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5 Daily Tech Stories Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Celebrities Petition for Net Neutrality, New Social Movie App and More

Indiewire By Taylor Lindsay | Indiewire May 13, 2014 at 3:8PM

Here are May 13th's 5 Daily Tech Stories for filmmakers and film fans including news about free films, a new movie app and net neutrality.
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1. POV Hackathon: The POV Hackathon 5 in LA, a convening of visionary filmmakers to "re-imagine the documentary for web," has come to a conclusion. The prototypes from the six participating teams - teams comprised of previously unacquainted members working together with a pressing deadline - are available for a look. Some of the most interesting projects include a device that produces limericks assembled using tweets, and a mobile navigation tool that allows you to move forward in space, and with each step, also through a narrative. A winner has also been announced. Read more here

2. "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D:" Motion capture software doesn't seem easy, but IPI Soft has a program that helps you "create realistic animations in a matter of minutes." It was used in production of "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D," which premieres at 2014's Cannes Film Festival. Check out the software here

3. Movie LaLa App: The movie-marketing social network MovieLaLa just launched an app for the iPad, and it's chock-full of new features. Your feed is personalized based on your friends, the actors and directors you follow, and the movies you've indicated you want to keep tabs on. Also, there's a new feature which allows adventurous moviegoers to find people to see new films with in their local areas. Check it out here

4. Celebrities and Net Neutrality: Several celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Eddie Vedder, and members of the band OK Go have signed a letter asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler not to change net neutrality rules. The main change at hand would mean internet services providers would be allowed to charge companies different rates for faster lanes of service. And they're definitely not alone: more than 240 showrunners (all member of the Writers Guild of America, West) signed a letter to Mr. Wheeler as well, saying, "The open Internet is the greatest technological catalyst to participatory democracy and free speech since the printing press.  That's why totalitarian states around the world try to control it."

5. Stream Past Cannes Films: A selection of 12 features from past Cannes Film Festivals are available via (Indiewire's parent company) SnagFilms online. They stream for free and include pics like "Happy Together" and "Free Zone" with Natalie Portman. View all of them here

This article is related to: Mark Ruffalo, Eddie Vedder, net neutrality, POV, Documentaries, POV Hackathon, Cannes Film Festival, Natalie Portman, SnagFilms