SnagFilms -- the innovative aggregator of documentaries, with more than 1,500 shorts and features in its on-line library -- is in expansion mode. The two-year-old company, which streams its titles free, and also allows consumers to set up SnagFilms widgets on their own sites (there are now more than 90,000 linked websites and webpages), announced this week that it is extending its reach by offering select titles via Comcast's video on demand channels and Verizon FiOS TV.
Additionally, selections from SnagFilms’ non-fiction library will be available for purchase on iTunes; for rental from YouTube’s premium program; and both free and for purchase on the iPad. A mobile phone carrier distribution plan is going forward, and deals with Lionsgate, New Video/Docurama, the National Film Board of Canada and USC’s film school will expand the number and types of films available in the SnagFilms repository.
And last week, SnagFilms launched its second annual SummerFest series, an on-line film festival which sneaks documentary features in advance of their fall runs in theaters and/or on TV. Each title is available FREE on the SnagFilms site for two weeks.The lineup: The Age of Stupid (a cautionary climate change tale, mixing Pete Postelthwaite-starring sci-fi elements with documentary, news and archival footage); Shooting Robert King (young war photographer in 1993 Sarajevo); Disco and Atomic War (cheesy Western pop culture brings down the Soviet Union); Videocracy (cheesy Italian pop culture brings down the Italians); A Fighting Chance (the relentless spirit of a quadriplegic wrestling champion), and The Socalled Movie (klezmer hip hop artist gone wild).
Check 'em out.