'Has Hollywood Developed an Allergy to Originality?'

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"Has Hollywood developed an allergy to originality?" a disgruntled movie goer asks the guy at the theater box office, sparking a debate about the rich history of adaptation, plagiarism, and other forms of appropriation in art. Pencil and watercolor illustrations bring their conversation to life and even Mark Twain weighs in at one point. This humorous short film by Drew Christie is a part of The New York Times' Op-Doc series. You might recognize Christie's signature style from his short Song of the Spindle, which makes the case for why humans should strive to be more like whales. 

For more work by Drew Christie, visit http://www.drewchristie.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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