Documentary Gone in a Flash mourns dying internet art form

first_imgBefore YouTube or Facebook or anything else you’d recognize as the modern internet, we had Flash. Newgrounds, AlbinoBlackSheep, Ebaum’s World, and countless other sites hosted abrasive, punk-inspired cartoons and games. Since the early aughties, Flash has all but disappeared. Sped along by companies such as Apple refusing to support it over valid safety concerns, the Flash days of the web are a faint memory for most.Award-winning documentarian Justin Zimmerman didn’t want to let one of the most culturally significant pieces of the early web disappear without a proper send-off. He’s enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in Flash animation for a new documentary: Gone in a Flash.Zimmerman wants to focus on the impact Flash had, how people used it to tell stories, how it’s been archived and how the pioneers of the form helped make the internet a place “worth visiting.” If you’re like me, you’ll no doubt fondly remember the era from childhood. Before I had a computer of my own, I’d ask to see friends just so we could binge-watch the latest Group X videos, memorize the Llama song, or rewatch the end of the world. In hindsight, the humor was pretty crude, but I’d be lying if I didn’t still feel like I was a part of something way back when.Given Zimmerman’s decade-long history in film, it seems like the project is solid. For the nostalgic interested in a look at how these internet punks changed the world, Gone in a Flash has a Kickstarter asking for a relatively paltry sum of $45,000 with most of the money going to art, music, and travel expenses for interviews.In the meantime, let’s pour one out for Strong Bad.last_img

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