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The Man with a DV Cam

The original "selfie" film.

The first moments are shaky and self-conscious, evidence of shy explorations. Then, as the camera settles, audiences get their first glimpse of the creative genius behind The Man With A DV Cam:

Lindsay Farnsworth
Director.

Lindsay Farnsworth
Film poet.


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Farnsworth (played by Canadian actor James O'Sullivan) has acquired his first Digital Video camera (at the advent of digital film making). Unhindered by crews, tight budgets and rigid timelines, his camera becomes a window into a world of artistic experimentation. Farnsworth is free to explore his individuality, and most importantly, digital video proves to be the perfect vehicle with which to present his unique artistic vision to the world.


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With his own breed of comedic innocence, Farnsworth begins a quest - a quest to show the world his new vision. Being a purist, he also struggles with the transition from film to video. Yet, however hard it may be for Farnsworth to break away from the celluloid, he does so with immense success, hence the title; The Man with A DV Cam. He becomes a one man production team in his exploration of his new digital tool. As Farnsworth finally escapes the confines of celluloid, he creates a stunning and highly-stylized visual collage that seamlessly blends the surreal with the absurd.

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The film also won the 'Best Promotions: Poster" award at the Slamdance Film Festival, in Park City Utah.


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Taking the guerilla filmmaking approach seriously,The Man With A DV Cam began as a rough poem. All shots were developed and improvised on location, and the entire production took shape without a traditional film script or shot list. According to Justin Adam, Co-Director and Producer, the DV format allowed the filmmakers important freedoms. "The premise of the film is that Lindsay Farnsworth is shooting this whole thing on his own. Setting up the camera, getting out in front of it and performing. That was virtually what we did, except myself and Mike were carefully blocking and setting-up compositions for James."

Filmed on a Sony VX1000 (NTSC DV), the entire film (including pre-production, production and post-production) was completed for under $100 Cdn: The cost of the tapes.

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The Man with a DV Cam premiered at the prestigious Slamdance Film Festival in January or 2002, and later went on to win the Audience Choice Award for Best Experimental Film at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. The film was also invited to play at the Modern Museum of Art in Rome Italy. The film was made in 2001, long before the advent of the “selfie”. The first cited usage of the word came from an online ABC forum in 2002. Hence, The Man with a DV Cam is the original “selfie” film. Watch the entire film below. You can also buy the film on DVD as part of a Slamdance short film compilation. Also on this release is the original short film “Peluca” which later became, Napolean Dynamite. Buy it here.

 





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