Brett Gaylor

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Brett Gaylor
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Born 1977
Galiano Island, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Occupation documentary filmmaker
Years active 2000s-present
Notable work RiP!: A Remix Manifesto, Do Not Track

Brett Gaylor is a Canadian documentary filmmaker living in Victoria, British Columbia.[1] Born in 1977, he grew up on Galiano Island, British Columbia. He was formerly the VP of Mozilla's Webmaker Program. His most recent documentary, Do Not Track, explores privacy and the web economy.

Previously, he was a member director of EyeSteelFilm documentary production company and its head of new media.

He was the founder of the Open Source Cinema project and the web producer of Homeless Nation.[2]


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, 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 2008 film RiP!: A Remix Manifesto is a documentary about "the changing concept of copyright".[3] 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.

His most recent production is the 2015 web documentary ''Do Not Track, about internet privacy.[4]

Festivals and awards[edit]

RiP!: A Remix Manifesto was shown at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2008,[5] where it won the Audience Choice Award.

In December 2008, it was shown during the Whistler Film Festival,[6] winning the Cadillac People’s Choice Award.[7]

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 Arbor Film Festival and the Encounters Documentary festival in South Africa.


  1. ^ Lee, Ellen. "Stanford's Lessig tackling even bigger battle", San Francisco Chronicle, 2008-02-01, p. A1.
  2. ^ Louter, Lysanne. "They're homeless but connected". The Gazette, 2005-11-27, p. A6.
  3. ^ Sinnott, Shane. "The Load-Down", Montreal Mirror, 2007-03-29. Accessed 2008-06-30.
  4. ^ Davis, Nicola (14 April 2015). "Do Not Track: an online, interactive documentary about who’s watching you". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "winners at the IDFA festival 2008"
  6. ^ "iofilm review of RiP. A Remix Manifesto"
  7. ^ Mashing-up copyright in ‘RiP: A Remix Manifesto.’. Maclean's, December 8, 2008.

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