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Amazon Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Drafthouse Films via Cinedigm Pact

Amazon.com struck a content-licensing pact with Cinedigm making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription VOD service for several indie movies from Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Titles available today to Amazon’s Prime members in the U.S. include black comedy “Cheap Thrills,” Ben Wheatley’s psychedelic sorcery film “A Field in England,” sci-fi cult classic “The Visitor,” and Abel Ferrara’s “Ms. 45.” Also streaming are rock-documentary “A Band Called Death” and coming-of-age film “I Declare War.”

Additional Drafthouse films that will join Amazon’s Prime Instant Video lineup in the coming months include: Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” a love story starring Audrey Tautou (pictured, above); “The Congress,” Ari Folman’s futuristic vision of Hollywood starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti and Jon Hamm; home-invasion thriller “Borgman,” submitted as the Netherlands’ official 2014 Oscar entry; “20,000 Days on Earth,” documentary featuring musician and cultural icon Nick Cave; and “The Dog,” docu of the man who inspired Al Pacino’s character in “Dog Day Afternoon.”

“We know our customers love great independent films and we are excited to add these engaging indies from Drafthouse Films exclusively to Prime Instant Video,” said Brad Beale, Amazon’s director of digital video content acquisition.

Added Cinedigm EVP of digital sales Yolanda Macias, “We are always seeking new ways to share the films we love with the widest audience possible, and working with Prime Instant Video is helping us accomplish that mission.”

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