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Monday, September 29, 2008
Political ad watch: NDP candidate David Sparrow puts together some clever vids
I like it when candidates put together their own videos. Here's a series from David Sparrow, NDP candidate in Don Valley West, and an actor who appeared in, amongst other things, Serendipity (which is where, I think, I recognized him from).
Here's what Sparrow told me when I asked about the videos:
"I have been an actor, writer and filmmaker for 18 years. I am also the VP of Member Services for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). I was looking for some outlet that would combine my "artistic" side with my "political" side and the videos just sort of popped into my head. (Probably while watching a Mac/PC ad.)"
I also asked Sparrow about the "ACTRA Co-op" message that appears at the end of each of the videos:
"An ACTRA Co-op agreement is a contract that allows ACTRA members to self-produce a project in which each member of the cast, the writer and the producer are ACTRA members and have an equal share in the proceeds, if any. These are generally low budget or no budget projects and, in most cases, generate no or limited income.
As a member of ACTRA, I wanted to ensure my shorts were produced legally under one of our agreements, respecting the rights and talents of our members."
Okay, take your partisan hats off, and try to enjoy the videos.
Episode 1: Progressive? Not!
Episode 2: I'm just a "C"
Episode 3: Those Conservatives just don't want to listen to you
Episode 4: Greens and Liberals - one big happy family
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Well the NDP are doing what they can and this might even be considered "Canadiana".
I'm feeling very entertained. :)
Posted by: JC | 2008-09-29 9:45:44 PM
Great find, those are hilarious.
Posted by: Ken | 2008-09-29 10:22:37 PM
Ok so no real accusations or points just generalizations about the evils of the right...
Posted by: Pete | 2008-09-29 11:39:59 PM
Each of these is a great parody. Episode two has to be my favorite.
Posted by: Kat Hay | 2008-10-02 11:36:05 PM
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