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HFI Combats Youth Violence Through Film!

The PSA Online Film Festival is now live! Watch and vote for your favorites until July 21st! Haydenfilms Institute is proud to present their innovative youth development program, known as the Youth Media Initiative (YMI).  In 2012, HFI partnered with the Reading Youth Violence Prevention (RYVP) Project in an effort to reduce youth violence and promote positive community change. The multi-faceted…

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The Great Gatsby: Completely Overdone and Devoid of Substance

Automatically attractive due to fantastical visuals, a literary classic, and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby was sized up to be a huge hit. Unfortunately, the film turned out to be a visual spectacle, devoid of substantial meaning. Combining a legendary cast, with one of the most popular literary classics was enough to enthrall the public, but not enough to hold audience’s attention. Hollywood…

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Google Takes Steps to Legitimize YouTube

Last week Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, declared that the Internet has already replaced television. Online streaming has become exponentially popular in the past few years, which is why Google plans to take the online video distribution platform by storm. According to The Financial Times, YouTube is rumored to release a subscription-based service as early as this week. Fifty channels…

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Top Five Films to Watch Before the End of the World

When an economic depression swept across America in 2008, the entertainment industry reacted to it as severely as the stock market did. Strong motifs of superheroes, alternative universes, and apathy began to saturate films and theaters across the country. Recently though, as America begins to clamber back to its feet, the apathy is beginning to fade and the superheroes are becoming subject to intense…

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Will the “Veronica Mars” Effect Take Over Hollywood?

Some people are calling it the “Veronica Mars” effect. The wildly successful Kickstarter project for a Veronica Mars movie (which met its $2 million goal in less that 11 hours, eventually raising nearly $6 million by the end of the donation period) sent a reverberating shock amongst the film industry, whose traditional method of funding films comes almost exclusively from studio deals. And now, other…

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The Tribeca Film Festival: The Future of Film and Criticism

“I don’t know if we’re living in the age of the critic. It’s more the age of criticism,” film critic A.O. Scott argued at the Future of Film Live Series:  The Death of Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. Everyone seems to think they’re a critic on social media. As soon as a movie is released everyone is posting about it as if their opinion is the most relevant in the industry. Although misinformed critics…

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