SnagFilms Announces Expansion From Documentaries To Fictional Independent Feature Films
Cinematic Classics And Important Foreign Films Will Also Be Offered Via Free And Paid Distribution Channels
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SnagFilms, which currently streams more than 2300 non-fiction films to a global digital audience, today released a significant upgrade to its SnagFilms.com website, announced enhanced distribution channels for free and paid films across platforms and mobile devices, and for the first time, has added hundreds of narrative (fictional) independent films, featuring some of today's biggest stars, as well as classic titles and foreign films from the world's great directors and production companies. Currently, SnagFilms has licensed more than 400 narrative films, with key classic, foreign and cult favorites available today, and additional films being added on a weekly basis.
"Big studio blockbusters are available everywhere - why shouldn't great independent films be just as ubiquitous?"
SnagFilms launched in 2008 with a site offering fans of independent films free online streaming of the best nonfiction films, and a network of distribution allies that has now grown to over 110,000 websites and web pages. Beginning in late 2010, SnagFilms has also offered titles in earlier windows via paid transactional platforms with Comcast's Xfinity and Verizon's FiOS service, as well as through Apple's iTunes Store, Amazon, and YouTube's Premium service.
Earlier this month, SnagFilms announced upcoming digital pay-to-view premieres of acclaimed and award-winning films such as Don't Ask Don't Tell, Dragonslayer, and Splinters.
Today, the company is adding to its lineup Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist, an intimate and madcap shipboard view of "self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels" seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown (previously seen in Whale Wars.) The film will be available for paid viewing following its current theatrical run, and ultimately on a free-to-view basis.
Additionally, SnagFilms will offer digital release (also initially for paid viewing) of fictional films such as:
- Too Young To Die, starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis in a thriller based on a true story and reflecting the continuing debate over the death penalty;
- Women Talking Dirty, a Scottish comedy starring Helena Bonham Carter;
- P.U.N.K.S., a comedy featuring Jessica Alba;
- Teknolust, a Tilda Swinton art-house title.
Additional independent feature films coming directly to snagfilms.com and its free-to-view network include:
- Classic films that define the medium, such as Josef Von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, Luis Bunel's Un Chien Andalou, and D.W. Griffith's Intolerance and Abraham Lincoln
- Films from top directors ranging from Michelangelo Antonioni (Il Grido) to Richard Linklater (including his 1991 cult classic Slacker), Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together), Adrienne Shelley (her feature screenwriting and feature directorial debut, Sudden Manhattan) and So Yong Kim (In Between Days);
- Early performances from today's stars, such as Racing Daylight (David Strathairn, Melissa Leo), Wildflower (Reese Witherspoon, Patricia Arquette & Beau Bridges in a film directed by Diane Keaton), Women of Brewster Place (Oprah Winfrey), and Endless Love (Brooke Shields);
- Titles from filmmakers and production companies from six continents.
"Big studio blockbusters are available everywhere - why shouldn't great independent films be just as ubiquitous?" asked SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen. "With our dramatic expansion of distribution channels and the enhanced SnagFilms.com website, and with the commitment and capital we've been able to bring to increasing the audience for documentary films, SnagFilms can now also offer enthralling independent fictional films across free and paid platforms, from computers to TVs, tablets, game consoles, and smart phones."
SnagFilms features free, sponsor-supported, on demand viewing of more than 2,300 award-winning titles from some of the greatest names in film. SnagFilms' curated film collection is viewed on its own site and a digital network of more than 110,000 affiliated sites and webpages worldwide, including partners such as AOL, Comcast, Hulu, the Starbucks Digital Network, IMDb, the Miami Herald, hundreds of non-profits, special interest sites and blogs - and via its applications for the iPad and connected TV platforms Roku and Boxee. SnagFilms' titles have been featured on approximately 3 billion pageviews across its network.
SnagFilms also offers selected titles via pay video on demand with Comcast and FiOS, as well as on iTunes, HuluPlus, Amazon and other partners. SnagFilms was recently named one of the fastest growing technology companies in Washington, DC area. Gizmodo has named SnagFilms as a "Best iPad App," OVGuide has twice named SnagFilms a Top Site, and MovieMaker Magazine named SnagFilms to its annual list of "50 Best Websites for Moviemakers." The SnagFilms family also includes indieWIRE, for more than 15 years the web's top source of news, reviews and information about independent film.
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