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Monday, March 11 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Case Study: Vagina Puppets and Fair Use

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For 48 hours, a fan video for the Miami band Jacuzzi Boys took the internet by storm. The video featuring singing vaginas, used as puppets and dressed like various pop icons, amassed almost 700,000 views on YouTube while evading censors, inspiring passionate debate, love or outrage. The girls, dubbed "the Jacuzzi Gals" who created it were asked to do interviews, receiving tons of attention on their blogs/social media. Then suddenly the video disappeared. What happened to the Jacuzzi Gals?
This is the story of how the video and the gals were all created by filmmakers Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva, and the nasty battle between them and the band's "indie" record label, how they found themselves receiving strong letters from Warner Bros. lawyers. Issues of intellectual property, fair use, parody/satire, the myth of indie, corporate control of culture, performance art, digital identity, and the future of digital video will all be explored through the scope of musical labial puppetry.
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Lucas Leyva

Minister of the InteriorBorscht CorpLucas Leyva is a filmmaker and retired playwright from Miami, FL. Twenty-one of his plays were produced across seven states and one was a Heidenman Finalist. Films he has written and directed have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance, and over... Read More →
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Jillian Mayer

Dir & Media MakerBorscht CorpJillian Mayer is an artist and director living in South Florida. Her video works, installations, and media based projects have been exhibited at museums, galleries and film festivals worldwide.



Monday March 11, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 15 500 E Cesar Chavez St

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