Saturday, April 29 • 12:30 - 13:15
The Gift: film screening and Q&A

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Filmmaker Robin McKenna will screen scenes from her in-progress documentary, GIFT. The film is based on Lewis Hyde's beloved book The Gift and examines gift-based cultures around the world. Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley will lead a conversation and audience Q&A with McKenna.

GIFT is a feature‐length documentary and crossmedia project inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift: “a brilliant defense of the value of creativity and its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities.” 
Richly cinematic and politically provocative, GIFT interweaves character‐driven stories. On North America's Pacific Northwest Coast, an indigenous community undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch. At the Burning Man festival in the desert, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-­apocalyptic desert landscape.  In Rome, Italy, illegally occupying an abandoned factory, a community of migrants and artists come together to create a living, breathing artwork. Meanwhile, we follow Taiwanese, Paris-based artist Mingwei Lee through the creation of Sonic Blossom- where classically trained opera singers approach gallery-goers, offering them a “transformative gift” of song. 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/78845545

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Ryan Merkley

CEO, Creative Commons
"Pick big fights with your enemies, not small fights with your friends." Copyright, CC licenses, open government, data, education, and open access. Public domain, policy. Espresso. Bicycles.

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Robin McKenna

Filmmaker, Gaudete Films
Filmmaker from Montréal, finishing a feature-length documentary (and crossmedia project) inspired by Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Other works in progress include Medicine (feature documentary about the Amazonian brew ayahuasca), and short animated "documentary fairytale", Crow. I spent... Read More →

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:30 - 13:15
SoCo Ballroom (full room)

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