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Tech News: Sony Z90 Brings a9 Autofocus To Video

nofilmschool   Thursday September 28, 2017

Integrated-lens video cameras don't get a lot of love when compared to their integrated-lens brethren, but they offer a lot of value for money and sometimes are the right tool for the job, notes NoFilmSchool, which calls Sony’s new PXW-Z90  “a very attractive package for filmmakers who want an all in one tool for under $3,000.” The new video cam makes use of the phase-detection autofocus of Sony’s a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Other features include 3840x2160 recording, HD up to 120fps, a super slow motion mode, a 12x zoom, and built-in wifi streaming.    Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Examining Domestic Violence Native American Communities

By David Schonauer   Wednesday September 27, 2017

The statistics are shocking: One in two Native American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in three will be raped. U.S. Government policies, judicial loopholes and prejudice stereotypes are directly responsible for the epidemic in American Indian communities today, says photographer and filmmaker Marlon Krieger, who has spent five years putting faces to those numbers in his short documentary "Hearts ...   Read the full Story >>

Agenda: Submit Your Political Doc to the "Meet the Press" Film Festival

Variety   Thursday September 21, 2017

NBC’s venerable Sunday-morning public affairs show Meet the Press  isn’t just about interviewing politicians anymore: The program is joining forces with the American Film Institute for a film festival to be held in November in Washington D.C., and submissions for what is expected to be a slate of seven short-length documentary films are now being accepted, reports Variety. The festival will feature contemporary documentaries of 40 minutes in length or less focusing on “untold stories of American politics.” Selected films will be eligible for up to $5,000 in finishing support from NBC News for post-production costs.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: What Lies Under the Ice in Longyearbyen?

Vimeo   Thursday September 21, 2017

Part travelog and part science documentary, the nine-minute film Nobody Dies in Longyearbyen may leave you with the polar bug — that is, the urge to get yourself at once to arctic climes, such as those in Longyearbyen, a town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway's Svalbard archipelago. But the appealing video, from Mel Films, may also leave you worried about “something deadly, long buried in the permafrost.”   Read the full Story >>

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