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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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    iW NEWS | "Red Without Blue" Launches Cinema Dailymotion

    IndiePix and Dailymotion have joined forces to launch Cinema Dailymotion, a new online film channel streaming feature-length films for free. The section, on the Dailymotion.com site, is debuting with Brooke Sebold and Benita Sills's "Red Without Blue," winner of the audinece award at last year's Sla...

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    USAT | Is the tug of war over high-def DVD format over?

    Sony has apparently won the battle between their Blu-ray and Toshiba's HD DVD formats. Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Netflix are all abandoning HD DVD, in favor of Blu-ray. The move came after Warner Bros. dropped Blu-Ray, after the same move was made by Disney, Fox, Lionsgate and Sony. USA Today reports t...

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    iW NEWS | Filmcatcher Announces Digital Deal

    Filmcatcher.com has announced a deal with The Global Film Initiative and its distribution partner, First Run Features, to make GFI's films available on Filmcatcher. "At FilmCatcher, we want our visitors to discover worthy new talent and films," said Alan Klingenstein, co-founder of FilmCatcher, in a statement. "Working with Global Film Initiative, we'll be able to see the best filmmakers from emerging markets around the world, and bring them to our audience, so it's a perfect match." GFI provides funding to filmmakers in various developing countries. Four films, both given grants and distributed by Global Film have represented their countries...

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    iW NEWS | New Site Seeks to Connect Filmmakers With Fans, Funding

    Described as a new "online social marketplace connecting filmmakers and fans," Indiegogo.com is launching today, offering a new web-based venue that will "address the fundraising challenges and market inefficiencies affecting independent filmmaking today." The new site intends to enable filmmakers to connect with the potential audiences for their films and raise money to move their projects forward. Among the first films joining the site is 2008 Sundance Film Festival entry "Flow: For The Love of Water" by Irena Salina. The filmmakers are looking to raise $10,000 for post production and music clearances, offering a range of benefits to contri...

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    VAR | IFC, B-Side pact to cull ignored pics

    IFC and B-Side have announced a partnership to give unseen festival films wider distributon via the cable TV network, DVD and B-Side's online download service. In the words of a Variety story, "B-Side gathers and analyzes feedback on films from a pre-screened sample of festgoers. The two companies w...

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    Indie911 to Offer First Feature for DRM-free Download

    Online social network and music store Indie911 announced that it will make a DRM-free version of Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen's "Before the Music Dies" available for download, the service's first feature length film. Through a partnership with the film's distributor B-Side Entertainment, online audiences will have two options for purchasing the music documentary, free of copy-protection technology, from the film's hoooka player--a free, portable digital locker powered by indie911 that allows users to share, promote, sell and play their personal media favorites, via the Web. Narrated by Forest Whitaker with interviews and performances by ...

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    IMDB Censors "Shortbus" Listing

    The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has apparently blocked a listing for John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus" from searches on its popular website. As journalist and blogger Mark Rabinowitz noted in The Rabbi Report, the site is, "preventing certain films from coming up in the regular results of a sear...

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    A Second Life for "Four Eyed Monsters" and Sundance Channel

    Tonight (Tuesday, January 9th) at 8 p.m. ET, moviewatchers can catch a free online screening of "Four Eyed Monsters" on Sundance Channel's new Second Life screening room. The virtual theater is part of the popular online community and marks the virtual premiere for the acclaimed film from Arin Crumley and Susan Buice (the film recently won the Sundance Channel Audience Award for the indieWIRE: Undiscovered Gems Film Series). The new online screening room allows SL members to log into a screening environment that enables user interaction via individual avatars controlled by the user. Members can chat online and download audio and video content...

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