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[personal profile] laurashapiro
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?

on 2011-02-03 06:21 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kass
That revisioning of Star Trek is awesome!

on 2011-02-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
Oh, WOW. Thank you for passing this on.

on 2011-02-03 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
WHY IS THAT MOVIE NOT IN A THEATER NEAR ME? With professional actors and a budget and more than three minutes of footage?

on 2011-02-03 07:00 pm (UTC)
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong
The Star Trek -- I didn't have time or brain to check out the other link. *rueful g*

on 2011-02-03 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] heresluck

on 2011-02-03 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] dragovianknight
That movie interests me where the existing reboot does not.

on 2011-02-03 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] seedling
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."

on 2011-02-03 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] erda
That Star Trek vid just made my brain explode.

on 2011-02-04 03:05 am (UTC)
lo_rez: young girl bent over a codex, staring at something out of frame (girl with book)
Posted by [personal profile] lo_rez
>>And what they're doing, in the main, is throwing the construction of masculinity into sharp relief.

EVERYTHING YOU SAY. What a fabulous idea for critique!

(The rhetorical theorist Kenneth Burke called this "perspective by incongruity." I think it's also an example of what anthropologists mean when they talk about "making the familiar strange" as a means of gaining insight.)


Thank you so much for the TGOF link.

on 2011-02-04 04:39 am (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] vito_excalibur
I know right? I would watch that SO MANY TIMES. :/

on 2011-02-04 08:44 am (UTC)
paceus: Katchoo from the comic Strangers in Paradise (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] paceus
The video is interesting, and your commentary even more so! Thanks for posting that.

on 2011-02-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] cesperanza

Thought it's reminding me of my joy-sorrow thing at the Matrix--when I saw the film in the theatres, believe it or not I didn't know anything about it, and I thought--like you WOULD--that TRINITY was the protagonist, because she turns up right away and is running on the sides of walls and stuff! And then it becomes all about how Neo's "The One" and I was SO DISAPPOINTED. But watching this reminds me of that thrill of the first part of the Matrix! Trinity 4 Evah!


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