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 dana.io 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 dana.io. 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.
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.