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    Apple/iW Meet the Filmmaker Podcast: "Sin Nombre" Director Cary Fukunaga

    “We didn’t have a big budget…it was already a huge risk that [the studio] was willing to gamble on a first time director, a film in Spanish, with no cast that anyone could recognize. Most people would see that and they’d say you’re crazy to ask for a million dollars," filmmaker Cary Fukunaga said at...

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    iW NEWS | KOCH Makes Titles Available on iTunes

    KOCH Entertainment Distribution announced that its New Media division, KOCH Digital, will be making its library of independent home video available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store. KOCH, one of the largest US suppliers of independent video programming specializing in a host of genres such as fitness, foreign films, horror, documentaries, TV, special interest, classics, children's, anime, and independent films, will be making over 2,600 hours of video content available to iTunes customers. "Making key titles from our home video library available on iTunes helps position KOCH as the premiere independent aggregator in the digital ...

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    iW NEWS | SF Jewish Fest Add New Online Resource

    The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival announced a web-based service, to be launched here, that will offer easy access to hundreds of film titles, streaming media, historical and contextual offerings, viewer recommendations, educational and curriculum materials, social networking opportunities for communities of Jewish film fans, and a showcase for new Jewish stories and films created specifically for emerging media platforms. "We're extremely excited to bring what SFJFF has always been recognized for in our theaters - excellence in filmmaking, engaged and diverse audiences, rich educational content, and bridge-building through film--to the b...

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    iW NEWS | Babelgum Announces Music Video Content

    Babelgum, the free, independent Web TV platform has announced the launch of the Babelgum Music Video Awards, in partnership with Music Nation. The competition will seek out and reward talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie artists. The audience vote will be count toward picking the finalists, together with the professional jury consisting of Michel Gondry, David Ford and other judges soon to be announced. The Grand Prize, a record development deal with Universal Music UK, will go to the final winner selected by the professional jury, announced on February 6th 2009. Submissions are open now through the 16th November. Scr...

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    iW NEWS | Weeks & Caldwell Launch Online Release for "10 Yards"

    Aiming to create wider awareness and prime the pump for an upcoming DVD release, filmmakers Hunter Weeks and Josh Caldwell are previewing their new documentary, "10 Yards: Fantasy Football," via OurStage.com, iTunes and SnagFilms. Now online, the film explores the 20 million strong universe of fantasy football fans. Viewers can grab a free iTunes download of the film on OurStage or watch it via Snag's viral movie theater widgets. The film's DVD release will kick-off on September 30th. "Distributing '10 Yards' online is the perfect approach for connecting with a substantial number of web-savvy, socially-active consumers of indie art, " said Ou...

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    iW NEWS | Metacafe and Microcinema Launch MetaFest

    Metacafe and Microcinema International, a leading international rights manager, exhibitor and specialty markets distributor of the "moving image arts," are teaming to create and curate MetaFest 2008. MetaFest will be a juried online and offline film festival presenting international creative and contemporary short-form video entertainment. The call for entries begins today, and invites short video, film and digital media submissions of 10 minutes or less that are "narrative, humorous, artistic, dramatic, animated, documentary, mockumentary, music, experimental, alternative or avant-garde in any genre, format or style." Selected films will...

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    iW NEWS | iArthouse Launches World Cinema Service

    iArthouse, the first online site dedicated specifically to world cinema officially launched today, with an initial library of more than 800 films. Featuring download-to-burn technology, the iArthouse library aims to include several thousand international and arthouse films by year's end, many previously inaccessible. iArthouse is the first major company to succeed in bringing international cinema to the online arena through this means. iArthouse is a new division of EZTakes, and led by EZTakes founders Jim Flynn and Bill Clarke, together with veteran cinema distribution and marketing executives John Lawrence Re and Larry Jackson. "Perhaps...

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    NYT | Indie Films, Coming to a Small Screen Near You

    "More than 3,600 independent features were submitted to the Sundance Film Festival this year, a record driven by inexpensive digital equipment and an abundance of film financing. But only a couple hundred of those movies will ever be distributed in theaters. Does that mean that almost 90 percent of ...

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    Reuters: CinemaNow, Technicolor unveil new delivery platform

    Digital entertainment company CinemaNow and Technicolor said on Tuesday they had developed a new digital movie delivery platform to sell to online retailers and hardware companies. Reuters reports.

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    NYT | A Comprehensive PBS Documentary on the Iraq War Becomes a Big Hit Online

    The New York Times reports "more than 1.5 million views of all or part of" the recent Frontline documentary, "Bush's War, streamed for free in 26 parts on the PBS website.

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