By Lance Weiler, May 2nd, 2009

Christine Vachon has produced an impressive body of work – Poison, Swoon, Kids, Safe, Happiness, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Far From Heaven – just to name a few. Now Vachon and her company Killer Films are stepping into the digital space. In a recent announced partnership with Massify.com, Killer is taking a crowdsourced type approach to the development and production of next gen talent and content. For full details visit the first call for pitches.

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.

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By Lance Weiler, April 24th, 2009

When the time came for Jamie King and the Noble League of Peers to release their film entitled Steal This Film, a documentary about copyright and intellectual property, they took it directly to where their audience lives. Through a promotional deal with a number of the top torrent tracker sites, King and company were able to secure various placements such as logo swaps and banners encouraging people to download the film for free. At the conclusion to the film there was a simple call to action that encouraged viewers to make a donation to help support the filmmakers’ next project. To date Steal This Film has received more than $30,000 in donations and in the process has been downloaded over six million times.

Links: Steal This Film :: VODO :: Jamie King

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Culture Hacker – spring issue of Filmmaker Magazine

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.

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By Lance Weiler, March 27th, 2009

Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese made a film about his friend Steven Prince entitled American Boy. Over time American Boy would become known as Scorsese’s lost film – a cult classic that lives on in bootlegs and via torrent files. Last week at SXSW Tommy Pallotta premiered the next chapter in Steven Prince’s saga entitled American Prince. During the discussion Tommy explains what drew him to Steven Prince who played the gun salesman in Taxi Driver and who’s own life experience inspired a very well known scene in Pulp Fiction . Tommy also shares why he’s decided to release the film via bittorrent for free.

For more on Tommy and the film visit www.americanprincemovie.com

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By Lance Weiler, March 11th, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is made possible thanks to IndieFlix – This coming weekend Brett Gaylor’s newest doc RIP: A Remix Manifesto will screen at SXSW. Six years in the making Gaylor’s film captures copyright vs. copyleft and the impact that intellectual property laws are placing on culture. RIP follows Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk on his rise from biomedical engineer to laptop rockstar.

For more on the film click here and to learn how participate visit opensourcecinema.org

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By Lance Weiler, February 22nd, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is made possible thanks to the support of IndieFlix – Jason Rohrer is an independent game designer and developer. His games Passage and Between challenge the convention of what a video game is. Instead of relaying on graphics which are a staple of AAA games, Jason is drawn to game mechanics that create a sense of emotional weight. In our discussion Jason shares his vision for game design and explains how some of the things holding back gaming may in fact be its desire to be too much like film.

His newest game Primrose is more of a puzzle game.
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Primrose is currently available through the iPhone app store.
For more information on Jason visit his site.

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