The Future Of Documentaries

Larry Lessing notes a New York Times article on the “guerrilla documentary” OutFOXed: :Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism. The legal issues of fair use are interesting, especially if you watch the trailer and note just how much Fox New Channel footage they are using. Lessig is one of the legal advisors to Robert Greenwald the films producer and director. As Lessig notes at the end of his post, maybe this guerilla documentary style is the future of the medium.

All that brings me to my idea…

Rather than debunk Fahrenheit 9/11 in print (which has been widely accomplished), how about some enterprising documentary maker do it by combining footage from the movie with Pop-up Video style bubbles? If you remember back to that VH1 mini-craze, the video action is a secondary player to the visual effort required to follow (and read) the pop-up video bubbles around the screen. You could take 30-40 minutes of F911 clips, cut network news coverage the same way, and add a layer of Dave Kopel’s 59 Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11 and you’d have a hell of a documentary.

Given the direct to DVD pre-order sales of OutFOXed, you would probably make a shitload of money too…

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