SnagFilms.com kicks off its SummerFest on Friday to celebrate its first year online. The web site will show one unreleased documentary film opening in the fall each week for a month. The first of these will be a Morgan Spurlock (of 'Super Size Me') film called 'The Entrepreneur,' about an automobile entrepreneur's failed attempt to bring a Chinese car line to the U.S.
Snag Films, a Knight grantee, launched last summer as a platform for independent documentary filmmakers and 'filmlanthropists' to reach a wider audience. Anyone can watch the site's more than 840 films for free, then "snag" the films and put them anywhere on the web.
As another part of its first birthday celebration, the site has launched a 'Top Ten Film of Year One' widget, and 'Movie Matcher,' which provides much-needed exposure to independent filmmakers. Users click on such tags as heavy, quirky, human rights and student filmmakers, and are presented with films that match these descriptions.