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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Pharrell’s Interactive Video, HBO Go on Chromecast and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Pharrell's Interactive Video, HBO Go on Chromecast and More

1. HBO Go: Now you can watch “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and other HBO shows via HBO Go on Chromecast. HBO Go has just added Chromecast support to their Android, iOS and web app, according to the Google Chrome blog.

2. Kickstarting a Silk Road film: Alex Winter, best known as either the director of “Downloaded,” the documentary about Napster, or as Bill from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for “Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road.” The documentary will be “an exploration of a pivotal moment in cultural history. The events that are currently taking place at this juncture of the digital revolution will shape our future,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page. Read more about it here.

3. App.net: App.net Broadcast is a new free marketing tool that filmmakers can use to send push notifications directly to fans. It’s basically a newsletter built for mobile. “Broadcast makes it easy for anyone to publish and subscribe to push notification ‘Broadcast Channels’ for free, according to the company’s announcement. Could be useful when announcing screenings, crowdfunding campaigns, etc.

4. 92Y On Demand: Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y is constantly hosting interesting panels and Q&As with actors, directors, musicians, writers and other creative types. Now the non-profit cultural institute is making video and audio recordings of these events available to the public for no charge. Read more about it here.

5. Pharrell Gets “Happy:” Pharrell Williams’ video for “Happy” lets users go around the clock dial to see different people — including celebrities such as Steve Carrell, Jamie Foxx and Magic Johnson, as well as Williams himself — dancing around to the infectiously peppy song. Billed as “the world’s first 24-hour music video,” the film lets you navigate the clock dial and pick a time of day to watch — and then share “the moment” via social media. Read more about the project here.

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