Lounging online

Beginning in November, Film Lounge, a U.K.-based Web site aimed at men, will provide a global digital distribution outlet for indie films. The Film Lounge site will offer producers and directors a tailored distribution campaign and an opportunity to earn revenue "from distribution that they might otherwise not see," co-founder Terry Stone said. In the first three months of the launch, all films will be available to stream or download for a flat fee of £1.99 ($3.90) each.

Goldwyn judges

Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore, Fox Atomic president Debbie Liebling and Marlee Matlin will serve as judges for the 2008 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. The prizes, created in 1955 to encourage young writers, will be awarded Nov. 3 at UCLA.

'Mulberry' grows

British filmmakers Bruce Burgess and Rene Barnett, through their Bluebook Films banner, and New York actor John "Cha Cha" Ciarcia plan to begin shooting the documentary "Tales of Mulberry Street" in New York's Little Italy in September. The film will draw upon Ciarcia's memories of growing up on Mulberry and include interviews with friends.

HITCH donation

The Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Foundation has donated $500,000 to the USC School of Cinematic Arts to help fund construction of the school's new educational and production complex. Currently under construction, the central parts of the complex are slated to be completed in December.