“Walls of Sand,” a 1994 American independent film by Erica Jordan is set
to be the first feature film to be made available in its entirety on The
Sync, an Internet audio/video broadcasting company. In addition, The
Sync claims that “Walls” is the first complete modern film to be made
available anywhere on the World Wide Web in its entirety. Several sites
have offered short films or clips from features, and The Sync itself has
presented the silent classics, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and
In a prepared statement, Thomas Edwards, founder and president of The
Sync said, “We are honored to present this unique film in this unique
format and believe this will be the first of many, many new films which
the cyberspace community will be able to enjoy.” “Walls” involves an
Iranian student (Shirin Etessam, also co-writer and co-producer) in the
United States who is desperate for a green card. She takes a job as an
au pair for an agoraphobic woman and becomes embroiled in the ensuing
custody battle between the woman and her husband.
Recent streaming media events produced by The Sync include a policy
address by Secretary of State Madeline Albright, live coverage from a
Congressional hearing on Internet Domain Names and The Sync Online Film
Festival of new independent film, of which “Walls of Sand” is a part.
Streaming video is still in its infancy as a technology, and this
reporter couldn’t coax much out of the site while connecting at 24 kbps.
Of course, the faster the connection, the better quality download.