This is an intriguing thread, although I would agree that it is rather broad and academic. A couple of the themes are “east vs west” and “male vs female” (which are, arguably, intrinsically linked). I come from a religious background, and it’s interesting to see pre-modern (western) and eastern practices entering post-modern “emergent” church movements (say that ten times). I’m not trying to turn this into a religous discussion, but in both religious and film movements there is a thirst and NEED for alternate expressions- expressions which are often not new but ancient. It’s wonderful that there are new expressions coming out of such diverse places as Nigeria and Mexico City- I can only hope that we continue to be open to outside influences. Not, of course, in the mass-media Ekhardt Tolle/Oprah sense, but with a true curiousity and questioning of our worldview, which is influenced by western modes of story-telling.
I bought a Polaroid instant camera the other day. As a young person I have a nostalgic reaction to this technology which is impractical and expensive. Some things never go out of style.
“What has been lost? An innocence about film, perhaps.”
I would like you to define what you mean by an innocence about film. But i agree with the idea about how in this decade we are witnessing a change to digital as an easier way to produce movies at a cheaper cost.
My opinion on these youtube people is this; they have no idea how to push classical cinema further because they are drifting away from it into a more entertainment prone area. I think a film ceases to be a film when it is captured on DV.