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Profs' film on copyright law shown at festival

June 18, 2008

KALAMAZOO--"Copyright and Creativity in the Digital Age," a 42-minute digital documentary by two Western Michigan University communication professors, has been selected for screening at the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival.

The film, created by Drs. Rebekah Farrugia and Jennifer Machiorlatti, assistant and associate professor of communication, respectively, will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in Anderson Auditorium, College of Creative Studies, 201 E. Kirby, in Detroit.

The documentary, which examines the growing tension between copyright laws and creative license, is part of The Copyright, Culture (Remixed) Project, a set of digital films on freedom of expression, fair use and democracy. The set also includes four "shorts," in addition to the feature-length documentary. All of them explore the impact that increasingly restrictive copyright laws are having on fair use and the creation of culture.

"Copyright and Creativity in the Digital Age" looks at the ways in which copyright affects the creative process of visual artists, musicians and documentary filmmakers. The artists speak about the need for room for cultural commentary in documentary cinema and visual art as well as space for innovative music production in the age of increasingly restrictive copyright laws.

The Detroit Windsor International Film Festival offers a wide range of activities, but at the core of it all are films. In addition to films, the festival features music, art and activities that encourage and promote the creative economy. The festival's catalog of films is intended to reflect diversity.

More information is available at the festival at www.dwiff.org.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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