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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Know: VHX Gets Big Backers and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire August 30, 2013 at 11:52AM

VHX gets big backers, PBS explores digital cinema, and more tech news for filmmakers (and film fans).
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1. VHX Backers: Direct film distribution platform VHX announced yesterday a $3.2 million Series A financing round led by Union Square Ventures. Watch out, Netflix!

2. Reddit Rescinds: One day after accusing Warner Bros. employees of trying to game the Reddit system, the news aggregation site has rescinded its accusations, saying that Warner Bros. did nothing wrong.

3. Celeb Kickstarters: Regardless of your feelings about the recent influx of celebrities using Kickstarter to raise funds for their dream projects, you’ve got to give them credit for offering up all sorts of fun perks for backers. We highlight the top 10 most creative celebrity Kickstarter backer rewards. Might give you some good ideas for your own Kickstarter campaign.

4. Made in NY: Attention, techies and creatives: The "Made in NY" Media Center by IFP is now accepting applications

5. Tune in: "Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema," hosted by Keanu Reeves, premieres on PBS from 9-10 p.m. ET (check your local listings). Directed by Chris Kenneally and produced by Reeves and Justin Szlasa, the doc features directors such as James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and others debating the pros and cons of digital filmmaking.

In our interview with Kenneally and Reeves from last year, Reeves said of the film that, "It started with the camera. You know, the digital camera. But then it started to turn into the digital audience."

Send tech news tips and story ideas to paula@indiewire.com

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