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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Amazon Gets 'Spring Breakers,' Crowdfunding Ebert Doc and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire November 21, 2013 at 3:27PM

Amazon.com has formed an exclusive multi-year content licensing agreement with indie distributor A24, Steve James and Martin Scorsese are crowd funding a new documentary about Roger Ebert and more tech news for filmmakers and film fans.
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1. Amazon Gets "Spring Breakers": Amazon.com has formed an exclusive multi-year content licensing agreement with indie distributor A24 which includes the company's recent releases "Spring Breakers," "The Spectacular Now," "Ginger & Rosa" and "The Bling Ring," as well as upcoming releases, A24 announced. The new deal brings these films to Prime Instant Video. "We are always looking for new ways to bring our Prime Instant Video customers, unique, exclusive movies and TV that we think they will love," said Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon. "As always, we monitor DVD and digital sales very closely and A24 movies such as 'Spring Breakers' and 'The Bling Ring' are exceptionally popular among our customers. This new deal with A24 allows us to offer those same titles to our Prime Instant Video customers soon after they are released on DVD and Blu-Ray and at no additional cost."

2. Roger Ebert Doc: "Life Itself," a feature documentary based on Roger Ebert's bestselling memoir of the same name, has launched a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo with an innovative reward: backers of the film will receive a private streaming link to see the film (via VHX) in advance of its theatrical release, which is planned for early next year, along with an airing on CNN. Read the full story here.

3. "Oldboy" GIF: Leading up to "Oldboy"'s release on November 27, fans can create special edition personalized "Oldboy" GIF, which they can then upload to social media platforms. Check it out here.

4. Pinterest Maps: On Wednesday, Pinterest launched Place Pins, where content can be saved with a location and then laid out on a map. Social media consultant Reid Rosefelt predicts that the map function will be a boon to filmmakers. Place Pins "presents an exciting new opportunity for filmmakers as they can create a board for for festivals, another for theatrical playdates, one for a Kickstarter campaign, and so on," Rosefelt posted on Pinterest.

5. Console Wars: There's so much talk of the so-called "console wars" between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Now the team at Machinima have envisioned a universe in which the console wars are a real battle in "The Console War," a video featuring Xbox One, with help from Master Chief of "Halo" fame, and PlayStation 4, with an assist from Kratos of the "Gods of War" game series, battle for supremacy using laser beams, guns, missiles and even mini-nuclear weapons. Check out the video here.

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