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April 25, 2014 3:10 PM
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5 Daily Tech Stories that Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Net Neutrality for Indie Filmmakers, Rare Film Preservation and More

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1. Dan Aronson of Fandor on Why Indie Filmmakers Should Care About Net Neutrality. If there isn’t enough bandwidth for all of the content that a set of subscribers to an ISP (such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) require, then the ISP either has to build additional bandwidth or ration the existing bandwidth. A lack of bandwidth to support video streaming manifests for the viewer as “buffering” messages and stuttering playback. These pauses deliver a disappointing experience for the viewer and it can (and will) cause them to seek out a better option. Net Neutrality is important because it affects how and when this rationing occurs. Read more here.

2. A campaign to preserve rare exploitation films. Despite the prominence of digital cameras, film will always have its devoted fans trying arduously to preserve it. Among the more well-known fans are acclaimed filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, who sit on the advisory board of the American Genre Film Archive as the organization launches an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise $15,000. The Austin-based AGFA, which focuses primarily on movies in the horror, action and sleaze genres, has announced a campaign dedicated to supporting the mission to complete high resolution digital transfers of movies for which the film prints cannot be loaned due to their fragility and their near-extinction. Read more here.

3. Netflix to Launch on Cable. Netflix successfully made the transition from mailing red envelopes with DVDs to streaming directly to consumers. Now the company has made deals with three cable operators to launch on their services through an app on TiVO DVRs. Under the new arrangement, customers will be able to access Netflix as long as they subscribe to the TiVO DVR service and to Netflix. Read more here.

4. Tribeca Film Institute's Interactive Day is Tomorrow. TFI Interactive assembles the brightest thinkers and innovators from the worlds of media, journalism, gaming and technology for an all-day forum and an “Interactive Playground." To attend #TFIi you must be a badge holder for the Tribeca Film Festival, you can also attend by purchasing a Tribeca Innovation Week pass or becoming a TFI Member. Highlights include a panel about the possibilities of interactive storytelling, another on what storytellers can learn from the privacy debate, and a presentation of what happened at the Tribeca hackathon on the two days preceding Interactive Day. Go here for the full schedule.

5. Immigrant Nation. Immigrant Nation is a collaborative social narrative project that combines interactive film, participatory storytelling, live events, and data visualization. Immigrant Nation explores our connections to immigration, past and present, through storytelling. The project interweaves personal tales of travel, old and recent, together to tell the greater story of a nation shaped by immigration. Go here to explore the project.


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