Dear Comrades !
I have a project for you. Something original. Maybe radical. That’s why I am writing to you. Besides the fact that we’re all moviegoers and all young filmmakers, I wrote a few weeks ago a Film Manifesto. The Manifesto of a Forgotten Moviegoer… and this moviegoer, it’s me: Binx Bolling, the hero of “The Moviegoer” by Walker Percy. A masterpiece about the moviegoing experience. Mixing the Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, the Stranger by Camus and Fight Club, the whole piece taking place in New Orleans at the end of the fifties. The moviegoing experience replacing the fight club, the love of cinema healing the existential malaise… an essential book many people forget about.
Anyway, here is the address where you’ll be able to read the manifesto (in French & English, but read it in English, it’s the original version) and also watch a few video mixes:
Everything is in it. It’s maybe too long, sententious, naïve also… but all the ideas of the project are inside it.
Hopefully, you’ll be interested. It’s a plea against the French Hadopi Law (some kind of an Orwellian law for French internet users…) but moreover, it’s a call for a new cinema. With internet, music already did its own revolution. Many artists rising. But what about cinema at the age of internet, sweding, remix and rip-off? What about a revolution in cinema ? If we were using our DV cameras and editing softwares as weapons of mass information? Let’s start now. Setting up local and international filmmaker groups. Temporary autonomous zones (cf. Hakim Bey). Not only to subvert films and filmmaking but to make people discover films everyone has forgotten about. Spread information about true movies. Make people think about the role of images in our society. Sorry for my peremptory tone but rage and passion are talking…
Anyway, read it if you can. I can’t wait to have your feedback. And if you like it, I’ll be delighted to explain you the project.
Binx Bolling, the Moonshiner
PS. Don’t hesitate to add me Facebook! It will be easier to talk and share ideas!