June 05, 2013 2:47pm PT by Carolyn Giardina
Cinedigm, Slamdance Partner to Deliver Indie Features to Digital Platforms
Cinedigm has partnered with Slamdance to bring independent features to digital platforms.
The first two films releasing on June 11 are Stranger Things and Hybrid, while The First Season will launch in September. At press time Cinedigm already had pre-orders from iTunes and Amazon.
“We expect to have great success in launching their films on a variety of established and emerging digital platforms," said Erick Opeka, senior vice president of digital at Cinedigm.
Stranger Things, the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Slamdance and Raindance film festivals, tells the story of a young woman and a street-wise homeless man. The film stars Adeel Akhtar and is Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal’s directorial debut.
Winner of the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards, Hybrid explores the life of Milford Beeghly, an Iowa farmer who led the charge for hybrid corn during the '30s. Directed by Beeghly’s grandson, Monteith McCollum, Hybrid won the Grand Jury Prize in the documentary category at Slamdance in 2001.
The First Season (pictured above) tells the story of a family that spent their life savings on starting a small, family farm. It premiered at the 2012 Slamdance film Festival and is Rudd Simmons’ directorial debut.