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  • Science Geeks Rejoice: Here Comes A Netflix Just For You

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    curiosity stream

    In a move that signals just how much media has changed, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks has announced plans to launch CuriosityStream, a video on demand service that will focus on providing factual content.

    30 years ago Hendricks launched the cable network. And in just a few months he will be launching the internet-based video service that will be comprised mostly of short-form content that is 8 minutes in length or less.

    CuriosityStream will also conduct 20 monthly interviews with well-known experts such as Deepak Chopra and Sheryl WuDunn.

    Not all content will be original, however. Curiosity Project, LLC – the company behind CuriosityStream – has secured licensing rights for international content from sources such as ZED (France), NHK (Japan), and BBC Worldwide.

    Subscribers will also be able to choose from several different price points based on the streaming resolution. Standard resolution starts at just $2.99 per month, 720 HD is available for $3.99 per month, 1080 HD resolution will be $5.99 per month, and 4K Ultra HD resolution will set you back $9.99 monthly.

    The service will be available through any internet-enabled computer or mobile device, along with common streaming devices such as AppleTV, Roku, and Google’s Chromecast.

    It seems that Hendricks, who retired from Discovery Channel’s board last year, hasn’t played all the cards in his hand quite yet, as he is looking to further disrupt media in the factual content niche.

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    January 15, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3064

  • The Girl Next Door

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    Andrea Picco

    Andrea Picco

    With 5 years of college education and some work in television and media, Andrea Picco was looking for a school that focused on the hands-on experience and not just theory. “I first enrolled in the 4 week digital filmmaking class just to see how I would like the school and if it really was what I was looking for,” said Andrea. “The very first day we were already out shooting! Those 4 weeks were the longest of my life. I wrote, directed, casted and shot 2 short films and a short documentary. In the process, I learned everything about digital cameras, film vocabulary, menu setting, lenses, proper lighting, F-stops, etc.”

    After finishing the documentary, Andrea decided to enroll in the one year documentary class. “Looking back, I know it was the right decision. New York Film Academy is a place where you can become a filmmaker within a year – if you take it seriously and work hard. It is no nonsense. The equipment they provide is great and updated. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The Head of the Documentary Department, Andrea Swift, is absolutely amazing, passionate and inspiring. We had producers, filmmakers, production companies and even Discovery Channel executives come to our classes. Our thesis editing supervisor was Bob Eisenhardt.”

    While enrolled in the One Year Documentary Class, Andrea Picco knew she wanted to produce her thesis film on a story related to human trafficking. After filming a promo video for a non-profit in 2008, she met a woman who was a survivor of human trafficking. Andrea shortly became friends with the woman and was soon on her way to Ohio to film what would become her thesis film.

    The Girl Next Door is a story of redemption and empowerment.”When you first hear about ‘Human Trafficking’ you usually think it only happens overseas in 3rd world countries, but we don’t usually think about American kids and teens.” The film tells the story of how Theresa survived two years of sex trafficking in the suburbs of Detroit and how she overcame her past to became an abolitionist.

    Andrea’s film has been to four film festivals and has won two awards. She plans to turn her short film into a full feature. Andrea is also planning to start filming a documentary about the human trafficking business in Corona, Queens. As Andrea says, “Great stories are easy to find when you keep your heart and eyes open.”

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    February 26, 2013 • #WomenOfNYFA, Documentary Filmmaking, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 5131