Ten Digital Directors To Watch
New York / London (Vocus) September 16, 2009
Independent web and mobile video content platform Babelgum (http://www.babelgum.com) will offer director John Reiss' film documentary about the history of the international graffiti scene, BOMB IT, free-to-view online exclusively on Babelgum's site (http://www.babelgum.com/bombit). The full-length documentary, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and has screened at over 20 other festivals including Full Frame Doc Fest, will be available to watch on Babelgum's Metropolis Channel, which is dedicated to showcasing videos about art, urban culture and trends, September 15th.
Named one of Daily Variety's "Ten Digital Directors To Watch" John Reiss's BOMB IT tells the story of graffiti through interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti writers in action following the movement as it paints the globe from Paris to Sao Paolo and Los Angeles to Cape Town. Featuring old school legends and current favorites such as Taki 183, Cornbread, Stay High 149, T-Kid, Cope 2, Zephyr, Revs, Os Gemeos, KET, Chino, Shepard Fairey, Revok, and Mear One. This cutting edge documentary tracks down today's most innovative and pervasive street artists as they battle for control over the urban visual landscape.
In addition to premiering the full-length documentary film online, Babelgum is debuting exclusive shorts produced for Babelgum by director John Reiss. The pieces spotlight renowned graffiti artists both new and as seen in the film available to view now (http://www.babelgum.com/bombit).
About Babelgum (http://www.babelgum.com)
Babelgum is an integrated web and mobile video content platform free for users and supported by advertising available on-demand to a global audience. Babelgum Mobile is an original application currently available in the United States, UK, Italy, Germany, France and Spain which brings regionally tailored programming to smart phones - at present iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, Google Android G-Phones 1 and 2, Nokia (N96, N95 and 6210) - via 3G and WiFi.
Positioned between user generated video hubs and network TV-oriented destinations, Babelgum focuses on the third part of the ecosystem: innovative, professionally produced content on very specific passions - music, comedy, film, urban culture, nature and the environment - curated by experts in their fields. Babelgum's programming is comprised of exclusive original productions as well as independent and mainstream titles. Babelgum's content partners include, among others, EMI, Sony BMG, the New York Times, PBS, BBC, VBS, Lonely Planet, Coolhunting, National Geographic, Funny or Die, T5M, Shine Limited, Cinetic Rights Management, Content Republic, Gong Anime, The Workbook Project, Cinelan, Power to the Pixel and Off the Fence as well as the Encounters, Los Angeles, and Hamptons film festivals.
The company has also set up a series of online contests to nurture independent film, music and art talent: the Babelgum Online Film Festival, the Babelgum Music Video Awards and the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize chaired respectively by Spike Lee, Michel Gondry and Isabella Rossellini. Babelgum is an independent and privately held company with offices in the United States, UK, Ireland, France and Italy.
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