1. Documentary Filmmaking Tips: During the "Let's Talk Docs" session at the 2014 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, non-fiction cinematographers Nicola Marsh ("20 Feet From Stardom," "Burn"), Rick Rowley ("Dirty Wars"), Nick Higgins ("The Crash Reel," "The Lion's Mouth") and Jerry Ricciotti (HBO’s "Vice") shared stories from the front line and provided good advice for their audience of (mostly) other filmmakers. Read their top tips here.
2. How to Pitch: Not sure how to pitch your next project? Read about how indie director Josh Boone pitched "The Fault in Their Stories" to Fox and got the gig here.
3. Shoot Cool Stuff. Get Paid.: "Maybe you're an independent filmmaker with hard drives full of unpublished footage. Maybe you're a dedicated hobbyist who takes video on your travels and adventures, or around your own city with friends. Maybe you film professionally for digital agencies or production companies and have a pile of unused 'B-roll' in your archives. Or maybe you've been shooting stock footage for years and are ready to try something different," writes Dissolve on its web site as it issues a call for (paid!) contributors. Check it out here.
4. First Run: IFP announced the launch of First Run, a new initiative to host weeklong theatrical screenings at the Made in NY Media Center beginning this fall with three theatrical debuts of IFP Narrative Lab Alumni. IFP also announced the 10 narrative projects selected for their 10th annual Independent Filmmaking Labs. Read more about it here.
5. Seed&Spark: Seed&Spark, the crowdfunding and distribution platform, has partnered with American Express to distribute select films on Amex NOW. Each month, American Express will select five films from Seed&Spark's streaming library to distribute on Amex NOW. The collaboration marks the first time that Amex NOW, American Express's interactive TV channel and TV application, will distribute feature length films along with shorts. Read more about the partnership and how to submit your film here.