Paul Miller as DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation


Paul Miller as DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation

“Brilliant application of DJ-technique to film—groundbreaking!” 
– Los Angeles Times 

by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Arguably no one is more responsible for propagating and embodying the idea of the deejay as “artist” than Paul Miller as DJ Spooky. Rebirth of a Nation is DJ Spooky’s creation that can produce not only new thoughts, but new ways of thinking. This film project is based on a remix of D.W. Griffith’s infamous and racist 1915 film The Birth of a Nation. The original film was based on a novel and theater play by Thomas Dixon entitled The Clansmen - essentially what DJ Spooky does is apply DJ techniques to cinema in a way that parallels, deconstructs and remixes the original film, thus challenging our legacy of revisionist history! 

DJ Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a controversial and culturally significant project that examines how “...exploitation and political corruption still haunt the world to this day, but in radically different forms.” Originally commissioned in 2004 by the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Wiener Festwochen, and the Festival d'Automne a Paris, the project was Miller’s first large-scale multimedia performance piece, and has been performed around the world, from the Sydney Festival to the Herod Atticus Amphitheater, more than fifty times.