| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:34 PM
How do I know we live in the future? Because on Saturday I watched a couple of school kids enter a virtual world where they built a toy robot and were ready to manufacture it in a few hours.
At the Burbank Marriott last weekend, dozens of companies...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Crowdfunding films in Europe is still in its infancy, but some enterprising producers have launched campaigns, using a few opportunities not yet available in the U.S. -- and are facing a different set of challenges.
American filmmakers have mainly used...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Richard Friend, 41, who says he grew up "on the other side of the tracks," at Steward Manor apartments at Routes 197 and 198, spends much of his spare time restoring all sorts of artifacts from Laurel retailers, movie theaters and restaurants,...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 4:38 PM
About a mile off Chicago’s shore, a local businessman wants to create a floating city complete with sundecks, restaurants, a swimming pool and plenty of room for boats to dock.
But before the first bottle of champagne can be uncorked on Breakwater...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Every summer a handful of plucky indie movies jump into the mainstream, thanks to filmgoers who want more nutritional value than that offered by the season's popcorn pics. This year's notable breakouts include Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:42 AM
Butterfly in the sky, LeVar Burton can go twice as high -- and then some.
On Wednesday, the actor and former host of "Reading Rainbow" launched a Kickstarter campaign to revive the long-running educational children's program, a beloved mainstay on...
| May 30, 2014
| 2:15 PM
A new program manager is taking the reins at Orlando accelerator program Starter Studio.
Stephen Bowles, who runs a startup himself, is stepping in as Brian Wilson moves to Iowa.
Starter Studio currently has its second, three-month class at the GAI...
| 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'...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Indiegogo, a crowdfunding startup that competes with Kickstarter and others, announced that it has raised $40 million in second-round funding, led by venture-capital firms Institutional Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.