Comcast and Tribeca Film announced they will offer seven films from the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival, one of the most prominent film festivals in the world, On Demand beginning April 21 - one day before any of the films are screened at the Festival. Comcast also announced the launch of a new Independent Movie Club online, now available on Fancast.com at http://www.fancast.com/indies, which will feature the latest reports, interviews and photos from the Tribeca Film Festival, along with hundreds of independent films from top providers, editors' picks, live chats, and newsletters.
This new online site complements Comcast's extensive video-on-demand independent movie offering which includes the best independent films from festivals, pre-theatrical and same-day-as-theatrical films, and thought-provoking documentaries from independent film providers such as IFC, Sundance, Magnolia, National Lampoon, Brainstorm, and Gravitas, among others.
"We bring the latest independent films to our customers including movies from festivals and movies that are often not available in your local theaters," said Diana Kerekes, Vice President, Entertainment Services for Comcast. "It's through partnerships with independent film providers like Tribeca Film that we're able to bring the best new and up-and-coming independent films to our customers."
"Tribeca Film On Demand provides an opportunity for audiences who cannot be a part of the Festival in New York City to experience these films and the Festival directly in their living room, as well as an opportunity to continue seeing these great films long after the Festival has ended," said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. "Through Comcast, film enthusiasts across the country will be able to see these excellent independent films, which range from award-winning dramas and revealing documentaries to uproarious comedies and sports stories."
Every month, independent films receive hundreds of thousands of views on Comcast On Demand. From April 21 through June 15, Comcast will feature acclaimed and award-winning films from the 2010 and 2009 Tribeca Film Festivals, documentaries from ESPN, and extras including behind-the-scenes, outtakes, interviews with actors and directors, DVD extras, wrap-up segments, and more. The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival films available On Demand before they premiere in the Festival theaters include:
The Birth of Big Air - An ESPN documentary produced by Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville about extreme sports athlete Mat Hoffman.
Climate of Change - An environmental documentary narrated by Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
Metropia* - A digitally-animated thriller featuring the voice talents of Vincent Gallo, Alexander Skarsgård and Juliette Lewis.
Road, Movie - The tale of a young man's life-changing drive across India, from the producers of In The Bedroom and Lost In Translation.
sex & drugs & rock & roll* - The critically acclaimed story of punk rock pioneer Ian Dury, played by Andy Serkis.
The Infidel - The international premiere of this identity crisis comedy centered on a successful business owner and East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.
The Trotsky* - A comedy starring Jay Baruchel of Knocked Up fame as the reincarnation of early twentieth century Soviet Leon Trotsky.
All of the Tribeca Film content can be found on Comcast On Demand using the On Demand menu under "Movies" > "Tribeca Film."
In addition, Comcast customers will be able to get indie movie news and interact with people sharing similar interests through Comcast's Independent Movie Club online at www.fancast.com/indies as well as access links to other indie sites and resources for even more film news, opinions and reviews. In addition, customers and consumers can purchase theater tickets through www.fandango.com, and download indie films through Comcast's online store at http://store.fancast.com/tv.
This partnership with Tribeca Film is part of Project Infinity, the company's commitment to the delivery of exponentially more quality content choice anytime, anywhere including more HD, sports, movies, kids' programs and network TV shows. Comcast's signature On Demand video library currently offers more than 17,000 entertainment programs and more than 3,000 choices in HD available over the course of a month, and features everything from movies, music and top TV shows to the most popular kids, sports, lifestyle, and local programs.
* Metropia was nominated for Best Film at the 2009 Catalonian International Film Festival and winner for Future Film Festival Digital Award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. sex & drugs & rock & roll lead actor, Andy Serkis, was nominated for a 2010 BAFTA Film Award for his performance in the film. The Trotsky won the Audience Award at the 2009 Atlantic Film Festival, the 2010 Sofia International Film Festival and the 2009 Tokyo International Film Festival.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.
About Tribeca Film
Tribeca Film is a comprehensive distribution initiative from Tribeca Enterprises dedicated to acquiring and marketing independent films across multiple platforms including on-demand, theatrical and home video. Launched in 2010, with strong support from Founding Partner American Express, Tribeca Film will provide independent filmmakers with an integrated national marketing and distribution platform to reach audiences.