[Hidden-tech] Crowdsourced Cinema Summer Public Art Project Launches Again

Al Williams palwilliams at northamptontv.org
Wed Jun 1 11:45:44 EDT 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Al Williams, Executive Director

Northampton Community Television



palwilliams at northamptontv.org

380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060


The Crowdsourced Cinema II Public Art Project Launches to Remake “The
Princess Bride.”

Community-created remake set to premiere at the Northampton Film Festival

and to be screened at the Innovation Hangar in San Francisco.

(Northampton, MA, June 1, 2016) Imagine designing a no-budget film set with
a 100-foot cliff, called the “cliffs of insanity,” casting a rhyming Giant
who carries a paralyzed pirate, and a fire swamp that endangers visitors
with rodents of “unusual sizes.” Inconceivable! But Crowdsourced Cinema
will do just that this summer in Western Mass. Last summer, the public art
project engaged the greater Northampton community to remake the classic
film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Now in its second year, Northampton
Community Television (NCTV) announces the 2016 installment - a remake of
“The Princess Bride.”

Team can sign up at www.CrowdsourcedCinema.com

Crowdsourced Cinema is a public art project of NCTV in which the community
collaboratively remakes a famous film. Each team is assigned a scene from
the film to interpret in their own manner - last year teams used live
action, animation, remix, puppetry, silent film, and other expressive
styles. The final film is then stitched together by NCTV and set to premier
at the Northampton Film Festival in the fall.

“The project is multi-layered in its approach. It has broad appeal and
recognizes that we are all artists, though many people find themselves
hesitant to identify as such,” said NCTV Director Al Williams. “It values
the link between storytelling and community. It brings people together, to
celebrate as they create, on a piece that is accessible and engaging.
People need more successes around exercising their voices together. That is
how community is built, by being encouraged to create own our narratives.
Through play. Alongside the story of the film as a piece of art are the
stories of the hundreds of participants.”

The project has gained attention from as far away as San Francisco, where
both Crowdsourced Cinema’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the
yet-to-be-produced “The Princess Bride “will be given special screenings at
the Innovation Hangar, housed in the Palace of Fine Art, one of the last
remaining buildings from the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. The
Innovation Hangar  is a social innovation space... designed to be an
epicenter of learning and exploration. Innovation Hangar features exhibits,
workshops, community events, educational programming for students, and open
workspaces for entrepreneurs and inventors.

NCTV supplies reference links to the scenes for teams, which were roughly
three minutes in length last year. A copy of the original script is
provided and resources like cameras, microphones, props, workshops on
equipment use and inspiration are available through the community media
arts organization. Teams have the summer to complete their scenes.

Last season 40 teams of filmmakers reinterpreted and remixed scenes. They
included groups of neighbors who had never attempted filmmaking, after
school art programs, camps, amateur and professional producers, students
and many more. The sign up deadline for Crowdsourced Cinema II: The
Princess Bride is June 20th, 2016. One team member (and a team could be one
person) will act as the lead and contact for teams. Scenes are due August
15th, 2016.

Teams can sign up at www.CrowdsourcedCinema.com
<http://www.crowdsourcedcinema.com>, and can be from the Pioneer Valley and

P. Al Williams
Executive Director
Northampton Community Television
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