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“Conviction” director Tony Goldwyn on streaming awards screeners

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It was a big story in last weekend’s L.A. Times. Fox Searchlight struck a deal to stream three of its awards contenders – “Conviction,” “127 Hours” and “Black Swan” — to iTunes so certain guild members could download and watch screeners on portable devices like an iPhone or an iPad.

It sounds groundbreaking, a potential money-saving system for studios who must spend to burn awards screeners for awards voters who might prefer to watch movies on the go.

Piracy will be one issue that determines if this is an experiment or a first step into the way things are going to be. If these streams are somehow hacked and reposted to file-sharing forums, the studios will lock up their product once again and re-evaluate.

But one person with direct ties to one of the films being made available spoke out to EW and threw his support behind the decision.

“Last week I got the call that they were making this deal, I was very excited, because the film will have the opportunity to reach so many more people than it possibly could in the movie theater, or even by sending out screeners,” said Tony Goldwyn, director of “Conviction.”

But what watching his film on a much smaller screen?

“How I feel about it is, we’re the storytellers and that’s my job. How people want to consume that story is up to the consumer. Obviously, I’d rather someone see my film on the big screen, but more than that I’d rather they see my film, period. I don’t personally like watching movies on my iPhone, but if someone else does, more power to them. And to be resistant of it, to me, is to be stuck in the past.”

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