DB x Etheria Film Night!

Still from JOB INTERVIEW, winner of the Etheria 2014 Best Film award.

Still from Julia Walter’s JOB INTERVIEW, winner of the Etheria 2014 Best Film award.

This Saturday we were pleased to award a Digital Bolex rental package to the Best Film and Audience Award winners of the 4th annual Etheria Film Night, held at the Egyptian Theater in the heart of Hollywood.

Etheria is a film festival that showcases the best short sci-fi, horror, action, fantasy, and thriller films directed by women each year, and many of these films have already played at dozens of festivals like Sundance and Palm Springs. I was honored to be a judge at the festival, and Joe and I were both floored by the quality of the films selected this year.

Women filmmakers often face smaller budgets and tougher hurdles while launching their film careers, and as a result there are very few women who get the chance to direct genre films, whose stunts, car chases, special makeup, and spooky practical effects can be difficult to execute without access to resources, so Etheria is a much-needed festival whose mission we’re proud to support. As fans of independent cinema and new filmmakers, we were very glad to do what we could to help these women get their fantastic work into the public eye. It was especially exciting that the slate featured a film by Gigi Saul Guerrero, whose short DEAD CROSSING we saw at NFFTY in 2012.

Awards for 2014 went to AFI DWW graduate Sarah Doyle, audience award winner for her film YOU, ME, & HER (trailer below), and German director Julia Walter won Best Film for her calculated thriller JOB INTERVIEW. We were excited to sponsor the event alongside Birns & Sawyer, MovieMaker Magazine, and others interested in helping underrepresented filmmakers share their stories. Proceeds from the event benefited Reel Grrls, a Seattle-based organization that teachers girls and teens how to make films.

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The Game, a Spike Lee Joint

Today marks the 25th anniversary of DO THE RIGHT THING, and so we’re extra excited to share Spike Lee’s newest project, a Pepsi-sponsored short film celebrating the World Cup, set to Kelly Rowland’s single THE GAME, which appears on the Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game soundtrack.

Spike shot the project last month in Brazil on two D16 cameras, and it was our first shoot to use an affordable, wireless monitoring system while the camera was handheld. Take a look at the short below, and then we’ll show you how it was done!

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International Shipping and New Products in the Store!

As of today, international shipping will be available for all Digital Bolex products. Since we announced the Digital Bolex in 2012, the question of international shipping has been our most frequently asked, and as we cross an important milestone in our project and prepare to ship our final Kickstarter cameras this week, we’re happy to finally be able to extend the Digital Bolex community beyond North America.

We will be shipping all international orders via FedEx, who will handle VAT through their service. If you have any questions about international orders, please feel free to reach out any time through info@digitalbolex.com.

NEW PRODUCTS

Also in our store, we are excited to announce that we’re carrying some new products!

LED Lights

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Check out F&V’s amazing K4000 and K4000S LED panel lights! Extremely portable with long-lasting battery life that can also be used on AC power, the lights are available as 3-light kits and with an Anton Bauer battery plate option. These can be found under the Lighting category!

Cold Shoe Accessories

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We’re excited to bring you F&V’s articulating arms! Sleek and durable with a stainless steel option at both lengths, these arms are perfect for mounting EVFs and other side shoe accessories.

Last but certainly not least, the custom D16 cheese plate from Wide Open Camera (final color black anodized), is the perfect accessory to mount multiple gear you your D16, with a plate made specifically for stability on the D16. All of these items can be found under the Cold Shoe accessories category!

All new products start shipping 6/1!