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HOLLYWOOD BURN

Trailer for Hollywood Burn (2011)

Digital video, 52 minutes

Mimicking the hyperbolic rhetoric of today’s copyright cops, Hollywood Burn pits a righteous league of video pirates against the evil tyrant Moses and his Copyright Commandments. Determined to alter the present by changing the past, the pirates travel back to 1955 to construct the ultimate weapon: an Elvis Presley video-clone. Part sci-fi + rom com + biblical epic + action movie, this free-culture manifesto adopts the tactical responses of the parasite, feeding off the body of Hollywood and inhabiting its cinematic structures and codes. The unwitting all-star cast includes Elvis Presley, Charlton Heston, Monkey, Batman, Bette Davis, Jaws, Jesus, The Hulk, The Hoff and the Ghostbusters.

 

Completed over 10 years in collaboration with artist Sam Smith, this anti-copyright epic is constructed entirely from hundreds of samples plundered from the Hollywood archive. In the spirit of free culture, Hollywood Burn is freely available to view, clone, share and screen. It can be viewed online or downloaded here.

 

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