For Immediate Release:
New Video Digital Offers More Cutting Edge Films and Programming to the Digital Marketplace
Company Now Leading Supplier of Independent Content to Emerging Digital Platforms
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 — New Video Digital announced today that it has expanded its digital library of independent films and documentaries through new and existing partnerships with Arthouse Films, B-Side Entertainment, Brave New Films, Peace Arch® Entertainment and Plexifilm. With these partnerships, New Video Digital’s offering has grown to over 2,200 movies and 6,800 hours of television. Film fest notables like “JCVD”, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, feature length docs like “Objectified” from director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) and comedies like “Visioneers” starring Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) are just a few of the recently acquired indie films that New Video Digital will premiere on various digital platforms.
As the world’s largest independent digital video distributor, New Video Digital offers independent studios access to various download and streaming platforms like iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix Xbox and Amazon providing new and unique opportunities for audience reach in a competitive marketplace.
“We’re at an interesting place and time as far as how people consume content online. It’s amazing to witness the upward shift in demand”, said Steve Savage, President of New Video. “We’re excited to add these quality titles to our digital film library and offer alternative programming to a much broader and more tech-savvy audience.”
New Video Digital’s recent acquisitions include:
- “JCVD” (Peace Arch® Entertainment) – An action-packed comedic satire of the life of movie hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (“Bloodsport,” “Universal Soldier”). Playing himself self-deprecatingly, Jean-Claude finds himself out of money, fighting for custody of his daughter and losing every good action role to Steven Seagal. But when he is thrown into a real-life hostage situation, everyone sees a side of Van Damme they’ve never seen before as he takes on the police, battles the perpetrators and creates a media firestorm that captures the attention of the world. Toronto Film Festival Official Selection.
- “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” (Peace Arch® Entertainment) – From the producer of Sideways and based on the best selling novel. The film is set in Pittsburgh in the early eighties, and chronicles the last true summer of Art Bechstein’s (JON FOSTER) youth. Stuck in a dead-end job working for his eccentric sometime girlfriend Phlox (MENA SUVARI), and forced into an endless series of airless dinners with his mobster father (NICK NOLTE), Art begins to believe that perhaps he doesn’t even exist at all. Also starring Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard. Sundance Film Festival Official Selection.
- Lying” (Arthouse Films) with Chloe Sevigny, Jenna Malone & Leelee Sobieski – When a long weekend brings four women together in the countryside, each of them is forced to navigate the depths of social interaction as virtual strangers. How well do we really know the friends we make in adulthood? And in an age of lies, what can be made of a person who tells untruths so small they serve no obvious purpose? A Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight Film.
- “Objectified” (Plexifilm) – A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. Director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets, profiling the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives.
- “MoveOn: The Movie” (Brave New Films and Yalla Films) – A feature-length documentary focusing on the revolutionary history of the biggest progressive grass-roots movement seen in the United States since the 1960s. This film stands as a vivid testimony to times of radical social change in our nation and to the power of people banding together for change.
- “Visioneers” (B-Side Entertainment) – Starring comedian Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover,” “G-force”), the film is a dark comedy set in a futuristic corporation in which employees are known to spontaneously combust from stress. D.W. Moffett, Judy Greer, Missi Pyle, and James LeGros co-star. The film, written and directed by brothers Brandon and Jared Drake, premiered at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival and went on to play such festivals as CineVegas and AFI.
- “Nerdcore Rising” (B-Side Entertainment) – Comedy writer and director Negin Farsad follows MC Frontalot the “Godfather of Nerdcore” on his first national tour to reveal the roots of the genre, the dorky complexities of its artists, and one MC’s fight for nerd stardom. Featuring Weird Al Yankovic, Prince Paul, Jello Biafra, Tycho & Gabe, Brian Posehn, MC Frontalot, MC Chris, MC Lars and a slew of other nerdcore artists and commentators.
About Arthouse Films
Arthouse Films is an independent film production and distribution label based in NY and LA and acquires, produces, co-produces and distributes 20+ titles per year. Upcoming and current titles include: HERB & DOROTHY by Megumi Sasaki, MILTON GLASER: TO INFORM & DELIGHT by Wendy Keys, BEAUTIFUL LOSERS by Aaron Rose, REM KOOLHAAS: A KIND OF ARCHITECT by Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch, THE UNIVERSE OF KEITH HARING by Christina Clausen, OBSCENE by Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O’Connor, PAINTERS PAINTING by Emile de Antonio, and the HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON DVD Boxed Set. Arthouse is currently in production on a feature-length documentary on Jean-Michel Basquiat by Tamra Davis.
About B-Side Entertainment
B-Side Entertainment is a specialty film distributor that uses digital marketing and exhibition to connect films directly with audiences. The key to B-Side’s unique distribution model is its technology platform which powers the web sites for more than 250 international film festivals, capturing feedback from 4 million audience members each year. B-Side distributes films globally using theatrical and non-theatrical venues, and through partnerships with DVD, digital, and television distributors. B-Side has offices in Austin and New York.
About Brave New Films
Using new media and internet video campaigns, Brave New Films has created a quick-strike capability that informs the public, challenges corporate media with the truth, and motivates people to take action on social issues nationwide. It has produced and distributed series such as The REAL McCain, FOX Attacks, Sick for Profit, and Rethink Afghanistan which have been seen by millions worldwide.
About Peace Arch® Entertainment
Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. is a leading independent distributor of high quality feature films and television programming. With offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver, the company is publicly traded on the American Stock Exchange (PAE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (PAE.TO).
Plexifilm is an independent DVD label and film production company founded in Brooklyn, New York, in September 2001. Plexifilm produces original films, releases films theatrically, and produces, distributes and markets DVDs.
About New Video/ New Video Digital
New Video is an entertainment company bringing top television, cutting edge documentaries, independent film, professional sports, and children’s programming to DVD and to the digital marketplace. Home to some of the most prestigious names in entertainment, including A&E®, HISTORY™, Major League Baseball®, Major League Soccer® and Scholastic Storybook Treasures™, as well as Docurama Films and NEWVIDEO NYC, New Video showcases well over 5,000 titles in its DVD catalog. As the world’s largest independent digital video distributor, New Video Digital provides over 10,000 hours of film and television from more than 100 trusted brands to download and streaming platforms, including iTunes, Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, Xbox, and Amazon. www.newvideo.com
For more information contact:
John Squires, New Video Digital