Sundance Institute Announces 10 Independent Films Available Today Through Artist Services ProgramJuly 18, 2012
July 18, 2012
Casey De La Rosa
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Sundance Institute Announces 10 Independent Films Available Today Through Artist Services Program
Indie Game: The Movie Expands to Additional Platforms
iTunes │ Amazon Instant Video │ Microsoft Xbox │Sony Entertainment Network │ SundanceNOW │ VUDU │ YouTube
Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced that 10 additional titles have been added to a variety of online digital platforms and storefronts through its Artist Services access to distribution program, which launched in February 2012. The films that are immediately available to rent, download and stream include Brother to Brother (starring Anthony Mackie), Children Underground (nominated for an Academy Award), Enemies of the People (current News and Documentary Emmy Award nominee) and Dirty Work (executive produced by Edward Norton). Also, Indie Game: The Movie, which debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was previously available only on iTunes, is now on additional platforms.
Look for the films on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube. Films will be available on Hulu, Netflix and SnagFilms in the coming weeks. Special bonus video content from the Institute’s archives is available for select titles. For details visit sundance.org/nowplaying.
These films are among the first to take advantage of the Institute’s Artist Services program, which provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work.
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “The films available today represent a sampling of the broad spectrum of independent films we have supported at the Sundance Film Festival or through our Labs. For audiences, these offer a window into the legacy of independent film, spanning nearly 20 years and leading up to exciting, more recent work by these unique storytellers.”
New Video, a Cinedigm company, is the exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals participating in the Artist Services program. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. These deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers, which has built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers since its inception.
Blessing (Director and screenwriter: Paul Zeher) — Randi’s life on her family's farm is brightened by an oversized satellite dish, rock 'n' rail and her passion to go to the ocean. Standing in the way are her jealous mother, her overworked father and her quirky and lovable 10 year-old brother. Randi is caught between her own desires and her family's expectations. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (1994 Sundance Film Festival)
Brother to Brother (Director and screenwriter: Rodney Evans) — A drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance from the perspective of an elderly, black writer who meets a gay teenager in a New York homeless shelter. Starring Anthony Mackie. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2004 Sundance Film Festival)
Children Underground (Director: Edet Belzberg) — Venture below the streets of Bucharest, Romania, to meet a "family" of orphaned, abandoned or runaway children living in a subway station. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU, YouTube. (1997 Sundance Documentary Film Grant, 2001 Sundance Film Festival)
Climate Refugees (Director: Michael Nash) — An over-consuming, crowded world, with depleting resources and a changing climate, is giving birth to 25 million climate refugees resulting in a mass global migration and border conflicts. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2010 Sundance Film Festival)
Dirty Work (Directors: David Sampliner and Tim Nackashi) — Dirty Work introduces us to three professionals with the dirtiest jobs you'd never want to do: a "reproductive physiologist" who collects bull semen for agricultural uses, a lifelong septic-tank pumper, and a "restorative artist" who prepares corpses for funerals. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2004 Sundance Film Festival)
The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan (Director: Henry Corra) — U.S. Army Private McKinley Nolan vanished 40 years ago in Vietnam. Theories about what happened to him abound and vary wildly. One family journeys into the heart of darkness to find the truth. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2009 Sundance Documentary Film Grant)
Enemies of the People (Directors: Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, Screenwriter: Rob Lemkin) — A young journalist whose family was killed by the Khmer Rouge befriends the perpetrators of the Killing Fields genocide, evoking shocking revelations. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2009 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grant, 2010 Sundance Film Festival)
Indie Game: The Movie (Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky) — Follow the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world. Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)
Miss Wonton (Director and screenwriter: Meng Ong) — An Na comes to New York from a small village in China and is quickly bedded by a slimy suburbanite in whose tract home she settles with her mother. When the man returns home with his wife, An Na must decide her fate in her adopted country. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, SundanceNOW, VUDU, YouTube. (2001 Sundance Film Festival)
The Woods (Director and screenwriter: Matthew Lessner) — A satirical nod to ethnographic film fashions a critique on media technology dependence, when eight young Americans move deep into to the woods to start their own utopia. iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox, SundanceNOW, Sony Entertainment Network, VUDU, YouTube. (2011 Sundance Film Festival)
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