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New streaming platforms for independent and arthouse films

Image : "Le fils de Jean" directed by Philippe Lioret, featured on Ovid.Tv

Filling a niche market and addressing longing cinephiles, three new streaming platforms dedicated to art house and independent films are emerging in the U.S. audiovisual landscape.


OVID.tv

Initiated by Docuseek OVID.tv is the result of a recently announced partnership between eight independent film distribution companies in the U.S. – Bullfrog Films, dGenerate Films, Distrib Films US, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, KimStim, First Run Features and Women Make Movies.

Together these partners gather thousands of documentaries, independent films and works of international cinema, largely unavailable on any other platform.

OVID’s initial offerings fall into roughly three categories: powerful films addressing urgent political and social issues, in-depth selections of creative documentaries and cutting-edge arthouse features and genre films by contemporary directors as well as established masters. OVID gives the North American audience access to French contemporary films such as A Kid directed by Philippe Lioret, Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor by Thomas Lilti or Raymond Depardon's documentary France (Les Habitants). Highlights include classic films by established French filmmakers such as Chris Marker, Raoul Peck or Jean Rouch. More films will be added this summer with a focus on the iconic works of Claire Denis and Eric Rohmer. 

For more information about OVID.tv: https://ovid.tv


THE CRITERION CHANNEL

Launched on April 8 the Criterion Channel will host the Criterion Collection and Janus Films’ library of more than 1,000 feature films, 350 shorts, and 3,500 supplementary features, including trailers, introductions, behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews, video essays, commentary tracks, and rare archival footage. It will also feature a selection of films from a wide array of studio and independent licensors including Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate, IFC Films, Kino Lorber, Cohen Media, Milestone Film and Video, Oscilloscope, Cinema Guild, Strand Releasing, Shout Factory, Film Movement, and Grasshopper Films.

The first month's lineup offers a selection of French films including Jacques Tourneur's film noir Nightfall, Jacques Demy's classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Wages of Fear by Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jacques Tati's first color film Mon Oncle and a tribute to French actress Simone Signoret.

The Criterion Channel will launch in the U.S. and Canada and will be available on desktop browsers as well as through apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS, and Android and Android TV devices. 

For more information about Criterion Channel: https://www.criterionchannel.com


MUSIC BOX DIRECT

Launched on April 1, Music Box Direct is a streaming service platform initiated by Music Box Films and Doppelgänger Releasing, dedicated to curating a diverse repertoire of films and television from around the world. In partnership with the iconic Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premier independent cinema, Music Box Direct seeks to engage audiences with exciting alternatives.

Currently, Music Box Direct is exclusively available with Roku.

For more information about Music Box Direct: https://www.musicboxfilms.com/music-box-direct/

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