DETROPIA, I AM NOT A HIPSTER and 11 More Indie Films Receive Digital Debut via Sundance Institute's Artist Services
Sundance Institute today announced that 13 independent films are now available through a variety of platforms to rent, download or stream via the Institute's Artist Services program. Titles include 2012 Sundance Film Festival films Detropia, I Am Not a Hipster, The Atomic States of America, and We're Not Broke. For full details on where to access these films, please visit sundance.org/nowplaying. (The complete list of new titles available follows below.)
"With the proliferation of new digital outlets these days, Sundance Institute saw a real need to help filmmakers and producers easily access these platforms and to provide information on how best to navigate and take advantage of independent distribution," said Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute. " It's exciting to see these filmmakers charting their own path towards finding audiences."
In addition, to making it easier for audiences to find Sundance Institute and Film Festival films all year long, this year's online film guide and mobile app for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival includes a new feature from GoWatchIt.com which creates a Universal 'queue' so fans can be notified as soon as films they are interested in become available in the marketplace. Sundance Institute has also installed GoWatchIt on the Now Playing page (www.sundance.org/nowplaying) for the titles accessing distribution through its Artist Services.
Look for the Artist Services films on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, Microsoft Xbox, Netflix, SnagFilms, Sony Entertainment Network, SundanceNOW, VUDU and YouTube. Special bonus video content from the Institute's archives is available for select titles. The Artist Services program provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. New Video, a Cinedigm company, is the exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals in the 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.
TITLES AVAILABLE JANUARY 15
The American Astronaut (Director and Screenwriter: Cory McAbee) - Sundance Institute Screenwriter's Lab Fellow Cory McAbee stars in his sci-fi feature film as an interplanetary trader. The film also stars 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee James Ransone (Starlet, HBO's Treme and The Wire) as Bodysuit. (2001 Sundance Film Festival)
The Atomic States of America (Directors: Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce) - Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce's provocative documentary takes viewers on a journey to nuclear reactor communities across the country. (2012 Sundance Film Festival)
Budrus (Director: Julia Bachas) - Documentary filmmaker Julia Bacha's award-winning 2009 documentary follows a Palestinian community organizer who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save the village of Budrus from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Budrus was produced by Just Vision, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the power and legitimacy of Palestinians and Israelis working nonviolently to end the occupation and resolve the conflict. (2009 Sundance Documentary Film Grant)
Detropia (Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady) - Winner of the Best Documentary Editing Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and nominated for Gotham and Cinema Eye awards, Detropia chronicles the lives of several Detroiters trying to survive and make sense of what is happening to their city - once an industrial utopia, now on the brink of bankruptcy. (2012 Sundance Documentary Film Grant, 2012 Sundance Film Festival)
High School Record (Director and Screenwriter: Ben Wolfinsohn) - In Ben Wolfinsohn's semi-improvised 2005 "mock doc," four exceptionally awkward 17-year-olds struggle through their senior year as moments of humiliation and triumph are caught on tape in a documentary shot by fellow classmates at a performing arts high school. (2005 Sundance Film Festival)