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ange on 11/16/2012 at 09:00AM

Thumbs Up For Free Music Archive and Prelinger Video Mashups

When two open digital libraries fall in love... this happens.

For our on-going video remix contest, the Free Music Archive and Prelinger Archives asked you to show us what video mashups of our collections would look like. From Betty Bop dancing the Charleston to modern jazz, to 1906 San Francisco set to dubstep... our remix children are deeply disturbing, abstract, violent, beautiful, and often half-naked.

We dare you now to find a comfortable chair in a dark room and watch all 122 entries. If you see one you like, log into the website, and click the thumbs up. You can vote for multiple videos, but only once. All voting will wrap up by 5pm ET on Monday, November 25th. The winner of the popular vote will take home an iPad.

So journey on, little monkeys! Vote now, and help natural selection determine the fittest.


Join us for a free screening of our winning submissions, plus some of our judges' favorites. The event will begin with the brief keynote from film producer Kirby Ferguson titled, "Everything is a Remix."

This presentation will explore centuries of culture to demonstrate how remixing -- creating music from samples of existing music -- is a good metaphor for all varieties of creativity. Ferguson will discuss some of the myths of creativity, present several popular examples of remix-like technique, and show how creativity -- like remixing -- is the result of three basic techniques: copying, transforming and combining.

Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave, New York, NY) on November 29th 8-10pm. You can reserve your free tickets here.

Nov 11: Submissions Deadline
Nov 12: Judging and Public Voting Begins
Nov 25: End of the Public Voting
Nov 29: Winners Announced online and in a public screening at NYC's Anthology Film Archives


This contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.



katya-oddio on 11/16/12 at 08:32PM
What a blast this contest has been!

Seems some forgot the theme of the contest is "The Past Re-imagined as the Future," but some who remembered really ran with it. For instance, Todd Wiseman's ON TIME used clips from 98 Prelinger Archive films! Wowzers!
andrea on 11/16/12 at 10:12PM
We wanted to offer the "The Past Re-Imagined As The Future" theme to give participants a starting point if they needed it. It's actually not part of our judging criteria.

It's a cool think to think about when watching the entires though.. that might be why so many feel totally surreal.

What's your favorite so far?
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