Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 01, 2013
Not many in the general public have time or the expenditure to jump on lear jets for 7-10 days and watch hundreds of films. A modern family with two jobs and two kids and a dog is not going to a film festival, they simply don’t have the time. But let’s say they absolutely love going to the movies and seeing new independent films. Fortunately for them, the time when great films were only available at festivals is quickly changing, because companies and sponsors see the long term play as bringing the film festival experience out to the masses.
In 2012 MouseTrap Films, headed by CEO Benjamin Oberman, began Film Festival Flix in theaters in selected cities across the country. Expanding at a rate of two new cities per month, Film Festival Flix anticipates by September 2013, they will be in 24 of the top 40 DMA’s every single month.
“The Film Festival Flix platform gives audiences an insider look at an intimate review of festival films, because there are so many people who love independent film and love to go movies, but simply don’t have access to festival films, or the red carpet or the right parties. We bring some of the highlights of a festival lifestyle, the excitement around a new premiere of a film from major festivals around the world and introduce those films to audiences in their hometown, giving participants the experience to share in the red carpet excitement, premiere screening and discussions with each filmmaker followed by party,” said Oberman
Film Festival Flix announced its winter and spring 2013 lineup of films, such as Lawrence Johnston's “Night,” Mike Bruce's grindhouse adventure “Treasure of the Black Jaguar” (with great music from The Dandy Warhols); and Amanda Jane’s “The Wedding Party,” starring Josh Lawson (Showtime’s House of Lies) Eric Kissack’s comedy “Missed Connections” and the controversial new film from Joe Fisher “Unconventional.”
Oberman’s idea is certainly catching on. Sundance Film Festival recently began expanding their festival films to audiences across the country, with essentially the same format as Film Festival Flix, one special night of film and dialogue. Sundance films are limited though to Sundance only cinemas in very limited selected cities, while Film Festival Flix has a much greater reach, partnering with multiple film festivals and independent art houses throughout the United States.
“Going to the movies is very communal. You’re going to have shared experience and we’re offering the added benefit of going beyond the film by bringing the talent who was involved in creating and making the film. Not only do we want audiences to see the movie but we want people to build friendships. Our goal is to create a great social platform of intelligent, social entertainment," said Oberman.
Robert Redford shares the sentiments of Benjamin Oberman. “By extending the Sundance Festival to 10 cities, we create a larger shared experience and dialogue around the issues of our time, as explored in these films,” said Redford.
“Coming out of Sundance and Art House Convergence, Film Festival Flix has increased the number of relationships amongst film festivals, filmmakers and distributors that see our platform as something that can enhance everyone’s effort in terms of unifying the independent film community and helping filmmakers being discovered to the world. “ said Oberman.
For more information on Film Festival Flix visit http://filmfestivalflix.com