|Amazon.com Launches Indie & Art House Store with Actor, Director and Producer Jon Favreau as First ''Independent Voices'' Curator|
New Independent Voices Spotlights Undiscovered Indie Films
SEATTLE, Jan 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With the film festival season well under way, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today launched its new Indie & Art House store at www.amazon.com/indies. This specialty store is a place where filmmakers and indie aficionados can preview, review and discuss independent works as well as gain insight into what's hot now in the indie and art house movie world. Additionally, actor, director, producer and CreateSpace member Jon Favreau has signed on to be the store's first Independent Voices curator. Favreau was selected based on his work in the independent film community, and will be offering reviews and recommendations on trailblazing and undiscovered independent films.
"Every year hundreds of great independent films are released, but fans still struggle to find the titles they long to see," said Peter Faricy, vice president of movies and music for Amazon.com. "The Amazon Indie & Art House store was created to be the ultimate destination for independent film lovers, where customers can not only find the titles they want, but also interact with a lively community of fellow indie movie fans. We're excited to bring to our customers the new Independent Voices feature and proud to have Jon Favreau be the first contributor."
"I'm excited to be a part of Amazon Independent Voices and to have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on well-deserving indie films," said Jon Favreau. "It's always a challenge for small films to connect with fans and moviegoers, but with the help of programs like Independent Voices we can make a difference and help generate excitement around these special movies."
Amazon.com's independent film selection has been rapidly growing over the years, thanks in part to the CreateSpace DVD on Demand service, which enables independent filmmakers to make their films available on Amazon.com and through other sales channels. The Amazon Indie & Art House store is launching with more than 25,000 films that span many genres, including action/adventure, comedy, drama, horror, martial arts and romance. The store also includes many popular customer interaction features, such as discussion forums, customer voting, IMDb film information, reviews and blogging as well as access to titles from Amazon Unbox, Amazon's digital video download service (www.amazon.com/unbox), where customers can rent or purchase international and art house films. Visit the new store at www.amazon.com/indies to browse Amazon.com's independent and art house film catalog.
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