Digital cinema arrives. Kind of...
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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
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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