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cheyenne_h on 04/13/2015 at 09:00AM

Unreel Trailers: A Challenge

Photographer: Henry Gawthorpe. Via Australian National Maritime Museum's Flickr Commons collection

Take a film out of context... you know you want to! You could re-cut that cheesy sci-fi flick into an interstellar romantic comedy, or poorly dub alternate dialogue onto an action sequence to make it a slapstick routine. We've put together a list of public domain films; pick one and make an Unreel Trailer! In less than three minutes, tell us a touching story of ghosts in love, a science experiment gone wrong, a training montage for puppies, or whatever seems appropriate (or inappropriate) to preview a movie that doesn't exist (yet). 

Dramatic voiceovers, superfluous sound effects, and imaginary titles are encouraged. Credits, including CC license information, are required, but everything else is up to you! 

Here are some examples of public domain films to choose from (entries must be derived from films in the U.S. Public Domain):

1. The Brain That Wouldn’t Die wiki archive.org
2. Night of the Living Dead wiki archive.org
3. Reefer Madness wiki archive.org
4. Little Shop of Horrors wiki archive.org
5. Attack of the Giant Leeches wiki archive.org
6. Carnival of Souls wiki archive.org
7. Teenagers From Outer Space wiki archive.org
8. Rock, Rock, Rock! wiki archive.org

Use a track from our FMA Music for Video Vault in your trailer – or check out one of these artists:
Chris Zabriskie made a collection called “Direct to Video” for a reason. CC BY
Kevin Macleod’s music has been used in thousands of videos. CC BY
Ian Alex Mac’s “Cues” is made for cinematic purposes. CC BY
The Conet Project is full of strange sounds! Free Music Philosophy
UncleBibby has done a three-volume Free Music Project release. CC BY
Steve Combs has tons of stuff to choose from. CC BY
Our microSongs and Masters Remastered works are all in the Public Domain! No citations necessary. 

Requirements:
Film must be in the public domain in the United States
Music must be licensed for use in video without further permission from the artist
Submissions must be posted to a video streaming site online and shared with FMA via our submission form
Submitters must list all works used in the film (audio, visual, etc)
Use proper citation in the film (attribution of music, license, etc) - CC Best Practices here

If you submit a trailer using footage from a film that isn’t on the list, please make sure it is in the public domain (or your own work, which you are willing to dedicate to the public domain using this Creative Commons license) before you proceed. Submissions that are not in the public domain in the U.S. won't qualify for judging.

We'll accept entries from April 13th until May 8th, 2015

Entry form is here, finished projects are here

One winner will be chosen by our panel of judges, and the winner will get an Epson Powerlite Projector. Read the Official Rules for more detailed info. 

The Unreel Trailers Challenge is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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cheyenne_h on 04/09/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #45: Two Copies of Every Record: The Archive of Contemporary Music with Bob George

photo by Eilon Paz. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Bob George, the Director (and a founder) of the Archive of Contemporary Music, currently located in NYC, about the collection and a new partnership with the Internet Archive

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes. Or listen here: 

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cheyenne_h on 04/08/2015 at 06:45PM

Unreel Trailers Entry Form

 

Please use our form to enter into the Unreel Trailers Challenge. We accept videos from YouTube & Vimeo, and will embed them into our Unreel Picture Show. 

 

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cheyenne_h on 04/07/2015 at 09:01PM

Unreel Prize!

If you enter the Unreel Trailers Challenge and win, you will recieve (not only the honor of being our favorite), but also an Epson Powerlite Projector, for all your movie viewing needs! Here's a photo, in case you don't believe us: 

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cheyenne_h on 04/02/2015 at 09:00AM

Radio Free Culture #44: Preserving Culture at the Rogers and Hammerstein Archives with Danielle Cordovez

image courtesy of Danielle Cordovez. Used with permission.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Danielle Cordovez, a reference librarian at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive of Recorded Sound at the New York Public Library. We chatted about the archive's extensive collection, who uses it, and I asked Danielle to share some highlights from the stacks

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture on iTunes - or listen here: 

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cheyenne_h on 03/26/2015 at 09:15AM

Radio Free Culture #43: Black Lantern Music's First 100 Releases with Bram and Gareth

image courtesy of Black Lantern Music, featuring a glitchy version of Texture & Asthmatic Astronaut - aka Bram & Gareth, respectively

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Bram and Gareth, co-founders of Black Lantern Music, a netlabel from Scotland. They just released a compilation highlighting their first 100 releases and talked about what's on the horizon for the netlabel, including FMA exclusive releases, like selections from SJ Mellia's back catalog.

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here: 

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cheyenne_h on 03/17/2015 at 05:11PM

Radio Free Culture #42: Simple Machines and Complex Infrastructure with Jenny Toomey

"Transmitters-5" by Adam Bowie. 2011. CC BY-NC-SA via flickr.

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Jenny Toomey, Director of Internet Rights at the Ford Foundation. Aside from a bit about the Ford Foundation and what Jenny does there, we talked about her work in the 1990s with Simple Machines, a DIY record label, and how that experience led her to her current work with Ford. 

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here:   

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cheyenne_h on 03/16/2015 at 08:45AM

CC Webinar for Musicians March 19!

public domain image via Wikimedia Commons

Hi FMA'ers of the musical type!

If you are a musician, remixer, or audio producer, you might have some questions about how to use Creative Commons licenses and works that use them. Have no fear! Eric Steuer and Cheyenne Hohman will guide you through the basics of using CC-licensed work for music. We'll also have time for Q&A after. 

The webinar will be broadcast live on the web, via our YouTube Channel, on Thursday, March 19th at 4 p.m. Eastern. 

Special guest and Creative Commons expert Eric Steuer will be co-hosting with Cheyenne. We'll show you around the Free Music Archive (including where to find license information), run through the basics of Creative Commons licenses and how to use CC tracks in various multimedia contexts, and show you how you can license your work under Creative Commons (spoiler: it's easy!). 

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cheyenne_h on 03/13/2015 at 05:34PM

Prize Package for the Masters Remastered Challenge!

You wanna know what you will win if you are the best at Remastering the Masters?? Well, we'll tell you. 

First of all, you'll get a Moog Etherwave Theremin

BEHOLD!

 Grand Prize! 

And also a shirt from Le Poisson Rouge that, appropriately, proudly declares that you are "Classical As F*ck"! 

So, get composing, y'all! We accept submissions until April 3rd, 2015. 

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cheyenne_h on 03/12/2015 at 09:30AM

Radio Free Culture #41: Jonathan Ward, Audio Archaeologist

WFMU and the Free Music Archive are proud to bring you a fresh episode of Radio Free Culture, a weekly podcast exploring issues at the intersection of digital culture and the arts. 

In this episode, Cheyenne Hohman, RFC host and current Director of the FMA, spoke to Jonathan Ward, the collector and FMA curator behind Excavated Shellac, a blog which has shined a light on 78s from around the world. He has helped create Excavated Shellac: Strings (Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin and More from the 78rpm Era) and Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM (Recordings from 1909-1960s) on Dust To Digital Records

Check out the podcast on WFMUPRX, or subscribe to the Radio Free Culture via iTunes, or listen right here!  

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