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DigiNext In-Venue Film Festival and Sexual Abuse Doc 'Standing Silent'

The DigiNext In-Venue Film Festival, a partnership between Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. and Nehst, aims to provide emerging filmmakers with the chance to reach targeted audiences. They have 74 digital screens across the country, included six in Southern California.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 18, 2013 1:00 PM
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SnagFilms Adds New Funding as Film Library Nears 5,000 Titles

SnagFilms has raised funding in the form of a new $6 million Series C financing round from not only the entire existing investment group, but new shareholder CNF Investments, LLC, an affiliate of Clark Enterprises, Inc.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 18, 2013 9:00 AM
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Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program Expands with New Non-Profits and Digital Partners

The Sundance Institute's Artist Services program announces it has expanded to include selected films supported by one foundation and five non-profits, all of which will help the program shape itself and the services it provides to filmmakers.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 6:00 PM
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Sundance Institute's Artists Services Program Announces New Digital Titles 'Primer,' 'Hipster,' 'Detropia,' 'The Slaughter Rule' and More

Sundance Institute Artists Services, In collaboration with Cinedigm Entertainment Group/New Video, announces the SI films releasing today on various digital platforms. Check here to watch them. The Artist Services program provides filmmakers with exclusive opportunities for self-distribution...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 4:59 PM
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David Lynch Talks Digital Transition & Elusiveness of Filmmaking: 'She Is the Idea. You Are in Love.'

After receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from the 20th Plus Camerimage cinematography festival in Poland, David Lynch sat down with the Hollywood Reporter to talk about the ups and downs of the digital transition...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 1:11 PM
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New Details Revealed About Netflix Competitor Redbox Instant -- Subscription Costs, Possible Date of Launch UPDATE

New details were revealed today about "Redbox Instant by Verizon," Redbox's unwieldy-named, soon-to-be-launched online streaming and DVD service -- and Netflix competitor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 30, 2012 12:43 PM
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Transition to Digital: Issues of Film Printing, Shooting on Film, Preservation (VIDEO)

Two key articles are making the online rounds on the tricky and contentious transition to digital. Of the current Oscar contenders, while most are going to be seen in theaters via digital projection, "The Dark Knight," "Anna Karenina," "The Master," "Lincoln," and "Silver Linings Playbook" were all shot on film, the preferred method for their respective directors, who are loathe to give it up. But as Joe Wright told TOH, he may have to make the switch because the London labs can no longer handle the demands of a major production.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 23, 2012 4:08 PM
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Dutch Thriller 'APP' Will Be First Film to Necessitate Smartphones in Theaters with Interactive Storyline

The Dutch are giving the highly contentious texting-in-theaters issue a whole new spin. Shooting began this week for the new thriller "APP," which will be the first film in the world to synchronize a parallel storyline via app content to be accessed while in the movie theater.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 2:12 PM
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YouTube's Choice: Funding 30-40% of Original Channels for Second Round

After YouTube socked nearly $100 million into original content channels last year, the company now has to choose which of its most successful partners will receive further investment. Reportedly only 30-40% of the original recipients will see an additional round of funding, but this time YouTube partners could glean a total of some $200 million.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:13 PM
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'Hobbit' to Play in 48 FPS on 450 Screens--For Starters

Finally, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will screen in its original 48 FPS version in only about 450 of its approximate 4,000 release locations on December 14. That was not the original plan. Warner Bros. distribution president Dan Fellman tells TOH! that the majority of the higher frame rate screenings will happen in or near most major and mid-sized cities.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 7, 2012 1:47 PM
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