Brett Gaylor is a Canadian documentary filmmaker living in Victoria, British Columbia. Born in 1977, he grew up on Galiano Island, British Columbia. He is currently the director of Mozilla's Popcorn.js project.
Previously, he was a member director of EyeSteelFilm documentary production company and its Head of New Media.
He took part, alongside his fellow directors Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin (all three of the EyeSteelFilm production company) in a National Film Board of Canada initiative to teach Inuit students in a high school in Inukjuak, Quebec, Nunavik (Quebec) to document their final year in the high school through film. The result was Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I Am Alive a joint 58-minute 2004 documentary by 8 students from the Inukjuak - Innalik School.
His most recent production is entitled RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, a documentary about "the changing concept of copyright". RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a call to overhaul copyright laws. As the title suggests, this documentary is particularly interested in the "legally grey area" of remixing existing works.
Festivals and Awards
It won the Audience Special Jury Prize in Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal and was a Special Selection at South by Southwest Film Festival (also known as SXSW). It also won the audience awards at the Ann Arbour Film Festival and the Encounters Documentary festival in South Africa.
- Open Source Cinema
- RiP!: A Remix Manifesto
- Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I Am Alive
- Homeless Nation
- Lee, Ellen. "Stanford's Lessig tackling even bigger battle", San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-02-01, p. A1.
- Mathewson, Alec. "Interview with Brett Gaylor (Open Source Cinema)".
- Louter, Lysanne. "They're homeless but connected", The Gazette, 2005-11-27, p. A6.
- Kirsner, Scott. "CinemaTech Filmmaker Q&A: Brett Gaylor of Open Source Cinema".
- Sinnott, Shane. "The Load-Down", Montreal Mirror, 2007-03-29. Accessed 2008-06-30.
- "winners at the IDFA festival 2008"
- "iofilm review of RiP. A Remix Manifesto"
- Maclean's article: Mashing-up copyright in ‘RiP: A Remix Manifesto.’
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