By Sue Botos
Movie fans bored with the usual megaplex offerings can now have thousands of independent films literally at their fingertips.
Rocky River Public Library has launched IndieFlix, an online streaming service provider of award-winning independent films, shorts and documentaries from around the world.
A visit to rrpl.org will give patrons unlimited access to thousands of streaming festival hits, including the best of Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca and more than 2,000 other screening events worldwide, with only a library card as admission. IndieFlix is available on all Internet-enabled computers, tablets (including iPad and Android) and smartphones. Patrons can also watch films on TV with Roku devices and Xbox.
Viewers can use a number of filters such as genre, intended audience or festival name. Library marketing/development Director Kitty Sommers pointed out that films can even be chosen by length, making the service a perfect diversion for airports and other times requiring waiting.
Each film also includes a summary, cast and crew list, film festival credits and awards. Comprehensive director’s notes, access to filmmakers and the ability to review and rate films are also available.
According to information provided by IndiFlix, individuals have been able to subscribe to the service online for a monthly fee. Recently the Seattle-based provider teamed with digital media supplier Recorded Books to make the service available to libraries, broadening the audience for films which otherwise may draw few viewers.
In addition to making independent and foreign movies easier to view, IndieFlix allows libraries to offer little known titles they could otherwise not afford to purchase. The downloads also mean no handling or damage, which often happens with heavily used DVDs.
“IndieFlix is a particularly exciting new service as it allows library patrons to view films they would otherwise not have easy access to,” said library Director Nick Cronin. “We already have a fine collection of movies on DVD and Blu-ray at the library, and IndieFlix complements this collection and is a nice enhancement to our existing digital collection of e-books and audiobooks,” he added.