Independent Films Go Live On

The site is aiming to eliminate the distribution struggles faced by many indie film companies.

K.C. Jones, Contributor

January 19, 2006

1 Min Read is offering to save independent films from their plight of poverty with a new live service.

The company is also giving movie-goers an alternative to mainstream movies. The service provides an exhibition and distribution environment exclusively for independently produced content through the service unveiled this week. It aims to eliminate distribution struggles faced by many independent film companies, which must contend with tight budgets for both production and distribution. is featuring online movie festivals, 24-hour screenings and trailers, while promising a target audience of millions each month. It offers feature length films, shorts, animation, music video and television dramas.

New releases include: "Jimmy the Fly," an animation, "The Burning Boy," about discovering homosexuality, and "The Average American," a documentary on American viewpoints, and "Conversationally Challenged," with the teaser "some people just can't live without their cell phones, and "Jacques," a French farce rated among the most popular.

The site is powered by a proprietary database application environment that handles subscriptions, billings, digital submissions, voting, user ratings, advertising, affiliate programs, message boards and e-mail list management.

The company has partnered with several media, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, computer manufacturers and consumer electronics companies to create a global film distribution network. It plans to localize services in some foreign markets, including Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Japan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

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