The Matrix is a remix

The Matrix is a remix There’s probably no other field that uses as much material from existing works than music. Think sampling, cover songs, remixes, edits, bootlegs. Copying other artists work is an essential part of music production today – but copying is to be found in much more fields of everyday life than only in music.

NYC-based filmmaker Kirby Ferguson has been working on this topic for a while now with his website and video series ‘Everything is a Remix‘, in which he explains the relationship between industrial and cultural innovations and the sampling of knowledge and ideas.

Together with editor Robert Grigsby Wilson, ‘Everything is a Remix’ also focusses on movies. After the hugely successful examination of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill‘ movies and their samples, Wilson and Ferguson now take on Larry and Andy Wachowski’s ‘The Matrix‘ to show which movies and books were the source code for the science fiction movie from 1999.

And speaking of ‘Everything is a Remix’: Steve Jobs passed away last night, and the following video is how we’ll remember his works – copy/paste as a way of commercial and creative success, from Xerox to OSX.

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Basement Jaxx debut as film score writers

Basement Jaxx debut as film score writers

British electro veterans Basement Jaxx go into new lines of action. The band just posted the new track ‘The Ends’ which marks their debut as film score writers. The bass-ridden piece soundtracks the showdown of Joe Cornish’s new sci-fi flick Attack The Block, which comes to UK cinemas next week.

Listen to the track:

Basement Jaxx – “The Ends” from “Attack The Block” by Basement Jaxx

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Bird’s Eye View festival celebrates women for its seventh edition

Bird’s Eye View festival celebrates women for its seventh edition

Bird’s Eye View Film Festival will be taking place at BFI Southbank, Southbank Centre, the ICA and other venues across London this March to celebrate women filmmakers from across the world.

Opening on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the festival founded in 2002 showcases the best works from Women filmmakers out of various categories, such as feature films, documentaries, short films, fashion films, music videos and many more.

This year there’s a great music programme to complement features such as Susanne Bier’s Oscar-nominated In A Better World and Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff.

Highlights include performances from Michachu, Imogen Heap and a Music Loves Video strand hosted by Kate Nash. Check here to see the full programme and watch the festival trailer below.

Bird’s Eye View Film Festival will take place from March 8th until March 17th. Get your tickets via Bird’s Eye View.

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Miranda July to present new film at Sundance Festival

Miranda July to present new film at Sundance Festival

Miraculous filmmaker, performance artist and writer Miranda July is kind of like an impersonated Swiss-army knife and we love her for that. Now, the pretty talent will release her new film titled ‚The Future’ at the Sundance Film Festival 2011 in Utah, which takes place from January 20 – 30.

Everybody that has seen her previous work, such as the fantastic film ‘You and Me and Everyone We Know‘, knows to expect something great. This is exactly why the fact that there has yet to be a trailer hardly matters. Right now you can only read this synopsis: “When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.”

If you are lucky enough to be in the area we highly recommend you make it to one of following the screenings.

Friday, Jan 21, 6:15 pm, Eccles?

Saturday, Jan 22, 8:30 am, Library

Friday, Jan 28, 9:15 am, Eccles

The whole Sundance program can be found here. If you want to buy tickets check here.

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4th British Short Film Festival in Berlin starts Friday

4th British Short Film Festival in Berlin starts Friday

Clap your hands and say yeah, because from Friday the 14th to Monday the 17th, the British Short Film Festival opens in Berlin with a variety of amazing short films, concerts, parties, workshops, exhibitions, open screenings, panels and much more.

For the fourth time the festival, which is taking place at the Sputinik Kino in Kreuzberg and the Schaubühne dedicates itself to new British short films from up and coming filmmakers.

Judging by the submissions we’ve read about so far visitors and film-addicts can look forward to a flood of first-class shorts from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama, documentary, animation, thriller, experimental, music and Horror. Here is a very exciting preview of some of the films that will be shown at the festival:

Paris/Sexy by Ruth Paxton (Thriller), 24 min Thriller about a woman, keeping a dark secret in her house. But everything changes when a young couple visits her. With Elisa Sakowski (Eastern Promises and Shane Meadow’s Somers Town), Martin Compston (Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen) and the famous burlesque performer Missy Malone from Scotland.

Laika by Avgousta Zourelidi (Animation), 8:39 min Funny animated adventure about the dog Laika who went to space with the „Sputnik 2“ mission. The Sputnik Kino will be the best place to show it!

Reign of Death by Matthew Savage (Thriller), 6 min Dark mixture of elements from Film Noir and Science Fiction. A detective tries to fight a killer robot. With Noel Clarke (Dr. Who)

Scent by Emily Bignell (Drama), 16:23 min An old man keeps the death of his wife a secret. He doesn’t tell anybody, he still washes her, feeds her, brings her to bed … But it gets more and more difficult to hide the truth. A very intense drama about love and loss.

Check out the complete programme here.

Sputnik Kino

Tickets Screenings & Concerts: 5 Euro / for students & jobless 3 Euro

Festival Ticket for all Sputnik Screenings & Concerts: 25 Euro / 20 Euro

(Advance booking: Pay 20 Euro / 15 Euro until January 10th at Sputnik Kino)

Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz (Studio)

Kurfürstendamm 153, 10709 Berlin-Charlottenburg

Tickets Screening incl. Concert: 5 Euro / 3 Euro

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