1. POV Will Expand Digital Production With $250,000 from The Knight Foundation: Expanding POV's commitment to digital storytelling, $75,000 of the
Knight Foundation funding will go to two promising media projects that
"push the boundaries of nonfiction media in the digital age," according
to POV. The projects will receive technical and creative support to take
them from idea to prototype to a finished product. Read more, documentary filmmakers!
2. Amazon Greenlights Whit Stillman and Marc Forster Pilots: Stillman's "The Cosmopolitans" follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris who are searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. Starring Adam Brody ("The OC") and Chloe Sevigny ("Big Love"), the dramatic comedy pilot will begin shooting in Paris this April. Forster will direct the pilot for "Hand of God," a drama about a powerful, hard-living judge who bends the law from time to time -- and that's before a religious awakening sparks seeing visions and hearing voices from his ventilator-bound son. Read more.
3. Why Indie Film Institutions Are Turning Their Attention to Web Series: As entertainment continues evolving for both creators and consumers, a broader multi-platform storytelling community is taking shape, and just last month two major organizations that have both primarily supported independent film and filmmakers for over three decades revealed separate plans to support and encourage this growing digital revolution. Just one week apart, the Sundance Institute and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) each announced new programs debuting this fall focused on serialized storytelling for both television and online platforms. Read more.
4. Tribeca Film Festival Expands Online Programming, Announces Free Streaming Titles: During Tribeca Online Film Festival, Tribeca N.O.W. will showcase the innovative talent of 12 creators chosen by the Tribeca Film Festival programming team from nearly 100 candidates nominated for their innovative storytelling and robust creative vision by an advisory board of creative professionals. The program optimizes Tribeca's mission to find the newest, most original forms of storytelling and sharing it with the widest possible audience. The projects include unique music videos, short documentaries, and imaginative webseries. Each nominee and their work will be featured on the Tribeca website and granted access to 2014 TFF events." Read more.
5. AOL renews Tiffany Shlain's "The Future Starts Here," Three Other Series for Second Season: “The
Future Starts Here” follows filmmaker and Webby Awards winner Tiffany Shlain on a journey exploring what it means to be human in
our increasingly connected world. The
second season of “The Future Starts Here” will premiere in fall 2014. AOL also renewed "#CandidlyNicole",
starring Nicole Richie; the Sarah Jessica Parker-produced reality series "city.ballet.;" and Justine Ezarik's tech series "Hardwired 2.0." In their first seasons, these four AOL series combined received more than 75 million views.