| May 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
In a quiet hillside home in Topanga Canyon, filmmaker Brian McGuire instructed his cast members to take their shirts off, put their sunglasses on, snort fake cocaine and "party hard."
The 20-person cast and crew were filming a party scene for McGuire'...
| May 13, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A start-up independent gaming company in Huntington Beach is looking to release the next breakout smartphone app while giving a financial and educational boost to the pet adoption community.
Zuul Labs plans to launch "Tall Tails," its first creation, in...
| Jan 5, 2014
After the relatively indolent holidays, professional paddleboarder Michael "Westy" Westenberger jump-starts his training in January, which requires a bit of creativity, given the chunks of ice floating in the lake.
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The world premiere of Jon Favreau's comedy "Chef" has been selected as the opening night film for the 21st South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival on March 7 in Austin, Texas.
The festival also announced Thursday it will screen Rob Thomas'...
| 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...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Vimeo is launching a new program for independent filmmakers, promising to dole out up to $500,000 to help them market their films if they have raised at least $10,000 from crowdfunding sites.
In exchange, the filmmakers must grant Vimeo an exclusive...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:30 PM
When Zach Braff's $5 million dramedy "Wish I Was Here" premieres Jan. 18, it will be one of 20 Sundance films funded through Kickstarter, alongside six financed via Indiegogo.
As the number of crowdsourced films and budgets continues to grow (including...
| 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...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Pop & Hiss is premiering “Put My Baby to Bed,” a track from the forthcoming album “Let’s Fly a Kite” from L.A. singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell.
The indie folk-pop artist went to London to record the album and says “...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Kickstarter campaigns are not only helping movies get off the ground, as rapper Lil Dicky can attest.
The internet rapper recently reached his Kickstarter campaign goal of $70,000, but instead of it going towards the production of a film, the money...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:11 AM
A new Kickstarter project called PowerUp 3.0 turns paper airplanes into smartphone-controlled flying machines.
PowerUp 3.0 is a small electronic module that works by attaching onto a paper airplane that users fold themselves. A small box at the front of...