The Netflix of “Indie” Films

Recently, my friend Eric has become obsessed with seeing movies. Whenever he gets a free Saturday, he heads off to the movie theater and stays for at least two shows. His movie-going practices have made me want to see more movies also, yet I just don’t always have the time (or money) to go out and see everything Hollywood has to offer.

I feel like many people are bound by the same time constraints as I am, which is why Netflix has become so popular. However, some people aren’t into mainstream, popular movies. And that’s okay, because now, Fandor is available.

Fandor is a San Francisco start up that hopes to become “the Netflix of independent films,” according to an article I read on the San Francisco Chronicle online. Fandor made its debut on Wednesday, and includes a library of more than 2,500 movies, including the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth.”


Fandor will use social networks to attract larger audiences to films from independent producers, who typically do not have the multi-millions available to large production houses to distribute their movies via DVD. For $9.99 per month, subscribers will be able to stream movies found only at film festivals or during limited-runs at art houses into their homes over the Internet.

The co-founders of the site, Jonathon Marlow and Dan Aronson have both been interested in indie films and decided to combine Marlow’s technological background with Aronson’s film festival programming experience.

According to Fandor founder and CEO Dan Aronson, these films are “the best movies that people haven’t heard about.” So if you’re a movie buff and want to try something new, check out this unique start up today!


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