| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:30 AM
After convincing some 91,000 fans to donate $5.7 million toward the making of a "Veronica Mars" movie, you'd think show creator Rob Thomas would take a breather. After all, no film on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter had ever raised that much, and now...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Vimeo is upping the ante in trying to bring independent film projects to its online video-on-demand service, announcing that it has set aside $10 million to help creators fund and promote their works on its platform.
The $10 million fund will cover a...
| Mar 12, 2014
The iconic Statue of Liberty, positioned in New York Harbor to welcome those entering the United States, stands as a symbol of what's best about our country and the freedom it has offered so many.
But it was only when I visited Lady Liberty for the...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 1:33 PM
PARK CITY, Utah -- One of the more divisive movies at the Sundance Film Festival has been Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” the actor-filmmaker’s follow-up to “Garden State” that, with a major assist from Kickstarter, has...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 2:19 PM
PARK CITY, Utah--Sundance movies can premiere to varying degrees of scrutiny. Few films, though, come in drawing the kind of attention of Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here."
After all, it’s been exactly 10 years since Braff debuted his...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Focus Features will release Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" on July 18 in New York and Los Angeles and then expand the film on July 25 and again on Aug. 1.
Focus bought the U.S. rights to the Kickstarter-funded dramedy in January following its premiere at...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 6:59 PM
Late Monday afternoon, the lobby of the Gene Siskel Film Center was thick with expectations. The money guys hovered. They were about to see the result of their investments — they were about to see "Life Itself," the new Steve James documentary about...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 4:48 PM
UC San Diego graduate student Alex Piel is studying the family dynamics and habitats of chimpanzees in Tanzania's savanna. The research requires tracking animals, retrieving fecal samples and then testing to confirm genetic links.
It does not come...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 1:16 PM
It's official. We're addicted to our smartphones. You probably already knew that. But if not, here's your proof: There's now a water-proof shower cap for your smartphone.
A London-based Kickstarter campaign reached its bare-bones funding goal mere...
| Feb 19, 2014
My great-grandfather founded the Rialto Theater in tiny Grayling, Mich., in 1915. His handbills advertised an opening-day screening of "The Twenty-Million-Dollar Mystery" on "two good single reels."
I run the same theater today, almost 99 years later....