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Tech Watch: Indie On-Demand Movie Site Fandor Adds iPad App

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 19, 2012 at 4:38PM

Fandor, the indie on-demand movie site, has launched an iPad application. Fandor, which targets movie fans, is "invaluable in finding great films no matter where you are," Roger Ebert writes.
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"Dogtooth" is one of the many Oscar nominees being streamed for free on SnagFilms
"Dogtooth" is one of the many Oscar nominees being streamed for free on SnagFilms

Fandor, the indie on-demand movie site, has launched an iPad application. Fandor, which targets movie fans, is "invaluable in finding great films no matter where you are," Roger Ebert writes.

With Fandor’s new iPad app users can:

·         Discover movies based on genre, length, and era using the Spinner
·         Recommend films to friends via Twitter, Facebook and email
·         Connect and watch on a TV with iPad 2
·         Rate movies and manage film queue
·         Enjoy ad-free viewing

Fandor offers a burgeoning library of indie films, docs, and shorts from a wide range of directors, from Wong Kar-Wai to Hal Hartley and Guy Maddin. Films range from a newly restored version of Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" to the bizarre Greek-indie "Dogtooth." Fandor boasts a solid international collection--African, Chinese, German, Middle Eastern, Scandinavian are amount the popular genre choices--as well as Hollywood classics and important historical films: even George Melies silents are on view.  

Introducing dozens of new features each week, the on-demand streaming program costs $2.99/week, $9.99/month and $99.99/year. The Fandor iPad app is here.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.