Amanda Lin Costa

Amanda Lin Costa is a writer and producer in the film and television industry. She writes a series called "Truth in Documentary Filmmaking" and is currently producing the documentary, "The Art of Memories".

by Amanda Lin Costa

It’s always interesting to check out a new Campfire project. They’re the creative marketing agency behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones” food trucks (Tom Colicchio serving up squab, anyone?) and Cinemax’s Hunted (are you “the 1 percent that matters?”). Their latest project, “Deja View,” lives only on the Infiniti website and is an interactive film created to promote the [...] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

It might have given the average film festival attendee pause when they read the program for the New York Film Festival’s 2013 Convergence Program late last month and saw a panel titled, “Visit Los Santos and Blaine County: The World of Grand Theft Auto V.” But descriptive movie terms like “character” and “sequel” aren’t out [...] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Every year IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) holds a week-long conference with filmmakers around the world flocking to New York City to attend panels, network and pitch. This year, Independent Film Week took a turn into the future of filmmaking and presented a case study of a web native interactive project for the first time. The [...] more »

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This year the Tribeca Film Festival took digital storytelling directly to the people with an entirely new juried interactive exhibition programmed by the Tribeca Film Institute’s director of Digital Initiatives, Ingrid Kopp. Nestled in a gallery-like space on Varick Street, “Storyscapes” featured five cross-platform/transmedia projects that were both free and open to the public via [...] more »

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New Media. Old Media. Film. Digital. Mobile. Lines have been blurring and mediums converging for the last few years. This summer in New York City, the Mayor’s Office is making sure these convergences happen in a physical space. The area called “Silicon Alley” in DUMBO, Brooklyn, will soon become the home to the “Made In [...] more »

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I sat down at DOC NYC last week to speak with one of the most influential men in documentary film, Thom Powers, about the role social media and digital are playing in film festivals. Powers is not only the artistic director of DOC NYC, but is a programmer at the Toronto Film Festival, Miami Film [...] more »

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For its 50th anniversary, the New York Film Festival, which wrapped up this weekend, went transmedia. Matt Bolish of the Film Society of Lincoln Center said the transmedia focus — to which the entire opening weekend late last month was devoted in the NYFF Convergence program — came to fruition because of a desire to [...] more »

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While documentary films have come a long way since 2004 when Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 became the highest-grossing documentary of all time, paving the way for feature documentaries to carry box-office clout, they still have limited theatrical release and struggle to find homes on network television. Video on demand and streaming have increased documentaries’ exposure [...] more »

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The idea of crowdfunding journalistic projects isn’t new, but it’s been in the spotlight recently. Take, for example, the media itself zeroing in on a successful Kickstarter project by Bobbie Johnson, a former Guardian technology correspondent, and U.S.-based journalist Jim Giles, whose work has appeared in The Economist, The Atlantic and New Scientist. Johnson and [...] more »

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Last week in New York City, plaid-shirted twenty-somethings descended upon the IAC headquarters in Chelsea to partake in workshops, conversations, screenings and a free Biergarten at the Vimeo Festival While Vimeo might be a household name to most filmmakers, it certainly hasn’t reached the broad recognition that YouTube has. But with live events like this [...] more »