YouTube is all the rage these days. Everyone and their dog (literally) posts their homemade videos on YouTube for all the world to see. It's the era of internet celebrity, and now this has been taken to the next level by Upload Cinemas which chooses the best videos from the internet and YouTube to show on their big screen movie theatre.
Upload Cinemas calls one of the oldest movie theaters in the Netherlands home. Screenings of their YouTube and internet videos are for members only and take place at the movie theater on the first Monday of every month. This innovative film club accepts YouTube and internet videos from budding film makers each month, and chooses the best of the best to edit into a short film thread to show to YouTube fanatics and film makers in the historical movie theater.
Upload Cinemas doesn't always follow a specific format for their film club. Sometimes they choose a wide variety of short YouTube videos to stream together in their theater; other times they pick a theme for the week or month and choose internet videos that meet only those specific criteria. Since the YouTube videos derive on the internet, Upload Cinemas also hosts the selected films on their website to boost the publicity of their films and allow those that don't have the luxury of traveling to the Netherlands theater to view their picks.
Upload Cinemas is preparing for their film club viewings in March 2009, and the theme for YouTube video submissions is "Engineering the Body". Anyone who submits an entry from YouTube or other internet video that is chosen, is automatically granted a membership to join Upload Cinemas, which also allows them to invite their friends or family members.
If you don't live in the Netherlands, I urge you to check out their archive for January 2009 which hosts the best YouTube videos of 2008. Most notable are "Bert & Ernie Gangsta Rap" and "Backflip into Jeans". But do invite over a friend; if you can't get the social aspect of YouTube viewing at the movies, recreate the experience at home.