I was one of those “brilliant, creative minds” who placed my experimental sci-fi pic, The Ends of the Earth, with the channel back in 2009, when you could either stream a movie on your laptop or order an old-school DVD. Half a decade later, one person has clicked on my film (and it wasn’t my mother).
I predicted IndieFlix would never last. It seemed to be a clearinghouse for junk (my own masterwork an obvious exception), where one needed to spend days surfing through the flotsam to find the one pearl in the jetsam. But I was wrong: Indieflix has stayed relevant by being nimble.
It dropped the DVD-on-demand service to offer a pay-as-you-go model, and then shifted to inexpensive membership plans, which start at $5 per month. What does it offer? Just about everything. Horror, animation, fictional and documentary features and shorts; web-based series; classic films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Fritz Lang’s M, Luis Bunuel’s Un Chein Andalou; and music videos and sports docs on subjects like blind bowlers and skiing in Peru.
Andreen, who lists Willy Wonka, Goodfellas, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly among her favorite films, is now treading even deeper into Netflix territory by offering the first ever IndieFlix original, a dramatic series called "The Maury Island Incident." (That's a photo of the filming above.) Based on actual declassified FBI documents recounting one of the first-ever UFO sightings in the country — off Maury Island, WA, in 1947 — the series is directed by Scott Schaefer and co-written by Schaefer and Steve Edmiston, a longtime Seattle-based producer. It's actually a 30-minute film sliced into online episodes, filmed entirely in the Northwest with an all-local cast and crew.
What’s most impressive about IndieFlix is its commitment to remaining “part champion, part curator” for independent filmmakers. The creators take a small percentage of what will never be a large payday for the films they stream, and they admit to being an add-on to other platform choices (think Netflix, Hulu and IndieFlix). But IndieFlix continues to present an ever-more attractive option for filmmakers looking for a way to show their work.
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