Once there were gatekeepers to popular culture, people who controlled which movies and shows got televised, which bands were allowed to put out an album. The Internet has changed that. First Tuesday Films screens PressPausePlay at its second annual Art Film Discussion and Silent Auction. This documentary explores the impact the democratizing force the Internet is having on art and music. Will it serve as a masturbatory outlet that threatens to drown out emerging artists, as The Cult of the Amateur author Andrew Keen says in the film, or will it single out artists who are less about making money and more about promoting ideas, as web entrepreneur and author Seth Godin says? The screening takes place 6 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. Admission is free. Visit firsttuesdayfilms.org for details.
Tue., Jan. 8, 2013