Alternative Aids Media – ‘Testing the Limits of Production and Process’

Alexandra Juhasz’s “So Many Alternatives – The Alternative Aids Video Movement” chronicles the work and brief history of the New York aids video community from 1987 onwards. She identifies various groups including, Testing the Limits, comprised of members of ACT UP (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power) and advocates for Aids, homophobia and gay rights in the NY community. Juhasz documents further  more »

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Alternative vs. Mainstream production: AIDS video movement

Activists rely on alternative media forms because they allow their producers to freely document social issues independently with whatever medium they choose without the restraints mainstream media institutions put upon them in order for their content to be aired or published. Although this arrangement sounds ideal for independent producers, their desire to reach a mass  more »

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Independent Documentary Film The Pirate Bay: Away From Key Board

The Pirate Bay: Away From Key Board is an independent documentary film following the criminal prosecution, yet seemingly political persecution of The Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, Fredrik Neij, and Peter Sunde for the crime of ‘advancing technology’. The BitTorrent download site has become the world’s largest file sharing location since the mid-2000s.  There  more »

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Alt. Documentary Media: An Analysis of “The House I Live In”

As a deeply personal and provoking documentary, Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In critically explores the roles that government actors, political legislation, race, and class play in the construction of “The War on Drugs”. Proposed in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, The War on Drugs was designed to address the illicit drug industry as  more »

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Indie Culture: A Contradicting Alternative?

In discussing indie culture, or indie media specifically, a few words come to mind: artsy, authentic, modest, real, low-budget, and cheap, but not all of these terms ring true to what indie culture perpetuates. Indie, by definition, entails self-employment or self-ownership and that is entirely what indie media prides itself on – autonomy. The ability  more »

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Independent Cinema and Its Historical Importance

Independent cinema produces films with high professionalism but usually outside major film studios. In Newman’s journal Indie is introduced as an alternative of corporate Hollywood  by locating the American indie film in the historical context of the “Sundance-Miramax” era (Newman, 2009). Newman draws his analysis on two typical Indie productions like Happiness directed by Todd Solondz  more »

Occupy. Resist. Produce. Reviewing the Success of Argentina’s Recovered Factories Movement

For Argentina, the end of 2001 will be remembered as one of the worst periods of personal, economic and political crisis that the country has experienced in recent history. Argentina’s declining GDP, lack of governmental authority, and the devaluation of the Argentine peso lead to many companies shutting down factories across the nation. Many Argentines  more »

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The Politics of Hate vs. the Revolution of Love

“Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness is your happiness. Their pain is your pain. Your sense of self expands to include other  more »

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The Coca Cola Case

I was not able to find the whole version of the film The Coca Cola Case yet, but after watching a couple interviews with the directors and reading about it on the National Film Board of Canada website, I am quite eager to see it. This is a perfect example of top down organizations where those on  more »

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The ByTowne Cinema

The ByTowne theatre in Ottawa is one of the few theatres I know of that plays alternative movies, whether these alternative movies consist of Canadian, international or independent. Their slogan is “Ottawa’s home of international and independent movies since 1988.” Although they were once owned by Famous Players, since then they have recreated themselves and  more »

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