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SXSW: Forest Whitaker's JuntoBox Project To Crowdsource New Films (Video)

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood March 14, 2012 at 2:03PM

The Oscar-winning actor and producer, director Forest Whitaker has launched a project, JuntoBox Films, that will help you crowdsource your films. Announced at South by Southwest, JuntoBox aims to discover and incubate a new generation of talent in cinema, with an innovative model that marries new technology, filmmaking, and social media.
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Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker--producer, director and Oscar-winning actor--has launched a project, JuntoBox Films, to help filmmakers to crowdsource their films.  Announced at South by Southwest, JuntoBox aims to discover and incubate a new generation of talent in cinema, with an innovative model that marries new technology, filmmaking, and social media. 

Founded by a collection of filmmakers and digital innovators, JuntoBox hopes to mentor low-budget features under $2.5 million.  This year they will green light five films: the first out of the JuntoBox is "Passenger."

Watch TechCrunch's interview with Whitaker below as he explains the place that JuntoBox will occupy in the current film climate. The idea is that JuntoBox is a collaborative film studio; the members vote, support films, and the most supported films receive financial backing.


 

This article is related to: Forest Whitaker, New Media & Technology, Filmmaker Toolkit, Production


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.