Frunch – the Free Culture Lunch #5 (Blue Moon Edition)

This Friday, January 1, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th Ave S (at Commerce St) in New York’s West Village. Open to anyone who is into Free Culture, Free Software, Free Speech, Intellectual Freedom, anti-censorship, etc.

We do this every week now! And it’s more fun than the other kind of “frunch” which is so last year.

And I just realized “Blue Moon” also doesn’t apply, since that would have to be December still, and this is January 1. Oh well. I didn’t want to call it New Year’s Day Edition for some reason – that’s so next year!

This Friday, January 1, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th

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Sita held over at IFC; now playing through January 5.

Woo! New showtimes – Click on the time to purchase tickets for a screening.

Wed, Dec 30 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:25 PM
Thu, Dec 31 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:25 PM
Fri, Jan 1 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:25 PM
Sat, Jan 2 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:25 PM
Sun, Jan 3 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40 PM, 8:35 PM, 10:25 PM
Mon, Jan 4 at: 11:10 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:40 PM, 4:40 PM, 6:40

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The Cult of Originality

Creation of Adam

A lil’ illustrated essay by Nina Paley – keep reading

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The Little Movie That Could

And the little Free Culture Activist that could, too:

Sita Sings the Blues at the IFC Film Center, New York Dec. 25 2009

T-shirt available here. Come see the movie! It closes Dec. 31.

And the little Free Culture Activist that could, too: T-shirt available here. Come see the movie! It closes Dec.

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FINALLY! Sita in NY Dec. 25-31

Sita Sings the Blues plays for one week at New York’s IFC Film Center, Dec. 25-31. This is a real theatrical run, with 7 or 8 screenings a day. I’ll be doing Q & A’s at the 8:25 pm shows most (possibly all) nights. Tickets online!

The schedule so far (click on the time to purchase tickets):

Fri, Dec 25 at: 11:00 AM, 12:35 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:25 PM, 8:25 PM, 10:20 PM, 12:10 AM
Sat, Dec 26 at: 11:00 AM, 12:35 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:25 PM, 8:25 PM, 10:20 PM, 12:10 AM
Sun, Dec 27 at: 11:00 AM, 12:35 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 6:25 PM, 8:25 PM, 10:20 PM
Mon,

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Free Culture Lunch #3

This Friday, December 18, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th Ave S (at Commerce St) in New York’s West Village. Open to anyone who is into Free Culture, Free Software, Free Speech, Intellectual Freedom, anti-censorship, etc.

I’m trying to build another Free Culture community in New York. Last week’s was a lot of fun. Hopefully we can do this every Friday.

This Friday, December 18, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th Ave S (at Commerce St) in New York’s West Village. Open to anyone who is into

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Sita @IFC NY, Dec-25-31

Finally the Sita IFC Film Center page is up. Tickets go on sale Monday Dec. 21. We begged them to do it sooner, but you’ll have to wait until Monday!

Finally the Sita IFC Film Center page is up. Tickets go on sale Monday Dec. 21. We begged them to do it sooner, but you’ll have to wait

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Bill Cheswick’s New Way to See Movies

Bill Cheswick prints entire films – I’m talkin’ every single frame of the film – on giant rolls of paper. Because Sita is open licensed, he was able to make cool new art with it without my permission, but he gave me this 30-foot-long print anyway!

From Cheswick’s site:

Of course, I would like to try this on many other movies. The problem is one of copyright violation. While some argue this is fair use, it is clearly debatable, and I am not trying to blaze new legal ground here.

I’m glad Sita’s open license removes that obstacle. I wouldn’t want to be left out of this party!

Bill Cheswick prints entire films

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Minute Meme #1: Copying Is Not Theft

UPDATE: high res video file now on archive.org.

This is a “draft” of our (my and QuestionCopyright.org‘s) first Minute Meme. A draft because the audio track is a placeholder, and we’re eager to hear what all you musicians out there can do with it. Also a draft because we need to make a fancier, more informative page than just this post here! But what is the Internet for, if not to hastily post creative work by the seat of your pants?

There are some blank credits at the end for “Arranged and Recorded by” and “Sound Design.” Any interested musicians/sound designers can re-release the whole thing with their own tracks and appropriate credits.

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An ideal hate mail

OK, this isn’t exactly hate mail – in fact it’s kind of adorable in its sincere incoherence. (I still get entertaining hate mail from time to time, but don’t publish it because I know the writers just want attention. This, however, is so perfect I couldn’t resist.) Vijaybhan writes:

Sister naina ji
Namsaty
what ever culture you r fowling I don’t No. but Sri Ram and SITA ji is
your last hope to protect our culture and you are doing against it.
Hindu people are very much liberal and open mind but this kind of act
will make them to think like Islamic fundamentalist.
one thing you can do that why are you not make good movie only

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Sita NYC Theatrical Run Dec. 25-31, IFC Center

That’s all I know so far – a multiple-shows-a-day run of Sita Sings the Blues at New York’s IFC Film Center, starting Dec. 25 (aka “Chrismas) and closing Dec. 31 (aka “New Year’s Eve”). More info like exact screening times and how to buy tickets coming soon. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends! Help us promote it! I love you!

That’s all I know so far – a multiple-shows-a-day run of Sita Sings the Blues at New York’s IFC Film Center, starting Dec. 25 (aka “Chrismas) and closing

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Evelien Lohbeck

More of this artist’s really cool short films here. Via Ken Shan.

More of this artist’s really cool short films here. Via Ken

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What’s stopping you?

“What’s stopping ME from selling ‘Sita’ DVDs and merch?” I usually get this question from slightly shocked artists and filmmakers after Sita Sings the Blues talks. I’m not stopping them, and the law isn’t stopping them. Yet for some reason, they don’t go out and sell Sita merch once they know this. Why?

I can guess the answer, of course:
expensive
big hassle
DVDs & merch already exist & are available
insufficient incentive to compete
have other, more important things to do

When one artist-filmmaker I know well asked the question, I boldly answered, “nothing – but you won’t.” I know she won’t because she has enough trouble merchandising and promoting her own work; and she’s

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I <3 Middlemen

Yes I do! Most indie filmmakers I talk to complain about distributors and “middlemen,” but they’re missing the real problem. Middlemen – publishers, distributors, resellers – can do excellent work. The problem is not middlemen; it’s monopolies.

So many middlemen insist on monopolies, we’ve forgotten we don’t need to grant them. They say that without a monopoly (aka “exclusive rights”) they have no incentive to promote and distribute. Actually a monopoly gives a middleman no incentive, because no one is competing with them. Take away the monopoly, and the middleman has to compete with other potential middlemen (including the artist). Then they have an incentive to work. Rather than monopoly, they succeed

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Frunch: the Free Culture Lunch, #2

This Friday, December 11, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th Ave S (at Commerce St) in New York’s West Village. Open to anyone who is into Free Culture, Free Software, Free Speech, Intellectual Freedom, anti-censorship, etc.

I’m trying to build another Free Culture community in New York. Last week’s was a lot of fun. Hopefully we can do this every Friday.

This Friday, December 11, 2 pm, Soy & Sake @ 47 7th Ave S (at Commerce St) in New York’s West Village. Open to anyone who is into

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