New Film Lover Networking Indie and Foreign Film Site Launches At Sundance

03/28/2008 02:48 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

This year at Sundance, orange is the new black. We are stomping around decked in bright orange hats and scarves (the color of’s logo). The festival is nuttier than ever and our team of FilmCatcher’s fit right in. It’s been a kind of a circus juggling the rental cars, which coffee to make in the morning, (the premium or store brand?) and who gets the bottom bunk, yes, we have bunk beds - but we are thrilled to be here! is blogging and filming live from the Sundance Festival, which is exactly what the website is all about. A destination for discovering, viewing and discussing smart films with smart people. Crashing in a house with 10 people under one roof is the founder Al Klingenstein (producer of Trumbo), CEO Pete Taylor, editorial staff, publicists, and one wide-eyed intern. We are here to launch the website on Tuesday at a fun and chill Cyber Lounge on the infamous Main Street. Expected to attend are actors and filmmakers, publicists, studio heads and people who truly love arthouse movies. announced earlier this week its first ever downloadable distribution deals with Pyramide International and Original Thinkers and their official charity partnership with FilmAid International. FilmAid will also be screening some of their most recent footage from refugee camps in Africa at the launch party. With every DVD purchase or download from the website, 5% of the sale will go to support a worthy cause.

We want people to get out of the swag houses, off the slushy, crowded sidewalks and onto a site that has the fundamental routes that Sundance was built on, discovering, seeing and chatting about great Arthouse films. FilmCatcher is here “swooping and catching” exclusive video interviews with the festival’s fresh new faces, like writer/director Lance Hammer (Ballast), Alex Garcia (Sleep Dealer), and Nacho Viagalondo (Time Crimes) and some returning ones, like Gregg Araki (The Living End) and Ellen Kuras (Nerakhoon) chatting about their films and the Park City experience.

The site also boasts a “Celebrity and Curator Picks” section, which includes a library of actors, filmmakers, artists and industry veterans from within the film community like Christina Ricci, John Cameron Mitchell, Minnie Driver, Richard Linklater, Nicole Holofcener, Selma Blair, Giovanni Ribisi, John Goodman and Mary-Louise Parker. We think members of the site will really love and appreciate The FilmCatcher Network. This is a group of independent film art houses and venues, like the Angelika Film Center that provide users with an opportunity to attend public and private screenings, events and indie related activities and are eligible for special benefits, discounts, free movie tickets and more.

The FilmCatcher team comes straight from the independent film world and that is what makes us different. The curated site offers exclusive editorial coverage of art house films, on-camera interviews with cutting-edge filmmakers and actors, in-depth festival coverage, insightful reviews, unique celebrity picks and profiles of the independent film community.

FilmCatcher’s collection of films encompass classic and contemporary, domestic and foreign, and fiction and non-fiction, art house titles for purchase on DVD and with the new deals, features a similar collection for download. makes it easier than ever to explore, embrace and enjoy the best of American and foreign independent cinema. Additional exclusive interviews available on the site include: Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Married Life), Christian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent), Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl, Chuck and Buck), Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me), Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), Mitchell Lichenstein (Teeth), Anthony Hopkins, Famke Janssen, and Malachy McCourt.

From bringing a new film to the communities' attention, discussing a director's work, blogging, reviewing or commenting on a fellow FilmCatcher's post, the community will be actively involved in the films they love, and can learn about others through their exchange with other members. Click - you never know what film you’ll catch next.