Appealing to the Crowds

New Zealand-born screenwriter Mark Staufer has hit his $75k target on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for a project called The Numinous Place, which will be released as an ebook and app for iPhone, iPad, Android and e-reader devices, as well as computers, Guardian apps blogger Stuart Dredge writes. “With a few hours still to go, the project reached its funding goal through just 158 backers, although they included actor Russell Crowe, who pledged $25k. The Numinous Place taps into several well-hyped digital media trends: book-apps on one side, and the growing interest in ‘transmedia’ storytelling within the TV and film industries. Now that it has been successfully funded, the project’s first instalment is due to launch in December 2012.” Staufer and Crowe are also working together on a biopic of American comedian Bill Hicks.


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Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Barbara Rae-Venter’s Revolutionary Cold Case Crime Breakthrough

Auckland-born genetic genealogist Barbara Rae-Venter has become the go-to expert for law enforcement agencies hoping to crack the cases that defy traditional investigative methods, according to a profile in the San…