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SnagFilms.com Offers Streaming Docs

21 Jul, 2008 By: Chris Tribbey

A new Web site has surfaced for independent documentary films, giving small indies a low-cost distribution channel.

SnagFilms.com has launched as a beta site with more than 250 films available for streamed playback, with another 200 films expected by mid-August. No downloads are required to play films on the site, which includes properties from PBS, National Geographic, United Nations, IndiePix, Arts Alliance America, Koch Lorber Films and Sundance Preserve, among other labels.

Filmmakers also are contributing to the site via blogs, bonus material and their picks for nonprofits to which viewers can contribute. The films are ad-supported and free to view.

“There has never been a time when so many high-quality socially relevant documentary films have been made, yet even though tens of thousands of documentaries are submitted to film festivals every year, only a handful find theatrical distribution,” said SnagFilms chairman and founder Ted Leonsis. “SnagFilms was created so that anyone who has a Web site, publishes a blog, or participates in a social network can open an online multiplex theater, giving others an opportunity to watch one or more of the films we'll stream, to distribute these films by snagging them for their own sites, and to support the causes promoted by these films by linking to participating nonprofits.”

Danny Glover, actor, activist and co-founder of Louverture Films, said: “SnagFilms is an essential new vehicle for the distribution of what I'd call ‘essential films.' Making the best use of the promise of the Internet, by making content free and easily accessible, SnagFilms offers hope for filmmakers and audiences with a genuine hunger for content that is courageous, innovative, creative, informative, and most importantly, truthful.”

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