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This is great. This
perfect greeting video
is a rollicking animated musical with a cast
of thousands- all sung to the Ghostbusters
song. You'll love it. A little politics, a
little social commentary - but all in all, a
lots of fun. Remember to vote.
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Do you do your own
thing? Are you a style iconoclast? Check out
this short film "Female
Seeking Female Companionship"
by Jocelyn Hsu. Only 3
minutes in length, it humorously deals with
image, fashion Nazis and other problems that
women face. Hosted at the wonderful
Food for the Moon
Band of Citizens,
a new internet-based citizen group, launched
emphasizing positive messages to help persuade swing
voters to support John Kerry as well as energize Kerry
supporters. Similar in format to the famous "Jib-Jab"
Flash commercials, these web videos (called "Citizenflicks")
feature positive messages about voting and John Kerry.
The site (www.bandofcitizens.org)
was designed to easily forward these web videos to
undecided or wavering friends or family member. These
Citizenflicks were created and submitted by leading Flash
designers and developers, who donated their time. This
whole campaign was created for less than $1000.
JibJab has partnered with
AtomFilms to release the
sequel to their Internet
blockbuster, “This Land.”
The sequel, titled “Good to
Be in DC!” is set to the
classic American folk song
“Dixie” and this time
around, no one in Washington
How much money does it take
to create a music video for
a modern pop star? What if
that money was used instead
to feed hungry children; to
build homes for the poor, to
provide medicine and medical
care for those in need.
Check out this political
tinged music video,
"World on Fire" from
Sarah McLachlan. You'll need
to install Apple's iTunes
player but it is free and
works for both Windows and
a rap song - sort of a political protest
against all that is wrong with our modern
day consumer society and TV media
advertising. Check out
"Underwear Goes Inside The Pants" .
Great editing; intriguing and challenging
Protest songs go hand in hand with politics.
And as the November election draws closer,
these songs and messages become even more
“If You Tell a Lie”
- Produced and Directed by Jonathan
Halperin. Photographed and filmed by Tom
Erikson, Jonathan Halperin
Check out seven brand
- Collection 15 from InstantFilms.com that
deal with politics, elections and the
candidates. These are great. If you are
having a hard time making up your mind about
which candidate to vote for, make sure you
check out the
kids know best...check out What
Are We Teaching Our Children that
explains what some kids think is required to
be President of the US. This was one of the
entrants for the Bush
in 30 Seconds contest sponsored by
Are We Teaching Our Children" was
by Fred Surr, Ted Page, Janet Tashjian of
Pictures parody of MoveOn.Org.
George, The Texican:
Didn’t get enough of George at the Republican National Convention? Get
into the mind of the prez and his right hand man on a musical excursion
that includes detaining enemies and transferring funds to off-shore
accounts. This is one of the funniest new shorts on AtomFilm's
In President George W.
Bush's national and spiritual world-view, America's war against
terrorism and the conflict between Christianity and Islam are now one
and the same. And the American people - particularly our children - need
to embrace this concept in a way that's clear and easy to grasp. Towards
that effort, the Bush administration has created a
new animated movie to help educate the Evangelical Christians on
this complex, global issue. Brought to you by
It's political season
and we have to do our best to support the American way of lying,
cheating and slinging mud. Check out Atom Films'
"Mock the Vote" collection of great politically oriented
animations and short films. Good stuff. It's the Web's best and
brightest political satire shorts all in one place. Check back regularly
for every electoral evisceration and political pot-shot.
you worried about terrorism and
terrorists? Concerned about bombs and
threats? Well, no need. Just check out
"A Secret Weapon at the
web site . It may put your mind to
ease.... Maybe not. At least it will make
This is truly cool. Are you ready to
get besieged by TV commercials extolling the virtues of your favorite
candidates and expounding upon the rumored sins and negatives of their
opponents? Are you ready for obfustication? If so, you got to checkout
the The American Museum of Moving Image
and their new
Room Candidate online exhibition that features the best and most
powerful presidential race commercials from 1952 to 2004. This is
amazing and a great resource for the students of politics and television
idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast
cereal is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process."
-Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson, 1956
the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People"
Chronicles the Dismantling of Big Media's Monopoly on the News
The November elections are coming up
fast and the political feeding frenzy is exploding. In the meantime, it
is important to laugh once in a while. Check out this relatively
non-partisan flash video from Job Jab -
Land - this is a musical comedy parody of the classical Woody
just posted four excellent free downloads for you to peruse. `Diana`, the highly controversial video by Alison Jackson. This piece was the subject of mass media attention
when we first screened it in London and there were attempts by some politicians to get it banned.
You can now judge for yourself as Alison challenges us to look at our own perception of celebrity.
`3 Drunk Gits` This clip comes from WAMtv`s experimental revue show and contains the kind of language that normal drunk Scottish men use. If you are offended by drunken bad language don`t download it!
`Vagina` Another extract from the acclaimed dance show by Tokyo Triangle. Sexy and dark it contains
some nudity. `Phocus` Photographic slideshow by `P` featuring the WAMtv presenter
Dani. More sinister that it first appears, there is some great hair by
Zoot. Contains some semi-nudity.
"Sharks in the Water," a film
by Dave Puls, is a hard hitting and disconcerting look at the
corporate corruption and political collaboration that plague the
United States. It is currently available for download as a
Slamdance Anarchy short at
http://www.Slamdance.com. Distressed by ongoing reports of
corporate corruption, Dave felt compelled to put a face to both the
perpetrators and to the individuals whose lives they have disrupted. "Sharks"
began as a song, which Dave wrote and produced himself. The
animation was accomplished with Adobe After Effects with a blend of
hand-drawn imagery and photo collage. Dave chose to go with
stock images, rather than caricatures, of public figures such as
President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and high profile CEO's.
"I wanted them to be quickly recognizable to anyone who has seen
these faces in the news," explains Dave.
matter your opinion about Gay Marriage, you are sure to enjoy the latest
film from Mark Kenneth Woods, prolific political gay filmmaker. A bit
more than 4 minutes long,
Matrimony Billy", is a hilarious and entertaining look at the
politics and games surrounding the issue of gays and marriage.
Definitely worth your time.
outrageous. Christopher King, a budding comedian/malcontent/performance
artist of the
Chris King Pop
Icon web site (look on page two for videos), created "Good
Fire, Hit Him" a VH1-style pop-up war video, set to Psychedelic
Furs' "Heaven". The imagery could be disturbing.
This parody of the
Passion of the Christ trailer
was created by a NYU student Spencer Somers and was recently removed
from NYU’s servers because of the pressure put on NYU from New Market
Films and Mel Gibson who was very upset after viewing this piece. SingleReel believes
in freedom of speech and the right to create satirical pieces of art
regardless of what any film studios, or religious followers may
If you hate George Bush - you'll love
Great flash movies coupled with original music - all dedicated to
dumping Bush. Check out "Idiot
Son of an A'Hole". It's complete with subtitles in a
variety of languages for all the people worldwide who also don't like
George Bush. And if you get tired of the Bush-bashing, check out "He's
a Nazi" a funny bit targeted at poor Rush Limbaugh.
over "Queer Eye" because Pepe and Vance are hitting the small
screen. And why not? Creating a new queer-themed hit television show is
easy. Just mix mainstream assumptions about sexuality and gender with
plenty of stereotypes and throw in some pointless sexual content and
you’ve got “Designer Gays”, the ultimate in exploitive
programming. This is the latest from
Mark Kenneth Woods, formerly of
WayOutWest TV, home of the infamous Pimp & Ho: Adventures in
Queersploitation” and “Pimp & Ho: Licence To Queer” and
“Pimp & Ho: Queer Fashion Crime Models”. Check out the new
Mark Kenneth Woods web site for some interesting and political takes
on gay and gender issues.
Animation can be subversive. Check out
Media and see how they are trying to change the world. Their two
newest productions are "Commander Bush and the Last Crusade"
and "TV Series". Did you realize that the only real WMD may be
your TV set and the powers that program? Check it out... The "TimeBomb's
Man of the Year" is also great.
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iTunes are teaming for the Super Bowl - get
an inside look at the new
Bowl Pepsi commercial that features 16
teenagers who were sued by the recording
industry for illegally downloading music
from the Internet and announces a new
service, sponsored by Pepsi, that enables
music fans to legally download music for
free - the Pepsi iTunes 100 Million Song
Giveaway. Check it out. More about the
Mac Life. Check
out this brilliant
comment to the Pepsi iTunes Commercial - brought to you by Vogner.
Is our government too big or maybe not big enough?
a political music video by Matt Ames. Great original music - nice selection and
editing of stock video clips and photo images. This is presented by Philosophy,
Inc., a consulting company specializing in providing philosophy services to
certain markets. Its founders have over sixty years of philosophy experience
web site is dedicated to demonstrating that George Bush is not fit
for office solely by reason of insufficient intelligence. Perhaps, his
brain was damaged by a 20 year alcoholic binge. Maybe it was all the
alleged cocaine, or even a combination of both the former and the
latter. He may have just started life with an inferior processor. A man
of his pedigree would suffer from a lack of diversity in his genetic
make-up. But, we will not address the possible reasons
for his limitation. We will deal only with George W. Bush's present and
potential mental capacity.
Some have said this site is mean. But
if it's mean, it is only because of the sad truth that George W. Bush is
dumb. If he were smart the site wouldn't be mean, it would be silly.
Perhaps as Dubya has said recently, "there ought to be limits to
freedom." Check it out - it's a great collection of ShockWave
Another new film from 7M
Exam: Too Hot for TV!!!" tells the story of what really went on
behind the scenes at Saddam's capture. This 2 minute film from Kevin
Carr is great and gets funnier and funnier as you watch. Yes, it is a
Regardless of what you think about
George Bush, you got to check out the Bush-bashing ads at
This is some great film-making. IF
PARENTS ACTED LIKE BUSH by Christopher Fink of Sherman Oaks, CA
(the wiine rof the funniest ad) is hilarious; the overall winner,
Charlie Fisher of Denver, CO,
is not only thought provoking, but is also beautiful.
in 30 Seconds is a project of the
Voter Fund, a new 527 fund affiliated with
, the pre-eminent online advocacy group in the United
States. The Voter Fund will create and run powerful political ads in
swing states to challenge President Bush's policies and his
Even the punk rockers are getting in on
the action. Check out this patriotic celebration of Saddam's capture -
using found footage and news footage - all cut to "Fascist
Pig" by Suicidal Tendencies.
Welcome to The Meatrix, the Flash movie against factory farming has spread like wildfire through email, blogs, message
boards, and scores of websites. The Meatrix is a humorous 3-minute Flash animation that
highlights the problems of factory farming while spoofing The Matrix. Instead of
Keanu Reaves, The Meatrix stars a young pig, Leo, who lives on a pleasant family
farm ... he thinks. Leo is approached by a trenchcoat-clad cow, Moopheus,
who shows him the ugly truth about agribusiness, complete with a send-up of
the "stop-motion" camerawork immortalized by the Matrix. The mix of humor, pop
culture references, and an important message clearly resonates with a wide swath
of the web using public. more about The Meatrix
Saddam and Bin Laden videos and
Can you change the world through video?
Check out the
Independent Media Center
You can check out IMC
videographers have provided video coverage in a number of ways: the
NEWSREAL which provides a monthly compilation of video activism from
around the world; the
IMC VIDEO CHANNEL
which provides innovative sampling of video streaming from various IMC
sites; and finally numerous
IMC FEATURE VIDEO
PROJECTS which provide groundbreaking street reportage and analysis
via satellitecast television programming and subsequent video
This flash movie,
End of the World, is very funny and is all about the dangers
of nuclear proliferation and international tensions and rivalries
...wake up and realize we are destroying the planet. It does include
some mature language (cursing and the f-word)
Looking for GayTV and videos online?
is a media-rich entertainment site that brings all-original programming,
straight from the heart of Vancouver, B.C.'s independent filmmaking
community, to the internet. Digital filmmakers, actors, writers,
musicians, DJ's, and other artists have come together to create
live-action comedic and dramatic web series'. The site includes some
cool streaming shows - West of Denman, the Pimp & Ho series, Westend Werewolf,
Spoken Word, The Lost Girls and the odd Supa 8 page. There are also
videos of various gay events.
say political consultants and advisors will do anything to spike the
approval numbers just a hair or more. But how far will they will go?
Check out this intercepted
conference file and be afraid. Be very afraid.
Which way do you stand on the US
involvement in Iraq? Check out Dave Nold's short DV video -
in defense of those who do not
support the invasion Iraq, but who feel it is their duty as Americans to
exercise their first Amendment rights as well as to fight to defend
other basic civil liberties that are being threatened or revoked. Hosted
WOMAN by WOMAN: New Hope for the Villages of India documents the story of progressive change for woman in some of the least developed rural villages of India. Vivid images portray the humanity of the people, the beauty of the countryside, as well as the poignant toll of centuries of poverty.
Are you confused about what is
happening in California regarding the recall of Gray Davis and the
governors race? Check out this
Marketing campaign using Arnold Schwartzeneger as its target.
Created by Oddcast, it is funny and creative and promotes the company's
new realistic character technology.
The North Koreans don't really like the
USA or President Bush very much - you might want to check out this North Korean anti-American
propaganda video called
This North Korean TV music video is quite shocking and may even be very
upsetting to some. If you want to see the lighter side of the
North Koreans, click on the very funny and interesting 'North
Korean Physical Education Dance Video and
Video Two.' And yet another video
from North Korea called 'North Korean High School Girls.' In this one,
the girls are all marching in line while going to school and singing a
military propaganda song which you may not soon forget! As an extra attraction, we have also included a short, but very bizarre
North Korean propaganda clip called
'Kim Jong Il Video'
. In this short video, three
Kids' sing a song called 'Kim Jong Il's Roses' in a recent
celebration of his birthday. Watch MO KIN sing along with her
'classmates' in "Grapes
political music video (Act of
War) was submitted by Nir Nakav, the drummer of a "blackmetal" band called Salem (from Israel). He
created this short movie to accompany one of the songs off of
their latest album
Demise. This song about terrorism and political violence is pretty hardcore but the video is very well done with excellent editing and imagery.
Kit for Little Girls is a series of four disturbing flash movies
about the lengths women often will go to make ourselves look good.
WARNING -Not for the squeamish, easily offended or for children.
Is there a way to stop all the violence
in the world? Is there a possibility that peace may actually replace
war, terrorism and hate? Check out this short
video . Love might be the answer...if not, maybe gratuitous
sex...Download and watch.
Do you have an opinion about what is
happening in Iraq? Check out the
TV site and share some opinions offered by video and filmmakers from
throughout the world. This page offers a collection of clips that have
been posted on OneWorld TV. The situation in Iraq is constantly evolving
- you can create, produce and upload your own video segment to the site
and add it to the collection. Just click on one of the green boxes to
open a clip, then click on 'add a clip here' - it's as easy as that. You
can also view and participate in exchanging ideas and films about
Adbuster.Org, home of the Culture Jammers, is one of our favorite
sites for railing against consumerism and mindless TV ads. Check out the
in the first AB Direct Action Contest - as they say "From consumer
monsters to patriotic puppets to residential reality TV, each Direct
Action entry twists the norm and drops a mind bomb into consumer
is a very intriguing web site and print magazine that tries to
battle against the persuasive evils of advertising and consumerism.
Blending politics and creativity together, they have developed numerous
campaigns designed to open the eyes of the easily seduced. In addition
to our pick of the week video, "PowerLung"
they also have a nice selection of other "uncommercials"
as well as spoof ads. Part of their manifesto is ...Our aim is to topple
existing power structures and forge a major shift in the way we will
live in the 21st century. We believe culture jamming can be to our era
what civil rights was to the '60s, what feminism was to the '70s, what
environmental activism was to the '80s. It will alter the way we live
art? What is copyright? What images should
be protected and which shouldn't. These
issues, and many others, are discussed at
Art Website. "The
Illegal Art Exhibit will celebrate what is
rapidly becoming the "degenerate
art" of a corporate age: art and ideas
on the legal fringes of intellectual
property. Some of the pieces in the show
have eluded lawyers; others have had to
appear in court. Loaded
with gray areas, intellectual property law
inevitably has a silencing effect,
discouraging the creation of new works.
Should artists be allowed to use copyrighted
materials? Where do the First Amendment and
"intellectual property" law
collide? What is art's future if the current
laws are allowed to stand? "
have some great and outrageous videos that
use "found" imagery. This includes
"Black Thunder" a series of three
commercials parodying political advertising
and the classic Todd
film - "Superstar:
The Karen Carpenter Story". With
Barbie dolls as the principal actors, Superstar
portrays the life of Karen Carpenter and her
battle with anorexia.
can go straight to the
or you can check out the
website. They have a great
tongue-in-cheek website licensing
great little clip lifted from
Night Live - check it out as Robert
DeNiro helps explain the United States
policy on apprehending terrorists. Turn the
audio up to get all the jokes.
Check out this short
My Lips video (5 megs - Quicktime) from the European site SVT.SE. It is
an interesting explanation of the growing friendship between George Bush
and Tony Blair as they move forward with the war on Iraq. It may explain
a few things...By the way, for more fun "Read My Lips" videos
featuring other world leaders,
Get political and show your opinion.
Check out this short documentary at
and see how people in New York are showing their opinions about the
upcoming war in Iraq.
If you are looking for something a bit
different, a bit more political and more socially/politically involving,
BEyONdTV TV rips down the barriers between Entertainment and Social
Justice. Beyondtv.org is an open publishing site for
events; a source of low-cost digital/internet video
knowledge and a distribution network for
wide variety of films for screenings and inspiring club visuals both
on-line, and via CD-Rom and VHS.
Looking for a little humor and
political insight into the world around you? Want to be educated about
the foibles of the Bush administration? Take some time to check out
the animations featured on
Fiore's web site. Mark Fiore is a political cartoonist and lives in
San Francisco, the Promised Land of satirists. His work appears in print
and on the web and is seen by millions, possibly even scrillions.
Formerly the staff political cartoonist for the San Jose Mercury News,
Fiore has now branched out into animated political cartoons.
is Mark's take on the recent remote annihilation of Al Queda
terrorists by a Predator missile.
Are you an activist? Into changing the
world? Check out the
Bashing web site - these guys hate cell phones and the people who
yak on them in public spaces. They began by dressing up inside of a
stolen mobile phone suit, and then grabbing phones from people using
them. And then they recorded the thefts on tape. Check it out...
the sixties? Wavy Gravy and Country Joe? Checkout the
for President web site for a visit back to those hollowed times.
This is sponsored by NobodyforPresident.org
you care about the world around you? Are you an activist? Check out the
That Matters Film Festival presented by MediaRights.org, a
not-for-profit media arts and activist organization, was founded in July
2000 to help media makers, educators, nonprofits, and activists use
documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on contemporary
social issues. The organization's interactive Web site is organized
around 15 social issues (racial justice, environmental issues, economic
justice, etc.) and contains a collection of over 4,500 social issue
documentaries. The site also provides an extensive database of over
850,000 nonprofits in the U.S., a list of funding and other resources,
and original articles about successful outreach campaigns. There are
numerous cool and thought provoking videos on this site.
Get Political - check out
- we're thinkers and armchair philosophers. We want to be free to think
and reason. We want to be free to live our lives and make decisions as
we see fit. We are tired of the interference we get from a variety of
sources. We are angry at them for trying to block us from being happy
because they cannot attain happiness for themselves.
Want to really piss off WalMart and
other big retail chains? Check out the
satire site and watch the video. You can learn how to do your own
re-coding of pricing bar code labels. "Re-Code.com
is built on two unique concepts known as Preshopping and Postshopping.
Preshopping refers to visiting the Re-code.com website first
finding a store in your area with prices that you want to pay. Many of
our codes are from generic items which could easily be used to re-code
brand name items. At stores which rely heavily on the barcode for your
bill total, printed bar code stickers from this site could be used to
relabel and re-code expensive products with cheaper prices"
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