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While we’ve known for quite some time that a routine post alerting you to what’s available through the ever expanding list of Video On Demand channels has been long overdue, it s been really hard for me personally to wrap my brain around how to best address this situation. In calendar form? By distributor? By viewing format (online, television, etc.)? Though I still have no solid plan of attack, I figured I should just suck it up and take the plunge, hoping that an effective approach will emerge sooner than later.

Obviously, this list is by no means complete. If you are a member of the VOD industry in some way, shape, or form, and aren’t mentioned below, please write us at CLINK-AT-HAMMERTONAIL-DOT-COM to let us know what you’re up to and what your most up-to-date crop of titles is looking like. The hope is to post this report the first week of every month. Ultimately, we want this to be a curated situation as opposed to an indexed one, but this month, we’re including some titles we haven’t seen but are of interest.

Cinetic FilmBuff

Beeswax (iTunes, FilmBuff Cable VOD)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (FilmBuff Cable VOD)
Owning The Weather (iTunes, Amazon VOD)
Unstrung (***Amazon VOD exclusive for May***)
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense (iTunes)
Crying With Laughter (Amazon VOD, iTunes)
Erasing David (Amazon VOD, iTunes)
Hamilton (Amazon VOD)

IFC Films

The following titles are available through IFC’s In Theaters + On Demand channel:

Daddy Longlegs (available as of 5/14)
The Human Centipede (until 6/20)
Vengeance (no until date listed)
Mercy (until 7/20)
No One Knows About Persian Cats (until 6/6)
The Good, The Bad, The Weird (until 6/22)
Breaking Upwards (until 6/22)
Vincere (until 6/17)
Looking For Eric (until 8/19)
Perrier’s Bounty (starting 5/21)
The Father of My Children (starting 5/28)

There are also many more releases to be found on IFC Festival Direct. Surprisingly, I don’t recognize most of them—you’re shattering my nerd credibility, IFC!—but I can personally recommend the following: Night and Day, I’m Gonna Explode, Medicine For Melancholy, Goliath, and The Overbrook Brothers. In the future, I hope to get our eyes on as many upcoming titles as possible to give a more informed opinion about them and let you know which are must-sees.

Magnolia Pictures

Survival of the Dead (Pre-theatrical rental at Amazon now; opens theatrically 5/28)
The Good Heart (On Demand and In Theaters)
The Eclipse (Amazon VOD)
Ondine (VOD, XBox Live, Playstation, Amazon, Vudu 5/7; opens theatrically 6/4)

Time Warner/Comcast Cable On Demand

New Movies: The Messenger, The Hurt Locker, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Tribeca Film Festival: The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, The Trotsky (and many more)

HBO On Demand

Movies: Observe and Report (BE SURE TO STAY AWAY FROM The Happening and Revolutionary Road!!!)

Documentaries: Rough Aunties, Sergio, Boy Interrupted

Cinemax On Demand

Some Movie Picks: In Dreams, Milk, Raging Bull, Sleep Dealer

That does it for this month. Please, please, please be sure to contact us with any relevant information that will help this monthly post to become a helpful one-stop VOD shop. Any thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

— Michael Tully

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Michael Tully is an award-winning writer/director whose films have garnered widespread critical acclaim, his projects having premiered at some of the most renowned film festivals across the globe. He is also the former (and founding) editor of this site. In 2006, Michael's first feature, COCAINE ANGEL, chronicling a tragic week in the life of a young drug addict, world premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film immediately solidified the director as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s "25 New Faces of Independent Film,” a reputation that was reinforced a year later when his follow-up feature, SILVER JEW, a documentary capturing the late David Berman's rare musical performances in Tel Aviv, world-premiered at SXSW and landed distribution with cult indie-music label Drag City. In 2011, Michael wrote, directed, and starred in his third feature, SEPTIEN, which debuted at the 27th annual Sundance Film Festival before being acquired by IFC Films' Sundance Selects banner. A few years later, in 2014, Michael returned to Sundance with the world premiere of his fourth feature, PING PONG SUMMER, an ‘80s set coming-of-age tale that was quickly picked up for theatrical distribution by Gravitas Ventures. In 2018, Michael wrote and directed the dread-inducing genre film DON'T LEAVE HOME, which has been described as "Get Out with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (IndieWire). The film premiered at SXSW and was subsequently acquired by Cranked Up Films and Shudder.

  • Hi Michael …

    I think this is a very useful exercise and I appreciate the problem of categorization and presentation. That in itself is indicative of the difficulty (impossibility?) of promoting titles that are available on transactional VOD sites — which is interesting to me, but probably another discussion. Please add to your list the long and well-established transactional VOD offering from Film Movement. There are some very good titles there (including some from IndiePix!) Bob

    May 23, 2010
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