The Hotlist: February 2013
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

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Star-ving is a Web series on Sony's Crackle online network. Actors David Faustino (Married with Children) and Corin Nemec (Parker Lewis Can't Lose) created the series with Todd Bringewatt. The series is loosely based on Faustino's life post-Married with Children. So far 12 episodes are available. Guest stars include former MWC cast-mates Ed O'Neill, Katey Sagal, and Christina Applegate.

Andrew Zimmern is the host of The Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. He also hosts Appetite for Life, a branded Web series sponsored by Toyota on MSN. In the series, Zimmern travels across America in a Toyota, stopping at unique restaurants along the way.


On his Web site, film director David Lynch presents The Interview Project. It's a series of mini-documentaries where Lynch's son Austin and partner Jason S. embark on a cross-country road trip, interviewing random Americans.


Jake Fried
Jake Fried is a Boston-based artist/animator. His Web site showcases his award-winning "hand-drawn experimental animation." His individual pieces, such as "The Deep End," are visually unique in their seemingly endless multiple layering. The animation itself uses ink, whiteout, and sometimes coffee. is the online portfolio for Belgian multimedia artist Ben Heine. His work is startlingly original, particularly his series Pencil vs. Camera.

The Silent History
The Silent History by English author/multimedia artist, Russell Quinn, describes itself as a "new kind of novel." Quinn tells his tale using traditional text and tablet computer-focused multimedia. Wired had described his work as "part book, part multiplayer game, part Google Map, and entirely revolutionary."

Snow Fall - The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek
A New York Times Project, Snow Fall is an experimental multimedia novel by John Branch. Snow Fall tells the tale of skiers and snowboarded trapped under a monster avalanche. It smoothly and beautifully integrates text, photos, video, and graphics. The New York Times Projects series shows that they have been among the few mainstream newspapers to really understand internet content and multimedia in general.


The Mary Sue
The Mary Sue describes itself as "A Guide to Girl Geek Culture." They're "a place for two things: highlighting women in the geek world and providing a prominent place for the voices of geek women." Topics include games, pop culture, and the technology business. The Mary Sue is a part of the Abrams Media Network.

Launched in 2001 by Michael and Yuko Brown, Ventilate is a zine that serves to promote "talented designers and artists from around the world." Content includes cutting edge Web videos as well as "digital, traditional, commercial, and personal projects."

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Tamara Krinsky or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.