Day 134: Citizens’ Cinema

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May 13, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

I’ve talked a lot recently about creative commons – about the network that connects us all and the power it brings us.  I’ve talked about it because it’s important; it’s important and it’s amazing – it’s worth taking note of and really, once you do, you’re able to take part in it more actively, to better tap into the power it gives you, either as a creator yourself, or as a contributor, or a collaborator – but you can become more than a witness or a consumer of finished goods.  Wielding your new, network-enabled powers, you can take an active role in what you consume, in deciding what enters your life.  You can help shape it for yourself and for others.  It’s a team effort; there’s no “I” in “network”.  I like it that way, and today’s project is an incredible demonstration of what can be produced in the creative, networked, non-exclusive, non-proprietary, common space.  Today’s project…well, it’s a series of tubes.

Tube is an open movie.  What does that mean?  Check it out:

Animation with substance. The crowd funds it, the crowd owns it. Tube is the experimental production of a 3D animated short about the dream and failure and achievement of immortality. It’s also a love letter to free software and open culture that marks their convergence with independent filmmaking.

Cool story, remarkable project.  I’ve never heard of anything quite like it, but I hope to see more like it soon.  In the meantime, I’m genuinely looking forward to watching Tube.  Become a part of this film in ways you’ve probably never before been involved in cinema by backing it on Kickstarter before May 16.


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