Angelika Film Center deploys streaming platform for independent films


Reading International, Inc., the parent company of Angelika Film Center in Dallas and Plano, is launching Angelika Anywhere, a curated streaming platform for moviegoers.

The platform’s programming team handpicked famous, international and independent arthouse films, ensuring all films have achieved Angelika’s seal of approval, they say. Curated collections include The Angelika Vault, which features a selection of films that have been performed at the Angelika in New York City over the past 30 years, including Audience Favorites, Landmark Movies, and Programmer’s Picks. Other curated collections include Celebrate Black Cinema, Global Cinema, Spotlight on Latin America, LGBTQ +, Award Winners, Music and Documentary.

The platform, which will officially launch on December 30 with around 150 movies, won’t require a subscription, as users will only pay for each movie they rent or purchase. Once a movie is rented, viewers will have up to 30 days to start watching it, although they will only have 48 hours to complete the movie once started. Prices range from $ 3.99 to $ 12.99.

Similar to other streaming services, users will have a library, dubbed #MyAngelika, which will track the movies they have rented or purchased. Users can also add any movie to their personal watch list.

Users will be able to watch movies through their computers, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast. An Angelika Anywhere app will be available for Apple devices and Google devices. They are working with Roku to develop a compatible app, which is due out in 2021.

“We are thrilled to bring viewers the Angelika experience at home or on the go,” Denise Hughes, senior director of programming, said in a statement. “With Angelika Anywhere, our goal is to eliminate the paradox of choice – the endless scrolling through seemingly endless choices on other platforms – and bring great movies to the fore so that a viewer could start watching a movie in moments, knowing it was hand-selected. “

Angelika Anywhere will also offer a selection of virtual cinema titles, in favor of films whose releases have been affected by the pandemic. From December 30, it will host an exclusive one-week virtual engagement of Neon’s The night of kings, an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2021 which is the official selection of the Oscars by Côte d’Ivoire for consideration at the next Oscars 2021.

Finally, the platform will feature exclusive Q&A content featuring filmmakers and talent from live events at the Angelika Film Center in New York City. At the first of these events, Denise Hughes will speak with Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella about his new film, The tale of the weasels, Saturday January 2.


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