Three indie films to watch on Earth Day

Tweet Here are three indie films to watch to celebrate Earth Day. A day late I know, but every day should be Earth Day! 1. EARTH DAYS Follow the "rise" of the environmental movement since the '60s. I have rise in quotes because a preservation of the environment is not new to most cultures. Anyway, different conversation. Earth Days Trailer from Zeitgeist Films on Vimeo. 2. THE AGE OF STUPID. Starring Kobayashi from the Usual Suspects. He is from the future, looking at the preventable actions that have led to our current condition. If you are in the United States of America you can't download it or watch it online, the link will take you to TV screenings. You should buy the DVD though! The Age of Stupid: Trailers: USA Trailer from Age of Stupid on Vimeo. 3. PLASTIC BAG - See life through the eyes of a plastic bag that got used way more often than most people use their plastic...

Dynamo: An embeddable video and micropayment system

Tweet I had a great time at The Conversation held in New York on March 27. The only downside of the event was that there were way too many breakout sessions to choose from. Most of them would have done well to be have been their own main sessions. While hordes of people were trying to get into the Social Media consults, a few people were in room 330 with me, to find out what the Big Ideas for the Future are in a set of 10 mins presos moderated by IndieFlix CEO Scilla Andreen. One of them that stuck out most to me (probably because there was a demo) was Dynamo: a video player with a built-in micropayment system. That's right folks. the issue that is on the minds of so many indie filmmakers, monetization, was addressed to a crowd of about ... nine? Oh well. Fresh from their SXSW debut, Dynamo COO Will Coghan uploaded video of an earlier session at The Conversation to Dynamo's hosted servers. During the demo, he embedded the video on a freshly made Blogger site and hit play. When he did, an embedded pop-up (like the ads you see on YouTube vids) asked you to pay 25 cents to see it.  You have the option of using PayPal or paying by credit card through a Dynamo account. Will sat in on a lunch breakout session I co-hosted with my collaborator Simone Nelson. There he told us he and his partner created this on-demand video rental platform because they were having a hard time making money from their webisodes solely from ads. There...
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