Recently i got approached by Jetset Records in regards to a Film Festival planned to be held in Tokyo Japan. I was introduced to a young lady named Keiko Tanaka ( Zulu Nation).
Keiko is a fellow hip-hop fan, passionate about the need for youth media in Japan. She came out to PubCamp to figure out a huge problem – how does one create an infrastructure for youth media and independent media in an environment that is dominated by commercial messages, and even the news is filtered only through the lens of politics? Keiko and two friends started 5th element with the intention of fusing music, culture, and politics. She didn’t originally intend for it to become a hip-hop focused site, even though the site name came from the phrase “the fifth element [in hip hop culture] is knowledge.” However, after learning a bit about the history of hip hop in US, she decided that hip hop culture was an important medium, and a model to follow for social change.
The Event is the Remix Film Festival at UPLINK aims to bring dialogue on music and policy with a larger audience. We selected some documentary films that feature the coflict between the creativity in remix and sampling cultures and copyright laws.
Our purpose for this festival is to give many people a chance to discuss the future of music policy and what we are facing right now. Through this event, we hope to contribute to the revitalization of the Japanese cultural movement.
If your in Japan, or just want to find out more about the event check out REMIX FILM FESTIVAL web site.