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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Online Film Festival, Amazon Goes for Oscar Glory and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire February 20, 2014 at 3:21PM

The first immersive documentary shot with Oculus Rift, Amazon goes for Oscar glory with "The Broken Circle Breakdown" and more tech news for filmmakers and film fans.
"House of Cards"
"House of Cards"

1. Amazon: Amazon has acquired exclusive rights to the Oscar-nominated "The Broken Circle Breakdown" from Tribeca Film, the company announced today. As part of the licensing deal with Tribeca Film, Amazon also nabbed the rights to the documentary "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," "Greetings from Tim Buckley," "Sparrow's Dance" and the animated children's film "Moon Man." "The Broken Circle Breakdown" will make its exclusive subscription debut on Amazon Prime Instant Video on February 20, just a week before the Academy Awards on March 2 Read more about the news here.

2. Google: If you are searching for the latest episode of "House of Cards" on Google, you might be surprised with what the search engine comes up with first... not Netflix, where subscribers can stream the show for free, but, which is pointing users to episodes from both seasons "online free," reports. Speaking of "House of Cards," Variety reports that about 2% of all U.S. subscribers watched the entire season 2 over the weekend.

3. Viewster: To any filmmakers looking to get a wider audience for their most recent project, Viewster may have just the thing for you. The VOD service launched its inaugural Viewster Online Fim Festival (#VOFF) in December, and today is the final day for submissions. Read more about it here.

4. SFFS: With Noah Cowan now officially named executive director of The San Francisco Film Society, we can expect to see more intersections between film and technology. "Talking about the Bay Area now, you have to talk about the tech sector," Cowan told The San Francisco Chronicle. "These companies will be front and center in the discussion of how the future of cinema will roll out. The San Francisco Film Society has to be part of that conversation."

5. Zero Point: Academy Award nominated documentary director Danfung Dennis has created "Zero Point," an immersive documentary which shows how virtual reality will change our lives. It's only fitting that it's being produced entirely for the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift. The film gives you a glimpse of what 360 degree filmmaking might look like, according to Wired. Dennis said in a statement that virtual reality is coming soon "and when it does emerge, it will be a major platform shift in computing with the potential to fundamentally transform entertainment and communication."

Check out the trailer for "Zero Point" below:

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