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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Women Directors on Netflix, A Free Crowdfunding Platform and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire May 27, 2014 at 4:54PM

Today's daily tech stories for filmmakers includes the top indies on iTunes this week, a new free crowdfunding platform and 10 great women-directed films streaming on Netflix.
Scarlett Johansson, "Lost in Translation"
"Lost in Translation"

1. Women Directors on Netflix: As recent studies point out, there is a dearth of women directors taking on big budget Hollywood films. Though women fare better when it comes to documentaries and indie films, they still lag behind their male counterparts. Today we took a break from depressing statistics to highlight 10 great women directed films streaming on Netflix now. Check out the list here.

2. New Crowdfunding Platform: There's a new free crowdfunding platform that is based on the Buddhist principle of Dana. Just as Buddhist nuns and monks throughout history have been sustained by the dana offered to them by supporters, the crowdfunding platform will be freely offered for the funding of projects. The plan is that users, inspired by the concept that catalyzed the funding of their projects, will, in turn, voluntarily gift some of the money they raise to Read more about the platform here.

3. Top Indies in iTunes: Each Monday (or Tuesday, if it's a holiday weekend) we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This week, Spike Jonze's offbeat romance "Her" continues to top the list, and was joined by newcomer "Enemy," the Denis Villeneuve thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal. See the full list here.

Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
Warner Bros. Spike Jonze's "Her" with Joaquin Phoenix

4. Killer Content: Killer Films, which handled the distribution for "Kill Your Darlings" and "At Any Price," has merged with Glass Elevator Media, a production incubator that develops, finances, produces and monetizes content across multiple platforms. Known as Killer Content, the new company's CEO will be Glass Elevator Media's founder Adrienne Becker. Killer Film's Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler serve as co-presidents. Read the full story here.

5. Talkhouse Film: There's a new web site dedicated to film and television. A vertical of The Talkhouse, Talkhouse Film, which launched last week, features daily stories on new movies and TV shows, all written by working filmmakers. The site's contributors range from established Hollywood directors to cult figures to emerging indie talents, and the work covered is also notably diverse, encompassing blockbusters, small passion projects, TV shows and web series. Here, for example, director Mike Figgis writes about why TV is the new cinema.

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