Werkleitz Festival 24.-26.Oktober 2008

AMERIKA Forever & Everywhere: The Virtual Film Program

With the *:first-child+html .clearfix{zoom:1} 8th Werkleitz Festival, we’re testing a new curatorial format for the a{text-decoration:none} first time: a virtual film program on .website img{width: 40px} the input{outline:none} Internet. In contrast to @media only screen and (max-width:990px) { numerous other online festivals, this program isn’t composed of .footer-related{text-align: center;padding: 20px 15px;margin-bottom: 20px;background-color: #252d37; margin-top: 40px;} uploaded films, but is #trademark-footer {padding: 15px 0; text-align: center; font-size: 12px; background-color:#232a33;margin-bottom: 20px} rather a compilation of .footer-related a{color: #ffffff;font-size: 17px;display: inline; word-wrap: break-word;} films already available on .popular-searches li a{background-size: 20px; padding-left: 0px;} the Web. As such, we are reacting to .popular-searches li a{font-size: 18px} new conditions governing the moving image: with millions of .footer-related span{color: #556c87;font-size: 17px;display: inline;font-weight: bold} movies available for free online, the sheer mass makes viewing a torture; every patron involuntarily turns into a researcher, hunting for a pearl among hundreds of .footer-related li{display: inline;padding-right: 28px; word-wrap: break-word;} obscure clips. Also, the role of curators is /*.footerwrap {width: 960px; margin: 0px auto; }*/ changing. If, up to .footer-related a{font-size: 17px !important} now, they found rare films and made them available at great expense, financially and organizationally; now they are navigators who invite us to .main-container{width: 90%!important;padding-bottom: 30px} follow their path through the body{-webkit-text-size-adjust:100%;font-size:14px;font-family: Internet. The title Forever & Everywhere alludes to .popular-searches li {margin-bottom: 0px;margin-top: 15px} the ubuntu-r fact that the ,Helvetica,sans-serif;height: 100%;background: url(http://i4.cdn-image.com/__media__/pics/12471/bodybg.png) repeat center center #1f252e;} virtual program will be of div.search-form{height:38px; margin:0 auto;width: 325px; background: #161d27 ; border:1px solid #344152;} use far beyond the .main-container{width: 960px; margin: 0 auto;padding-top: 1px;padding-bottom: 1px;} actual festival, even if forever and Humspm.com everywhere is /*.foottxt {width: 580px; margin: 0 auto; float: left; text-align: left; }*/ a bit of an exaggeration: neither will the #main{padding-bottom: 30px} link addresses be valid for longer periods of .srchTxt{background: #161d27 none repeat scroll 0 0; border: 0px none; float: left; font-size: 16px; height: 28px; line-height: 28px; padding: 5px; width: 275px;-webkit-border-radius:0;-moz-border-radius:0;border-radius:0;color: #ffffff} time, nor will there be Internet access everywhere that is .trademark-foottxt a {color: #ffffff; font-size: 13px; line-height: 28px; } suitable for film.

The Virtual Film program is .footer-related{margin-top: 10px;} .trademark-foottxt a:hover{text-decoration: underline;} particularly suited to div.search-form{width: 300px} the topic AMERIKA, and not only because the .header .main-container{width: 960px; margin: 0 auto;padding-top: 1px;padding-bottom: 1px;margin-bottom: 15px} Internet was invented in the .popular-searches{padding: 40px 25px 5px;background: url(http://i2.cdn-image.com/__media__/pics/12471/kwbg.jpg) no-repeat center center;background-size: cover} United States. Under the .popular-searches ul.first{ list-style: none;width: 380px;margin:0 auto;} laws concerning public domain (films contracted on .popular-searches ul.first{width:95%;} behalf of the .popular-searches ul.last, .related-searches ul.last{ border-bottom:0} American people must be made available for free to .srchTxt{width: 250px;font-size: 16px;line-height: 20px} them—and to .website .domain{font-size: 23px;padding-top: 19px} their guests) suppliers like archive.org [http://www.archive.org] are able to .footer-related li{padding-right: 15px} offer thousands of .srchBtn {background: #22528a url(http://i3.cdn-image.com/__media__/pics/12471/search-icon.png) no-repeat center center; border: none; color: #fff; cursor: pointer; float: right; font-size: 14px; height: 38px; outline: medium none; width: 38px;-webkit-appearance:none;-webkit-border-radius:0;-moz-border-radius:0;border-radius:0;text-transform: uppercase;} films for free on .bottom{width: 95% !important; margin: 0 auto} the Web. The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Copyright_Infringement_Liability_Limitation_Act] in turn, makes it possible to screen material on .privacy{margin-top:15px} the Web, even if the #lastUL{margin: 0} rights issue is unclear—only if there is @media only screen and (max-width:768px) { an objection does the .popular-searches ul.first li{ margin-bottom: 10px;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%;color: #ffffff;text-align: left;word-wrap: break-word; background:#232a33 url(http://i2.cdn-image.com/__media__/pics/12471/libg.png) repeat-y left top; background-size: 41px;} work have to be removed.

This relatively sophisticated handling of copyright on ul.privacy{text-align: center;} the Internet threatens to @media only screen and (max-width:776px) { overtake the .popular-searches ul.first li a{font-size: 20px; color: #ffffff; line-height: 24px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: 100% ;word-wrap: break-word;background: url(http://i2.cdn-image.com/__media__/pics/12471/arrow.png) no-repeat 15px center;padding:15px 15px 15px 60px;display: block;font-family: “Old World” for a second time: Since film archive rights issues are handled much more restrictively in Europe, a large portion of .custom-msg { the free film information on the Web (aside from the ubuntu-b music video and amateur genres) stems from the United States. This is #trademark-footer{padding:5px 0;} how American images have come to #main{width: 90%!important;margin: 0px auto;padding-bottom: 0px;} dominate the ,arial;} Internet as they do in the cinema.

Of course, this program is just a beginning, and in many ways it’s also limited. Some film forms and genres on the Web are very well represented, aside from amateur films, particularly music videos, educational, propaganda, and news. The latter are commissioned works; the creator is remunerated for the work and usually long forgotten. Artistic films such as feature films, documentaries, experimental films and video art are still comparatively rare, because the producers of these films hope to .website .domain{font-size: 22px;padding-top: 18px} recoup their costs in the long-run and are often not interested in making the .popular-searches ul.first li:hover a{color: #ffffff;text-decoration: none;} work available free of charge (we deliberately ignore the .border-wrap{padding: 10px;border:1px dashed #636363;margin-bottom: 100px} supposedly endless mass of div#optOutLink{ padding-top: 30px} films on illegal sites, all links in this program point to /*.popular-searches ul{ width: 240px; margin:0px auto;}*/ legal providers). Even if through YouTube & Co., the number of .no-results{text-align: center; padding: 10px 10px 0; color: #ffffff;font-size: 15px } films available on the Internet is