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Paley Center and SnagFilms Stream Live Doc Debut

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2010 at 9:40AM

In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a theater audience and free online.  
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In a groundbreaking digital media event, Wednesday the Paley Center for Media, Big Live and SnagFilms are mounting the synchronous American premiere of Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia. It marks the first time a film has premiered with a post-screening panel simultaneously to a theater audience and free online.  

Directed by filmmakers Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill, Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia debuts as part of DocFest2010 October 20 at 7: 00 PM Eastern at The Paley Center for Media in New York. The movie looks at the history and cultural impact of the world's seventh most popular website, which boasts more than 74 million monthly unique visitors, and more than 90,000 contributors to some 16,000,000 articles published in more than 270 languages. (Trailer is below.)

Big Live hosts the synchronous streaming of the film and the Q &A after, moderated by the NYT columnist Noam Cohen, with the filmmakers, the Wikimedia Foundation's Samuel Klein and Liam Wyatt, Wikipedian in Residence at the British Museum. Following the premiere, SnagFilms will make the film available for free and on-demand to a worldwide audience for six days. While SnagFilms has previously co-premiered docs with film fests, the unique approach taken Wednesday evening brings the intimacy and interaction of filmmakers and others answering questions from the audience.

This article is related to: Digital Future, Video, Web/Tech, Genres, Documentaries, Trailers


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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.