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Sundance Film Festival Movies Are On Demand For the First Time

By :Billy Gil | Posted: 07 Jan 2010

Who gets to go to Sundance? Not most of us. But who needs all that fancy Utah weather when you can watch Sundance films right at home, on demand?
On-demand effort Sundance Selects and Sundance Institute have collaborated to bring films from the 2010 festival to the small screen via “Direct from the Sundance Film Festival,” which will feature three films premiering simultaneously at the festival, which takes place Jan. 21-31 in Park City. How cool is that?
The effort will reach 40 million homes using cable systems from Comcast, Cablevision, Cox and Time Warner as well as satellite provider Direct TV.  
“Moving the storytelling of the Sundance Film Festival beyond ten days in Utah remains a top priority for us,” said Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford. “This collaboration with Sundance Selects is a new and important complement to this ongoing goal and is a perfect way to introduce unexpected and refreshing voices to wider audiences simultaneous with the event. I couldn’t be more pleased that these particular films will be available in this way.”
The movies will include Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ documentary The Shock Doctrine, available Jan. 28. Bbased on the book by Naomi Klein, the film explores “disaster capitalism” as implemented in countries across the globe over the past 40 years. Sounds timely.

Available Jan. 22 will be Daddy Longlegs, Josh and Benny Safdie’s autobiographical film about parenthood, as well as Daniel Grou’s 7 Days, a gritty film about a surgeon whose daughter is murdered and becomes a torturer to his daughter’s murderer.

The movies will be featured for 30 days on each system’s movies-on-demand channel in a the Sundance Film Festival section.

In other Sundance news, New Video and Zipline Entertainment will release the film Bass Ackwards as a download an on demand Feb. 1, a day after the closing of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, at which the film will have its world premiere.

The film, executive produced by Mark Duplass (Baghead), will come to DVD in the spring, complete with bonus material exploring the film’s distribution strategy.

“The title, Bass Ackwards, not only describes an offbeat and entertaining film, but also the spirit of the filmmakers who are joining us on this innovative ride,” said Steve Savage, co-president, New Video.


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