IFC To Bow Indie Films Theatrically and On-Demand25 Jan, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
IFC Entertainment is eliminating the window between theatrical and Video-On-Demand for 24 independent films this year.
Under a new distribution banner, IFC's First Take, the supplier will offer On Demand subscribers access to two new independent films every month the same day as those films hit theaters.
The first films in the new distribution arrangement are CSA: The Confederate States of America, a satire executive produced by Spike Lee; I Am a Sex Addict, last year's Gotham Award winner for the Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You; Three Times, which Village Voice named 2005's Best Undistributed Film; American Gun, starring Donald Sutherland and Marcia Gay Harden; Russian Dolls, staring Audrey Tautou; and Sorry, Haters, starring Robin Wright Penn and Sandra Oh.
“For more than 10 years, IFC, has strived to provide independent filmmakers with a strong voice and to help expand the audience for independent film,” said IFC president Jonathan Sehring. “We are doing more here than simply collapsing windows — IFC's First Take will serve the independent community by creating an electronic national art house for independent films.”
The company did not announce the specific release dates for the first six films in the new day-and-date distribution arrangements. IFC plans to announce additional films in the coming weeks.