In Fernando Solanas and Octavia Getino’s Towards a Third Cinema, the authors acknowledge but then never really address a very important part of “guerrilla filmmaking”: the exclusivity of cinema (as a whole) to privileged peoples. Moreover, those oppressed populations — which these films are actually addressing — lack the freedom, resources, time, etc. to be able to make a film let alone copy and distribute it. In this way, I find Third Cinema to be a really helpful tool for inciting awareness within first world populations, not only to make aware but to use cinema as an emotional tool to incite action even when issues feel far away. Though, access to technology, even in more remote areas, allows the possibility for a contemporary revival of Third Cinema, as outlined by a film from this year’s Sundance film festival, Tangerine. Tangerine is a low-budget film which follows two transgender prostitutes with a no-victim attitude as they work the not-so-glamourous streets of hollywood. Not only is the subject matter pretty revolutionary, in the portrayal of two POC transgender characters but the film was also shot on an iPhone 5S with an $8 app. This super affordable new way of filmmaking, in my opinion, carves a new path for low-budget filmmakers, giving them access to all the equipment they need right on their device, the only challenge seems to be focusing this access for good over entertainment.

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  1. Yes I believe that technology in general has made it easier for information to be widespread in general. I think Third Cinema at first was used to be a way for people to get a taste of the values, culture, and society of oppressed and marginalized people, but now that information is more easily attainable.

  2. cassidy says:

    You bring up a great point about using this accessible equipment “for good over entertainment”. I wonder how, with the internet as such an overwhelming platform, can those videos and messages surface amongst all the other chatter. There are so many communities and corners on the internet for this sort of conscious dialogue and sharing, but how do people find out about them?

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