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The rise of digital technology has had a massive impact in the international creative community. Small digital video cameras and editing software have made it easier than ever for aspiring filmmakers to make a movie, inexpensive recording software has done the same for musicians, digital photography now rivals the traditional chemical process for resolution while image manipulation is simpler and more sophisticated than ever before, and the internet provides a worldwide platform for artists of all stripes to share their work. All of these are positive developments, at least on the surface, but in a world where everyone can be an artist, what happens to the importance of technique? And with tens of millions of new voices crying out to be heard, will the most compelling work rise to the top, or will many of the artists liberated by digital technology be drowned out in the creative Tower of Babel? Filmmakers David Dworsky and Victor Köhler examine the upsides and drawbacks of the new world of digital expression in their documentary PressPausePlay, which includes interviews with Moby, Bill Drummond, Seth Godin, Lena Dunham, Robyn, Sean Parker and many more. PressPausePlay received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Another one I saw at the 2011 CIFF. Nothing much new to learn in this doc. You don't get to know the artists using new technology very well. So many different talking heads flicker by and so many artists briefly appear only to not be seen again. Music is more heavily focused upon than movies, ebooks, or graphic arts. If everyone has the technology and thinks they can be the next star or success story, how does this water down our culture? How does this amateur movement chasing instant success influence those who have in depth training and experience backing up their art? This movie is fast and flashy and with the focus on music reminded me of a club scene. After a few months the one artist who stuck, who had the longest through line in the movie, was the young pianist who mixed classical and pop influences while self recording at home until he was invited to play with a professional philharmonic orchestra.

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