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Fandor

March 09, 2011 08:01 ET

Fandor Gives Indie Fans an Online Movie Service of Their Own

User-Selected Scene Sharing With BlipSnips® and Free Movies for Friends

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - Independent and international film lovers rejoice! Fandor today announced the launch of its online movie service with over 2,500 high quality licensed films, video clip sharing on Facebook via BlipSnips® and availability on the Boxee platform. Fandor now offers a truly new way to discover, watch and share independent and international films online. Also announced today, Ted Hope and Chris Kelly Join Fandor Board (Release Link). Visit Fandor at SXSW booth #213.

"Independent film fans seek a level of engagement that most movies don't deliver," said Chris Kelly, an early Facebook employee and social technology evangelist. "Fans want to be enriched personally or moved by film -- to feel emotion. It's hard to predict what someone will like based on past viewing habits. These fans depend on personal recommendations for taste-making. It's a natural fit for social."

Unlike online movie services that bury independent films amid Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, Fandor was created with independent and international film lovers in mind. By studying how people discover and share films at festivals and local art houses, Fandor aims to replicate the most enriching parts of those experiences online. As with any great festival, Fandor subscribers can find great new films they've never heard of then gather with friends to process their emotions in a place they enjoy hanging out.

"Fandor is an essential service for people who are searching for works that fall outside of the mainstream," said co-founder Jonathan Marlow. "Our goal is to help audiences find remarkable international and independent films that they might not discover elsewhere and to connect filmmakers, producers and distributors with an enthusiastic and receptive audience."

Discover:
To foster an environment of discovery, Fandor guides subscribers with:

  • Professional Curation: Each film is chosen based on its artistic and historic merit. The Fandor catalog consists of a mix of film festival favorites, award-winning documentaries and short films such as: Happy Together, Old Joy, Carcasses, Funny Games, Searchers 2.0, Black Gold and Cairo Station.
  • The Keyframe Blog: For independent film mavens and the indie-curious alike, Keyframe offers expert guidance with smart, exciting and accessible articles, interviews and video essays about Fandor films.
  • The Fandor Channel: Programed by our team of professional curators, the Channel offers subscribers the opportunity to lie back and enjoy a series of great films the instant they log in.
  • User-Selected Scene Sharing: Anyone can select their favorite short clip from a movie, attach a note about why it's great and share it with their friends on Facebook.
  • Genre-Bending: Browse genres outside the blockbuster box. You know you're not in Hollywood anymore when you click on "Anarchic Comedy" or "Dysfunctional Families."

Watch
Users can watch Fandor movies anytime from anywhere. Always commercial free, subscribers can pop some corn and curl up in front of the fire with a laptop or turn on the surround sound to watch on a big screen TV via Boxee and their newly released Boxee Box. Unlimited access for a flat monthly fee encourages subscribers to try new genres, categories and formats. Consumers can sign up for a free month trial or subscribe right away for $10.00 per month. Subscriptions can be cancelled at anytime.

Share
Login for free and discover an array of films at your fingertips. Simply choose a free film, watch it, clip your favorite scene, attach a note and share it with friends on Facebook. Each new person to login gets one free movie to watch and share. Registered users may also browse Fandor's film library as well as post reviews, ratings and recommendations via the BlipSnips® video clip sharing technology now integrated into Fandor.

The Library
Fandor fills a gap between heavily marketed, widely distributed mainstream films and content available on video-sharing sites. Fandor offers a carefully chosen library of over 2,500 entertaining and thought-provoking independent films from distributors such as Kino Lorber, Cinema Guild, dGenerate Films, Flicker Alley, Typecast Releasing, Microcinema International, Canyon Cinema and many more. Fandor's library of wonderful films include:

  • Break out successes like Dogtooth, nominated for an Academy Award®;
  • Festival favorites like Fallen Angels and Winnebago Man;
  • Quality shorts like Un chien andalou and Meshes of the Afternoon;
  • Powerful documentaries like Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould and Iraq in Fragments;
  • Filmmaker debuts like In Between Days (So Yong Kim) and Public Access (Bryan Singer);
  • International gems such as The Chess Players, Death in the Garden and The Sacrifice.

About Fandor:
Fandor is a curated subscription video service for exceptional independent and international films. Founded by veterans of the Internet and film industries, Fandor serves consumers who want access to independent films and filmmakers who need new distribution channels. Content partners at launch include California Newsreel, Canyon Cinema, Cinema Guild, Cinevolve Studios, dGenerate Films, Flicker Alley, Kino International , Lorber Films, MGE, Microcinema International, Typecast Releasing, Unkreative Artists, Vanguard Cinema and many more. More information is available at http://www.fandor.com

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