1. Women in Film: Columbia University Libraries’ newly launched Women Film Pioneers Project is
a compendium of film resources and material seeking to reverse the
historical fallacy that the film production process is and always has
been male-dominated. Read all about it here.
2. Sundance: The Sundance Institute has selected six projects
for New Frontier Story Lab, which
supports artists innovating the art and form of storytelling at the convergence
of film, visual art, media, live performance, music and technology. Read more about it here.
3. The Future is Here: Tiffany Shlain’s new web series for AOL, “The Future Starts Here,” which went live early this morning, explores
the role that technology plays in our lives and how it has changed the
way we relate to each other. The eight films that comprise “The Future Starts Here” are: “Technology
Shabbat,” “Motherhood Remixed,” “Tech Etiquette,” “Why We Love Robots,”
“Participatory Revolution,” “The Creative Process in 10 Acts,” “Idea
Porn” and “A Case for Optimism.” In “Technology Shabbat,” Shlain talks
about her family’s practice of unplugging from technology one day a
week. Read more about Shlain and her new series here.
4. Behind the Mask: This summer, Hulu premiered an animated superhero comedy (“The
Awesomes”) and a Western (“Quick Draw”), and now the streaming site has
unveiled a trailer for its newest original show. “Behind the Mask” is a
docu-series that will take a closer look at the banner and flag-clad
world of sports team mascots. “Behind the Mask” is set to be released on Hulu and Hulu Plus October 29. Find out more about it and watch a trailer for it here.
5. Amazon vs. YouTube?: According to a report from AdAge, Amazon might be getting into the short video business, going head-to-head with the dominant short video player YouTube. “In addition to expanding their viewership to Amazon’s audience and
opening up a pay-per-video revenue stream, producers would receive
branded pages on Amazon that would promote their videos, similar to a
show page on Hulu or a channel on YouTube,” according to AdAge.