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Before you continue, there is more to this story than meets the eye. First though, XYZ Films and Ground Control Entertainment are partnering with SingularDTV to finance and produce New Frontiers, a sci-fi anthology consisting of five shorts films, which together will form one feature-length film. Futurism Studios will also serve as an executive producer on the project.

The anthology is created and to be directed by Ruairi Robinson (Last Days on Mars), Stephan Zlotescu, Zac&Mac and Tyson Johnston. Together with producer Scott Glassgold the team developed the world of New Frontiers with screenwriter Philip Gelatt.

Production will start in the first quarter of 2018.

Here's where it gets interesting:

With a budget of $5 million, New Frontiers is the first film production ever to be financed and distributed using blockchain technology and the Ether cryptocurrency, powered by SingularDTV's proprietary apps.

Huh? Here's more:

Blockchain technology gives creators unprecedented control over the exploitation of their work. It continuously syncs information on independent volunteer computers all over the world, which means the information is decentralized: not stored on any one server, meaning there is no potential for one individual or company to make adjustments to valuable data, such as revenue streams. The blockchain ensures total transparency, and the technology is already being used by leading companies and institutions such as banks and the United Nations.

With traditional ways of financing and distribution having lost their effectiveness, SingularDTV is a game-changer in the entertainment industry by producing NEW FRONTIERS with this sustainable, economic model.

SingularDTV empowers creators with powerful tools to produce and distribute their content directly to audiences, creating a mutually beneficial value exchange without any gatekeepers. Its Ethervision distribution platform streaming channel built using blockchain technology will be offering films, music and other content later in 2018.

NEW FRONTIERS directors:
Ruairi Robinson is an Irish filmmaker whose debut feature films THE LAST DAYS ON MARS, starring Liev Schreiber and Olivia Williams, was featured in Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. Last year, his proof of concept for THE LEVIATHAN (pictured above) sold to 20th Century Fox, with Neill Blomkamp producing alongside Simon Kinberg.

Stephan Zlotescu ’s groundbreaking short film, “True Skin,” was recently set up at Amazon with Nicole Perlman (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) set to write and Zlotescu to direct the full series. Stephan and his company PunkCity are in production on a slate of 5 sci fi series for Black Pills of which he is directing two.

Zac&Mac is the Spanish directing team of Macgregor and Bruno Zacari?as. Their short films include 18 SECONDS, UYUNI, SIMILO and LOS ANGELES 1991 have placed high in a number of international competitions, earning over seventy awards. Their short film, LAW ZERO, was in development with Warner Bros.

Tyson Johnston is an Australian-born film director and screenwriter and his short film LUNAR recently sold as a TV series to Blumhouse Productions and Matador Content.

NEW FRONTIERS screenwriter:
Philip Gelatt’s produced film works include EUROPA REPORT and THE BLEEDING HOUSE. As of 2017 he has two upcoming feature films: the Laird Barron adaptation THEY REMAIN and the rotoscope-animated surreal fantasy epic THE SPINE OF NIGHT.

Kyle Franke’s recent work includes the films MERCY, HOLIDAYS, ARQ, and I KILL GIANTS. Kyle has served as Head of Development for XYZ films and as a development executive at Davis Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.

Recommended Release: Eurpoa Report

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RayGun (2 years ago) Reply

A lot of technobabble without really saying anything. Sounds like SingularDTV is trying to be a new gatekeeper. Which probably the only way you can use the blockchain to control funding. Maybe a better way for creators to get micro payments for their content. Each piece of content tagged to the blockchain? Can already do that with crypto hashes but needs to be in a walled garden for true control.

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