WHERE TO FIND INDEPENDENT FILMS:
(a) In the Theaters
Landmark Theatres, the nation's largest art-house chain, features first-run independent and foreign films and non-traditional studio fare in 52 theaters representing 169 screens in 12 states, including the following metropolitan areas: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, LA, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, NYC, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle St. Louis, & Washington DC.
For more information, surf on over to www.landmarktheatres.com
Independent Film Report
We are your "weekly kick-in-the-ass" to go out there and see an indie film. Our mission is simple: promote independent films by increasing awareness so people go to the theatres. This is made possible through the online distribution of our jazzy newsletter which posts all national and local releases of independent films as well as the Now Playing Report, where you can search by zipcode. The Independent Film Report is the best way for indie cinephiles and occasional indie-goers alike to be-in-the-know of non-commercial cinema.
The IFR is a non-profit newsletter sent out to about 200,000 people. It was started purely as a means of giving independent and documentary filmmakers a fighting chance in having their stories and voices heard. In a world bombarded with with big-budget, highly commercialized movies, indies are often lost in the marketing shadows.
Visitors simply enter their zip code to find nearby theatres and
(b) On DVD &/or Video
Facets Video, a division of Facets Multi-Media, is one of the nation’s largest distributors of foreign, classic, cult, art, and hard-to-find videos. They search the world for artistically important film on video - bypassing many mainstream releases to focus on the rare and the unusual. As a result, Facets' 40,000 (and growing!) title inventory is an astounding video collection unlike any in the world, famous for its breadth and diversity.
Facets video rental store is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave., in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. If you don’t live near by, you can take advantage of their unique rent-by-mail membership. Facets rental library consists of over 20,000 videos, specializing in foreign, classic, experimental and independent films on video.
For more information on the video rentals programs please contact the rentals department at
For more information, surf on over to www.facets.org
(c) On Cable &/or Satellite Television
The Independent Film Channel (www.ifctv.com)
IFC is television by and for people who care passionately about independent film, bringing viewers the best of the indie film genre, as well as live events and film festivals, like the Independent Spirit Awards and Cannes, unedited and commercial-free, 24 hours a day. “There is an ever-growing appetite for films that challenge us with story, character, and style, and an incredible need for these films to be showcased beyond theatrical release. This channel presents that rare potential to expand the American lexicon and appreciation of an important and uniquely entertaining art form."
The Independent Film Channel has two advisory boards to provide direction. The first, The Filmmakers Advisory Board, is made up of cinematic leaders in both the independent and studio film community including: Robert Altman, Joel and Ethan Coen, Martha Coolidge, Jodie Foster, Jim Jarmusch, Spike Lee, Tim Robbins, Ed Saxon, Martin Scorsese, & Steven Soderbergh.
The second, the University Advisory
Board, provides outreach for finding emerging filmmakers. New York University's Tisch School of the Arts serves as the flagship school and the board includes Columbia University, the University of Southern California (USC), New York School of Visual Arts, San Francisco State University, University of Texas at Austin and Boston University.
If you want to get The Independent Film Channel in to your area, write your cable or satellite provider and ask for it!
The Sundance Channel (www.sundancechannel.com)
The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and development of independent filmmakers, screenwriters, playwrights, composers and other film and theatre artists. The Sundance Film Festival, presented by the Sundance Institute since 1985, provides a showcase of the best independent films from around the world to an international audience of filmmakers, press, industry, and film enthusiasts.
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel brings television viewers daring and engaging feature films, shorts, documentaries, world cinema and animation, shown uncut and with no commercials. Through its original programs, Sundance Channel connects viewers with filmmakers, the creative process, and the world of independent film. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is a venture between Robert Redford, Showtime Networks Inc., and Universal Studios. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of supporting independent artists and providing them with wider opportunities to present their work to audiences. Although the Sundance Channel shows many films that also appeared at the festival, being part of the festival is in no way a requirement for being selected to appear on the Sundance Channel.
The Sundance Channel is available via satellite television and cable television. To find out if your provider offers Sundance Channel, call (800) SUN-FILM = (800) 786-3456.
If your preferred provider does offer Sundance Channel, you'll be transferred directly to your local cable or satellite representative who will take your order. If your preferred provider doesn't offer Sundance Channel, then tell your customer service representative you want it right away.