. Read more...

Our Nixon and Fair Use

Fair use is enabling more documentaries, and filmmakers are in the lead of making fair use work for creative practice. The latest evidence is one of the films I savored at SXSW, Our Nixon, by Brian Frye and Penny Lane. 

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Media That Matters at SXSW 2013

SXSWThe assortment of documentaries at SXSW this year was wildly eclectic. SXSW was, most often, their world premiere, and also a marketplace that may put them on the road to a wider public. Standouts for me among those that strive to be media that matters, and ones that I hope do find a screen in a theater near you, in alphabetical order:

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Transmedia Takeaways from SXSW

InteractiveTransmedia-- the interaction of sound, image and text on platforms that let users interact and sometimes participate--got its own track of panels this year at SXSW, angled toward filmmakers. At the exuberant, raucous and high-decibel meeting of film, music, and geekdom, on display were tools, ideas and even finished work. Read more...