The Filmmakers Leading A New Wave Of Iraqi Cinema

shockwebpic_newwaveofiraqicinemaIn this short profile by the Creators Project we are shown the determination to create as we are taken inside war torn Baghdad where rising Iraqi filmmakers such as Mohamed Al-Daradji and Yahya Al Allaq are leading a new film movement that is getting recognition despite their challenges of limited resources and life threatening environments.

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The Rise Of Wakaliwood: Uganda’s Thriving Action Cinema Scene

shockwebpic_riseofwakaliwoodA town in Uganda is becoming an emerging place for independent action and kung fu inspired movies done DIY style. Ramon Film Productions is one of the crews heading up this new wave of Ugandan action cinema, check out this profile from Vice that reminds us you don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to get creative, just your imagination and some hustle.

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State Of The Industry: Over 223 Billion New Streams In 2013, 6 Billion New Fans

shockleewebpic_nextbigsound2013reportThe online music industry continues to grow at a rapid clip. Next Big Sound tracked more than 6 billion new fans, and more than 223 billion streams in 2013. This is an increase that speaks to not only a significant shift in consumption methods, but also the importance of understanding the data behind all this activity. In our annual State of The Industry report we go beyond the traditional metrics to map the landscape of the online music industry.

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Electronic Music Fans Speak: Resident Advisor’s Top DJs Of 2013

shockleewebpic_RAtop100dj2013Dance and electronic music magazine Resident Advisor has just released its Top 100 DJ’s of 2013 list. The Berlin based outlet took a poll for this so their listing was decided by their registered readers, fans of techno, house, bass and underground music. Which btw is a refreshing departure from music journo compiled DJ lists and a nod to the independent electronic community.

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Ava DuVernay Says Knock It Off & Make Something

shockleewebpic_avaduvernaykeynoteIndependent filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Sundance Award-winning director of the film ‘Middle of Nowhere‘ and of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. feature drama ‘Selma‘ gave a keynote speech last weekend at the 2013 Film Independent Forum event held in Los Angeles that offers some of the realest advice we’ve heard in a while. All people who aspire to be or are in the creative and startup industries should hear this.

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Creating A Gray Zone: Challenges For Media Producers In The Digital World

shockleewebpic_creategrayzoneElliot Harmon, the Communications Manager at Creative Commons gives a bit of insight into the copyright landscape of creative works in this video by Swissnex San Francisco. When it comes to intellectual property, there is a big gap that lies between the classification of works that are assigned as either public domain or all rights reserved. In the middle of these, exists ‘the gray zone’ where remix, sample culture, creative commons, fair use and new innovative ways to explore, share and exploit creative works lives.

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[SF] Feb 1st: Join Shocklee At World Premiere Of ‘Departure’ At Macworld | iWorld’s iPhone Film Festival

Join us at Macworld | iWorld 2013 this week, Thursday, January 31 – Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Our own Hank Shocklee, will be at the iPhone Film Festival for the exclusive world premiere of the film ‘Departure’ which he scored.

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TAKE ACTION: Today Is #InternetFreedomDay – The One Year Anniversary Of The SOPA/PIPA Protests – Spread The Word

Today, January 18th has been declared Internet Freedom Day by internet users and supporters all around the U.S. Why is this important? Because we have to protect the FREEDOM TO CONNECT.

As Fight For The Future reminds us:

When SOPA and PIPA were first introduced in Congress, things looked grim for the internet. Widespread censorship seemed imminent, and Internet supporters everywhere were worried about the massive blow that was about to be dealt to freedom.

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Next Big Sound’s State Of Online Music 2012 Report

Music data and analytics company Next Big Sound measures music consumption habits, artist data such as sales and social media metrics to help artists navigate through the music industry. Today, they have released a new report which analyzes the state of the industry and of the trends of the past year. For instance, fan activity on Soundcloud tripled in 2012, making it the fastest growing social service for music.

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