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Film Threat, IndieDVD to Launch New Label, 'Starwoids' Doc Oct. 16

10 Oct, 2001 By: Hive News

Film Threat, an online magazine for news and reviews of independent cinema (www.filmthreat.com), said Wednesday it is teaming with IndieDVD of Portland, Ore., to distribute independently-produced films on home video and DVD. The first release on the new Film Threat label is the documentary Starwoids, which will debut the same day that Star Wars Episode I comes to DVD on Oct. 16.

Film Threat will continue to acquire and distributeindependently-produced films in the home entertainment channels. Film Threat is focusing its distribution efforts on cutting-edge features, according to a company press release, that "provide a unique cinematic vision that appealto audiences seeking out edgy alternatives to the standard art house fare."

"I've always considered myself more of a 'film activist' than a 'film critic,'" said Chris Gore, founder and editor of Film Threat. "Helping filmmakers get their work out there in the DVD format is consistent with Film Threat's 15-year history of supporting indies. There are so many great unreleased independent films out there; some call them 'cine-orphans.'

"For whatever reason, distributors out there didn't 'get' these movies orunderstand how they could be marketed. Our plan is to leverage FilmThreat.com's tremendous worldwide audience of film fans and give them achance to not only read about these sometimes quirky movies, but to purchase them as well. My longterm goal is to turn Film Threat DVD into the Criterion of indie film," Gore said.

"I'm proud to share the Film Threat name on our releases," says Jonah Loeb, president of IndieDVD. "Film Threat, to me, is the purveyor ofunconventional and alternative film. I'm proud to make these titlesavailable to a wide number of independent film buffs who will be impressed with the attention and detail we pay to lower-budget/high-entertainment films."

In Starwoids, filmmaker Dennis Przywara spent 42 days in line with Star Wars fans who awaited the Los Angeles premiere of Star Wars Episode I in 1999. Przywara's camera captured it all -- from the rivalry between fans at the Mann Chinese and Westwood line to a Boba Fett DJ to a high school production of "Star Wars the Musical" and more.

Starwoids also includesopening narration and interview with Kevin Smith; the DVD edition offersdeleted scenes, commentary and other special features and extras.

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