Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot more links to animated GIFs come across my RSS reader and Twitter stream. Not sure why this old school “web design sin” is coming back around, maybe it’s the lo-fi aesthetic that seems to be in vogue right now or the ease it takes the make them, but I’m enjoying the trip down 15fps memory lane. With the help of film related animated GIF blog, Three Frames, I’ve collected some faves you can enjoy from the comfort of home. WARNING: might induce seizures…or nightmares. read all »
STINGRAY SAM (which played at the 2009 fest) is planning for an online and theatrical release mid-September, but until then, director Cory McAbee is offering free downloads of the full-length theatrical trailer and featured song Mars from episode #1 of the film. Both are iPod and iPhone compatible.
Just visit the film’s website and click on the download button, and enter your email address to get the free downloads. A link to download will be sent immediately to the email address you provided. And help spread the word by putting the “free download” button directly onto your Blog, Web Page, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Digg and/or Delicious accounts.
Look out for STINGRAY SAM at festivals around the world, including the Sopot Film Festival (Sopot, Poland in August), Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (Lund, Sweden in September), Reykjavik International Film Festival (Reykjavik, Iceland in September) and Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX in September).
The wondrously prolific Giuseppe Andrews, whose films we’ve premiered at CineVegas the last couple of years, has just relaunched his website at giuseppeandrews.net which includes many new films with titles like CROSSBREEZE, GWANK and DAD’S CHICKEN.
After buying a mansion from his large pay days as an actor, Giuseppe decided that there had to be more to life than yard art so he decided to make films in a trailer park. He made 57 films in 7 years and only kept 19 of them, throwing away the greatest ones. He also makes music, writes books and is an accomplished cartoonist.
In the last few days the internet has been a buzz over four PSA-style online videos that promote Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8. Starring Lois and Clark actor Dean Cain, the ads have become instantly infamous for their crude humor and edgy style in the most un-Microsoft way. One in particular was apparently too edgy and pulled because, according to a MS rep, “some of our customers found it offensive.” The director of these spots, comedian-turned-writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait, is a friend of the Festival and was kind enough to talk about them. read all »
If there’s one person knowledgeable enough to write a book on harnessing the power of new media in the entertainment industry it’s Scott Kirsner. Between putting on some amazing conferences like The Conversation and Future Forward; moderating panels at SXSW and Sundance; and writing a weekly tech column for the Boston Globe; Scott has been conducting dozens of interviews with artists and creators for his newest book Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age. He was kind enough to take part in an e-mail interview with the CineVegas Blog where he discusses some of the insight he gained while writing the book. read all »