Indie: Renaissance or Ritualism?

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Montreal filmmaker Tim Rideout's new documentary urges indie movement to "get over it" and listen to some Britney

In his new hard-hitting documentary, 'RAW! The Full 'What is INDIE' Interview,' Tim Rideout has a warning for independent artists who come across a little too hip for the room. The Montreal-based artist argues that "proponents of the traditional indie movement are destined for mediocrity" if they can't break free of the traditional dogma and philosophy often associated with the movement.

"The buzz word these days is indie-this and major-that," he explains. "The indie versus major stereotype is practically a religion for many artists managing their own careers. Independent artists don't seem to realize that the lines have blurred between these two camps, and they are hurting themselves by holding onto these outmoded values. Blindly refusing to consider record deals or acknowledgement of one's art as a commercial product are poison to the financial success of any artist." He even goes so far as to suggest artists pick up a copy of a Britney Spears album – the antithesis of the indie movement. "We need to get over ourselves and stop being so cool and so indie," he says. "Can't we take part of a mega-selling pop star's business success, analyze it and apply it to our own microcosm?"

The artist-cum-filmmaker's slick-looking 14 minute doc culls footage from Dave Cool's hit documentary 'What is INDIE?' Using interview clips not seen in the original film, Rideout gets his points across – and then some. "I totally agree with the questions posed in Dave Cool's film – but I wanted to take things a bit further," he says – and does. Interesting and entertaining, the Maritime native's acerbic wit and often foul mouth are guaranteed to entertain, inform and provoke.

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