1. Docs on Sale: Documentaries, including a few that made the short list for next year’s Academy Awards — “Blackfish,” “Stories We Tell,” and “Cutie and the Boxer” — are on sale to purchase in the iTunes store for under $10. “Dirty Wars” is also on sale to rent for just 99 cents. Check it out here.
2. Veronica Mars: A year after the “Veronica Mars” movie launched its historic Kickstarter campaign, raising a record-setting $5.7 million and sparking many debates about the future of crowdfunding, news has come that the resulting feature will open in theaters in March. Read more here.
3. Film Preservation: Depressing news: Yesterday, we covered the report from the National Film Preservation Board that a startling amount of silent films from 1912-1929 have been lost due to decay (or destroyed by fire) or neglect.
4. Hal Hartley: Good news: The indie director’s Kickstarter campaign for “Ned Rifle,” the third in a trilogy that began in 1997 with with “Henry Fool” and continued in 2007 with “Fay Grim,” has wrapped and the project has surpassed its goal of $384,000 by more than $10,000. In honor of the project’s success, Hartley posted an arrangement of the “Ned Rifle” theme, “His Aims.” Check it out here.
5. Faces of Solomon Northup: Working with the direct descendants of Solomon Northup, Fox Searchlight has created a Tumblr to honor the “Faces of Solomon Northup” with photos and short bios of the descendants of the real man whose story inspired “12 Years a Slave.” Check out the site here.