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Digital cinema arrives. Kind of...
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-02-07
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Music Industry News - as it happens
Source: Mi2N - February 4, 2002

ContentFilm, Magnolia Pictures and Microsoft have announced the commercial release of Wendigo, the first full-length indie film in theaters using Microsoft Windows Media. It's also in traditional 35mm format. The movie - a scary (could it be anything else?) - was directed by Larry Fessenden and stars Erik Per Sullivan of TV's 'Malcolm in the Middle' and won the Best Film award at the 2001 Woodstock Film Festival.

ContentFilm and Magnolia are distributing the movie, using a preview of the upcoming version of Windows Media Audio and Video technology Corona to, "reduce costs associated with traditional film-based distribution while retaining the picture and sound quality that film demands," say the companies. The first screenings of "WENDIGO" using Windows Media will begin in Seattle March 1 and in Dallas March 15. It's being released in 35mm in New York and Los Angeles.

"The technologies in Windows Media 'Corona' will help extend the reach of independent filmmakers by allowing them to avoid many of the costs associated with traditional 16mm to 35mm blowups and video-to-film recording," says Dave Fester, Microsoft's Digital Media Division general manager.

So what's a Wendigo? "Once they ran free along with the Native Americans, but when the Europeans came not only did they drive out the Native American's but the Wendigo as well. They now are located in the tundra regions of Canada desperately trying to win back what was once theirs," says Dr Wolf (aka Chris) on World of Darkness.

(I think I've met a few Wendigo's on Bloor West in Toronto ; )

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