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Digital Technology Loosening Hollywood's Grip

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 28, 2006 at 2:3AM

Many filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival are beginning to see the potential that digital technology in production and distribution can offer them in making their films available to an international audience. Instead of "being confined to art houses in large cities," through the Web, digital satellite distribution, and gadgets such as hand-held computers and cell phones, films will be able to reach every corner of the world. Of course, celluloid film has a long way to go before it becomes obsolete, but "this is more of a democratic technology, and that's great," said Marvin Jarrett, director of "Fast Future Generation." It's good news for indie films, especially shorts and first-time filmmakers, which rarely see mass distribution. Bob Tourtellotte reports for Reuters.
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Many filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival are beginning to see the potential that digital technology in production and distribution can offer them in making their films available to an international audience. Instead of "being confined to art houses in large cities," through the Web, digital satellite distribution, and gadgets such as hand-held computers and cell phones, films will be able to reach every corner of the world. Of course, celluloid film has a long way to go before it becomes obsolete, but "this is more of a democratic technology, and that's great," said Marvin Jarrett, director of "Fast Future Generation." It's good news for indie films, especially shorts and first-time filmmakers, which rarely see mass distribution. Bob Tourtellotte reports for Reuters.