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The Last Broadcast at Darklight
06 May 1999 :
The Last Broadcast will make an all digital stop at the Darklight Digital Film Festival on May 28 & 29 as part of an international electronic cinema tour.

Standing at the vanguard of a new revolution in digital filmmaking and distribution, Wavelength Releasing (WLR) today announces the first all-digital international release of a feature film and high definition short. The Last Broadcast, the first digital feature film in history released to theatres without celluloid and by satellite, will be released in tandem with a high-definition short: Protest; by S.D. Katz and Pitch Inc. at The Director's Guild of America (DGA) in New York, on May, 15, 1999. International stops to follow will include: the Cannes Film Festival, London, Dublin Darklight Film Festival and Stockholm.

"At this state-of-the-art event, movie goers will be able to enjoy the movies as they would a traditional film; in the theatre," says Esther Robinson co-founder WLR, "but for the technology aficionados, there will also be a technology showcase that demonstrates how the electronic cinema release works including demos of new projection and e-cinema storage and playback systems, this adds an unprecedented level of information and access to your average viewer."

In addition to screening the films, the New York event will offer a special hi-definition (HD) demonstration and a panel discussion on the future of HD and e-cinema. These demonstrations and NYC screenings at the Directors Guild of America are presented in conjunction with the American Museum of the Moving Image and the Independent Film Channel.

Last October, Wavelength Releasing demonstrated their electronic cinema delivery mechanism with the national theatrical satellite release of their film, The Last Broadcast. Igniting a new digital movement in cinema, The Last Broadcast was made for a precedent setting $900 US and was hailed as "the first desktop feature". "The model of our satellite technology combined with Wavelength's digital filmmaking will give voice to independent filmmakers by lowering film production costs, and could revolutionize full-length motion picture distribution by saving millions of dollars in physical distribution costs per movie," said Ron Maehl, president of CyberStar. "It could also enable simultaneous global film release with extraordinary efficiency."

"What we've done with The Last Broadcast from start to finish has been ground breaking and now the industry is taking note," says Lance Weiler, Co-Founder WLR. "Digital filmmaking and e-cinema are becoming a reality. A great example is George Lucas' announcement to roll out Star Wars Episode I on four screens electronically. He plans to shoot the next Star Wars instalment digitally. It becomes more apparent everyday that what we've been pioneering over the last two years has changed the face of the industry."

The Last Broadcast will be distributed in New York and subsequent markets, stored on an advanced "QuBit" hi-def storage system and decoding device made by QuVIS Inc. The Director's Guild of America (DGA) Theater in NYC will be outfitted with state-of-the-art digital projection systems known as Power Displays provided by Digital Projection Inc. of Kennesaw, GA in NYC. Parent company, Digital Projection Ltd. of Manchester, UK will outfit the International shows. The projection enabling DLP chip technology is provided by Texas Instruments. Additional support for the tour is provided by The Independent Film Channel (IFC), IndieWire, and Millimeter Magazine.

WAVELENGTH RELEASING was formed by digital film pioneers Stefan Avalos and Lance Weiler (co-directors of The Last Broadcast),producer Esther Robinson (the Fuel Tour, Home Page, Alive TV,) and entrepreneur David Beard (OMAS) specifically to address new forms of production, distribution and exhibition. With the first ever theatrical release of a digital feature film via satellite and the first video-on-demand releases in the United States and Singapore, Wavelength Releasing is propelling entertainment into the 21st century.

Visit The Last Broadcast at: http:// www.tebweb.com/lastbroadcast/.

Contact:
Paula Page 650.631.4533 or paula@lookyoung.com
Lance Weiler 215.598.8496 or lenzz@voicenet.com

 

The Darklight film festival is to be held in Dublin's Temple Bar in May 27 to 30th 1999.

The organisers are looking for entries for the festival exhibition in Arthouse. The deadline is quite tight - May 10th so they need to see a preview of work as soon as possible. You can send a lo-res version as a jpeg zipped attachment to info@darklight-filmfestival.comalong with the downloadable entry form from the site www. darklight-filmfestival.com Xerox have kindly agreed to sponsor us so we can print from disc any of the chosen entries. More details below……

Art Exhibition

The Digital Art Exhibition runs in Arthouse from the 27th of May to the 29th. The exhibition opens on the 27th @ 7pm with the launch of the festival. The show itself will be held on the ground floor of Arthouse and will consist of interactive visual pieces, 2D stills and digital installations.

The theme for the exhibition will be created by the work submitted.

Call for Entries
The organisers are asking artists to submit digital artworks- CD-ROMs/ websites, installations or 2D pieces that have been through a digital process.

Submission Image Requirements
You can send previews of the images to be submitted as 72dpi Jpeg e-mail attachments to info@darklight-filmfestival.com

Final Image Requirements:
2D Work- A high-res version will be required-details on entry form Websites must be submitted on CD or mac/pc zip disc. CD-ROM can be either Mac or PC based. Installation proposals to include images and brief.

Closing date for entries is May 10th

Darklight Festival Office
19 Clare St
Dublin 2
Ph: +353 1 6629035
Fax: +353 1 6626980
Email: info@darklight-filmfestival.com
www.darklight-filmfestival.com





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