Remixed Movies at the Open Video Conference

BY MARTIN LEDUC. TORONTO, CANADA (CINEMA MINIMA) — I got to help collect some of the videos that were playing throughout the Open Video Conference.  The conference took place on June 19-20, 2009.  It brought together an impressive collection of professional stakeholders involved with online video. Their aim was to bring video technology up to the standards of accessibility and decentralization that are currently available for blogs and other web tools.

For the video displays that were playing throughout the conference,  I collected 10 technically and artistically accomplished movie remixes that showcase the value of an open video environment.  The artists I chose take a wide range of  approaches to editing pre-existing movie footage.

Blogger, video remixer, and cultural activist Elisa Kreisinger also curated remix videos that demonstrate the political importance of fair use and open video standards.

You can visit to watch online versions of all the videos Elisa and I screened at the conference.

Total Recut: Home of the Video Remixers

BY MARTIN LEDUC. TORONTO, CANADA (CINEMA MINIMA) — has gathered a community of over 350 video remixers — artists whose work consists of re-edited and manipulated video clips.

The site bills itself as a “one stop shop for all things remixed.” It has a growing gallery with over 500 remixes so far, and a section for editing tutorials. It hosts a forum and and a blog on video remixing, and it runs video remixing contests.

A recent contest on Totalrecut brought in entries from around the globe, which were judged by highly visible figures of internet culture — among them were “Free Culture” author Lawrence Lessig and famous fan vidder Luminosity.

Totalrecut is the currently the most successful “big umbrella” community for video remixers on the internet, bringing together artists and videos from a variety of genres and niche communities. I’d reccomend the site to anyone interested in online remix culture or found footage filmmaking.