Frank Ocean is, without dispute, one of the most fearless artists of our age.

Certainly there are no shortage of other artists pushing the boundaries of creativity to the breaking point. Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in a penal colony for performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral, and despite his staggering international renown, we still don’t know the true identity of Banksy.

Those are just two off-the-cuff examples among thousands of artists defying commercial, artistic and political limitations to a depth that even the almighty Ocean has yet to swim, but Ocean also sits in an extremely rare position.

Both the outsider and the GRAMMY-award winner, the recluse and the platinum seller, Ocean shoulders the unique burden of attempting to break convention while millions scream-tweet their demands for his art, and the weight of expectation and pressure had to feel suffocating at times. Perhaps all the time.

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Last December, we asked independent artists to weigh in on the present and future of creative sustainability. Not surprising, creators identified direct-to-fan distribution as most significant digitally-driven change. 59% of artists said getting their work discovered is the biggest challenge they face in their own career, followed by fan outreach. Digital distribution lives and dies by discovery, which often leaves fresh stories untold.

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First, they were assigned someone else’s dream. Second, they were asked to ‘capture the spirit of the dream’ they received. Third, they created a one-of-a-kind anthology film known as collective:unconscious … co-directed/interpreted by filmmakers Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein. This rapid eye movement cinema premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year.

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History will be made tonight when Hillary Clinton formally becomes the first female presidential candidate for a major US political party. And nothing will be sacred as the BitTorrent News crew critiques, comments, and cracks-wise on the proceedings. Visit btlive.tv to download BitTorrent live for Mac, Apple TV, or Fire TV and tune-in to BitTorrent News…

At BitTorrent, our goal is to build people-powered platforms for filmmakers, musicians, and more to share their stories. We’re committed to amplifying awesome, original, and outside voices. That’s why we’re stoked to announce that BitTorrent will be working with unique individuals who express themselves not necessarily on set or in the studio, but on the…