Spring Break Monday Linkfest

It’s spring break here at CUA, which means it’s really time to catch up on all of that work I should have been doing several weeks ago. I’m still wrapping up my talking points for my workshop panel at SCMS, but GreenCine Daily (as usual) provided a few links I wanted to mention or to stoer for future reference.

First, a link to an entry on the WFMU blog, “Videomania,” which points to quite a few online video resources I hadn’t encountered. Lukas also offers a handy guide to the strengths and weaknesses of many of the popular video hosting websites, including iFilm and Veoh, among others (worth noting in this context: the IP issues that came up recently when NBC forced YouTube to pull down a popular Saturday Night Live skit that had been stored there. But the coolest aspect of Lukas’ entry: he has links to dozens of online videos to support your procrastination habit.

I’ve been hammering the point that there were no women among the best director nominees and the fact that there have been only three women nominees for best director in Oscar’s 78-year history. The Guerilla Girls and MoviesByWomen.com have erected a billboard in Hollywood to remind us of these depressing facts. Sharon Krum covers this story in more detail in The Guardian.

Update: One more link, via Wiley Wiggins: Democracy Player, which allows viewers to “download and watch all the best internet TV shows and videos in one powerful application.”

Update 2: Here are some basics on Machinima, as well as a link to the politically interesting French Democracy film that was making the rounds for a while back in November. And, while I’m thinking about it, here’s a Boing Boing pointer to an upcoming DIY film festival.

Update 3: Okay, technically it’s Wednesday but Mark Caro’s discussion of the IFC-Comcast deal to release several IFC films simultaneously on pay-per-view and in theaters is worth noting (thanks to the Risky Biz blog).

Update 4: Even later on Wednesday, but this Washington Post article on the role of iTunes in creating online communities is worth noting, as is their discussion of Derek Slater and Mike McGuire’s “Consumer Taste Sharing Is Driving the Online Music Business and Democratizing Culture,” although I’m generally skeptical about claims regarding the democratization of media.

2 Comments »

  1. Chris Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    Spring break?! At least here in Boston, it’s like 12 degrees outside.

  2. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    Yup. We’re not exactly experiencing spring-like weather here in DC, with snow showers possible thsi afternoon. That being said, we’re also expecting high temps to reach 40 today.

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