1. Ted Hope: In honor of Thanksgiving, film producer Ted Hope, who is stepping down as executive director of San Francisco at the end of this year, looks back at the year in independent film and lists the many reasons we should be thankful, including the fact that 2013 was the year that crowdfunding went mainstream, direct distribution is a feasible option and more. Read his reasons to be optimistic here.
2. Kickstarter Rules: It sounded like a good idea at the time… Looking to raise funds for his latest project, “Ned Rifle,” Hal Hartley offered up distribution rights as a way around the crowdfunding rules which prohibit offering equity. But soon after he announced the new rewards, Kickstarter notified Hartley that the offer was outside of their rewards guidelines as a form of investment, so the distribution reward had to be eliminated as an option. Read the full story here.
3. Grand Theft Auto: Rockstar Games has announced the launch of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices this December. “Before GTAV took us to the sun-bleached sidewalks and humming concrete freeways of present-day Los Santos and beyond, there was Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the biggest GTA of the PS2 era. Now, head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families when Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes to mobile devices next month,” the company announced on their web site.
4. Stream These: Alison Willmore has done her research and found 10 worthy one-season shows you can stream on Netflix now. “Netflix has a solid slate of canceled-too-soon treasures to turn to when you need to retreat from parental conversations about what you’re doing with your life,” writes Willmore. Check out her list here.
5. Beastie Boys: Girl power is one thing, but not at the expense of copyright infringement. At least that’s what toy company Goldiebox has decided after legal wrangling over the use of a Beastie Boys song. The team at Goldiebox posted a letter to the Beastie Boys explaining their position and apologizing. “Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team,” they wrote. “We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.”