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    LA's Classic Film Series 'Last Remaining Seats' Faces the Digital Steamroller

    “Last Remaining Seats” is the title of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s yearly classic film series. This year, as the series begins on Saturday (June 1) with a sold-out screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief,” the title is more than a little ironic.

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    Digital Distributor Cinedigm and BitTorrent Partner to Promote 'Arthur Newman' Starring Firth and Blunt

    BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file-sharing program that has always been a source of discontent and controversy in the film industry, will now be used for the first time as a distribution platform. (Read here how HBO's "Game of Thrones" conquered the BitTorrent piracy record.)

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    Watch 'Upstream Color,' 'Sleepwalk with Me' and More Via Sundance Institute's Digital Debut Platform

    The Sundance Institute has announced that 12 independent films will make their digital debuts this spring through a variety of platforms to rent, download or stream, via the Institute's Artist Services Program. Included in the list of titles are Shane Carruth's gorgeous head-scratcher and fest favor...

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    Netflix Beware: Warner Archive Launches Instant Streaming Service -- Vintage, Obscure and B-Movies Galore

    Film nerds rejoice! Innovative classic service Warner Archive, the Warner Bros. studio's top-notch repertory wing dedicated to restoring archival gems--via consumer demand-- and making little-seen titles available on DVD, has some exciting news: Warner Archive Instant. Like Netflix, the new service ...

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    Tribeca Film Festival to Stream Seven Official Selections Online, and Host Vine's #6SECFILM Competition

    The Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) announced today that it will stream seven 2013 fest selections -- four of which are premiere titles -- to allow domestic US audiences the chance experience the festival from across the country. Also streaming will be Tribeca's first-ever Vine Competition, #6SE...

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    Amazon and IMDb Launch X-Ray for TV Feature for Kindle Fire Users

    Amazon and IMDb are launching a new TV iteration of "X-Ray for Movies." The original feature was released six months ago, and allows users to access corresponding IMDb info with one tap while watching films on their Kindle Fires. The new feature does the same thing, but for television series.

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    Review Roundup: Tim Sutton's Debut Feature 'Pavilion' is a Lyrical Exploration of Youth

    Tim Sutton's directorial debut "Pavilion," which premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, is now available via Factory 25 and Oscilloscope Labs on VOD, iTunes, Amazon and more digital platforms. The film opened theatrically in select cities on March 1st, to critical praise.

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    Watch: Vermont Father and Son Make the Digital Transition At Their Theaters

    As theaters across the country -- from big cities to small towns -- are being forced to switch over to digital protection or go out of business, owners of theaters, intimately acquainted with the projectors they've had for years, are getting sentimental about getting rid of their beloved machines.

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    From Yellow Springs, Ohio to Los Angeles: Three Ways Small Arthouses are Saving Up for the Digital Transition

    Who says independent theaters are dying? Last week, Boston's Brattle Theatre, a 60-year-old rep house, raised nearly $150,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to buy a digital projector and update its AC system. In January, Los Angeles' CineFamily received $158,541 to move to digital and do crucial repa...

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    The New Professionalism -- A Flight Toward Quality

    Over the last decade, as the tools of filmmaking became less expensive and more generally accessible, there was much excitement about what came to be known as the “democratization” of filmmaking. Suddenly, one didn’t have to be rich or the relative of a studio executive to get a movie made.

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