1. The Crowdfunding Backlash: Part of the reason that crowdfunding works is because it allows people to feel part of a larger community — whether it’s a community of Zach Braff fans or a community of online gamers. In both cases, fans felt so connected with the campaigns they backed they felt betrayed once the creators sold their works. But in both cases, the projects fulfilled what they promised. Aside from some gratitude and whatever backer rewards promised, what do crowdfunding campaigns owe their backers? Read more here.
2. New Crowdfunding Site Hosts Big Names: The Wrap reported that Junction, which is only open to wealthy investors, will support projects that already have financial backing and will get made regardless of whether or not Junction participants join in. Projects include “Triple Nine,” the new John Hillcoat film starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet, and “A Hologram of the King,” the Tom Tykwer film adapted from the Dave Eggers novel and slated to star Tom Hanks.
3. Christopher Nolan Bashes 3-D and Digital Filmmaking: Despite the industry’s conversion to digital projection, Nolan insists on shooting on film. Paramount Pictures will make an exception from its commitment to digital projection by releasing Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” in both film and digital. Nolan also made it clear that he isn’t a fan of 3-D. Read more here.
4. Aero Tells Supreme Court Not to Kill “Next Technological Step”: The Hollywood Reporter writes that less than a month before TV broadcasters and Aero face off in court, the TV streaming service filed a written argument. “This case simply concerns the next technological step: allowing a consumer to access broadcast programming using an Internet-connected device coupled with a remotely located, individually assigned antenna and segregated video storage.”
5. “Bootleg Cinema Paradiso”: When most people think of movie piracy, they think of entitled suburbanites who don’t want to cough up 10 bucks to go to the movies. But what of a country where access to art house or classic films is limited? The new short documentary from Vice’s Motherboard site, “Bootleg Cinema Paradiso,” puts a spotlight on a place where movie piracy isn’t just widespread, but possibly essential to encouraging cinephilia. Read more here.
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