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  • We are all – or nearly all – slaves to technology. Think about how many times you consult Google every day. Consider the role that social media like Facebook and Twitter play in your lives. And when you buy a book, or countless other items, it’s increasingly likely that you purchased it from Amazon
  • Something invigorating and full-bodied is brewing in Indonesia, and it’s not a cup of mocha java. It’s a cinematic resurgence, the biggest since the early 2000s, when Rudy Soedjarwo’s 2002 teen romance “Apa ada dengan cinta?” (What’s With Love?) rocked the Southeast Asia market while in the same year Riri Riza’s “Eliana Eliana” stunned the festival circuit with femme-centric social realism.
  • Memento Films International (MFI) is launching sales on Palme d’Or-winning Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s upcoming film The Wild Pear Tree, which is in post-production and will be ready for Cannes 2018.
  • BALI, Indonesia -- Asian TV has long been known for its rice porridge programming. Public broadcasters reigned over the region, but their shows rarely wavered from the monotonous.
  • Google touts its efforts against piracy on its various platforms, yet, when push comes to shove, the talk is generally more bark than bite. Much has been made about pledges to down rank or flag repeat offender pirate sites via its search engine, but little mention of another Google product where pirates find safe haven, Google Drive.
  • Steve Jobs said: "From the earliest days at Apple, I realised that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started."
  • It is an honor to be invited to participate on industry panels, but the MPA-BJIFF Workshop: Feature Film Pitching Competition and Coaching, is particularly special for me.   Not only do I have the opportunity to speak to young filmmakers about my experiences as well as work with, and foster the growth
  • On April 20, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and its Academy, and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific officially renewed their successful partnership at an event held during the MPA-BFM Film Workshop at the 7th Beijing International Film Festival, announcing the eighth round of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund open for submissions.
  • https://hughstephensblog.net/2017/04/18/disabling-access-to-large-scale-pirate-sites-site-blocking-it-works/

    As I wrote back in August, recent studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Information Technology and Information Foundation (ITIF) have demonstrated convincingly that blocking offshore pirate websites works in terms of changing consumer behaviour (i.e. directing consumers away from infringing content to sources of legitimate content) while
  • As a member of the selection committee to decide the four recipients of the first MPA APSA Academy Film Fund in 2010, I was, like many others, inspired by the words of Asghar Farhadi, following his acceptance of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Farhadi’s film A

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