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Are you, like me, unable to make it to Park City this year? Do you feel down for fear that you'll miss some great new films screening at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival that you won't otherwise have access to for a very long time? Well don't be sad, because you can still watch some of this year's Sundance selections at the same time festival-goers do, by way of a video-on-demand service called Sundance Selects.

Specifically, you'll be able to view three movies debuting simultaneously with their screening at the fest through Sundance Select's "Direct from the Sundance Film Festival" banner. They are: Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' new documentary about disaster capitalism, The Shock Doctrine; the latest indie from the Safdie brothers, Daddy Longlegs; and Daniel Grou's (aka Podz') paternal revenge thriller 7 Days, which is part of the fest's Park City at Midnight program. Each will be available on the VOD channel for 30 days.

This innovative idea is one of the few things the Sundance Institute has been doing to bring the popular festival to people around the country, and it's a perfect for a time when many usual Sundance attendees are likely staying home because of the economy. In addition to the VOD service, the Sundance Institute will be spreading some of this year's films around the country with its Sundance Film Festival USA screenings on January 28, as Monika told us about last month. Two of the films involved in that special theatrical series are Sundance Selects acquisitions Daddy Longlegs, which will play in Brooklyn, and The Shock Doctrine, which is a part of Sundance Film Festival USA but will be screening in Park City.

Filed under: Documentary, Independent, Thrillers, Sundance, Distribution, Cinematical Indie

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