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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Read: Apple TV News, Selling Films on Facebook and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need to Read: Apple TV News, Selling Films on Facebook and More

1. Apple TV:  While everyone’s waiting for Apple to announce a next generation iPhone, word is that they may debut the new Apple TV as soon as next week. Nothing is definite, but the tech industry is buzzing about rumors about Apple receiving a shipment labeled “Set Top Box with Communication Function” from BYD Precision Manufacture in China. Stay tuned…

2. Free TV: Must see free TV? ABC is streaming pilots for its three new comedies via WatchABC.com and Hulu, according to Variety. Viewers can check out “The Goldbergs,” “Trophy Wife” and “Back in the Game” via WatchABC.com and Hulu three weeks ahead of their broadcast debut.

3. Littlecast: Billed as the “first platform for direct producer to public video sales created for social media,” Littlecast launched yesterday with $2 million in seed funding from a group of technology and
entertainment investors. Littlecast allows consumers to buy and play videos directly on Facebook
and mobile apps. In other words, indie film producers can now sell directly to fans on
Facebook without directing users to a third party site. Good news, right?

4. Cronenberg’s Mind: Ever wanted to know what it was like to live inside a David Cronenberg film? Now’s your chance. TIFF and the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) have co-produced “Body/Mind/Change,” a multi-media production with creative direction by Lance
Weiler starring David Cronenberg that presents the plausible science fiction found in his work as scientific fact. Intrigued? Sign up now at www.bodymindchange.ca and register to be one of the first to receive the next generation bio-tech recommendation engine, called Personal-On-Demand (POD). In the meantime, you can check out a sneak peak below.

5. Toronto Film Festival: Although it’s called a film festival, only 3 out of the 288 feature-length films playing at TIFF this year are on 35 mm. film. That said, TIFF programmers are still dedicated to showing movies shot with film. “We’ll show [35-millimetre] till the end of time. We figure one day it’s
going to be an event, coming here to watch something on film,” Cinematheque programmer Brad Deane told The National Post.

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