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laurashapiro ([personal profile] laurashapiro) wrote2011-02-03 09:55 am
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Video-related news of interest

Those interested in the ever-complicated discussion of fair use as it applies to vidding will appreciate Anita Sarkeesian's How I Fought Against a YouTube Takedown and Eventually Won.

What's particularly relevant is the mention of an organization called New Media Rights, which "provides pro bono legal resources and its free media studio to creators - artists, filmmakers, podcasters, citizen journalists, bloggers, open source software projects, as well as nonprofits." NMR helped Anita restore her video and had some interesting insights about why it was taken down.

And by way of [personal profile] such_heights, I want to be sure to share this video by The Girls on Film. It's a line-for-line scene from the Star Trek reboot, with women cast in the men's roles.

This is an ongoing project of The Girls on Film, who have also done scenes from Fight Club and The Town. The videos are simple, but the impact is striking. Can you imagine women in these roles? How would it change your experience as a filmgoer? How would it change cultural perceptions of what women can do?
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[personal profile] seedling 2011-02-03 09:36 pm (UTC)(link)
While I long for more awesome female characters, I'm really concerned about just replicating archetypal masculine characters because I'm sure we could all write pages on how problematic the standard male hero is. So I don't see the value in recreating scenes of movies with strong patriarchal values with women cast instead of men. I really don't want the future of female characters to be Kirk or Tyler or Lara Croft for that matter.

Even the group that is making these films won't own up to any kind of actual belief or value system in what they are doing as is shown in this description on their about page.

"(d) TGOF is a commentary with the objective of stimulating thought around the art of storytelling through film. We set out to challenge the current societal perspective of what is deemed appropriate and the “right way” of doing things. Through our exploration of archetypal energies that are typically portrayed by men blah blah blah… Wow. This is boring and stuffy, are you actually still reading? …Lets just stick with penis envy."