Ever get sick of the big budget, same story written in yet another light, commercial films out there? Do you enjoy finding a hidden gem? Let me introduce you to IndieFlix.
For far too long, filmmakers have been forced to either sell out or starve. Thousands of brilliant, creative minds submit their works to festivals, hoping to find meaningful distribution yet fewer than 1% actually do. We’re here to level the playing field. Founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix is part champion, part curator; our mission is to democratize distribution and provide significant revenue for filmmakers.
IndieFlix is a community of independent filmmakers and fans. Through its membership-based streaming service, IndieFlix helps filmmakers translate artistic vision into commercial success, and gives film lovers access to high quality independent films not otherwise available. IndieFlix’s mission is to champion filmmakers, rethink traditional approaches to distribution, and celebrate the artistry and impact of independent film.
IndieFlix is a subscription based online service, with apps on both Roku and xBox already. I'm sure you're asking, "What makes it different than other subscription services?" - right? That's easy; IndieFlix enables viewers to watch thousands of independently made films! You can search in several categories to find something that interests you - genre, length, most-viewed, film festival, country or even mood.
Perhaps you may take interest in Finding Kind, an amazing documentary about a campaign to end girl bullying?
In February 2009, two young women, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson joined forces having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth and decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, an internationally recognized movement, documentary, and school assembly program based on the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”
In this endearing documentary, a pair of best friends (who happen to be queen-bee pretty girls, but no matter) travel the country speaking with middle and high school girls about their pain and the pain they’ve caused others. It’s a sweet, earnest addition to the current anti-bullying movement. A few confessional scenes—little girls in braces pouring their broken hearts into the camera—will stick with you. LINDY WEST (the Stranger)Finding Kind is premiering May 10 - 24 on indieflix.com, xBox and Roku at a cost of $6.99 -- but it is free with an IndieFlix subscription! This is the first time ever audiences have been able to view this documentary outside of a screening.
Besides being able to find and view hundreds of independent films like Finding Kind, IndieFlix also shows it's uniqueness through a royalty payment system called RPM Royalty Pool Minutes, which was designed to share the money made through subscriptions with the filmmakers themselves. Basically, every minute you watch helps fund more independent films. With friends involved in screen writing and film making, I think this is a great concept!
I am looking forward to checking out several films from the comfort of my own couch, along with my freshly popped popcorn, unsticky floor and a Lapdog or two by my side!
GIVEAWAY! How would you like to try IndieFlix for yourself, completely free for 2 months? The generous folks have given me not one, not two, but ten (10) 2-month subscriptions to give away to my readers! To enter:
~ Follow Lapdog Creations publicly (see "Followers" on the side bar)
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To be eligible to win, you must complete both steps above. Please be sure your entry includes a way to contact you (i.e. link to your blog or include your email address).
Winners will be selected by random number generator. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 24th at 11:59pm EST (midnight)
Disclosure: IndieFlix gave me a 3-month subscription, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.