Five Independent Films Supported by Sundance Institute Now Available in the UK

Los Angeles, CA — Sundance Institute today announced five films supported by the Institute that are now available to rent and download in the UK, on iTunes and SundanceNOW. The films include Independent Spirit Award Winner Obselidia and New York Times Critic’s Pick Lord Byron. These projects are among the first to participate in the Institute’s Artist Services program, which provides Institute artists with exclusive opportunities for creative self-distribution, marketing and financing solutions for their work. For a full list of titles and where they are available, visit

These films are immediately available in the UK, following the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival, 26-29 April at The O2.

Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute, said, “For years we have supported filmmakers working in the UK, so it seems natural for us to expand our offerings to audiences in this same region. Through Sundance London and through the digital availability of these five films, audiences in the UK are now able to connect with exciting independent work in a significant way.”

The films and their availability are:

Advise & Dissent (Director: David Van Taylor) — A riveting, in the trenches look into the politicized Supreme Court confirmation battles. iTunes, SundanceNOW. (2003 Sundance Documentary Film Grant)

Lord Byron (Director: Zack Godshall) — This New York Times Critics Pick about a Don Juan from the Bayou charmed audiences and critics at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. iTunes, SundanceNOW. (2011 Sundance Film Festival, 2011 New York Times Critics Pick)

New Low (Director: Adam Bowers) — Adam Bowers wrote, directed and stars in this winning comedy about a neurotic twenty-something choosing love between the best and worst girls he’s ever known. iTunes, SundanceNOW. (2010 Sundance Film Festival, Winner 2011 Amsterdam Film Festival)

Obselidia (Director: Diane Bell) — Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Alfred P. Sloan Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award, “Obselidia” is part road movie, part love story, and endlessly fascinating. iTunes, SundanceNOW. (2010 Sundance Film Festival, 2011 Independent Spirit Award Nominee)

The Oregonian (Director: Calvin Lee Reeder) — Lindsay Pulsipher (“True Blood”) stars as a girl on the run in this creepy selection from the Midnight section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. iTunes, SundanceNOW. (2011 Sundance Film Festival)

New Video® is the exclusive aggregation partner for distribution across all portals participating in the Artist Services program. The Artist Services initiative is made possible by The Bertha Foundation. O’Melveny & Myers generously provided pro bono legal services for the program.

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