Scandinature goes digital
Sweden’s Scandinature has reportedly launched that country’s first web TV project. Working with the national telecom company, Telia, the project ‘Naturen pŒ NŠtet’ (‘Nature on the Net’ – www.naturen.net) will feature films, travel information, and educational material. The two companies are also planning the launch of a line of DVD titles which will be culled from the producer’s catalogue and enhanced for the interactive format. The two companies are on the hunt for international distributors.
School shooting film released
The Associated Press has announced that Jefferson County is offering a three-hour tape filmed at Columbine High School, the site of last year’s shooting rampage which saw 15 students killed and more injured. The US$25 tapes mostly contain external footage of the school, but some scenes also exhibit bullet-ridden classrooms and show the bodies of two slain students. Jefferson County attorney Frank Hutfless defended the release, explaining that the tape was distributed to victim’s families under a court order and offered to the public ‘to avoid additional lawsuits by the public or news media.’
The footage is also accompanied by music, which includes Sarah McLachlan’s I Will Remember You and If It Were Up To Me by Cheryl Wheeler. Arista Records, Amachrist Music, as well as Penrod and Higgins Music, the companies who own the copyrights for the music, say the use violates copyright laws, and have demanded authorities either stop distributing the tape or remove the music.
The video was assembled by a local firefighter for use in law enforcement seminars. It has been screened at 82 such seminars in the U.S. and Canada to date.
Canadian doc makers get Calling Card
TVOntario and the Ontario Film Development Corporation have launched a Documentary Calling Card program, an initiative meant to create new skills development opportunities for emerging doc-makers. Up to four teams of Ontario producers and directors will receive support to create a half-hour ‘calling card’ documentary in order to prove their readiness to make commercial-length, market-supported projects. These projects will be aired on TVO’s The View From Here. For information see www.ofdc.ca.