Sunday, December 24, 2006
Revolution OS: Documentary film visits Open Source
Revolution OS, directed by J. T. S. Moore, distributed bt Seventh Art, produced by Wonderview Productions, was available in 2001 but I don't recall the theatrical run. This is an example of making a film about an intellectual concept, which, here, is the Open Source model of competing, credited to Linus Torvalds, the brainparent of the Linux Operating System. The film also discusses how Microsoft developed the idea of proprietary software.
As a documentary, the film is unique in that it is shot in full 2.3 to 1 anamophic, unusual for documentaries of this type where much of the film is showing interviewers and technology.
The open source model comports with the idea of "open content," most of all exemplified by Wikipedia.
Subject matter of this nature has always been viewed as hard to film. But Al Gore pulled off a "college lecture" in his An Inconvenient Truth