Video Essay Summit: Nelson Carvajal on the Art of Piracy


Nelson Carvajal presents

This is the second of a four-part video series of presentations given at the Independent Film Festival Boston Film Summit, hosted by the University of Massachusetts in Boston. These presentations explored how video essays seek new insights and diverse approaches to investigate the art and culture of cinema. Video essayists Kevin B. Lee, Nelson Carvajal, Serena Bramble and Drew Morton discuss the current state of this emerging art form and speculate where it might go next.

This video features the presentation by Nelson Carvajal, video essayist for sites including Fandor, Indiewire Press Play and Roger Ebert.com, and who was nominated this year for a Webby Award for his mashup video “Apehood.” In this presentation Nelson gives his vision for the future of film and the important role that video essays and remix art play in it. Nelson presents excerpts from his videos “Euphony,” “Apehood” and “The State of the Union” that remix media to gain new perspective on their underlying meanings and effects.

Video Essay Summit: Nelson Carvajal on the Art of Piracy from Kevin B. Lee on Vimeo.

Special thank you to Chico Colvard organized the event, and Tim Jackson who moderated the panel.

Nelson Carvajal is a Chicago-based, Webby-nominated video artist whose work is primarily comprised of appropriated media. His video essays on cinema have been prominently featured in indieWIRE’s Press Play, RogerEbert.com and Fandor.

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