'Film on Facebook' project set to debut first movie

It's not that Aaron Sorkin film. One Track Mind, a surfing flick created by Woodshed Films, will be available for viewing on the social network Thursday and Friday.

No, this isn't that Aaron Sorkin thing .

Film on Facebook, a project that the social network first announced in conjunction with this spring's South by Southwest Festival, will be debuting its first film on Thursday.

The movie, called One Track Mind, is a surf-theme movie created by Woodshed Films, the production company behind a number of outdoors-focused productions, including several created by crunchy singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. It'll be available on Facebook Thursday and Friday, and a live-chat session with director Chris Malloy will take place on Thursday evening.

The film and video chat session will be broadcast using live-streaming platform Kyte. The whole project has been sponsored by apparel companies Patagonia and Etnies.

At SXSW, when it announced Film on Facebook as well as Music on Facebook, the company marketed its "Fan Pages" product toward the thousands of independent musicians and filmmakers who flood Austin, Texas, each year for the cultural festival.

Facebook, the company argued, is a great promotional platform; the One Track Mind premiere is consequently a demonstration of how an indie production company can spread buzz and gain fans through the social network.

Right now, the music and film communities are still more closely tied to Facebook's News Corp.-owned rival, MySpace, which recently launched its own music service and has a "MySpaceTV" site that shows original programming in addition to user-created videos.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.


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