picks up pair of docus

'Haze,' 'End of America' screened at Hamptons fest

NEW YORK -- has snagged two high-caliber documentaries fresh from their Hamptons International Film Festival world premieres.

In an unusual move, Pete Schuermann's frat hazing film "Haze" (featuring an introduction by Robin Wright Penn) will premiere simultaneously on Oct. 16 at the fest and via free, ad-supported streaming online. And within days of its Hamptons bow, Oscar-nominated Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern's civil liberties study "The End of America" (based on Naomi Wolf's book of the same name) will also have its first nonfestival distribution.

To further founder Ted Leonsis' "filmanthropy" initiative, his site also is partnering with the fest on "Hamptons Extra," a collection of several HIFF docu feature submissions that will be screened exclusively online.

SnagFilms CEO Rick Allen announced these and other projects at an Independent Film Week panel Wednesday afternoon in New York. Since its launch two months ago with its purchase of (set for a pre-Sundance fest redesign), the site has arranged 10,000 online venues for its films. These venues can stream some of Snag's 440 titles on their own site for free through widget technology.

Other announcements included a partnership to show films on online film community site, a partnership to distribute shorts from Cinelean, an upcoming service allowing any site to host five Snag titles and a grant from the Knight Foundation to be used to make the uploading process easier for filmmakers.