Everything is a Remix

Kirby Ferguson TED Talk

Almost two years ago, Kirby Ferguson joined me on Reject Radio to discuss his concept that everything was a remix. This was just after creating his first video which used side-by-side comparisons of songs to show that even our heroes (namely Led Zeppelin) lifted work from other artists and from traditionals in order to craft songs we now think of as iconic. There was no doubt that this same principle could be applied to movies, and it was unsurprising when Ferguson followed up with a film-centric entry. So, Everything is a Remix. “Transforming the old into the new is Hollywood’s greatest talent.” Ferguson, through impressive and entertaining editing, has called to the forefront the truth of creativity involving a great amount of borrowing, homage and sometimes flat-out theft. Now, he’s been invited to give a TED talk, and as you can see, his main focus isn’t movies, but the consequences of a new way of looking at creation certainly encompasses the world of motion pictures. Now, hopefully someone can take this TED talk and set it to dubstep, mashed up with shots from Everything is Illuminated to create the “Everything is an Illuminated Remix Remix.” Then someone can take that video and mash it up with shots from Everything Must Go. This thing could go on forever. Can we please make that happen? Or at least auto-tune it?

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Rob Hunter drops by after surviving Fantastic Fest in order to recap a few movies that fans need to keep an eye out for. Then, filmmaker Kirby Ferguson gives us some insight to his Everything Is A Remix project. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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