Can’t make it to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this month in Park City, Utah?
Not to worry. Thanks to the Douglas County Public Library, movie buffs can now stream hundreds of award-winning independent shorts, features and documentaries onto their internet-enabled computers, tablets and smartphones from IndieFlix. And it’s all free to users with Adobe Flash, the free, downloadable multimedia viewer.
“Bringing the film festival to you” is the IndieFlix motto. With a bowl of popcorn and a comfy chair, moviegoers of all ages can access films with a library card number and password, available at the circulation desk of the Minden library.
To get started, go to “douglas.lib.nv.us” and click on “Downloadables” in the left-hand column. Scroll down to the “IndieFlix” section and follow the instructions for creating an account.
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was the break-out artist of the 2009 Sundance festival in “Winter’s Bone,” and other recent hits debuted by independent directors include “Fruitvale Station” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Film buffs may not rub shoulders with Anne Hathaway, Kurt Russell, Rita Wilson, or Lena Dunham, all of whom are expected at Sundance this year. But viewers can search far and wide in the IndieFlix catalog by “Country” to find films from more than 50 nations. They also can search among hundreds of “Festivals” worldwide. Clicking on the “Most Viewed” category takes viewers to such animated shorts as the winsome, two-minute “Ballet of Unhatched Chicks,” as well as “Perpetual Motion,” a tale of cats and jellied toast.
On the “All Channels” IndieFlix page, choices include “Classic TV” (“Ozzie and Harriet,” “Dragnet,” and “The Jack Benny Show,” among others), as well as “Just for Kids,” “American Film Festival,” and even “Zombies.” Viewers also can choose from one of three “Intended Audience” categories: family, teen, or adult.
A colorful, step-by-step guide to getting started on the free IndieFlix experience is available at the library circulation desk.