This was made for students taking the upcoming Maryland School Assessment Tests at George Washington Elementary School in Baltimore, MD.
Very cute video and good for the kids, etc., etc. I find it interesting that the Baltimore City Public Schools decided to copyright this video, despite its obvious “fair use” of the Wiz Khalifa song. They should have looked into the whole Creative Commons thing. I guarantee that they will not be taking measures to preserve this video, and it would be hard to convince any archive or library to do so. Yet this video is obviously something that should be preserved. [Sigh]
Visual artist Tacita Dean argues for a boutique film lab in the UK. Her plea stems from Soho Film Lab's recent decision to stop making 16mm film prints. I agree that analog and digital should exist together in the world—for film, music, photography, books, etc. Life would be so boring if we didn't have options: I may watch “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” on my laptop through Netflix's instant streaming on Saturday, and then attend a 16mm screening of a German sex education film on Sunday. Sounds like a dreamy weekend to me.