Amazon Streaming 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies1 Dec, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Amazon Dec. 1 announced that 15 movies from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival are now available to stream for Prime Video subscribers.
The 15 films originated via Amazon Video Direct Film Festival Stars, an offshoot of Amazon Video Direct, designed to create distribution for films screened at film festivals that either don’t secure theatrical screening or are looking for post-theatrical distribution.
Prime subs can stream stream the films via app for compatible TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo.
Titles include Manifesto, starring Cate Blanchett, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize winner Marjorie Prime, and Special Jury Award for Cinematic Vision, Free and Easy.
Richard Lorber, CEO of Kino Lorber, said Amazon Video Direct helps expose movies to wider audiences.
“It’s an innovative strategy that allows specialty film distributors like us to amplify support for the worthiest films,” Lorber said in a statement.
Eric Orme, head of Amazon Video Direct, said the Film Festival Stars Program at Sundance secured streaming rights to 76 feature films. These titles are available together with Amazon Studios’ original movie, The Big Sick.
“We’ll be extending Film Festival Stars to the 2018 Sundance with an emphasis on global distribution and enhanced bonuses for filmmakers,” Orme said.
Other Sundance titles include 500 Years, a story of mounting resistance in Guatemala through the eyes of the majority indigenous Mayan population; reckless youth portrayed in Axolotl Overkill; and teenage love in Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!; Family Life, in which a young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a distant relative and soon meets a cute neighbor; India-based Machines, Sundance Jury Award for Excellence in Cinematography; Motherland, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award; Plastic China, which captures a plaintive sense of the human casualties from unfettered global consumerism; Pop Aye, World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for screenwriting; Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling; Sueño en otro idioma (I Dream in Another Language), World Dramatic Audience Award; The Good Postman, a story about Syrian refugees flooding an Eastern European town; and documentary World Without End (No Reported Incidents).