Cine Falcatrua (portuguese for " Cine
Hoax ") is a project that works in the borderline between
cinema's hyper-authorized environment and the new media fluid ecology.
The project aims to rethink cultural industry using digital home
technologies, questioning audiovisual distribution and exhibition.
We build nomadic movie theaters using domestic equipment – obsolete
CPUs, datashows, audio amplifiers, a white screen and cables, many
cables – to emulate (and overcome) real projection rooms. Since
the beginning of 2004, we use this structure to exhibit films downloaded
from the Internet in free weekly sessions, applying cultural guerrilla,
tactical media, VJing and urban intervention techniques to the cinematographic
The movies are played directly from a computer, in a way that the
projection mechanism works almost as a collective Internet terminal.
So far, we've done more than 100 exhibitions, gathering more-or-less
250 people each - but sometimes as much as 600 patrons. The exhibitions
are coupled with a kind of 'practical research' on expanding cinema
boundaries toward cyberspace, live images and videogames. One of
our goals is to promote this practice and form not only moviemakers,
but also movie-exhibitioners.
We exhibit not only unauthorized, commercial movies, but also free
content released under copyleft or creative commons licenses acquired
through BitTorrent p2p networks, much more coherent with our open-source
exhibition technology. In the long run, we want to offer a low-cost,
digital alternative to the brazilian cinematographic distribution
and exhibiton network.
Among other projects, Cine Falcatrua is responsible for the Low
Resolution Festival (world's first competitive festival
for internet videos – in real movie theaters); the Short[CUT]'s
Festival (where exhibitions are completely controlled
by the technical operator, just as in the first cinema years); and
the Really Free Movie Exhibition (composed only
of free works, licensed in copyleft, creative commons or GFDL).