Over the past 10 years or so, there has been a growing revolution in film/video, and in media as a whole. What is a "revolution�" "Any fundamental change or reversal of conditions (the American Century Dictionary-497)." Revolutions have always been about the question of access. Whether it be to money, power, or technology. With the introduction of digital, and home based editing systems, people now have the access to equipment needed. Forever film has been a medium of the rich and privileged. Reserved only for those who could afford it, or for the handful of major studios who are in the �business.� What does that do? It causes certain censorship, streamlines content, and helps present a false sense of reality for its viewers. When the average person goes to a movie, they are hit with glamour, action, and worlds that they will never encounter in their life. But we still watch, captivated by the moving pictures and unattainable reality. There are still restrictions, digital cameras and computers are expensive, and are still very much reserved for a certain financial status. But it does leave more room for grants and community art centers to open the access to people of a lower class standing.
With this access comes this wave of individual creative thought. New ideas are being thought of, and �regular people� are producing their own movies. Now of course this creates an even larger pool of crap being produced, but it also opens up the possibility for some fresh, inventive, original works of video and film. Ideas that could have never been reached had the access still been limited to the smaller 10%.
So now we have cheaper equipment and more people producing. But there is still a hierarchy reserved for the rich. Getting your film actuallyshown or distributed is even more difficult now. Because with the growing technology for cheaper basic equipment comes the growing technology in the realm of special effects. Movies are moving towards more �shock and awe,� with explosions and space crafts being a standard. In the highly competitive world of commercial film, where you have to break box office records to make your money back, there just is no room for low budgets, especially when they aren't even linked to a major corporation that can give it the publicity needed.
That's why outlets like the Gadabout become so important. There are rivers of indie film just flowing now, which is kind of exciting, because of the possibility of pulling out something really unique and refreshing. At the same time there is a need to throw most films back, because EVERYONE wants to be a filmmaker. That's where we are. We receive films made by people who love making movies. There is something realistic and genuine about each piece; a feeling I never get when I go to a movie theater. We try to create that distribution and audience for low budget films that usually never get out of their local area or have more than one or two screenings. And we are not trying to compete with the more commercial "Independent" Film Festivals that are screening only those films with big names and the next �Hollywood potential� directors. There is no community amongst the indie film. Each filmmaker is trying to push their own work, while not caring one bit about what you are doing. �If you are not ahead of them, then what can they learn from you?� This attitude is what keeps film elite. We try to keep the Gadabout a little less pretentious, and a little more fun, and a little more inclusive. That's what this is about, having fun. If you aren't enjoying what you do, and when it becomes "just a job," that's when your childhood dreams become conditioned adult responsibilities, and just another way of paying for your convenient life style.
So enjoy the show. I hope you appreciate the work and love that goes into these films/videos, because we do. That's why we are on the road bringing them to you. We don't make money off of this. We DO NOT make money off of filmmakers. There is a community building, and this is what we are excited to be a part of. But until this medium is open to all races, sexes, classes, and ideals, then we must be fighting to make it so.
Thanks for supporting independence,
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