Will Girl Walks Into a Bar Lead Indie Films to the Web?

Writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez’s newest film has a very clear distribution strategy: Available for free on YouTube, with commercial interruptions by sponsor Lexus. Is the Carla Gugino-starring Girl Walks Into a Bar just an experiment in web distribution — or the potential future of independent film?

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Tesla’s Family Affair – The Bluestar: Speaking at the EmTech 2008 conference, JB Straubel, Tesla’s CTO, said the company may partner with an OEM to scale up production of its affordable family vehicle, codenamed “Bluestar” – CNet.

Western Climate Initiative Proposed Cap-and-Trade Plan: The WCI has announced its proposed design for a regional market-based cap-and-trade program which will aim to reduce greenhouse gases by 15 percent below 2005 levels come 2020 – ClimateIntel.

Dell To Green Laptops With LEDs: In its quest for carbon neutrality, Dell said today it will be cleaning up its entire laptop line by using LED backlights come 2010 with desktop displays following soon thereafter – Press Release.

Lexus Gets Ad Banned Over Climate Claim: The historically strict British Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad for a Lexus SUV which claimed the hybrid was “perfect for today’s climate.” Financial and climate crises aren’t funny over their either, we guess – Guardian.

Google Wants to Fund Your Ideas to Change the World: To celebrate its tenth birthday, Google wants to fund good ideas to help change the world and “energy” and the “environment” are both categories. Submissions will be voted on online and up to $10 million will be doled out – Project 10^100.

Vid-Biz: MRC, Kudrow, WooMe

Media Rights Capital Secures $350 Million; film, TV and digital production company gets money in the form of a three-year revolving credit facility with a network of banks led by JP Morgan Chase and Comerica. (Variety)

Lisa Kudrow Stars in Lexus Web Series; former Friends star plays a “nutty shrink” in Web Therapy, part of a slate of original programming at Lexus’ LStudio.com. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Watch People Hit On Each Other; WooMe launches WooMe TV where you can see two people awkwardly talk to each other as they look for love (or something more immediate). (WooMe)

Associated Press Shifts Video to thePlatform; wire service’s Online Video Network departs from Microsoft on the technology front, but will keep the Redmond giant for ad sales. (paidContent)

Bre Pettis’ Pilot Airs This Week; online how-to guy’s History Hacker debuts on Sept. 26. (NextNewNetworks Blog)

MixTube Uses YouTube for Music Playlists; service strips out the audio portion of music videos for users to listen to. (Silicon Alley Insider)

Oregon Woman Uses Ustream for Sign Security; tired of having her political signs stolen from her yard, woman uses the live-streaming service to monitor them (at one point, she was the 6th most-watched stream on Ustream). (Oregonlive.com)