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“With Glowing Hearts” DVD preorders open today/Give the gift of producing‏

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Give your loved one the credit they deserve, make them a Producer!

When this project started there were only two people involved, Andrew and I, but now two years later, our family of producers has swelled to around 200 and we’ve got great news for everyone.  Having just submitted our most recent cut of the film to SXSW in Austin TX, we’re very happy to announce that we’re opening presales for the film on the site, with the official launch having been set for February 12, 2011.  We’ll mark the occasion with a special screening of the film in Vancouver where you’ll be able to come pick up your copy on DVD or USB key, with traditional shipping options available to those who can’t make it.   We’re also very excited about our exclusive WGH Producer’s Package which we think is a thoughtful alternative that some people on your list will definitely appreciate receiving this holiday season.

This handsome package includes:

  • An official Producer’s certificate and name in the film’s credits
  • A certificate confirming your $5 contribution to the construction of a wireless mesh network in the Downtown Eastside
  • A ticket to the February 12th, 2011 screening and afterparty at W2
  • One copy of the completed film on DVD or USB

To show our appreciation for the support you’ve already provided, we’re giving all existing producers a 10% discount off any purchases you make on the site, so don’t miss this limited time opportunity to share your involvement with this project with your friends and family.

Thanks for everything,

Jon Ornoy

AHA MEDIA is proud to help announce the screening of “Copyright Criminals” at W2 Storyeum, Sunday April 18, 7-10pm

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment


April 18, 7 – 10 p.m. at W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova
Screening with filmmaker Kembrew McLeod (7pm)
Discussion (8pm)
Remix Meetup 9-10pm. Show n share your remix works.
$10 at door (includes complimentary beverage)

Copyright Criminals is a riveting and expansive documentary about the history of music sampling, charting the movement from its inception during the rise of hip hop to the legal battles that dominate the practice today.

Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO), W2 and Emily Carr University will present two screenings of this work, April 16 and 18, with the film’s executive producer Kembrew McLeod taking part in a post-screening Q&A at the April 18 event.

April 16 / Emily Carr University of Art and Design
1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
12 noon / Room 301

April 18: Screening, Q&A and After Party
7 – 10 p.m. at W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova
$10 donation at the door

Q&A with Kembrew McLeod, the film’s executive producer, writer and music consultant. Stay for remix music, video and drinks.

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.

This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions.

When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.” The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more.

It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s drummer and the world’s most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.

As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

Copyright Criminals features:
Public Enemy
De La Soul
Mix Master Mike
Clyde Stubblefield
George Clinton
DJ Spooky
Mr. Len

Harry Allen
Anthony Berman
Jeff Chang
Cibo Matto
Danger Mouse
Pam the Funkstress
Eyedea & Abilities
Ken Freundlich
Bobbito Garcia
Kid 606
Mr. Dibbs
Pete Rock
Prefuse 73
Sage Francis
Tom Silverman
Greg Tate
Siva Vaidhyanathan