Sundance’s Artist Services signs docs for digital premieres

The Sundance Institute is premiering 11 feature films digitally through its Artist Services initiative, including the docs Dear Mandela, Reporter, The Light in Her Eyes (pictured) and When Billy Broke His Head.
January 15, 2014

The Sundance Institute is to premiere 11 feature films digitally through its creative self-distribution and funding initiative, Artist Services.

The films include the documentaries The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, Dear Mandela, Reporter, The Light in Her Eyes (pictured above) and When Billy Broke His Head, which are available on platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox and YouTube, among others.

Artist Services provides artists supported through the Institute with self-distribution, marketing and financing. Filmmakers can make their films available online while still retaining ownership of their work and making independent decisions about strategies for each outlet.

Cinedigm is the aggregation partner for distribution across the portals participating in the program. The deals were brokered via pro bono legal services generously provided by law firm O’Melveny & Myers, which built the legal framework for the Artist Services program and participating filmmakers.

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