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Indie teen comedy Dope to become first film to accept Bitcoin payments

In an industry first, moviegoers will be able to use digital currency to buy tickets to the Sundance hit<p>Hoping to add some more cool points to the stack already assembled, the distributor of teen comedy Dope is allowing moviegoers the chance to pay for their tickets with the digital currency …

'Misery loves comedy' in 'Tangerine,' a seriocomic film about trans sex workers

Standing on its own in the parking lot of a strip mall at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Donut Time is a place countless Angelenos have driven by countless times and likely wondered about the bustle that seems to be going on at all hours of the day and night.<p>The film …

Netflix sets its sights on indie film distribution, acquires rights to 3 more upcoming projects

Netflix hasn’t overlooked indie films as it expands into film distribution. Though the streaming service previously made headlines when it threw down …

What It’s Like to Write British TV Like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’

What It's Like to Write British TV Like 'Doctor Who' and 'Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell'<p>Americans have a perception of British television being of …

TV

Toronto film critic calls Mad Max a ‘man’s movie’

Whatever else we might think about a post-apocalyptic future, we'd like to hope there aren't any embarrassingly absurd questions about women there.<p>Unfortunately, the same can't be said for press events promoting <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i>.<p>The film, the latest in the franchise that made Mel Gibson famous, …

Toronto film festival announces new focus on television

This year’s Toronto film festival will introduce a new programme highlighting the best in international television shown on the big screen.<p>Primetime will showcase up to six shows that come from either broadcasters or streaming networks, with a sway towards independent film-makers working on the …

Why Every Film Producer Should Own a Publishing Company

by Gill Holland<br>in Filmmaking<br>on May 26, 2015<p>Why does someone who has various film producer credits on over 100 independent features and documentaries …

The ACLU Wants the U.S. Government to Combat Sexism in Hollywood

The American Civil Liberties Union is targeting sexism in Hollywood, and it wants the government to step in and help.<p>Only 7% of the top 250 grossing …

'The Last Black Man in San Francisco' Searches for Home in a Fast-Changing City

Now fundraising on Kickstarter, a film by two S.F. natives will grapple with race, class, displacement, and the importance of friendship.<p>Among the more worrying trends out of San Francisco in recent years—and the greatest tarnish to the city’s reputation for diversity—is the displacement of …

San Francisco

When It Comes to Diversity, Millennials Play Mind Games (and That's a Good Thing)

A new study finds that Gen Y is more focused on cognitive diversity, as opposed to demographic diversity. Here's why that perspective could be good for your business, too.<p>Millennials have a different understanding of what it means to be diverse than their older counterparts, new research …

Blocking Comcast Is a Start. But if We Want Better Broadband, We Need Much More.

Broadband competition in the U.S. comes in two varieties: Slim and none. That won't work. Maybe Google can help.<p>Critics of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal made convincing arguments that it would be bad for consumers, and for the media companies that want to deliver stuff to consumers on the …

10 Reasons to Make Indie Films

With TV shows on the decline and facing a troubled future (and mark my words, virtual reality is a fad) indie filmmakers are now at the forefront of …

Independent Film

Verizon will launch an online video service with AwesomenessTV and DreamWorks Animation

The service will have more than 200 hours of original content a year from the teen-focused network<p>Verizon is going after the #teens. The company has announced it will launch over-the-top channels with Awesomeness TV, the online network geared toward young millennials, and its owner DreamWorks …

People Are Challenging The Male-Dominated Film Industry With The Hashtag #FilmHerStory

In 2014, only 30% of the speaking roles in films were women. The people of the internet are asking Hollywood to #FilmHerStory.

Pay what you want or think for this independent film

Director David Cross tests the potential of self-distribution for independent filmmakers<p>Going to the see a movie in the theater these days will cost …

Arrested Development

Spock actor Leonard Nimoy wrote inspiring letter to victim of racism

A moving note by the late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy to a mixed-race teenager has resurfaced online<p>An inspiring letter by <b>Leonard Nimoy</b> to a teenage victim of racism <b>has resurfaced online</b>.<p>The moving message, which appeared in American teen magazine Fave in 1968, is a response to a letter by the …

"Empire" Is A Monster That Is Eating Network Television

<b>Fancy.</b><p>When it comes to ratings, Fox's <i>Empire</i> is on a trajectory that's unprecedented in broadcast television's recent history, which has mostly been marked by — to appropriate a phrase from Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Y. Gray) — drip drops, if not just plain old slaughter. As of last week, it is the No. 1 …

FCC approves new net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to implement new net neutrality rules designed to make sure Internet service providers treat all legal content equally.<p>The historic vote on the proposal, pitched by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, elicited hearty cheers from a wide …

Net neutrality rules passed by US regulator

<b>New rules on how the internet should be governed have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission.</b><p>In what is seen as a victory for advocates of net neutrality, the commission voted in favour of changes proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler.<p>Three commissioners voted in favour and two …

Women generally outnumbered in film industry – but not in Manitoba

Women all over the world claim that they are under-represented in corporate board rooms and government bodies. They say they are discriminated …

Scottish film industry 'left to wither' and lags behind neighbours, Holyrood finds

It’s a country with plenty to offer a film production: breathtaking scenery, versatile urban locations and a wealth of technical and creative talent.<p>But while Scotland has lately enjoyed an extraordinary flourishing across culture – most notably in theatre and the visual arts – Scottish film has, …

Watch ‘Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People’ Online Now, Through March 8

Watch 'Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers & the Emergence of a People' Online Now, Through March 8<p><i>Thomas Allen Harris’ “Through a Lens</i> …

Anthropology

Abderrahmane Sissako’s ‘Timbuktu’ Nearly Sweeps 40th César Awards (French Equivalent of the Oscars). Wins 7 of 8 Nominations

Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu' Nearly Sweeps 40th César Awards (French Equivalent of the Oscars). Wins 7 of 8 Nominations<p><b>UPDATES:</b> I’ll be updating …

Film Festivals

If You Missed PBS’ August Wilson Documentary, ‘The Ground on Which I Stand,’ Watch It in Full Now!

If You Missed PBS' August Wilson Documentary, 'The Ground on Which I Stand,' Watch It in Full Now!<p>It premiered on PBS last night, as part of its …

George Hurrell: the master of the Hollywood still

George Hurrell didn't just photograph Hollywood's greats: as a new collection of his work reveals, he also imbued them with their mysterious allure<p>At 16, George Hurrell couldn’t decide whether to become a priest or an artist. A Chicago resident, he applied to both the Quigley Seminary and the Art …

The silver lining to how white the Oscars are this year

LOS ANGELES — The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has long faded from trending status, but the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Awards nominees is …

Hollywood is shooting itself in the foot by not focusing on diversity

Hollywood is messing up. As we approach the whitest Academy Awards in years, it’s worth considering that the film industry’s lack of attention to …

Race & Ethnicity

BET Launches First Miniseries With 'The Book Of Negroes' Featuring Aunjanue Ellis And Lou Gossett Jr.

A far cry from its usual hip-hop and R&B programming, the 35-year-old network premieres its very first miniseries,'Book of Negroes,' centering on a female slave narrative based on Lawrence Hill's 2007 best-selling novel. Veteran entertainment journalist Karu F. Daniels chats with the epic film's …

BET miniseries 'The Book of Negroes' offers woman's view of slavery era

Since ABC's landmark miniseries "Roots" drew record ratings nearly four decades ago with its tale of brutality, survival and eventual triumph during America's era of slavery, the majority of dramatic films and TV shows dealing with the same topic have one thing in common — the central figure is a …