Winners of the Pirate Flix Video Remix contest

Thanks to everyone who submitted to the Pirate Flix Video Remix contest and especially to those who braved the rain to come out to Brooklyn's WORD books tonight. Herein presented are the winners of the contest, starting with Diran Lyons's first-place-winning 99 Problems (Explicit Political Remix).

Second place went to Stebbokun's thrilling FURY Trailer.

And runner-up goes to Soda_Jerk's "The Dawn of Remix (excerpt: Hollywood Burn, 2011)".

Thanks again, everyone!


  1. Isn’t this perfectly legal? Obama videos as president are under public domain, and the music is arguably parody/satire. So isn’t every part of this video IP legal in the USA?

    Actually what’s pirated is probably the Mitt Romney footage but you can probably claim parody and get away with that.


  2. The political message here is un-nuanced and off-base. Amazed by how the people attacking Obama from the left are almost always men from the creative class (usually white too, although not in this case). They have much less to lose if Romney wins. You never hear this stuff from women, low-wage workers, etc…

    What a luxury.

    1. Free speech is a luxury. Good that you never hear this stuff from women, low-wage workers, etc…  Wait, what?

    2. The political message may be un nuanced, but it’s a fantastic take and adaptation of 99 problems. Given that it’s a remix competition entry and not a campaign video I’m totally fine with this.

      1. But it’s not even terribly original. This meme of cutting up videos of politicians so they sing/rap has been around for years. There are countless other examples since at least 2004.

        And there are better/funnier comedic takes on “99 problems”:

          1. What meme?

            I gather you mean remixing videos to 99 problems. I’m not sure that’s a meme, is it? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.

            But I don’t think that disqualifies it from being appreciated after 2004. Video remixing may be fun and quirky but it’s an artform in itself, a tricky one at that.

            I enjoyed it anyway – and my point was that just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done again (especially when done so well). I’ve seen more oil paintings of guys in wigs than I could shake a stick at, but it doesn’t reduce the artform to a meme.

            Edit: BB, why do you insist on using an outdated version of Disqus? I’m currently typing into a box barely big enough to see a single word.

          2. BB, why do you insist on using an outdated version of Disqus?

            Because Disqus 2012 does absolutely nothing except remove the settings page that allows us to control appearance. The comment box is fixed and immovable at the top of the thread, the sort order defaults to Newest First and the page only loads 30 comments at a time, all of which undermine the already weak hope that commenters will read the thread before commenting.

            We’ve tried to foster a real conversation, and they’ve tried to turn it into Twitter.

  3. The Mitt bits sounded (fittingly) like the computerized product of some speech generating device.

  4. i lolled myself sick when i saw the Martin Luther King Jr drop at the end.
    its nice to see someone remind us that with regards to any American election: Whoever Wins, We Loose.

  5. 1st video is very well done, but unfortunately I’m sick of looking at those two lads.

    2nd video is a lot of fun, nerd indulgence of the most entertaining kind, and very well put together.

    But chimps rapping and dancing is all I ever need. What a video.

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