Help Create a Video Tribute to Christopher Hitchens

A group of Redditors are trying to create a video tribute to Christopher Hitchens and they’d love to get your submissions:

  1. Make a short video. Aim for about 1 min length, give or take. Say anything you like, keeping in mind the nature of the effort. The only thing we ask is:
  2. Close your video by raising a glass. It has been pointed out that Johnny Walker Black is Hitchens’ drink, but obviously use what you like.
  3. Email your video to thehitchappreciation@gmail.com. Use any means you like to send the file, but YouSendIt and WeTransfer are recommended if your regular email doesn’t cooperate. YouSendit.com has minimal registration requirements, and WeTransfer has a 2G capacity and no registration. Speaking of file submission specs:
  4. Keep the file size as small as is reasonable for now. We don’t know how many submissions we will ultimately get. Quicktime & mov have been offered as desirable submission formats, but obviously the editors will do their best to work with whatever you’re able to turn in.

They’ll craft the clips into a longer video and make all the clips available on a new website, along with reading lists, worthwhile charities to donate to, etc.

I’m not sure what the deadline is, but it’s a sweet gesture worth participating in if you’re a fan.

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  • Anonymous

    That title made me think he passed away! Had to look it up. Whew….

  • Anonymous

    Damn, people, you scarred the shit out of me! “A tribute to” is usualy done after that person is dead, not before. I hope that the dead line of this project will come as later as posible.

  • Trace

    Same here….I have been disconnected for a while and when I read the title I thought, darn it…when did he die?

  • http://twitter.com/WCLPeter Rob U

    Actually it makes sense to do it now.

    Seeing as how we don’t believe in the after life any more than he does, its kind of pointless to wait until he’s dead to get all hot and bothered thanking his corpse for all the good he’s done for the world.

    Best to do it now when he’s still alive and can see first hand how important he is to many people.

  • Anonymous

    I freaked out when I read the title! Had to check the Wikipedia Page….
    I don’t think Hitch is the kind of person who would appreciate such gestures. I mean he’s a nice guy and all, but he’s kind of immune to these kind of things; he knows that they are people who care and show concern for him, but he wouldn’t really be into this sorta thing.
    I think the happiest that you could make him is if you asked him for a book-list recommendation and how to pick and savour the best Scotch whiskey.

  • Anonymous

    I freaked out when I read the title! Had to check the Wikipedia Page….
    I don’t think Hitch is the kind of person who would appreciate such gestures. I mean he’s a nice guy and all, but he’s kind of immune to these kind of things; he knows that they are people who care and show concern for him, but he wouldn’t really be into this sorta thing.
    I think the happiest that you could make him is if you asked him for a book-list recommendation and how to pick and savour the best Scotch whiskey.

  • Anonymous

    The atheist community embraces and honors Christopher Hitchens, and then wonders why it has a hard time attracting women to its ranks.

    Please let us know if you hear of similar projects to honor prominent atheists who are not sexist asshats.

    ( http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2007/01/hitchens200701 )

    • http://considertheteacosy.wordpress.com/ Tea Cosy

      Hitch’s attitudes towards women are not quite that simple. Yes, there was that article- and it pissed me off immensely, too. However, the same man has said time and time again that “the empowerment of women is the only sure for poverty we know“.
      I’m not sure that his lack of appreciation for the sense of humour of many women (which is subjective at best) trumps his consistent advocacy for the empowerment of women.


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